04 December 2013
I purchased this car in July 2008 and needed a new alternator after two weeks. I have also experienced lots of little electric faults; wipers, door locks etc. It has also needed a new turbo and egr valve, and now the dash has packed in. This has to be be the worst car I have ever had it’s only done 57,000 miles! My advice is AVOID, AVOID at all costs.
My Scenic has now completed 130k miles from new. Apart from the dash board failing (£100 Renault repair) and regular servicing (now by a local garage) the car has never let me down once. I’m still on the original battery, clutch and exhaust. I had the cam belt changed with a full service and MoT and still got change from £500.
I have had the car for four years now and have to say it has been great. It has suffered a few of the faults that you will have already read about, such as the window mechanism breaking but overall, the car has been great and we are thinking of getting a new one soon. A little tip when dealing with Renault is phone Renault UK customer services when dealing with out of warranty claims. It only cost me £50 per window to have the mechanisms changed at the dealers and the car also does 50mpg and is super practical. I play golf every week and the car holds three people, three sets of clubs and three electric trolleys. I will definitely buy again - Carl from Rotherham
Bought the 1.6 VVT Expression used 3 years ago. The coils went almost immediately, but the dealer (Car Giant) replaced these and the plugs without any fuss. Six months ago the instrument panel went - £100 to replace under the Renault scheme. No further problems until recently, when the dephaser pulley went. Had this and the timing belt replaced by an excellent local mechanic (AutoFrench, Woodford). Renault’s quote was farcical and insulting. The top engine mounting had failed and was replaced. This part cost an eye-watering £125 from Renault. Apparently it’s filled with some kind of shock-absorbing gel - typical Renault complication. I finish paying for the car in a year, and I’m fond of it. I just hope I incur no further expense until then! One more thing, to stop the fan motor failing, ensure you change the cabin filter at least once a year. If clogs up easily and the motor has to work harder sucking it air, causing it to burn out.
March: New auto gear box. June: New defazer and handbrake adjustment, then work done on steering and suspension and a new timing belt fitted (following a dealership "health check")! July: New dashboard. August: Electronic faults including 4 new coils fitted; waiting for another tow as keeps stopping and won’t pull. Total cost so far £3,500 in 6 months. The car is only worth £3,500. Mileage? 37,000!
Had the car from early 2006 when only 6 months old. Had the normal faults like the dash-board being replaced, seat-belts being re-called, hand-brake needing to be computerised, rear light unit being replaced as filling up with water. Had service done at local Renault garage, as always and nothing required but new tyres. Now just a few weeks later, a loud knocking noise from the engine. Called out RAC and took it to Renault garage. Told that Injector 4 has a fault, sump to be replaced and engine knock from the bottom caused by the injector fault. Then told that we need a new engine and advised it was not worth doing the work. Only at 79k. Can’t believe that all of this can happen with no warning. Car is well looked after and now told worth £300 for scrap!!! Can anyone help with if we have any comeback with the garage. Please, need some help. Thanks.
I have had two other Renaults before with probs, but this 1.5 dci Scenic takes the biscuit. I will never buy Renault again, customer service sucks, they always make excuses, good piece of Renault training that. They won’t own up and pay in full for any known manufacture faults. My 2005 1.5 dci, although comfortable to drive has had numerous electrical faults,i.e. needed a full wiring loom change, my reversing sensors don’t work, I had to get dashboard changed although Renault admitted about the fault I still had to pay £100. Total rubbish. Now I have an EGR VALVE FAILURE! Never will I buy one again, let this be a warning to other Megane/Scenic drivers, total c**p customer service.
I am just about to purchase a Megane CC even after looking at the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet reviews. I think I need to tell all of you that I had a 2005 Grand Scenic and whilst driving home from hospital with my wife in the passenger seat (on a breathing machine) there was an almighty bang and the whole glass roof shattered. This went everywhere and also cut my head. When I took it to Renault they said this was most unusual and couldn’t understand why it had happened. It seems to me now that Renault may be less than truthful to their customers. PS I still fancy the Megane CC, so i think I will only be able to use it on sunny days with the roof off!
I bought my Renault at 18 months old, it is my 2nd one because generally I love them. HOWEVER, having only done 30,000 miles I have had to replace two window electric motors in three last year costing me nearly £800. I agree with others about the expensive costs with dealers for work and parts and servicing, far too expensive! The window problem has put me off buying another Renault.
This is my second Scenic and third Renault and will def be my last. I had a ’Check Emissions’ appear on my dash a couple of months ago, I called the RAC who informed me it sounded like the CAT was on its way out. I got it booked into my local Renault dealer who advised that yes the CAT had been smashed to bits due to a faulty Oxygen Sensor (thats what the garage told me), I was told by them that a Renault part had to be fitted otherwise it would cause problems in the future and the total cost is £1069. I called Renault UK head office to ask about goodwill as my car had only done 28,000 miles, which they agreed to go half with me. The car was booked in on the 11th February and that is where it is now still not fixed, the problem the CAT is on back order with France. Yes I have been give a hire car, although this was after a week of trying to organise one, but the customer service is S**T. I have not heard from the garage in over a week, not even a courtesy call. If anyone has had a similar problem I would love to hear from you.
If i could mark the pile of junk with minus 5 stars then I would. We have owned this car since the summer of 2009 and my wife uses it for work daily, about a 20 mile journey. First of all it was leaking water every time it rained and then the heater blew which has cost me well over £700, then the dash board packed in so I had to replace that at a cost of £631. Now the alarm goes of if you go within 10 foot of the useless piece of junk and to top it all of both the windows (drivers side and passenger side) have decided to die . I HATE THE CAR, DO NOT BUY RENAULT EVER.
The 2005 model is our fourth Scenic. We have had very little trouble with it, it is comfortable, roomy, pleasant to drive and swallows up almost any amount of cargo. After 5 years it has recently developed a few rattles, but still starts and goes every time. We will buy a diesel next time because the tax regime in Ireland has changed, favouring low CO2 engines.
From the very first day of owning this vehicle we have experienced nothing but problems. 4 x Breakdowns / Injection coils x 4 have all failed individually and been replaced approx £150 each time via Renault. Stalling problems - camshaft sensors failed x 2 types and been replaced. Very noisy clacking on starting due to camshaft dephaser - needs replacing (approx £700). Auto Gearbox failure - New gearbox required (Renaults advise) at approx. £3,000 / we opted for a repair to part of the gearbox by a specialist at £1,000. We have finally given up on this car following many heated conversations with Renault, but do they really care!?!? At face value these cars appear to be good value, but on hindsight if we had spent more money initially on buying a more premium quality car e.g. Toyota / Honda, we would be much better off in the pocket and a great deal happier. DO NOT BUY THIS CAR !!!
Car has a lot going for it, lovely car to drive, roomy, comfy, plenty of power even in sixth gear and controls are well placed and easy to operate (my wife loves driving it). Even though it is a big car it is still easy to park. The down side is the high petrol consumption, only 20 mpg in town and 42 to 45 for motorway driving when you can stay in sixth gear. It really is a car for long distance driving, although it is great for the big supermarket shopping trip!! The big shock was when I came to replace a tyre; they are 205/55R17V. Choice is limited to about three manufacturers and they are all the top end of the market. The cheapest I could find was £120 each tyre and that is a Dunlop Fastresponse. Looking at reviews on other websites, until recently, Continental were the only suppliers of this size of tyre and of course, loaded the cost of their tyres. As usual Renault have little interest in after sale support - why? They make some super cars why spoil it by poor support? I shall buy a Japanese car next time, friends tell me they get superb support and no nasty surprises. PS When I read the reviews on the Renault Scenic not one mentioned the tyre problem, hence the reason for my review.
I have had my Renault Scenic for three months and in that time it has never started first time, it’s terrible. I have taken it to two garages and they say it has no problems. It’s now with the company I bought it from they said its OK too, we told them to keep it till it goes wrong so they can fix it. Gone off it a bit because of this can’t afford to change it, not sure what to do, the whole thing is very stressful and I feel like ramming it up a wall.
The Grand Scenic is a lovely sized car , with 3 good separate seats in the rear (all separately removable). The rear most 2 fold flat seats are for children only. Good front seats & plenty of under seat & floor storage bins. Door pockets (front) have blocked access when doors are shut... very poor. Overall, for car size, the Grand Scenic is really spacious, cannot find any better elsewhere for the price. I have the 1.9 litre 120DCi Engine, non particulate filter version. Over 50 mpg & a low CO2 thus about £140 tax. BUT HEY, there are faults & plenty of them... I have had 2 engine mounts snap & replaced & I drive relaxed, cruiser style. I have had the glow plugs fail & replaced, oil leaks, electronic faults with front & rear washers, headlamp bulbs fail (needing the car to go into garage as, cannot access headlamp without removal of front panels, big job and costing over 100 pounds !!!!!). Rear light letting in water, manufacture fault etc... Now just to help you out there. Look at getting your extended warranty with www.warrantydirect.co.uk as they are far the best, covering wear & tear , MOT failure parts, labour etc... look on-line for peace of mind & a good price. Using the Renault or AA or others are not so good. Please note the newer Scenic use the DCi130 engine and although better, they use the particulate filter which has to be replaced every 9,000 miles - this is a pain as you still have to come in for those services to engine later . Worth looking into. WELL THAT’S ALL FOLKS!!
Very comfortable, good on fuel; an excellent car. Always said I would have another Renault Scenic after owning one for three years; great to drive and spacious.
This is the Third Scenic to date and possible the best in both comfort and economy, the previous two one was a 1.9 dt and the last one a 1.6 16v ,although both had there good points this series 2 ,has now made a very good motor even better, economy and speed, masses of pull with the small 106 engine and around fifty five to the gallon, only one fault is the design of the tailgate if you open this in the rain prepare for a wet boot, so beware, also the roof line being narrower than the doors also tends to let the rain into the door switches and the front foot wells, apart from these small problems a very good all round vehicle.
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