My 175000mile diesel Synergie has served my family well for 11 years on regular 9000 mile oil and filter changes. The drive train is simple - why complicate matters? How many 1996 7 seater vehicles out there return 35-40mpg on a good run averaging 60-7O mPh with a full tank returning 650+ miles? Cam belts need changing at 60K The first clutch lasted 112000 miles - not bad!Its never had oil or water problems. However some common faults - the tailgate structure is weak and prone to cracking - bang shut it once too often and no end of patching up with body filler and reinforced epoxy resin will cure -carefully inspect this area for hairline fractures. The roof aerial can leak and needs sealing and the steering wheel position could be more adjustable. The dashboard mounted gearstick makes moving about inside easy but if you brake suddenly then everything ( maps, gloves, bananas, mobiles, pets etc. can end up at your feet!) This is an excellent towing car. You will need to change glow plugs about every 60K - tell tale signs of faultering starts. I would avoid Main Dealer part prices and service. The French reckon at 100K they are just running in if the maintenance is observed.
I bought a 2000 X registered model several months ago and have found it nice and easy to drive.
For such a large car and being petrol too, I initiall imagined it to be a tad thirsty, but I was wrong. It's not all that bad on fuel at all.
The turning circle is not all that good though, making it a bit tricky to park and reversing is sometimes awkward with the centre rear head rest and even more so if someone is sat in the middle seat.
Parts are fairly cheap (apart from the exhaust that I had to replace) and the car is fairly simple to work on.
It has a reasonable size boot, which you don't always get on the 7-seater MPV's and all of the rear seats are removable. Sliding doors makes things easier to get the kids in and out the back too and the electric folding mirrors are quite useful.
I purchased a 2000 Y Synergie with 29k and had it for 13 months covering 16k in that time. No problems, started on the button every time. I was dubious about the capability of the petrol engine over the deisel for such a large vehicle, but it performed well enough.
Good points: Versatile load space - comfortable driving position - plenty of pull with the petrol engine even fully laden but did find wanting when climbing steep roads - handling a bit scary if cornering too fast - above average mpg if driven sensibly - refined enough not to have that 'van with windows' feel.
Bad points: Fiddly push button heating (and air con) controls - rear seats heavy and akward to remove (watch your fingers!) - trim a bit plasticky - passenger complaints that the ride is too spongey - rain settles in channel above drivers door window and when cornering will deposit itself inside door if window slightly open. Steering rack will need replacing soon.
On the whole, for a 6 year old car, a pretty good experience during my period of ownership. I will miss the versatility and vast load space. Replacing it with the smaller Peugeot Combi 2.0 hdi. Watch this space!
I have the 110 hdi SX from 2000, with the double rear spring option to enable carrying heavy loads or towing. Getting about mid 33to36 mpg. Car was a bit slow in 4th and 5th gears, have had a chip tune up to 137bhp, highly recomend this(£350). Has made a huge difference to performance, especially when carrying lots of passengers. 5th gear now pulls strongly but top speed is still 115mph. Chipped the car at 8000 miles and now covered 209000 reliable miles. The HDi engine is very tough and durable. Always serviced on time, every 12500 miles.
The car is big and needs stronger brakes. As standard the car takes a while to stop and this effects its ability to be hussled into corners. At 122,000 miles new discs were finally required and I fitted high performance discs and pads(£260). I wish I had done this years ago. Massive improvement, the car now stops like a hot hatch.
Comfortable and easy to drive. With a good view of the road ahead. I like the tall seating position. The load bay is massive without the seats. Can transport large objects with ease. The sliding rear side doors are very handy. Intend to keep car until it dies. Tested a both the C8 & 807 with 2.2hdi and my tuned synergie is quicker and bigger.
Have converted car to run on veg oil (£35 from Ebay oil heat exchanger) and discovered a further big improvement in performance(low and mid range torque much stronger) and better mpg. mpg improved to 36 to 39mpg. 52p a litre from most big Asdas.
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