We purchased our first Scenic new (the Sports Alize) version which was very well equipped for 1998. It was used for our business and covered 54,000 miles in its first two years so we changed it for the updated same model and improved spec in 2001 (one of the last Y registrations).
We have now covered 76,000 miles and the car runs so well and on average does 38mpg. It has done up to 43mpg on a cruising motorway run. We have had a number of camping holdays at home and on the Continent with both cars with our trailer tent and the 1.6 engine pulls with ease particularly with the improved sixteen-valve 1.6 unit.
I now carry out in retirement voluntary driving for the local GP surgery and most of my passengers are elderly and often comment on how roomy, quiet and well finished the car is and is easy to get in and out. We find the flat boot entry without a deep well which a number of the Scenic's rivals have very easy for putting luggage and effects into and our dog also likes a level jump!
Unfortunately car prices have considerably devalued since the start of the millennium and having now owned the car for some six years or so it will be very difficult to realise its true worth to us if traded in so we shall probably keep it for the forseeable future as we could end up disappointed if we were to make the wrong change decision.
We would thoroughly recommend the Scenic for any family requiring a good quality and reliable budget vehicle of its type.
I have owned my 2002 Renault Scenic for two years and have never had a day of trouble out of it.
I had a nasty accident with a Ford Ranger and came out of it relatively unscathed thanks to this car. My childrens' three car seats fit in comfortably and extra storage is fabulous for nick-nacks.
The only downside has been the 1.4 engine, which is just not powerful enough for a car of this size.
I have thoroughly enjoyed owning my Scenic and am just about to trade up to its big sister, a Grand Scenic 1.9 dCi Dynamique.
If the new one is half as reliable, I'll be a happy camper.
Mine is a 2000 model which I bought with 72k on it 3 years ago,Good points first - It's got lot's of storage.....thats it really. This is the most unreliable car I have ever owned and I've owned a Lancia!! The ignition coils are hilarious, if they last two thousand miles its a result. I drive this car like Miss Daisy and it seems to eat brake pads and discs like a hot hatch. The water pump went as did the power steering pump and wiper motors...front and back. The front sun roof leaks through the overhead console which is always a nice talking point. The digital odometer only shows the lower half of the numbers so I have no idea how many miles it's done, the quote to repair this from the useless Renault dealer will mean a second mortgage, oh yes, the exhaust has gone in several places and I need to replace brake light bulbs once a month. There are no words to describe how bad this car is, I would rather drown my dog in a bucket of vomit than buy another Renault, Have traded it in for a VW Touran, my god what a difference. The Scenics are cheap because they are dire, spend the extra on a better car, it will easily save you the difference in repair bills.
I've had this car from new and have now covered 168,000 miles. Apart from the normal service items the only other parts I've had to replace are two sets of brake discs, four brake pad changes, a pair of rear shock absorbers, a rear exhaust box and four pencil coils.
The coil failure is not peculiar to Renault; most other vehicle manufacturers use the same coil and have also suffered failure caused by water ingress. In fact, VW/Audi had a recall program to replace their faulty coils. After having mine replaced, I wrote to Renault requesting a full refund and they repaid me in full, including labour - even though a Renault dealer did not carry out the repair!
Having covered 168,000 miles, on the same clutch, she still pulls like a train and surprises quite a few drivers with its performance. The only enjoying thing that really bugs me is trying to keep the foglights intact – they attract stones like magnets!
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