Its wifeys car and she loves it,we had a 1300 corrolla for five years and never spent a penny on repairs ,i did servicing and i wish we still had it.The scenic is a nice all round car but the rear brake discs cracked and three coils on the spark plugs all went down at the same time ,our local renault dealer were fine , we are the third owners and they did the coils under the three year renault warrenty,i cannot fault them,ime not sure if i will own another renault ,the two toyotas we have owned were faultless ,this car has only covered 44,000 miles so ime not impressed with the reliability,but wifey loves it so we gotta keep it....
The car is now three-and-a-half years old and has only 28,000 miles on the clock. In the second year, the squeaks started when the car was running along and when you brake. Service after service never got rid of it, although the dealership did offer to 'scrape' the disk brakes for a cost about £250. No thanks, the noise ain't that bad - I can buy ear plugs for a fiver.
A month ago, six days before our family holiday, the car broke down completely. When I turned the engine on, the car revved and revved on its own and all the warning lights came on.
The dealership couldn't fit me in for two weeks, which was pretty useless, given I had to go on holiday. Fortunately, the travel insurance covered me for a hire car. Who'd have thought insurance would really pay out? They were very helpful and understanding.
I still don't have the car back. The wiring loom and three related parts failed. I'm now looking at a bill well in excess of £1000. Renault has sent a replacement wiring loom, which had obviously already been fitted in another car. That was sent back. They then sent the wrong part.
I wanted to drive this car into the ground, as I hate cars and their expense, but I have no confidence in the electrics of Renault. What if something else goes soon?
Japanese is the way to go. Don't buy Renault.
In June 2006, my car started very sluggishly. I called the AA, who attended promptly and diagnosed a faulty ignition coil. The patrol replaced the coil and advised that this was a common problem on Scenics, and it would be advisable to have the remaining three replaced as they were also likely to fail.
I contacted my local dealer and Renault UK. Both were unhelpful, both said my vehicle was not affected. I am now waiting for the next coil to fail.
In July 2006, the car failed its MoT, due to badly worn rear brake pads and badly corroded discs. The engineer said that this was the worst case of brake pad wear and disc corrosion he had ever seen. He thought that this was not normal wear and tear. He advised consulting Renault as this should be covered by the warranty.
There was also the health and safety issue, as the brakes were down to 10% effectiveness - all this on a three-year-old, carefully driven vehicle, with only 25,000 miles covered. Again, both the local dealership and Renault UK have been totally unhelpful.
I took the vehicle to my local dealership, who stated that they would have to do a full inspection on behalf of Renault UK in order to determine the level of any contribution towards costs. I had to stand the cost of this inspection - £82.25.
The outcome is that Renault customer services maintain that extreme disc corrosion and almost total wearing out of the brake pads on a three-year old vehicle is due to 'normal wear and tear.'
I bought this Scenic new in 1999. It has been extremely reliable and as useful as we expected. Seduced by the options list, we finished up with leather seats, which look and smell nice, but are slippery. It's a tall car, so grippier seats would be more comfortable.
The standard CD multi-changer is nice, except that the car is surprisingly noisy over 60mph, so you can't really listen to the music. Much of the noise is tyre roar on coarse surfaces. It's quieter on smooth French roads and with the boot full. It's also quieter at 80mph than 70mph.
The rear sunroof sunshade split into its two component parts. By detaching the roof lining, my son reattached the hooks. There has been no further problem.
When the ABS warning light lit intermittently in wet weather, our local garage diagnosed which wheel sensor was faulty. They could not replace it immediately, so we removed the wheel at home and cleaned the sensor with a toothbrush. The fault cleared and the ABS has worked all winter.
The only unscheduled replacements have been the offside front wheel bearing, twice, probably damaged by speed bumps. At 65,000 miles the car still has one of the original rear tyres. 40mpg is possible on A- and B-road journeys, but the trip computer admits to 25mpg on short town trips.
Insurance is £430 fully comprehensive, including two young drivers. Now that our children are grown up, we don't need this practical but noisy car, but we'll be lucky if any replacement is as reliable
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