i bought this car privatly 2 years ago, with 26k on the clock. apart from a broken rear shock absorber it has been a dream to own,reliable,economical and extremely practical. it replaced my ultra reliable old 19 which did 160,000 miles! i replaced the cambelt myself at 48k which was a bit difficult but worth it i hope. the rear shock absorber broke because there was only 5mm of weld holding the top mount to the rod!!?? i replaced it but then welded up the old one which so far has been very successful, i was told that a lot of garages are doing this simple repair too.
i don't think i will replace the front tyres with the original michelins (£115 each!) but i know they have done at least 23K miles of hard cornering in this part of the world, and have worn well.
all in all i realy like the car so much in fact that my wife has replaced her old 19 with an rx4.
I haven't driven this car but my father used to own one... And the £3k we spent on it didn't get us a good car. We were constantly forking out on bits. It wasn't a high spec model but from time to time we found it had an indoor swimming pool due to a leaking sunroof. The list of niggles goes on, and it all went wrong in the worst of places. It failed to start at a petrol station, where we had to push it down the road, and where else but the dump would it decide to break down? We should have left it there. Fortunately, it worked all the time on a bump-start. The wheel bearings, suspension, wheel alignment, exhaust heatshield, leaky sunroof and dodgy doors (we were locked out for an hour and a bit once). All faulty. If there was any good bit it was that the engine pulled very well for a 1.6, was keen to rev and we blasted past a few scoobs. All in an engine smaller than a milk bottle. The Renault dealers seemed fed up of seeing the car return time and time again. They didn't seem best pleased with the car, I think they expected £3k car to not return so often. My father previously owned a Fiat Tempra Estate, which he paid £3500 for, and in the 6 years (175k miles) we owned it, only the alternator and slave cylinder let us down. That £500 goes a long way. At least the cabin was nice. Apart from the time we spilt milk on the carpet, It was a nice place to be. The trim had no rattles or squeaks, just a radio that leaped out at me once... Brief Summary: No.
I've had this 1998 8-valve Alize from new. Sorry it lists as a 16V but the 8V isn't on the model list. It's now done 118K miles and is still going strong. Considering that it was rear-ended at about 1 year old, the body work has done very well with only a spot of rust starting to appear on one sill in the last couple of months. It's been regularly serviced by my local Renault dealer for it's whole life (Lookers in Wincham, Cheshire) and for the most part I've been happy with their service. It's had to have the RAC out three times for starting problems - all of which were electrical problems and were fixed on the spot by the RAC patrol. Other items replaced: both drive shafts (at different times), drivers window mech (ouch, that was expensive), wiper motor (done under warranty). It's not the last word in comfort but it's been reliable and great for transporting a couple of retrievers and camping gear, also it's carried the odd sofa, drum kit etc. Considering the abuse it's had, the interior has survived well. I must admit I was worried about Renaults reliability reputation when I bought this car, but it's proven itself to be way better than any of the three VWs that I had before it. I'd have another if I could be sure of getting a new one as good as this.
This is the only Renault I have ever owned and it will certainly be the last. It has been consistently troublesome for virtually all the tme I've had it and has never gotten through a year without someting fairly major going wrong. In the last 2 year's I've had the driver's window fall out (£335 to fix) and a blown head gasket (bill £1065). Last week a brake pipe behind the fuel tank split DURING the MOT costing another £250. I'ts not as if the car has even done a high mileage - it had a genuine 28k on the clock when I bought it in 2001 from a main dealer and is still only up to 63k. I have had it serviced every year. At 57 I'm no boy racer either. Inside and out the finish quality leaves a lot to be desired: the paint job seems to be about one molecule thick and bits of trim are always coming loose. Internally the fabric and trim has worn badly and looks very tatty. The only thing the car is half decent at is cruising on the open road with a boot load of holiday gear - always assuming it doesn't blow up in the process. As a town car it is naff: it's turning circle compares favourably to that a double decker bus making it a b*gger to park. Avoid this car like the plague. I wish I'd never gotten rid of my old Mazda which didn't have a single thing go wrong with it in 9 years. STOP PRESS: my wife has just come through the front door with one of the wheel trims in her hand. Pretty much an average day for my Renault!
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