My Scenic Alize is the eight valve. I bought it new in 1998 (r). What a surprising car, it has been totally reliable for 70000 miles and very reasonable to maintain.Ok its not the most dynamic to drive but it more than makes up for this with its versatility. What surprises me the most is its robustness, its such a tough little car with good levels of equipment including a/c and abs. I would certainly have another.
This is a great car for a family as it has everything you need. It has a small car feel but is quite roomy as there is little bonet as with some cars.
I have owned two of these cars (traded first in for Zafira but went back to Scenic)and i am impressed as far as family cars go. I never had a fault mechanically and the interior held up well dispite three young kids. The car is comfy to ride and drive, dodgy perhaps on corners especially at higher speeds, but generally a satisfying drive for the money.
The boot is a good size and they are cheap to run. Two tyres cost £75 fitted and i didn't even shop around.
The only problem was with the electric sunroof mechanism. The wife came home with it broke one day (not sure what really happened and i had to unscrew the glass roof to close it!) For the price these cars are now though definately worth buying. These cars are not too bad on resale value either.
We are trading ours in for the newer model so hope that is as good.
I've owned this 1.9 dci fidji since sep 05, at the time of purchase second hand it had done 37k. The reason we bought this car was to replace a nissan navara, I am self employed and work in the building industry. The navara was to expensive to run and very impractical when all said and done, so for practical reasons the Scenic seemed a good alternative. I like it's storage capabilties and it's actually ok to drive but thats where the plus side ends. It has had new discs all round, the a/c has never worked,but i didn't discover this until it was just out of warrenty. The dead lock that is suppoed to activate after pulling away, suddenly disappeared and hasn't worked since, the little temp guage that use to be very useful suddenly disappeared, but some times re-appears from time to time reading 55 degrees. The utility belt has had to be fixed twice in as many months at a cost of over £400, and iv'e just had both rear shockers replaced due to one snapping clean off...@*"kin speed humps. The heater is useless and doesn't clear the windscreen at all effectively. In general it's practical for me but for saying it's a diesel, consumption is poor at around 37mpg on ave. I'll steer clear of Renau's in future..they're a bunch of jokers aswell!! ( Renault Leicester ) you'd get more co-opertaion out of a backstreet dealer.. and loyalty.
I have owned my Scenic for nearly 3 years. The high driving position is fantastic, giving an excellent view of the road ahead. The 1.9 Dci engine has all the power I need for this vehicle. A sports car it is not. I have done several long journeys in it and it has never let me down. It just keeps going. The rear seats are easy to tilt or remove completely giving a versatile load space. I have taken bikes and tents all over and taken old washing machins and other white goods to the dump without a problem. Great leg room at the front and back which makes cleaning inside easy. Economical - trust the stats they seem accurate. One thing, the A/C pump went wrong and was expensive to replace. Otherwise good.
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