i bought this car on recomendation. iam very disappointed with it i have had two ignition coils replaced already i have only had the car 6 months its a 54 reg.when i test drove it i thought what a nice car, but now i want rid of it as i fear another thing going wrong. i read that the defazer pully can go it is hundreds of pounds to fix. i think its time i went down to honda as my previous car was a civic. i am sorry the day i lost my civic.
On 2nd Scenic. 1st was Vreg 1.9 td1 sport alize company car which averaged 48 mpg over 56,000 miles in 3 1/2 years, with a worst figure of 39 and a best of 56 mpg. apart from tires and servicing, no problems at all. I then purchased a 53 reg 1.9dci dynamique which has averaged 45mpg over 45,000 miles with a best of 59.8 and worst of 33.2 mpg. Only problem was a resister in the air sensing circuit for engine management just after the 36,000 service, after a trip over St Bernard in Switzerland (high altitude as one other review er found) and 2 headlight bulbs after 3 1/2 years which require removal of front bumper and valance to replace at £70 each, one goes get them all done, its cheaper in the long run. Comfort is superb and versatility unbeatable with under seat under floor storage and with hands free ignition and electronic handbrake, cruise control and climate control, very relaxing to drive, including 2 trips to the Italian Lakes Como and Guarda. Currently considering a 3rd, but there's nowt wrong with this one.
Having a quote of £900 to repair the de-phaser pulley as mentioned in my earlier review and found the dealer less than helpful I rang Renault customer services. Having been told I was a priority case and they would get back to me I was very suprised to find a phone call from my dealer next working day that Renault would cover all costs for the job despite the car being 4 months out of warranty. Well done Renault!
Please not my model is the 1.9dT. I may just have been very very lucky but my Scenic is now 11 years old with 91,000 miles on the clock and up until last week has run without requiring any repairs. The windscreen wipers have just stopped working, it's first fault. Other than that I can't fault the car, even consumables like the exhaust system lasted for more than 9 years before needing replaced. The cars 1.9 liter diesel engine has plenty of low down torque while still providing 40mpg (accepted I do not live in an urban environment) and always starts first go. The car is comfortable to drive and relatively spatious for passengers. I will be sorry when I finally have to part company with it. Having said that, given the majority of other Renault Scenic reviews report significant reliability issues, I will probably be looking at a Honda FRV as a replacement rather than another Scenic.
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