What should I look for in a used Renault Kangoo estate?
Although we'd expect the Kangoo to be mechanically tough, there have been numerous reported niggles, particularly with the electrics. So, before you think about buying one, make sure everything works, and also check that this workhorse of a car hasn't been worked too hard.
Clutches are also known to be a weakness. Check for a smooth, even travel on the pedal and make sure all gears engage easily.
Another weak point are the timing belts on diesel models, which can slip and damage the engine. Ideally, find a model with a full service history.
The Kangoo has been the subject of several recalls, so check that any of the following work, where appropriate, has been carried out on any car you're interested in.
Recalls were issued in February 2000 to check the possibility of loss of brake servo assistance, and again later that year because of tyres experiencing a rapid loss of pressure.
At the end of 2001, 14,000 Kangoos had adaptations to the seatbelt pre-tensioner and airbag sensor. In 2002 worn locking bolts were preventing the front and side doors on some models from locking; they were replaced.