A solid piece of French engineering!
- Head gasket blown just after buying the car - repaired quickly and cheap
- The cooling radiator broke - it formed a massive crack in the plastic part - it had to be replaced
- The clutch cable snapped once (well it seems to be a common problem with Renault, because it has happened to my previous Renault twice)
- Most of the front suspension had to be replaced - after all it's a Renault and the Bulgarian roads are terrible!!!
- Certain problems with the central locking and the alarm - a blown fuse somewhere
- Problems with the rear brake system - replaced cylinder and problems with the brake pads - the carbon material split from the metal part
- A stupid problem with a rubber ring seal in the injection unit - left me stranded in the "nobody's land" between Greece and Bulgaria :-) The problem was easily repaired, but it was a pain in the ass to find and identify.
I love the car! Well, you know, it has its problems but it's an old car... and well even though I keep all the service records clean and within the kilometer and period limits, I have had these problems. Well, all of them have been repaired easily in a local garage by a bunch of extremely skilled mechanics, but the big problem of this car has been the "identifying the problem" part.
I love the general road behaviour of the car and the fuel consumption. It starts every time in the morning, even in extremely cold conditions and it has no problems when the roads are flooded when many other cars are just stranded out there in the middle of a big puddle.
And, well, I will definitely buy another Renault - preferably a Laguna or a Megane.
A solid piece of French engineering (very reliable compared to Peugeot and Citroen models of the same class).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st July, 2008