Class leader, strong, love this car!
Oil in the coolant - common problem, cured by changing the gasket (access is poor, use a good quality replacement - Renault gasket has sealant printed on to its surface).
Clutch pedal failed - feels like a faulty clutch, but is a lot cheaper, especially as Renault gave me mine free. It's a common fault caused by poor design & poor welding.
Front shocks failed - difficult to replace, "kwick fit" people couldn't do it as it needs a special tool on my car (springs have to be compressed in situ) I managed to modify standard spring compressors to do the job. Watch your fingers.
Oil pressure switch failed at 130k - lighting the oil pressure lamp which was worrying!
Hand brake feels spongy.
Brake master cylinder failed at 140k - buy a new one.
Rear spring was broken on my car when I bought it - buy a new one from Renault as aftermarket parts are different.
Various oil leaks, changed seals etc, but seem to have to live with some oil on the floor.
Distributor is VERY hard to get at.
Buy a set of Torx drivers - but doesn't need any more special tools than other cars.
Very nice ride, comfortable. I have four kids, it has to be versatile.
Buying parts is tricky due to variations between year & models, but well worth it as Renault parts are very expensive.
Engine has loads of power and torque, relaxing to drive, but don't rush gearchanges.
Dreading having to change the clutch - it does not look easy!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2001