Renault Grand Scenic Reviews

2006 Renault Grand Scenic 1.6 petrol from Finland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2014
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124

Summary:

Comfortable french car

Faults:

Rear brake pads were completely worn out when we bought the car. Also the upper rubber bushing on the front strut needed replacing.

A/C could do with a top up.

All in all, nothing major, and since everything is done in my own garage, those aren't big issues.

General Comments:

Cheap and cheerful car with lots of space. Everything works, and on the road it is a joy to drive.

The 1.6 might be low on power when fully laden, but normally I drive alone, so performance isn't an issue.

My family loves our new french connection.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2014

2005 Renault Grand Scenic Expression 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Disappointed, expensive, unreliable, and would not recommend

Faults:

Ignition coils went within 2 weeks of owning.

Track rod ends replaced at same time.

Dash display replaced due to fault resetting display every 2 minutes, before eventually giving up at 45k miles.

Brake discs needed replacing at 45k miles.

O/S rear window motor went at 50K miles.

N/S front window motor went at 52k miles.

Hand brake cable needed replacing at 52k miles.

Blower intermittent at 57k miles.

General Comments:

Once you buy it, you will need a bank balance of more than the value of the car. Very, very expensive to maintain.

My 1.6 model is seriously under powered compared to the diesel models.

The two seats at the back are too small for an adult, and even a child struggles for leg room.

When rear seats are in use, a double pushchair will not fit in the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2012

2005 Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carRenault Grand Scenic

Summary:

Good, reliable, cheap all rounder

Faults:

Coil pack failed at 55k; a common fault with most cars.

Hand brake cable failed at 59k, which meant we had to replace the whole electric hand brake at a cost of £550.

Digital instrument panel went blank at 60k. Dealer replaced at a reduced cost of £150.

General Comments:

We've owned this car for almost 3 years now, purchased second hand from an auction as a repo. Apart from the recent hand brake and digital dash failure, we have had trouble free motoring.

I know some of these cars come with their problems, but if you can get a good one, they represent fantastic value for money.

Our next one will be the new shape diesel, as the 1.6 petrol is a little heavy on fuel; we only seem to manage 31 MPG round town, and 36 MPG on long runs.

If you shop around, you can get a year old model for half the original list price, so it's worth considering the new Scenic rather than similar brands.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2012

2003 Renault Grand Scenic Dynamique 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Distance when acquired35 miles
Previous carRenault Scenic

Summary:

Expensive if it goes wrong

Faults:

Where can I start???

The digital dash went on my car in Feb 2011. Had that replaced, and have had nothing but problems since.

The car failed to start for me about 2 weeks ago; when it finally started after leaving it overnight, the dash had gone off again! Back to the dealer, who diagnosed a faulty radio (??) causing the fuses to blow, which cost me £108 for them to disconnect it!

It now needs a new dephaser pulley and timing belt, which is going to cost in the region of about £900 to fix!!! I am a student nurse, and just cannot afford to keep paying out for these huge amounts! As soon as I can afford to get this fixed, I am getting rid of this car, and I will never ever buy another Renault!

General Comments:

Nice, comfortable family car.

Shame it has so many expensive problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2011

12th Feb 2012, 04:15

Hi. My Renault Scenic dash went crazy, so my mechanic said it would be expensive to find the problem. Worried, I called Renault to get a quote to compare, and was told there is a call back on it, so the total cost was only £100. Always check with main dealer first, because they can be cheaper than local garages, and more honest.

23rd Feb 2013, 01:22

Renault only charged you £100 for this fault as they paid for the entire dashboard themselves, and the dealer charged you for the labour to fit it.

Renault have realised the dashboards on these cars go wrong too often, so do this as a "goodwill gesture", while not admitting fault and paying for the whole thing ::rolleyes::

They have recently raised the price to £150, which was just in time to catch me out. :-(

Your local mechanic was not being dishonest, they would have had to buy the dashboard and the whole job would have cost around £600, and they won't always know that the manufacturer has got a deal like this going on.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 15 reviews