2008 Renault Grand Scenic Commercial 1.5 dCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Reliable, strong and honest

Faults:

12 Volt adapter in the cockpit is broken.

Lots of bulbs.

Some of the trim in the rear of the car is loose/worn.

Air con required re-charging after 12 months.

General Comments:

I have the commercial version (i.e it's a small van - no rear seats). It's a comfortable cruiser. Great on motorways and open roads, 6 forward gears. Lots of power available for acceleration and overtaking. Very economical. My running costs (fuel) have halved.

Seats very supportive. Nice driving position. Lots of storage space. I love the digital display. Air Con is OK for Ireland, but would suffer in a hotter climate.

Negatives: Braking in the wet is tricky, as the front wheels tend to lock. Not the most exciting vehicle, but does the job well. The view when reversing is not great, and I have scratched the bumpers a few times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2010

10th Jun 2011, 05:59

Original owner again. 55000Km. Engine still running very well. Front right driver's shock is leaking oil, and is to be replaced. Both rear brakes have to be replaced, wear tolerance is very low on these. Expensive jobs.

Front lights failing repeatedly, despite replacing bulbs.

Love driving this car, but faults are beginning to put a strain on our relationship.

2008 Renault Grand Scenic 1.5 dci from Belgium

Summary:

Excellent choice so far

Faults:

Nothing, I've had the car for just 1 week.

General Comments:

Very early to comment of course, but my first impressions are very favorable. Grand Scenic drives well, roomy, comfortable, comes with all the electronic gizmo's (automatic lights, automatic hand break, automatic warnings, parking assistant, cruise control, key-less start, etc etc). The small 1.5 diesel (105 HP) does the job very well, both in town and on the motorway. All in all, a car of an different generation than my previous 1997 Toyota Carina. Fingers crossed that it will continue to be excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th February, 2008

13th Jul 2008, 03:48

Update @ 8000 km : "oil level incorrect" warning light came on... phoned Renault assistance and was told to add 0.5 liter of oil. "Oil level OK" now, but is this normal?

14th Feb 2009, 11:11

I've had the car now for just over 1 year, 18.000 km, no problems. Average fuel consumption around 6,8 l/100 km. Pros : versatile car, drives well

Cons : interior could be better finished, some rattles in the back ; diesel smell on cold start.

19th Nov 2010, 07:02

Good engine. Averaging 950kms on a tank of diesel.

Very comfortable.

Paint job still looks great.

Electrics (bulbs, lights, 12v point) not as good as my old Toyota.

Replaced front tyres at 45000km.

17th Apr 2011, 12:24

Original owner again, @60.000:

I need to replace front tyres (and back ones in approx 10.000 km). Otherwise nothing to report. Car runs well.

19th Feb 2012, 14:27

At 75.000 km : passed first MOT, no problems (except rear fog lights not working). Had it checked before MOT by a garage (a 670 euro bill for 2 new back tyres, oil, front brake pads, work... ouch).

Nothing much to report, average fuel consumption 6.5 l/100 km.

5th Aug 2014, 17:27

Original owner at 115,000 km:

Excellent car really, no problems, good engine, comfortable car even fully loaded with 5 adults and a dog!

Some of the trim is starting to loosen a bit (boxes in front doors and side boxes in the trunk), but very satisfied.

24th Jul 2016, 16:43

Original owner at 153.000 km:

I can't remember running into any problem the last 2-3 years, except maybe the rear view mirror that occasionally tends to fall off... easy fix... very satisfied after 8 and a half years of ownership.