1998 Renault Kangoo Review

1998 Renault Kangoo rt 1.2 (8v) from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2 (8v) Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance69896 kilometres
Previous carRenault Twingo


Cheap-and-cheerful French workhorse


Not very much; the usual, more or less: (although outside of regular service-intervals)

It left us standing on 2 separate occasions because it needed

- a new battery;

- new spark-plugs.

It broke down on the road on 1 occasion because it needed

- a new exhaust.

It had to return to the (local sub-) dealer twice after having it's cam-belt periodically replaced (safely at 60.000 although officially at 80.000), because the new belt made an increasingly wining noise combined with the old one's bearings:

- new bearings: wining even rose to intolerable levels!

- again new belt, but now simultaneously with new bearings: wining as good as gone!

NO extra charge though, so no harm done ultimately.

The car is no more rattly than you'd expect from the average cheap-and cheerful french workhorse.

Nothing that a bit of PT-FE - spray can't make disappear...

General Comments:

The car has a very friendly atmosphere in and about it and once accustomed to it you'll never want to feel cramped in a similarly priced super-mini again...!

It automatically convinces you into a relaxed driving-style and although relatively underpowered in the traditional French manner (58bhp/140kmh/0-100:17s) it's engine is also traditionally French smooth and friendly sounding.

It does everything from towing 1600 kilos (!) of soil to carrying DIY-stuff, furniture, prams and wheelchairs and also has easy entry-exit for the elderly.

Pity though that Haynes doesn't carry a manual for it, because besides the friendly local sub-dealer, the main dealer-system leaves something to be desired. But it's uncomplicated and easy to do stuff yourself on even without a manual.

On the whole it's very comfortable for 5 (though a bit noisy), easy to operate and has a very good driving-position.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review