2004 Renault Kangoo Authentique 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Versatile, but with reliability issues

Faults:

Coil went on way to work at 50k miles, and the car stopped on the road. Had to ring the AA to recover, and had to wait a week for a new coil to be fitted.

Catalytic converter went at 70k miles; had to limp home at 20 mph due to loss of power for 70 miles. €800 for a new one, but got a spurious one for €200, which did the job fine.

Water pump housing cracked and started leaking water at 80k miles. Replacement cost about €100 in total, but I'm lucky the engine didn't overheat, as it lost most of its coolant.

Back door always slammed hard into the body when closing, as the struts offered little resistance.

Electric windows very slow, but didn't stop working.

Safety device to keep the back doors closed when filling with petrol gave trouble, in that the doors were staying locked after closing the petrol cap, and then it stopped working altogether.

General Comments:

Plus points:

Very spacious car, and very versatile, as it could be used as a car or van very easily.

The car felt solid on the road, and handled well.

Plenty of extras, with remote steering controls and remote locking etc.

High driving position.

Minus points:

The car was slow and under-powered; felt like you were carrying a load all the time, as the weight of the car was too much for the 1.2 engine.

Suspension was hard and felt like a van to drive.

Usual Renault unreliability issues.

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

Review Date: 22nd July, 2012

2004 Renault Kangoo Ice 1.5 Tdi from Italy

Summary:

Good carrier, fitting an open air life-style

Faults:

New vehicle (3.000 Km in a month)... So far nothing wrong (hopefully), some vibration near the plate lights... going to ask the dealer to fix it next week.

General Comments:

Very cozy, ample space, easy to drive even in rough situations (narrow roads, dirt tracks etc).

Overtaking is quite good, even on highway (the engine - 82 CV - is quite generous)

Interiors are basic... internal lights are not easy and safe to reach while driving; windows commands (?) are hard to find at the beginning... not very well located.

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

Review Date: 6th December, 2004

2004 Renault Kangoo ICE 1.2 from Italy

Summary:

A good compromise for price v performance

Faults:

New vehicle :- no faults at time of compiling this entry. However after 165,000 k.m. and 4 years my old vehicle

Developed a leak around the aerial.

Foam in drivers seat started to crumble (probably due to my 130 kg's body weight!)

Petrol pump developed a load humming noise.

Black border on windscreen turned white due to ingress of water.

General Comments:

The interior is generously dimensioned, but is basic.

Overtaking needs to be planned in advance with the 1.2 engine.

Ample space for dog/wife/shopping.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2004

2004 Renault Kangoo 4x4 1.9 diesel from France

Summary:

Comfortable, capable load carrier with few frills

Faults:

Rear sliding doors don't close if it is too cold. If the temp goes below 0 the mechanism looses it's flexibility and the door either won't open or if it does, won't close.

This is a known problem according to the man in the Renault dealership.

General Comments:

Comfortable seats and great visibility.

Easily carried skiing gear and skis. Good sized storage lockers and cubby holes.

Could do with a turbo on the diesel. But a good ride and 4x4 gives good stability on snowy roads.

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

Review Date: 3rd March, 2004

6th Aug 2004, 01:57

Just waiting to place an order for a Renault Kangoo 4x4..., until it comes with a turbo-diesel AND automatic gear! This would be the 'killer' caravan tow-car of the Year for small and mid-size caravans (up to 1300 kg). It would have high torque in low RPM due to the Diesel engine characteristics. It would have high torque due to the turbo above 2000 RPM. It would have even more torque due to the automatic gearbox (fluid) clutch and smooth starting in difficult terrain!

This would pay off at slippery grass ramps, snow, mud and steep grit roads. Yes, A VW Passat 4Motion with 2.5 liter TDI does this all..., however at a price and performance overkill.

Where is the light-weight, friendly-prized alternative?