2010 Renault Master MWB 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good load space, but EVERYTHING else is substandard and debatable?

Faults:

Hand brake failure/replacement.

Power steering failure.

Fractured brake discs.

Constant service lights on. Found out one of the causes was a poor quality hose, which should have been changed on a recall, but didn't get done.

Drive pulley bearing losing all its packing, requiring replacement.

Side door handle constantly coming off, and required a replacement fitting.

Contaminated head-light and rear door brake light with mould growth.

Side door re-alignment/lock adjustment.

Head-light bulbs constantly blowing.

Rear brake cylinder failure.

General Comments:

The only positive thing about this van is its size/low floor carrying capacity. THAT'S when it's going and not constantly costing me a fortune in time lost / bills for repairs in garages.

I advise everyone to steer clear of buying/owning such a van, as the dealership service whilst in warranty was abysmal. Local dealers sell the MWB van on their forecourt, without explaining prior to purchase that you will have to travel 30/40 miles away for work to be done on it, as they no longer have the facilities (high ramps). That's if they can do the job properly. I had 5 return trips before correctly fitting a side-loading door handle in place. They replacing fractured brake discs/pads and did not bleed them properly. I found out at a set of red traffic lights - pedal to the floor and nothing!

I have not done 3000-4000 miles without some dash warning light coming on etc and costing me a minimum of £50, if only to remove it even when nothing has been found. And I have now decided to get a black sticker to put on the display clocks over the service light.

Can't say I will be sorry when I can eventually afford to get rid of it. It's a pile of junk.

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

Review Date: 7th January, 2015

2007 Renault Master LH3 2.5 dCi 150 turbo diesel from Sweden

Summary:

Love and hate it

Faults:

Gearbox broke at turn of warranty. A new one cost nearly £4000, and took 2 months to arrive.

This one went kaput after 6 weeks, replaced on warranty this time.

Particle filter replaced.

Engine and economy are very good.

Fed up with Christmas lights on the dashboard.

General Comments:

Quick and reliable engine.

Economical.

But has cost me too much money.

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

Review Date: 19th September, 2011

2005 Renault Master MM33 2.5 dCi 100 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Safe van, packed with features, just not rugged enough

Faults:

The van came with the steering components loose, and the van wandered all over the road until I took it in for inspection.

Drivers window winder failed.

Passenger window winder failed.

Have had three replacement parking sensors.

Radio antenna broke off.

Sliding door electric contacts corrode when it rains.

Rear doors seized up/very stiff to open.

Have to slam driver's door to make it shut.

Have to slam sliding door to make it shut.

Have had new clutch master cylinder already.

Clutch has juddered since new.

Handbrake failure is most recent fault.

General Comments:

IMHO, the faults I have had show very poor build quality.

However, the van always returns between 30 - 32mpg.

It has never failed to start, and is reliable this way.

The cruise control is the best thing on this van, and makes you less tired.

The aircon is very good too, and has not failed yet.

Rear tyres hardly wear down, but front ones do much quicker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th January, 2011

1998 Renault Master 2.5 diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Best van ever made

Faults:

Replaced hand brake cables, new bearing in front wheel.

Great van, never let me down, never missed a beat.

It is a straight diesel, the best I think. You can keep all your fuel injection engines and turbos; nothing but trouble, and electrics, all the fancy extras, just buy a straight diesel van and it will go to the moon and back. I know lots of vans with over 300,000 on clock and still going great, and most you can work on yourself. I have never taken mine to the dealers, so there you go.

General Comments:

Great old van, and the engine is powerful enough to pull anything. My van is showing its age, but the engine is still strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2010