2005 Renault Modus Privilege 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Stay well clear unless you like pain!
Nothing has gone yet, but I needed a car that's easy to get into and it had to be automatic...
I have always done my own maintenance, but these cars by design are for dealer maintenance; working on one of these is like a gynecologist decorating his front room through his letterbox.
These cars have so many faults it would take too much time to list them, but here are a few:
Just to put new rear discs on requires that you buy new wheel bearings and ABS rings.
Camshaft dephasers are an expensive item that also require the cambelt being changed; another expensive item.
The automatic transmissions have built in flaws, and repair/replacement can mean it outweighs keeping the car.
If you get the dreaded fault code 1608 or df002, it means your electric power steering has gone and that will set you back £1300.
A transmission can cost £3000.
Then you have the mundane things like windows dropping down, numerous electrical faults caused by water in the fuse/relay box, immobiliser faults, dashboards with dry joints, and a host of digital warnings where you're told to pull over, turn off, wait and restart, water coming into the cabin, taking the front off just to change the light bulbs; the list goes on.
But from a design point of view, it's a spacious little car; plenty of cubby holes/storage. It's comfortable and easy to drive, with big windows. But it's let down by designer flaws/dealer only repair systems.
If they put a non computer transmission unit in it and an engine that did not have a dephaser cam system, and took out all of the non essential sensors, it would have been up there with the best, but they did not!
So there it is, a good car spoilt by dealer greed!
Whatever you do, only use fully synthetic fluid in the transmission; never put Dex III in it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd September, 2015