Renault Modus Reviews

2005 Renault Modus Dynamique 1.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles

Summary:

These cars are RUBBISH, UNRELIABLE AND DANGEROUS. Avoid at all costs!!!

Faults:

Everything.

Exhaust EGR valve went at 55,000.

Broken front spring.

Broken rear spring.

Rusted brake pipes at 60,000.

Driver's side electric window mechanism destroyed itself at 55,000.

Main body control module went at 51,000 - cost £700 but replaced under warranty.

Air con packed up. Blower motor stopped working.

Electric sunroof gave continuous problems with jamming etc.

Electrical problems are rife.

To cap it all, the airbags didn't work when the rubbish handling put the car in collision with a tree.

General Comments:

Practical - the 1.5 DCI engine is nippy. Too nippy for the ability of the chassis.

Renault electrics are a disaster area. The dealers know how to charge as well - £350 for a module, then another £120 + VAT for programming??? Come on!!

The handling is dangerous. Steering lacks feel and understeers badly when pushed; it is not uncommon to come out of a roundabout on a different lane to the one on which you started. Lost control, skidded on a twisty road, and ended up stuffing it into a tree. It's now written off, which is good riddance to the wretched thing to be honest. I would pay to see it put through the crusher.

The £30 road tax for the engine emissions is good. About the only good thing I have to say about it. Keep it as a town car, but for the open road it is a disaster.

In short these cars are cheap, nasty and built to a price. Avoid them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 2014

2008 Renault Modus Dynamic S TCe 1.2 TCe 100 bhp from Portugal

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.2 TCe 100 bhp Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance20000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

It's a very nice car, with a great engine and fuel consumption, spacious interior and well equipped

Faults:

The car has problems on starting, since it cannot start properly on the first attempt sometimes. I have been several times to the dealer to solve the problem without success so far.

At the moment Renault says that it has a failure on the injectors, I am waiting the new ones from France and they will be change without charge since the car is still in warranty.

I hope that this time they will solve my problem.

The car was bought new in November 2008.

General Comments:

The car is nice to drive, but it's not so comfortable as my last Clio II (phase 1).

It feels very safe to drive and the engine is great with its turbo, giving all the power you need. I like very much the engine since it can have a low fuel consumption (4.2 to 6.6 L/100Km).

The Grand Modus has a lot of space, which is great for the car's exterior dimensions.

It is also well equipped.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2009

2006 Renault Modus 1.5 DCi 86 Oasis 1.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carRenault Modus

Summary:

Good design, good safety, practical design

Faults:

Nothing went wrong - I would stll have the car if I had not had an accident on the M56 skidding on black ice in December 2008.

General Comments:

Whilst going from Liverpool to Manchester, the Modus skidded on black ice and I ended up going up the centre barrier doing towards Manchester, but facing Liverpool! No other vehicles involved and I walked away - Good crash design - the car was repaired by Renault, but I lost confidence in the car and changed the car. A car is never the same after a big repair

Good design reliable and some good touches.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2009

2005 Renault Modus Oasis 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

Great small car, which when inside gives you the illusion you're driving something much bigger

Faults:

Nothing just a head light bulb, which has to be done at Renault, be warned!

General Comments:

Great car with a good spec, worth finding the Oasis limited addition model which gives you air con, CD and the boot chute. You also get the nicer trim.

The car averages about 41mpg town driving. You need to be a bit revvy to get the car going, but otherwise it's a great small car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2008

2004 Renault Modus Expression 1.5 dCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 dCi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Excellent economy, poor electronics

Faults:

Fuel tank leaked.

Left hand light switch cluster failed.

Sunroof failed.

Air-con failed.

Fan blower control failed three times.

Rear door child lock stuck in locked position.

Rear brake pad cracked, squeaking noises.

NS headlamp failed 3 times - front off car repair.

NS headlamp intermittent failure.

General Comments:

I bought this car because of its fuel economy, which proved to be very good, 60mpg average, 55mpg worst in Winter, best ever, 81mpg on a 120 mile run, fully laden, with a tail wind. I like Renaults, I always wanted an Espace, but Modus was the compromise!

The Modus really has extremely comfortable seats, and a really nice finish. I liked the look of it, but I was in the minority. It handled beautifully, and the engine was very sweet.

Eventually it had to go because of all the ancillary bits of equipment which kept failing. Each line above is a day when a workshop visit had to be organised. When the blower switch failed the day after dealer repair, my confidence finally evaporated. How can blower switches fail? This technology has been with us since the 1870s. With the dysfunctional headlamps, air-con and sunroof, it was unfortunately the final straw. The front-off nonsense required to replace a headlamp bulb isn't funny and took the shine off too.

I still like Renaults though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2008

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 11 reviews