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


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


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


Good design, good safety, practical design


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


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


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

21st Aug 2015, 12:00

I bought a 2005 automatic Modus for the wife. On the face of it, it seemed to be ideal for parking/driving, carrying the dogs etc, but then I went onto the forums and YouTube to look up any problems. I then found out you have to take off the front of the car, plus the wheel arch panels, just to change the head light bulbs.

The auto box is the AL4/DPO. This transmission has been used over the years for a large number of Renault models. Its problems are many and varied, from faulty pressure valves/solenoids, faulty sensors, and overheating, causing limp mode/lockouts. It is a sealed unit, mine has no drain plug, just a level plug, so I can't even drain out the old fluid. Debris from the friction clutches and the steels just keeps pumping around the system, damaging seals, bearings, bushings etc. Repairs can range from £500 to £3000, and Renault does not like paying out repair costs; you would need a solicitor for that one!

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


Excellent economy, poor electronics


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

24th Dec 2015, 12:58

It's not the heater switch that fails, it's the resistor. It's a common fault with Renault; the cost on eBay is approx £15; if you know what you are doing, 2 hours tops; if you don't, all day!