1994 Renault Safrane RXE 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland
Good looks, useless transmission
The auto box is not reliable, my car is already on its third box with the fault of "gearbox in safety mode" popping up.
The current box has only done +/- 8000 miles, it's out of guarantee so no help from the dealer - Gravells!!
My shocks have failed. These being air assisted, the cost is outrageous at £500,00 each!!
The heater control card also now has a fault, again the replacement cost is over £1000.00.
On the plus side, it is a comfortable car to drive, but alas, no more Renault's for me. Nice to drive, but silly money to repair.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th January, 2002
29th Apr 2003, 12:03
Safrane Auto 2.2lt M.
This car also has the same problem with the gearbox. I will not be paying the £1800 the dealer wants to replace the gearbox and will put up with the problem.
14th Apr 2008, 14:36
I drive a V6 RXE full full. And now it is in for a service; it is automatic and doesn't work at all. For repair I should pay 2000chf; this is too much because the car's price is about 3000.
I want to say those who love speed should buy it. From 0 to 200 it goes easy. Great stable luxury onboard computer to tell what is the problem etc.
I plan to buy a VEL SATIS.
The technology is advanced, and the car is excellent; just too many problems with the automatic.
28th Jan 2009, 14:26
I have owned three Renault's in my driving life, and it's very true the Safrane is one of the smoothest motorway rides I've experienced. I've owned Audi's Rover's etc etc. None have come near to value for money.
Yes, the 3.0V6 gearbox went on mine twice, and to be honest I am looking for an alternative stronger box to make the car perform the way it should do, any suggestions as £1800-£2300 is not value for money for me.
I currently have a 2.2 Exc RT Vi; great car, manual, but lacks major power when required to pass idle caravans and Sunday jaunts to grandmas.
The main problem I have experienced with both Safranes is having to replace the poor strength suspension even if it's linked, The Renault techs didn't figure for over sized speed humps as this hindrance has caused countless needs to replace drop links and suspension arms, and that is at a slow speed as well.
If the Safrane was built and designed on a Friday afternoon, it is such a shame as the potential for a long lasting comfortable saloon has passed them by.
Lets hope the flagship executive saloon that was out in August 2008 as replacement does not inherit the same problems, Oh and why is it not available in the UK. Heh guys, I'm French too, no excuse. I want one ASAP.
The French Man.
P.S I'm serious, I want one