The car you didn't know that you'd promised yourself...
Exhaust section (leak).
Replaced all headlight and front bulbs.
Slightly tired leather drivers seat and center console (easily solved).
Considering the car is 15 years old, it's in good condition, drives well and hasn't let me down (except as a result of my own absent mindedness). Very comfortable, although more designed to be a motorway cruiser than a 'potter around' car. The car is surprisingly quick, even in the automatic version (sport mode has its uses).
Safranes are rare cars and well worth the finding. They're comfortable par excellence, and because they're so little known, they are cheap to buy. However, they aren't the cheapest to run, and pattern parts are definitely your friend. For example - a middle silencer and exhaust section from Renault is £140 - a pattern part can be had for less than £40 delivered. A external temperature sensor is £50 alone!
The car has a voice synthesizer warning system for general warnings such as doors/boot/bonnet - oil pressure/level/temperature - fuel level and engine temperature.
It's also worth finding out what parts are shared with other more common Renault cars, since these parts will be available in scrapyards.
It's best to go for a manual car, automatics have a bit of a reputation.. and the 2.2 and 2.5 engines give the best balance of power and economy... most powerful is the 170hp 3.0 litre.
My family have had four of these cars now, and for £525 for a 2.2i 12v executive car with electric everything, and less than 100,000 on the clock, is a good price.
All things considered, if you need a large comfortable family car for a reasonable price - then the Safrane is most definitely worth a look.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th October, 2010