Air shock absorbers developed a fault after owning the car for less than a month.
This system raises / lowers the ride height of the car according to road conditions and load in the passenger cabin keeping it level and stable.
Renault replaced a sensor on the front roll bar and said that this would rectify the fault, they charged £700 for the work.
The fault recurred a month or so later and was never properly fixed by the main dealer "Caledonia". I have traveled in another Safrane since then and it too had the same fault.
Remote central locking key only works on these cars if you are within about six inches of the vehicle, any further away and you can't lock with the remote.
Door "pop up" locks seize up and fail to lock the doors in damp spells of weather.
The Safrane looks good, even older cars seem to stand the test of time with virtually no rust problems.
The ride is very refined and the car handles well around town and is an excellent motorway cruiser.
Very nice passenger accommodation with big comfortable seats and lots of luxury feel, good stereo with six speakers and remote control for the driver.
Automatic climate control on my car gave no problems at all, although this is often not the case. Repairs can be expensive and faults are common on older Safrane's.
Don't buy one with air suspension it's a disaster!.
Automatic gearbox on my car was silky smooth and gave no trouble at all.
Renaults in my experience have strong engines which give miles of service to the owner round the clock and beyond.