1996 Renault Safrane Reviews

1996 Renault Safrane RXE 2.0 petrol from Portugal

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired179006 kilometres
Most recent distance181560 kilometres

Summary:

Intoxicating..

Faults:

So far nothing! But I have only had it for a month now!

General Comments:

I've bought this fine piece of French luxury because I wanted to give a rest to my beloved Renault Clio Baccara (which I also own!).

My father, when I was younger, had two of these machines (a 2.2 Si Phase 1 and a magnificent 2.5 RXT Phase 2), and ever since I fell in love with the Safrane!

Bear in mind that you need to be very careful with this car, because they need a constant upkeep and a pair of skillful hands regarding mechanical work! That's why I only trust mine in the hands of my Renault dealer!

I bought mine because I knew the owner, and he also was always taking care of the Safrane! In terms of equipment, mine is the RXE version, but has all the extras from the RXT model, such as heated windscreen, heated ergomatic seats with memory, leather seats (of course...), Alpine-Renault Hi-Fi radio with 6 CD changer and electric sunroof!

It's intoxicating to drive this car... you really don't want to get out of it when you get home! And also everything works properly.

The engine is great for long trips! Quiet and responsive but a bit slow in low RPMs. But of course, when you have a Safrane, you don't want to race other people on the road. You just want to enjoy your trip nothing else.

The only downside of the car is that if you drive it only around town the gas consumption will be higher than 10L/100KM!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2010

1996 Renault Safrane Executive 2.5dT from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5dT Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance70600 miles
Previous carCitroen XM

Summary:

Brilliant

Faults:

Automatic gearbox became stuck in "Sports Mode", causing it to change gear a little higher than normal.

Boot catch did not always close correctly - design fault.

"Over Speed" light illuminating at 65mph and not 75mph like it's supposed to.

"Kickdown" on the transmission is sometimes a little too fierce, when over-taking for example, revs almost hitting 4500rpm.

Gearbox finally gave in and got stuck in "Safety Mode" once I'd exceeded 55mph.

General Comments:

This car was a dream to own, but sadly the failure of the gearbox resulted in me having to sell it.

I now own a 1999 2.5i 20v Executive Safrane, gearbox and engine supplied by Volvo, as opposed to Renault's own pre-1997.

The car handled brilliantly for it's size. Don't touch a pre-1997 automatic!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2007

1996 Renault Safrane Vi Executive 2.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired73254 miles
Most recent distance76924 miles
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

A fantastic second hand buy

Faults:

The car has had no faults while I have been the owner.

General Comments:

The car is a total delight to drive, the cabin is vast and the leather trim still smells new.

The trim level is fantastic and includes, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning, All electric Windows and much more!

The car is smooth and very comfortable with the Automatic Gearbox making things effortless, however it is sometimes confused about which gear to be in, but this is at an acceptable level.

Having been purchased for the silly sum of £1500.00 anybody would agree that this car is fantastic value for money.

The car is in fantastic condition all round and I am sure will continue to run for many more miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2004

1996 Renault Safrane RXE quadra 3.0 biturbo from Poland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 biturbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 25

Summary:

High performance and luxury for a fair price

Faults:

Rear transmission case is wet even after replacing all seals.

General Comments:

This is an inexpensive luxury car that shows very good handling and impressive performance at cruising speeds.

Fuel consumption is quite reasonable.

However I would expect a little bit more in terms of 0-60 mph acceleration from such a powerful engine with two turbochargers.

Gears are generally too long, 6-speed transmission would make the car a perfect chaser.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2003

29th Apr 2004, 10:26

God bi-turbo that sounds great!!!At what speed does the turbo kick in?

I wonder if anyone has fitted a nitrous kit to one of these beasts.

27th Mar 2005, 15:11

I would like to buy this car.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 4 reviews