1998 Renault Safrane Executive 2.5 20 valve from UK and Ireland
Ultra cheap and ultra reliable
A fuel tank strap broke, a common fault on these so be aware!! The fuel tank will fall off if the strap has seen better days. The strap itself is metal covered in black rubber, and over time water sits inside the rubber outer rusting the metal. Got a new one from Renault and fitted it in 20 minutes.
A handbrake cable for the MOT.
Same as everyone else - the door pocket lid on the drivers side door keeps falling off.
I've always had the old Renault 25, and when the Safrane took the model over, it had a lot to live up to, and it did it. If you're looking for a comfortable, cruiser with loads of space in the back, these cars fit the bill.
I've got the 2.5 Volvo engine in mine with the Volvo gearbox, and it's bulletproof. Even with nearly 170,000 miles on the clock, the engine still pulls well and uses no oil or water at all.
Also, being a Renault, the bodywork will never rust either.
It really is a great all rounder, and now you can pick these cars up for buttons. I bought mine last spring with 152,000 miles on it for £500 and it was (and still is) absolutely mint!!
I'll only get rid of this car when the engine finally dies, so I'll guess I'll be doing another 200,000 miles in it then :-)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th April, 2007
13th Apr 2007, 23:56
With regards to the door pocket lid, I just prized the leather part off, screwed the plastic part to the door and then put the leather part back on. You lose the door pocket (which is pretty useless anyway!) but at least it does the job it was put there to do. Super car though, highly recommended, especially with that 2.5 volvo unit.