1997 Renault Scenic RT 1.6e from UK and Ireland
Fantastic design, build quality suspect
Roof aerial was faulty when bought, replaced by the dealer under warranty.
Non starter, due to a bad electrical connection on the starter motor, quite a common problem according to the AA man.
At 40,000 miles the car broke down, first sign was a rising temperature gauge followed by an engine cut out. The car was towed to the main dealer. Timing belt had broken due to a core plug (which had worked loose) being caught up in the timing pulleys. Luckily valves were not bent. Cylinder head needed machining due to distortion because of loss of coolant, which had caused overheating. Repair bill came to over £500.
The wife and kids like the car, it is an ideal car for a family with three young kids.
It's also a drivers car which I enjoy driving briskly when conditions and mood are right.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th September, 2001
3rd Jun 2003, 05:52
It's not meant to be a Fiesta or a Mondeo, but still drives very well and if driven properly can keep up with a surprising number of "better" cars. Mine (1.9Tdi) does not suffer unduly in side wind and I regularly drive at 90-95 on Motorways without any worry. I have driven the new turbo diesel Mondeo and agree it is a great car, but practically is cannot match the Scenic.
2nd Jan 2005, 16:11
I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with the comment about it not being a drivers car. I've had my 1.6i 16v Scenic to 117 mph and it still felt pretty stable.