1999 Renault Scenic RXE 2.0 from UK and Ireland
A magnificent vehicle with apparently an inherently faulty gearbox
A few small faults were fixed very quickly such as a radio that began to switch itself off intermittently.
The car then behave beautifully until 18-20 months ago when it began to slip gears when hot. On eventful trip required a flatbed trip home courtesy of the R.A.C. Even then my local dealer failed to find and acknowledge the fault. He must think a 5hr ride in an R.A.C. truck in midsummer is something I enjoy.
Now box has become worse and my dealer is telling me I require a new one and as a goodwill gesture Renault are willing to pay half leaving me with an approximate £1000 bill.
I shall be using what I have read here plus the fact that the car was less than 3yrs old to argue for a new gearbox at their expense.
I truly love my scenic. I was adapted for my disability (without touching the gearbox) and has been a great source of freedom since I acquired it.
I was looking forward to the new scenic as a replacement or even a used Aventime, but having read the woes of Renault gearboxes I am having very serious doubts.
Whether I remain a Renault customer is quite simply in the hands of Renault.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th July, 2003
31st Jul 2003, 05:57
Renault automatic gearboxes are well known in the trade for being troublesome - avoid.
The new Scenic six speed gearbox is made by Nissan...
7th Sep 2004, 16:16
I have a W registration automatic Clio with very erratic gearbox problems. I always thought I had a five speed automatic and was surprised to hear that there is no such thing. It is obviously slipping a gear. The "gearbox" warning light comes on quite often and I have to stop and re-set by switching off. Well, I don't know what to think!
3rd Oct 2004, 14:42
Got a 99 v auto with 20.000m I have read many negative reviews about the renault gearbox, but I am very happy with my scenic.
I have owned the car for over 12 months and done most of the mileage and I have found the car very reliable.
I would recommend this practical car to anyone.