2001 Renault Scenic 1.6 16v from Malta
Would definitely buy another one for the wife
The model has an issue with engine ignition coils. Due to a design error these have the tendency to cause the engine to shudder from time to time. This can either occur on startup (spluttering) or even cause a sudden loss of power while driving. Although it is something you can live with (as the shuddering generally lasts seconds) it could be both embarrassing and possibly even dangerous if on a motorway.
Although original parts can be costly (around 60 euros per coil, and bought in a set of 4) there are cheaper replacement parts - but their reliability is as yet unconfirmed.
I exchanged my Twingo for a Clio, and then the Clio for the Scenic (for my dog to have more room). I am a Renault fan and will continue to buy from the French manufacturer.
This car is amazingly practical, superbly comfortable, and only around 1cm longer than the sedan Megane.
The 1.6 16v engine is surprisingly strong (good torque), while economy isn't so bad considering the size & weight of the vehicle (36mpg).
Visibility is very good, and even my wife loves it - who generally doesn't like Renaults. The car also has an infinite number of cubby holes (dashboard, under all 5 seats, boot area and floorboard), while the boot takes large items and is low-loading (good on the back).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th May, 2009