2001 Renault Scenic Dynamique+ 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Great package let down by unreliable gearbox
Driver Seat Lumbar Support replaced within one week of getting car.
"Proactive" Automatic gearbox slipping out of gear at 900 miles. Gearbox replaced under warranty.
Replacement gearbox failed at 2500 miles, currently at dealer for another replacement gearbox.
Excellent car, let down by unreliable auto gearbox.
Dealer unsympathetic. Renault UK not much help either.
I intend to get rid of the car as soon as I can.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th June, 2002
3rd Aug 2005, 09:06
My gearbox failed at 70,000 km and only less than 5 yrs old. Never heard of such situation before. I will not buy a Renault anymore. I like its safety and features, but the gearbox is horrendously expensive to replace. Mine is a Renault Scenic 1.6 automatic, year 2000.
24th Feb 2007, 04:06
If you want some sound advice NEVER EVER buy a Renault, or any other French car. OK for a year or so, after this you will find a host of faults manifest themselves. You will end up paying many hundreds of pounds in repairs over a five year period (excluding servicing).
I bought a new scenic Dti in '98. The fuel pump cam belt pulley disintegrated at 66K Renault stuck two fingers up and refused any help, fuel pump mounting bracket bolt thread stripped causing fatigue and pressure on engine mountings. The upshot was that the whole engine sank causing the exposed top gear to eat into the cylinder head. NEW HEAD. Gearbox jumps out of 5th, 4th doesn't exist. Wipers squeak. There have been many other problems like cold start (wiring fault), rear shock snapped, roll bar bushes knocking, etc.
If you want reliable motoring get rid of ANY Renault scenic and by a Toyota Corolla Verso, Mazda, VW Touran, or a decent Vauxhall Zafira, even a Kia Carens, but forget Renault as they are RUBBISH. Just don't buy French.