2002 Renault Scenic from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Not suitable for Australian conditions

Faults:

Plenty.

Rear shocks went soon after purchase.

It threw fan belts off.

It threw the harmonic balancer off, which threw the timing belt off, which damaged valves and required a full top end re-build.

Rear top window once opened cannot be closed.

Gear box is not far away from dying; clunks badly, and is now starting to slip through the gears.

Engine runs always at a hot temperature, and the gear box also suffers badly under high temperatures.

General Comments:

At first you will love this car. Stylish and spacious interior with plenty of handy gadgets and features. But it is badly let down with high running and maintenance costs, and an unreliable motor and gearbox that doesn't suit Australian conditions, particularly our summer months.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th January, 2011

2002 Renault Scenic Sport 2.0 16v from Sweden

Summary:

Very nice car with annoying quality flaws

Faults:

Brakes have tendency to get stuck. Very common problem with this car apparently.

Driver side electrical window failed. Turned out to be a very common problem, so finding used parts was impossible and new replacement part is very expensive.

Trunk handle fell off. Turned out to be yet another standard problem with this car. The handle is held in place solely by a small o-ring. Just replace that and push the handle back in. If you've lost the handle, you probably won't be able to find a used part and will need to replace the entire lock.

ANOTHER very common problem with this car is that the TDC sensor gets dirty and makes the car difficult to start.

General Comments:

Very nice car, with good performance, well designed interior, lots of storage space - and some really annoying minor design flaws.

Handles decently despite too soft suspension.

Service is expensive and repairs generally difficult to do yourself. Finding used parts is difficult here in Sweden, especially as pretty much all owners will experience these same issues (handle, window, brakes, TDC sensor) and require the same spares.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2009

2002 Renault Scenic Dynamique from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Unreliable

Faults:

Transmission - gone. Very expensive to repair. Problem with the computer. Timing belt - gone.

General Comments:

Consistently unreliable. Australia is terrible for Renaults in my experience.

Car is comfortable to drive and spacious, an attractive appearing family car, although always with problems, needs repairing. These cars are very temporary.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2009

2002 Renault Scenic from Sweden

Summary:

Very good if it was not for the engine troubles

Faults:

In one year, we have had problems with ignition spools on three cylinders, not covered by warranty and expensive to replace.

General Comments:

This is otherwise an all round useful family car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th June, 2007

2002 Renault Scenic Dynamique 1.9 DCI from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good looking all rounder

Faults:

Black smoke pouring from exhaust resulting in a breakdown and £350 repair bill as the fuel injector had failed and all glow plugs had to be replaced.

The front brake disks are severely scored and need replacing at a cost of £200.

The cabin does not warm up for a long time in cold weather, (longer than any other car I have owned).

As I drive off, the doors lock themselves, (they have only been doing this for six months).

The battery stopped working after two years.

Have had two cracks in windscreen at quite low speed.

When idling the engine vibrates erratically and the rev counter dips. It only does this now and again and no garage or diagnostic check have found any fault.

On windy days the car feels very unstable.

General Comments:

Drives well for a diesel, quite nippy.

Good size family car with good interior features.

Been to France twice and the car performed very well, comfortable and efficient.

High driving position means it's easy to step in and out of, and there is good visibility when driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2005

4th Apr 2006, 13:41

It is not a fault that the doors lock themselves when you set off driving, it is a safety feature.

1st Jan 2007, 14:05

I would also add that this person has a Diesel and I have yet to drive a diesel that does not take a lot longer to heat up than a petrol.

14th May 2007, 22:42

I note your problem with the engine running roughly at times and the revs dipping. I have a similar problem with a Rover 45. Full diagnostics through the proper software done in my presence noted that the stepper motor was out of parameter. This was reset, but the fault continued after a brief period where it was OK. A replacement stepper motor was installed. Again it worked OK for a day then developed the same fault running rough and revs hunting to the point of stalling - especially in cold weather. Garage suggested a new ECU - but I drew the line. I suspect a sensor on the intake side as it appears to be OK when the weather is warm.