2002 Renault Scenic 1.6i 16v from UK and Ireland


It's a dog


Water ingress from sun roof panel from new.

Clutch replaced at 29,000 miles.

Middle rear seat constantly jams and is hard to remove.

Constant problems with immobiliser.

Poor cold starting.

Poor damp starting.

Constant loss of pile from seats.

Inlet valves burnt out at 39000 miles.

General Comments:

Very uncomfortable driving position.

Fairly poor performance for engine size.

Very slow under load.

Unreliable due to starting problems.

Expensive as valve replacement c. a £1000 within six month of warranty expiring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

2002 Renault Scenic Fiji 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Good value for money, well-equipped, practical and comfortable - if not a little unreliable


Automatic gearbox in first 6 months.

Ignition coils (on several occasions)

General Comments:

This is our second Scenic. With two children and a walking disability, the Scenic is such a comfortable, practical and well-equipped car. The specification is also quite impressive.

However, on the downside, the car feels light and insecure - as if you're driving around in a thin, hollow aluminium can - despite all the safety features! The suspension is very soft, which makes tight corners interesting.

Reliability, is fine, but not brilliant. We depend on our car, and when there is a problem - however small - it's a big deal!

We need to change our car soon, but we're not sure what to do. Do we go for the 3G Scenic, or do we wait and buy the New Zafira? Having looked at the 3G Scenic, I think we'll wait! Don't like the cramped interior or the stupid automatic handbrake! The stupid boot door is ridiculous. If you're tall, you run the risk of hitting your head often or suffering from lower back strain. Most disappointing, even though it is filled with impressive gadgetry - which no doubt will fail at some point!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2005

14th Mar 2007, 13:56

I am driving a Zafira now as someone hit my Fidji and it is in for repair.

I can't wait to get our Scenic back. It's more comfortable and economic than the Zafira.

(Got to admit I do like the power of the 1.8 engine on the Zafira, but don't tell anyone :)

2002 Renault Scenic 2.0 from Israel


Very good idea execute very bad!


Headlight washers leaked and replaced 4 times.

Excess water tank exploded at 40000 km.

Oil pump exploded at 49000 km.

Fuel cover lock stuck at 50000km.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable and spacious.

However the "smart" al4 gear is terrible, the seats cushion are too short, the gear handle is to low and all the plastics are not qualitative.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st December, 2004

2002 Renault Scenic Expression 1.6i 16v from UK and Ireland


The Air conditioning fan sounds like its rattling. However the garage cannot seem to re-create the same sound.

The clutch was replaced around 39K Miles under warranty. To replace a clutch on the Scenic the Gearbox needs to be removed. The gearbox has never been the same since. You need a map to find First on a cold morning and there is a creaking noise coming from the gear lever when you 'blip' the throttle.

Sounds like the bushes or the joints are going in the front. On tight bends it sounds and feels like I'm driving on rumble strips.

When warm the clutch shudders.

On the motorway the car feels like its pulsating.

Renault do not seem to be able to find the faults for the above and probably never will as they never take the car out for a test drive. They just drive it straight into the workshop.

General Comments:

Above all this is a fantastic car. I do a lot of motorway mileage (around 40K per annum) and the Scenic truly is a joy to drive.

Its very comfortable, safe, practical, fun, unique and grows on you the more you drive it.

The idea is to always avoid being in an accident. However, you know that should the worst happen the Scenic is going to offer you all the safety you need.

There are fantastic features too:

- Sunglasses holder\case

- Ability to remove the rear middle seat and move to outer seats slightly closer giving you a very spacious 4 seater.

- mini cooler box in the front

- storage spaces\pockets everywhere

- 3 point seatbelt in the rear

- snack trays for the kids in the back

- power socket in the rear for car fridge etc

- twin sunroof.

All in all this car is fantastic. It might not be the best engineered car in the world, but for the money, its one of the most fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th March, 2004