2002 Renault Scenic RX4 2 lt from Australia and New Zealand


An underpowered vehicle


I bought the Renault Scenic RX4 because it seemed like a safe, reliable car.

So far it has lived up to expectations except for the fact that it shudders in second gear.

When I advised the car dealer about this matter, I was told that the gears were tight and that it would sort itself out once the car had done more than 10,000 kilometres.

The car has now done more than 12,000k.

When I returned to the car dealer I was told that these cars "sludge" a bit in second gear!?

The problem only seems to occur when changing down in gears i.e. from third to second, and when going round a round-about or corner whilst needing to slow down.

General Comments:

Is there anyone out there with a similar problem, and can it be fixed?

My main concern is that this shudder is hurting the engine and I wonder how long the engine will last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2003

28th Apr 2003, 03:59

That sounds like my Scenic has the same fault, although I have found it more apparent when approaching a roundabout in third, but then have quick change to second... while still moving, the clutch judders - badly.

I have yet to take my to a my main dealer... which won't be the first visit - who'll probably have some lame excuse, why it's doing it. The issue being it should not.

A clutch will allow OR should allow for fast down changes at say 10-20 mph, or third to second, with a "SMALL" amount of clutch judder.

Mine feels like it is going to pop right out of the gearbox... it's far from right.

But then it is a Renualt... a make I WILL NOT be buying again.

I hope this has been of some help, I can only surmise that this is what is happening to your car, although it could be a sticky throttle cable, which might need lubrication...... it might your hot climate ? ..... not like here in "sunny" England ( not )


2002 Renault Scenic Monaco 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Good car to look at, but beware of the gearbox


Automatic gearbox failure at 2,400 miles.

Lifted to Renault on Tuesday they say they cannot look at it until Friday which means no car until the middle of next week.

Bought a top of the range Multi Purpose Vehicle and have been given a 3 door hatchback as a courtesy car which is completely impractical.

Exactly the same happened with my last Scenic at 2500 miles and the dealership had the cheek to insinuate that both faults are due to poor driving.

General Comments:

Very pleased with the general look and performance of the car, but gear boxes need looking at.

Dealership "Customer care is non existent"

I think I will get a Citroen next!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th April, 2002