Underrated, cheap car
Crank position sensor causing repeated no start, cleaned OK with WD40 and not happened since. Cost pennies to fix.
Blocked fuel injector, causing severe lack of power/misfire. Cost £115 to replace injector at Renault specialist.
Heater fan 'failed' for a couple of weeks, before starting again.
Snapped rear shock absorber. Cost £45.
A/C inoperative due to faulty weld on the drier. Not fixed yet, but shouldn't be much.
CD changed cartridge jammed in player. Not fixed yet.
Misfire from fault coils. Cost £120 for 4 new ones from a local Motor Factors, and a couple of minutes to change them out.
Read boot button popped out. Cost pennies, it's a simple repair involving replacing an O ring that has perished. It's so easy.
Battery failed to hold charge. Cost £90.
This is the last of the old shape, and looks and feels cosy in Dune with beige/green velour interior. Can't stand 'cheapo' grey in any car.
Good looking, relatively stylish small MPV. Did consider a Citroen Picasso, but the looks were ghastly, and worse, the interior trim quality was horrible. Also my wife didn't like how far away the windscreen was.
Nice interior, but too many squeaks and rattles on rough roads.
More power would be nice, but it's only a 1.6 in quite a heavy vehicle. Its a flexible unit though, you can be lazy and put it in high gear at low revs, or race along at 4,500 revs holding the gears. It can be a noisy unit though.
Most people jump into Citroen Picassos, purely as they see the Scenic as woeful reliability, and too small. My own opinion was that the Picasso is plain ugly, and materials felt too cheap. The Scenic is smaller, but has more style, and felt calming to sit it. As I drive it solely, other than the dogs in the boot, the small middle seat didn't matter to me. The driving position can take awhile to get comfy, but then the miles fly by.
There are complaints about cost of repairs, but I've had the common ones and PITY anyone daft enough to put these simple repairs to garage. I've read reviews where people paid stupid amounts for coil replacement, crankshaft throttle position replacement, or boot button replacement. People, there is NO NEED to be fleeced this way.
There are complaints about gear change quality, but I hate manual cars, but have no real complaint and don't find it vague. It can be a bit recalcitrant when cold, but a quite jab on the throttle sees the gear selected just fine.
I also have an aversion to modern diesels. Diesels just aren't made how they used to be! Someone buying a diesel wants economy, fair enough, but when a stressed modern diesel fails, it's going to be expensive. I'd rather take the economy hit and a more reliable engine. The car's cheaper to buy in petrol form too.
Scenics have problems with sunroofs, autoboxes, and diesels, so I bought a non-sunroof, manual, petrol. It's not been perfect, but it's never left me stranded, and I drive a fast 40 miles a day, dual carriageway to work.
I think you have to be reasonable about repairs, and don't abuse items such as the gearbox, never force gears in for example.
The only concern I actually have is that they all seem to rust from the rear arches, and although mine hasn't yet, I am nervous.
To sum up, I was concerned about running a Renault, but now I'm not.
I average 36 mpg.
Forget the hype and get a petrol one, lacking in torque true, but cheaper, more reliable and more refined than a diesel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2010