2004 Renault Scenic Reviews

2004 Renault Scenic dCi 1.8 turbo diesel from Slovenia

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Megane

Summary:

Not recommended

Faults:

- Engine blew up after 6 months, 1000 euro to replace it.

- The digital speedometer started to flash and eventually died.

- A lot of rattling noises after 150000km.

- At 180000, a muffler fell down.

- At 190000, I had to replace the complete braking system and e-brake pulley system.

- At 200000, a turbine blew up, and I gave up.

- And of course all the service intervals.

General Comments:

A very comfortable and nice car to drive, but with a horrible engine and reliability.

The 1.9 dCi in those cars was originally a petrol engine, and only modified to be a diesel. So it can't handle the pressure. So they die after 200000-250000km, and there is nothing you can do to prevent that, unless if you rebuild the engine, and that costs the same as if you replace it.

And my car had the mileage turned backwards, so I've got no idea how much it had done really. Probably around 300000. I will never buy from a car dealer again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th May, 2013

2004 Renault Scenic 1.9 dCi turbo diesel from France

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.9 dCi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres

Summary:

Can't help but wonder how Renault stays in business..

Faults:

Various turbo issues, electrical niggles, oil leaks and leaking brakes.

General Comments:

This review is in regard to my mother in law's Scenic.

Just like the Laguna 1.9 dCi I bought when moving here from the USA, the Scenic is a piece of junk. The turbo cuts out and the car goes into limp home mode. It gets "fixed", then a few weeks later the same problem comes up again from another source.

The driver's side brake caliper blew a seal and dumped fluid all over the driveway, right next to the oil stains it already made. Total piece of crap!

There is a reason why Americans won't touch French cars, and considering some of the junk Detroit has cranked out, that ain't saying much!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th February, 2012

2004 Renault Scenic Expression 1.5 dCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 dCi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired34500 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles

Summary:

The most expensive, comfortable and useless car I have ever owned

Faults:

Battery died within 3 months of purchasing car, Renault tried to charge £98 for a new battery, but they would fit if for free. I refused to pay for the battery and they relented.

At the same time, the car was in for the new battery, they fitted a new glow plug and charged £21.00 for the glow plug, and £53 to fit it.

Alternator disintegrated within 3 months of purchasing the car.

Front passenger window mechanism failed, window wouldn't stay up.

Central locking failed, also needed a new key card at the same time as one failed.

The best one was the automatic handbrake started to come on when I was driving; Renault couldn't find a fault. I had to pay them £670 for a new handbrake, then less than a year later, I get a recall letter about the handbrake, so I tried for a refund of my £670, but for some strange reason the recall was for a different handbrake problem, even though it was described as being for the same problem my handbrake had!

The newest problem (s) happened only today, the car lost power when changing up a gear, then the engine management light, service light and a warning message stating CHECK EMISSIONS, all popped up on the dashboard at the same time, I haven't had this checked at at garage yet 'cause it is Sunday, but it could cost the usual arm and a leg to fix.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable and roomy.

When it is running okay, it is great, but there is always a little niggle in the back of my mind that makes me think it might not get me from A to B.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2010

2004 Renault Scenic Grand 2.0 from Malaysia

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance68000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Estima Emina

Summary:

Innovative, with features well ahead of big names like M. Benz and BMW

Faults:

Left rear window not functional due to faulty electric motor on the power window regulator.

General Comments:

Faulty power window regulator seems to be a common problem for this car. Upon checking with the Renault dealer, I found that virtually all the scenic handled by them will have one of the 4 power window regulators replaced within the first 2 years of ownership.

The car is considered very reliable as I have not encountered any other problem since I bought it 8 months ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2009

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews