Renault Trafic Reviews

2009 Renault Trafic SL27 2.0 turbo diesel 115hp from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel 115hp Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous carSkoda Fabia

Summary:

Just what I needed with a large family

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Just about run in.

Very comfortable and surprisingly quick.

Bought from a main dealer who I would highly recommend as the service I received was second to none.

I bought the 8 seat version as the 9 seat is very expensive to insure.

Much more roomy than the Fabia, and cheaper to run than the Shogun I also used to own.

Love it so far!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2009

2003 Renault Trafic SL27 1.9 dci from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 dci Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carPeugeot Expert

Summary:

Well built, great cab and economical

Faults:

High pressure fuel pump failed at 34500, which was a month after I bought the van - replaced by the Renault main dealer as it came with a three month warranty.

General Comments:

Fantastic value for money, 18000 mile service interval certainly helps keeps the running cost low. The last service cost £235 at the Renault main dealer. Still getting 35mpg and most of the driving is around town. Just replaced the cam belt kit; Renault quoted £440, but I had a local independent do the same job for £221!

Cab comfort is exceptional; highly recommend the air con pack - I regularly have to turn it down as it's like driving a fridge!

In the two years of ownership I have replaced one tyre, the battery, wiper blades and the driver's sun visor.

Even my wife drives this van as it's 'like driving a car'. Very easy to park and is great to load / unload due to the very low sill at the side and rear of the van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2008

2001 Renault Trafic 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carLeyland Daf

Summary:

Just a load of unreliable crap

Faults:

Various creeks and groans from the cheap interior.

Cam and crank sensors failed.

Diesel pump seized.

Constant brake squeal with no apparent solution.

Useless Renault dealerships.

General Comments:

This was bought for me by my Dad as a present when my Leyland Daf van finally went to the motorway in the sky. Thought that a nice modern van would be a relief, and a nice change from my antique DAF! But I was soon begging for my Daf to be resurrected as it was a much better van.

This Trafic is poorly built cheap tat and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Totally unreliable and in the garage more often than on the road. My Daf may have been simple, but at least it worked and I knew I would get in it every morning and know it would start!

Do NOT get a Trafic, and be careful because for some bizarre reason, Vauxhall and Nissan vans are Renault Trafics in disguise! Avoid all these models!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th November, 2007

1995 Renault Trafic T1100 2.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance78452 miles

Summary:

Good cheap work horse

Faults:

Rear exhaust box fell off at 70000 miles, and had to be welded back on. This is caused by the system being too heavy for the rubber supports.

Slight miss fire at about 72000 miles. Replaced distributer cap and plugs, this cured the problem.

General Comments:

These vans, especially in petrol form, are usually very cheap, don't let this put you off purchasing one. You will find that they are tolerably reliable, cheap to run (30mpg) and quite easy to work on. Some parts for the 2.2 models are not available from pattern manufacturers, you therefor have to go to a main dealer and pay main dealer prices. This is particularly true in the case of exhausts, so make sure this is in good condition. Service items can be bought cheaply though. One last thing you should be aware of is that due to the design of the floor, the pedals are very close together, making things quite interesting until you get used to it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2005

11th Dec 2006, 13:45

I own one of these T1100 vans it is parked outside my house now. (11/12/06 Started first time this morning. Had it from New. Very low service costs, has had very little servicing. Never broke down. Exceptional Vehicle. Best I ever had.

1984 Renault Trafic T1300 2.1D from Finland

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.1D Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.5 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Rekord

Summary:

A cheap van..

Faults:

Two glow plugs melted into the head. Attempting to take them off was an odyssey that has not yet finished.

In order to properly access the glowplugs you have to remove almost everything (maybe it would have been easier to take the engine off, I assure you).

Alternator, heating system funnel, injectors, injector linings, radiator, diesel pump, radiator grill, etc. had to come off in order to access the glowplugs perpendicularly.

It is outrageous that something taken as regular maintenance converts into a monstruous amount of work.

General Comments:

Drove from Portugal to Finland in it for six days - nerve racking and very uncomfortable.

Very prone to bounce in side winds, mediocre gearbox.

A cheap van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th June, 2005

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 5 reviews