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I've had this car for nearly three years now and I've only ever experienced one thing that needed to be repaired which we managed to get done quite cheap too! (less than £100). I think this is really good as the car was already second hand when we bought it (2years old) and still had never had major work before either so shows a good reliable car I think!
The model I am reviewing is the 1.4 Renault Megane Scenic Expression.
It has bags loads of room as we originally bought this car as we have 3 dogs and wanted to be able to fit them in the boot comfortably but we find the large amount of space in the back seats come in handy for days out with our friends too!
The car is a 5 seater which even when fully occupied still feels spacious and the driver and front passenger seats are large and spacious too. The back of the two front seats have trays attached which have cup holders already fitted into them. The front part of the car only has one holder though and this is the only thing I don't like!
The boot as mentioned is large and even with three dogs in there they have loads of room for journeys out. The back seats fold down making it easy to transport large goods and one of the best things about the car that is so handy is the amount of storage places - it has drawers under each front seat, little cubby holes in the floor in front of each back seat, a glove box as normal plus an extra storage hole on the front dash, two huge panels in the boot and two smaller compartments in the boot on the walls.
The car came with a tape player but if buying new now it can be bought with a cd player. The car has electronic windows in the front and manual in the back. The front ones can be controlled by the drivers side for both the windows. The car also has a electronic meter on the dash that tells you mileage and how many miles are left with the petrol you have in the tank. When you first turn the ignition on it will also tell you if the oil level is ok or not. The car has air conditioning as standard.
Now I'm not really savvy when it comes to all this how many litres to this etc and all that so to give an idea on how good the petrol is on this car, I'll give you an idea of how much it uses.
Bearing in mind that this is a ''family car'' and is made for 5 passengers you think it would be quite heavy on petrol but, this isn't the case. We have driven on plenty of occasions from Manchester to London with a full car of people and we've filled the car up completely (which costs approx £50-£55 pounds) and we've managed to get all the way there and even some of the way back before needing to even fill up. Now to me this is ace as when I had a smaller car with a smaller engine it cost me just the same and yet I couldn't get as many people in the car! This means that to go on days out I know I can accommodate a group of us and by splitting the cost of the petrol it works out a cheap day out.
Overall, this is and ace car that is actually pretty cheap to run and is also a comfortable drive with lots of space for everyone. As I mentioned before, I've now had this car for nearly three years and when I bought it, the car was already two years old. Considering I've only had one major thing to repair on it, the car is withstanding and in my opinion a reliable car to own. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of these again in the future
Every three years I buy a brand new car, drive it to death and trade it in for a another new car and it's that time again. In just over 3 years I've done 63,000 miles in my Renault Scenic 1.6 Expression+ (old shape) so here's my review.
To be honest when we saw the car in the dealership we weren't convinced. It was going to be my first MPV and I wanted another reason for buying it other than the fact my kids loved the "McDonalds" tables, the wife liked the metallic colour, and that visability appeared to be better than the Citroen Piccaso. Unfortunately though there wasn't one. All the MPV's seemed much the same. The Picasso was cheap, but it had a horrible split in the side window that would cause severe problems at junctions. The Nissan Tino was OK, but it was more expensive than the Scenic and the Zafira looked clever with nice ideas in there, but the body shape was boxy as hell. So the Scenic it was.
I've had severe knee injuries in the past and the seating position - more akin to a van or a lorry - was the most comfortable I have ever had in a car. The 6CD changer seemed like a good idea - however having it under the passanger seat isn't very practical in the end. And the double electric sunroof, one at the front and one at the back, seemed to be the cars best features.
It took just 6 weeks though before the car was back in the garage with the car making a knocking sound from the underside. Turns out it was a bracket holding the exhaust that had come loose already.
The car drove reasonably well though with around 40 mpg for my travelling along country roads. It lacked power and drive, but for a family car it was perfectly practical.
Visits to the garage became more frequent. It became difficult to start the car and after a few trips to my dealer they eventually concluded that the car battery was the problem and not the chip in the key as diagnosed by the AA. The brakes and drums, both front and back, needed replaced after 30,000 miles - the shock came in the price £530...!!! New shock absorbers were needed at 35,000 miles and then problems started to occur where the poisonous fumes light on the dash would come on and the car would drastically lose power. That turned out to be a design fault with the car and a problem with the ignition coils, however despite Renault knowing about this problem, my local dealership decided to replace each coil on seperate occassions and each time attempted to charge me £45 - supposidly half price - for the replacement. As a result the car made it's way back to the garage on three more occassions.
You could say reliability was a problem but the majority of thes repairs were eventually dealt with free of charge. I'm not sure if I would criticise the dealer or Renault themselves, but it was the only disappointing aspect.
Anyway, what is my new car going to be.....well believe it or not, its another Scenic which probably says it all. Despite the problems with the car I had I am prepared to trust Renault again with my money, partly because again there is nothing out there in the MPV class that would excite me enough to make me dump Renault. I'll just make sure that this time I use a different car dealership.
We purchased the new renaut scenic 1.4 16 valve in july 2001 it has far reached our expectations it is very nippy and is a nifty little mover,very spacious,masses of boot space,the back seats fold forward we carried a large freezer in ours,it has power steering, abs brakes,electric windows and sunroof child safety locks you can even lock it from the inside.The middle back seat folds forward into a table so the kids can play games on long journeys,it has under floor storage were games and food can be stored it has bottle holders at the back of the rear seats so no more spilt drinks,it has magazine racks on the back of the front seats,it is overall 10 times better than the old scenic we had a 1600 one before and it was pretty basic.Renault have excelled themselves with this updated model,it very economical on fuel, low insurance overall it is the car of my dreams i cant wait to see what they add to their next model.I wouldnt consider buying any other car i will go for the scenic again and again when the time comes.The paintwork is metalic ours is silver and it never really gets dirty,the after service we have had is excellent and overall i coulnt be more happy i have no complaints.I forget to mention it has excellent road holding in all weathers it also has 2 glove compartments,front and rear air bags it has also been the car of the year.Welldone renault.