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RX4 - has anyone got anything positive to say?

Good day all,

I'm looking for a cheap 4x4 and being the owner of an Espace and Clio I thought about a RX4. However, having looked on the forum and seen such comments as exploding gearboxes, horrendous mpg figures failing drive shafts I think I might look elsewhere. Is this a true reflection of the car or are they isolated instances?
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Re: RX4 - has anyone got anything positive to say?

Hi Ian.

I have mine for 8years, had been perfect until the gearbox died.

I have not had any issues with mine until this.

I'm madly chasing a 2nd box for it now.

From what I have learnt, the later 2002 onward ones had better designed boxes, the diff was fixed so as not to let go as they had a tendency to do.
The other issue with the 5th gear is able to be checked by a good mechanic while the box is in the car. If there is any noteable wear, this can be changed as well, with box still in car.

I'd love to get mine going again, as I don't think there is a car in the price range, which was and is all I could muster a few years back in the way of $$.
Great value for money IMHO, roomy, they are economical,not sure who said they were not.

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Re: RX4 - has anyone got anything positive to say?

Mine was good for the first four years. I learnt all the the special care that they require and applied all that knowledge.
At the age these cars are now I cannot recommend one (there goes my 2nd hand value!).
After the four year period I have suffered every classic fault on this model at least once or more. Add to that the astronomic cost of genuine parts, unavailability of smaller, obvious parts in favour of having to buy massive overkill replacements.
IMHO this car has many design faults that Renault couldn't care less about, where other manufacturers would offer recalls and/or heavily subsidised repairs.

E.g. when the rings on the prop shaft part company with shaft (they always do) you are expected to buy an entire new propshaft assy.
The turbo is a known weak spot, even with all the extra care I'm looking at my second replacement.

My personal clutch problems are OK for the age but others I know have cylinders, clutches and gearboxes fail at very low mileages and FSH.

The exhaust system has no support from the manifold all the way to the rear of the vehicle. This causes the system to sag under its own weight and then fail at the catylitic junction, meaning a new cat!

I'll stop there as it's plenty to be going on with.
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Re: RX4 - has anyone got anything positive to say?

I'll give an opinion based on my knowledge and experience of how this model is veiwed by the motor trade in my area.
In no way can it be accepted as one of the best 4X4 cars ever designed or manufactured - in fact most garages see it as an excuse for such. The design, strength and reliability of what is expected on such a vehicle doesn't meet the makers claims. The cost or repairs and spares far outweigh the cars capabilities and value. Where I live they are shunned mainly because to get them through MOT all aspects of the 4-wheel drive system must be operational and in good nick and their 4 wheel drive components just aren't up to the task - plus repairs are expensive.
Lets be honest ask yourself the question why are they so cheap on the used car market.
If you are prepared and capable of doing most of your own repairs yes they may be value for a little money but unless you run them into the ground don't expect them to fetch a lot if you decide to re-sell.
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Re: RX4 - has anyone got anything positive to say?

Hi Ian,

I've owned a 52-reg 1.9 dCi RX4 since 2006, and it's now coming up to 90,000 miles. Touch wood, it hasn't had the major problems that some people have experienced, and I've generally been pleased with the basic Scenic virtues (space, lots of storage, reasonable comfort) allied to the 4WD ability for ice/snow/mud.

Faults - EGR valve and a glow plug (which could happen on any car). Rear brake pads need to be watched for wear, and/or seized calipers. Has drivetrain vibration for last 20,000-odd miles, I guess, due to worn mountings for the damper rings on propshaft, as others have mentioned (you get used to it but try gently placing your finger on the rear view mirror while driving along - amazing how much more stable and sharp the image becomes when you counteract the vibration!). Keep an eye for oil leaks from the rear diff and if so, check the oil level regularly. I had the same exhaust breakage problem as rxphoar but the downpipe and rear section are still the originals. Oh, and the radio reception has always been poor!

I know others have been less lucky with the oily bits but overall I can't say I regret buying the car. Thing is, the age and condition of many of them now means you would be wise to look very carefully at the one you want, and even then, a nasty surprise might crop up.

It sounds as if you might be considering an RX4 as a second or third car, and if so, and you can get one for a good price and after checking it over, you could do a lot worse for a roomy 4x4 - just don't tie a lot of money up in it. I'm afraid I do a lot of urban driving these days (so low 30s mpg at best) but on a long run, I'd look to get around 40mpg or a bit better, though that is with an engine tuning box and I drive more to exploit the additional torque than to blast along at higher speed! Tyres (Michelin Synchrone then Goodyear Wrangler) have done 20,000+ miles easily.
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