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Renault Scenic - RX4 Buying Advice

Hi all,

You probably have been asked this but apologies for asking again...

I'm looking at an RX4 with the 1.9 DCI engine which has done about 63,000 miles.

My question is how reliable is the 1.9 DCI engine and have there been any recalls on this engine. I've read horror stories about the 1.9 DCI and am wondering if they apply to the RX4 (2001 Y registration). I keep bees and between May and June must have a car to manage them.

I have to do softroading primarily along muddy fields (short stretches but can get very muddy). Will the transmission hold out or not?

The reason behind thinking about the RX4 is its MPG which is high for a 4wd.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I don't think I'd ever buy a car with a 1.9DCi built before about 2005.

Might've been misfortune, but I know of a company who had 5 52/03/53 (so not all one 'faulty' batch) Lagunas with that engine, and 4 of them ended up with wrecked engines at around 100k after the turbos disintegrated despite rigorous servicing on schedule by a Renault main dealer. Then again, maybe that was Laguna specific...
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Hi matey, i did a lot of research into the rx4 as i was keen on getting one.. i ended up walking away from them ..i heard too many stories about drive shafts breaking and at 700 for a replacement thats not good potential dodgy engines ...however there were drivers who had good experiences even though most had had to replace the drive shaft
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I bought mine a year ago with 75,000 miles on it (2001 plate). A year later with 85,000 miles on it ive had one problem and that was the alternator pulley which came off the shaft. A common fault on renault freewheeling alternator pulleys apparently. The driveshaft problems have been overblown IMO probably by peoples earlier experience of renault dealers insisting that the coupler is not available as a single part and a whole new probshaft is needed for 700. The coupling can be easily replaced and can be souced reasonably cheaply. This ones 63 delivered.

I dont know if mines been replaced before but its in great condition no tears or cracks. I have also heard of a company in coventry that do a fully refurbed prob with bearings, coupler and U/J's for a few hundred quid if you wanted to go the whole hog.

As to reliablity if the 1.9 DCI well ive had a 2002 renault traffic van with the 1.9DCI in and that did over 140,000 miles by the time i swapped it with no engine trouble. That said i am unsure if the turbo was the same.

The only other thing ive had to replace is the rear shocks that i did last weekend in preperation for the mot which it flew through. The car has a tow bar and two electrical hookups so i guess its been used for caravaning. It might be a reason the bushes on the rear shocks where a little tired but at 85,000 miles perhaps that's not too bad.
I sourced KYB shocks from a local motor factors that are exactly the same as renault ones (KYB make them for renault). These cost 78 for the pair inc VAT and i fitted them myself. An easy job really just a couple of hours work.
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Hello sloughborough,welcome to the forum.

I've added your post to a thread about buying an RX4,if you go back to the start of it you'll find a lot of info on these cars.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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