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Question New Scenic

I am thinking about buying a new Scenic as I have had my present Scenic since 1997 and have been very pleased with it. However I have reservations about the amount of electronics on the new models with the potential for expensive repairs once the warranty has expired. I have considered buying the base model but this does not come with a diesel with sufficient power. I am particularly concerned about the automatic parking brake - is it reliable and would it prevent the car from being driven if it fails.
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Hi Dave and welcome to RenaultForums.

I've had my Scenic II for nearly a year now and so far so very good.
My only gripes have been; Optional parking sensors - the sounder is too quiet to the point of being useless! The other point is the rear wiper cuts out if you turn it on and off more than about five times in an hour (in drissle for instance) turns out that is due to a thermal cut-out on the rear wiper motor - My dealer supposedly fixed it but since winter returned so did the problem.
Other than that, I'm very pleased with my first ever Renault.

I bought the 1.9 dCi simply because I average about 300 miles a week and the 1.5 diesel just wouldn't hack it - although if you only do about 100 miles a week it would probably be the better option for you.
I average about 42mpg which for me is good enough after coming from a Mondeo that barely managed 26mpg !!
The electric parking brake is fantastic - the only problem is that when you then drive someone else's car, you drive around with the handbrake screaming because you get so used to just driving off without having to think about it!
If it the electrics or battery fails then there is a manual relase lever in the boot. But if you use it the car has to go back to the dealer to have the handbrake reset. I asked my dealer how often this has happened and he assured me it is very rare, so long as the car is maintained and serviced regulary (as natrually the braking circuit is checked as part of the service)

At the end of the day - go to the dealer, ask for a test drive and I think you will be impressed - I know I was - any doubts I had flew out of the window!!
But I still screwed them down on the price until I could hear the pips squeak!!

Book the test drive and let us know how you got on.

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2005 Renault Scenic II 1.9dCi
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Hi AndyF1
Many thanks for your reply - its reassuring to know that you can release the handbrake manually should the need arise - my wife was particulary worried about this. I have had a test drive in a 1.9dCi and was very impressed with it - it handled very well, was extremely comfortable with minimum noise levels. I agree that the 86hp 1.5cDi doesn't have the neccessary power, but I am considering the new 106hp 1.5cDi which has 10hp more than my present car and should be sufficient, but I average about 18,000 miles per year, a lot on motorways so I will have a test drive in the 106hp model before I commit myself.
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Grand Scenic 1.5Dci is good


I have just bought a new Grand Scenic 1.5DCi with the 106Bhp engine.
It is going well - the electronics are scary at first but you get used to them. The engine pulls well and even with very few miles on the clock seems to be returning late 30's - our previous car was a petrol citroen synergie that gave 20mpg. The 7 seats are worth having as they fold up in the boot and the grand is only a little longer than the ordinary scenic. I have the parking sensors and agree that the buzzer is too quiet. The 6 speed gearbox is good for cruising - it comes with the 1.5 DCi 106 and the 1.9DCi Scenic and Grand Scenic.
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Hi Folks,

I have a Scenic II purchased new in march 2005, I like my Scenic even though I have had a lot of problems with mine a 1.6 Pivilege, I felt at the time of purchase it was the best all round package available & very good value I went for the Priv model as the extras fitted make quite a difference, The half wicker leather interior makes the interior very bright, Sliding centre storage holds a lot keeps everything hidden away + extra power point, Hands free is great, electric handbrake is good, A very comfortable vehicle good seat adjustment, Loads of storage space, Rides well on the road though it seems to vary on different models IE tyres/wheel sizes, The wiper sweep set up for a left hand drive is a minor fault but the wipers have a large sweep so it is not to noticeable, The quarter lights on pass & drivers door block the view of the mirrors in some weather conditions salt spray etc, Front fogs are useless, I would have preferred the handbrake button keycardholder to have swapped positions saves swapping hands of the steering, Their is some new players in the market place or due to be released since I purchased the Scenic so it is well worth having a look, But I'm sure Renault will have the edge on pricing to retain market share their is an imminent face lift for the Scenic II similar to the New Megane some spec changes etc, Overall I like my Scenic II I get on average 43 mpg witch I feel is very good, I had an extended test drive of a Corrolla Verso 1.8 over 500 miles could not better 31 mpg. The Touran was a good drive but very little kit & noisy very dull interior, C max was a good drive but not as practical as the Scenic, Picasso very poor, Zaffira ( old model ) competent but just did not like it van like outside & in.



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