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Buying an automatic Scenic II

My first 2 cars where Renault Megane Scenics and both were bangers, a year or so of ownership both went to the scrapyard and never really planned on getting another.

Many years later I now need a car big enough to comfortably spend time in and potentially sleep in and I have a slightly bigger budget than I had back then but is the Scenic II, particularly the automatic, a sensible buy?

Obviously I'd sort out the Cambelt, waterpump etc straight away but I've read a few things about the gearbox and would I be mad to purchase one, is there anything specic to watch out for?
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Re: Buying an automatic Scenic II

No advice or opinions on the automatic?
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Re: Buying an automatic Scenic II

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No advice or opinions on the automatic?
Not specifically on the Auto, apart from evidence of regular fluid changes.
Make sure the scuttle drains are clear. Mk2's Must be Dry, if it ain't, especially the passenger footwell, DONT BUY IT.
Check ALL the electrics work, especially windows, EPB, auto wipers, reversing lights.
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Re: Buying an automatic Scenic II

4 speed auto, DP0 / AL4, isn't regarded as a reliable gearbox. I read somewhere that's because it was designed for smaller engines and lighter cars, than Sc II. It's said that oil overheating is common & almost nobody changes it. A friend of mine had his one rebuilt this year, cost about 700.
Ton the other hands the six speed one, Aisin-Warner (AW 80T or something like that) is said to be almost foolproof, but AFAIK it was paired with most powerful engines only.
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Re: Buying an automatic Scenic II

Thanks chaps. I'm sad to say this is the first time I've ever heard of scuttle drain, had to google it and can't believe I've never checked them.

Anyway I feel the need for an auto as the M25 is just a soul destroying journey and my left foot can take no-more but am a bit worried about that gearbox. I guess I'll have to look into the price of an extended warranty too if I can't find the more powerful engine. I take it I should also have the fluid changed if I buy one.
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