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Question Are Renaults unreliable?

I currently a 1.9DCi Scenic, which I now like. I had to get a tuning box to remove the dreadful hole in the power delivery though. But overall I like the car and so far it’s been very good. For a diesel it seems quiet, smooth and of course it’s economical.

I did have one very bad experience with a 98 Espace which seemed to be plagued with every fault going. But every other Renault I've had has been good. My family have Renaults too and theirs have been mainly ok.

Yet it seems whenever I talk about cars with people, I get the “Renaults you can keep them” attitude? It appears everyone I come into contact with has either had a problematic Renault or knows someone with one!

For instance; I have just had a photocopier engineer here repairing our copier. Chatting to him whilst he worked I enquired if he had a nice weekend etc. HE said never better as he had finally got rid of his dog of a car, which turned out to be a 2003 Scenic DCi. I said that I had one and liked it. He wished me good luck with it but said it was his first and last Renault. No end of trouble with electrical problems, dire full consumption, rattling trim, the list was near endless. He said every time he was at the Dealers he met more disgruntled Renault owners with similar problems. Are Renaults really this bad or am I just talking to the unlucky few?
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as with most things in life there are good and bad.

unfortunately we tend to over-exagerate the bad and neglect to mention the good.

all in all i think renaults are pretty good.def not in the jap league for reliability but also not as bad as the old british leyland's...i had a princess when i passed my test and it was a dog.
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My view - for what it's worth..

I have owned R5GTT, R25, Clio Valver, Lag 1 Ph1, Lag II Ph2..

I have never bought brand new but have one very important rule for buying a 2nd hand car...

FSH.. Full Service History

If the vehicle has been serviced in accordance with Renault rec's then their is a lesser chance of needing a new engine, clutch, brake master cylinder and other parts covered by the servicing..

Also take someone with you, ask probing questions about the car and don't get too drawn into general chit chat.

Sounds harsh perhaps but at the end of the day you got to pay to keep it on the road.

All my renaults have been fine motors and I have never ( touch wood ) had a breakdown resulting in a tow for the last 12 years ( Mr RAC take note - your making money out of me )

With the current car however it must be said that things like the window regs failing prematurely has made me consider changing loyalitys.

Now where's the Mazda, Honda forums
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I'm a great follower of the "take as you find" school of thought. I read all the magazines reliability and customer satisfaction surveys where generally Renaults do badly. But my 96 laguna with 136k on it has given great service in the four years I've had it with very little other than normal wear and tear items going wrong. When repairs are needed I use a local mechanic and buy parts from eBay . A recent example is a timing belt change which all in cost £74.
My other car is a 2000 5 series BM with 85k on it. This consistently comes near the top in these same surveys yet mine is a dog! Problems include self-levelling suspension problems, rattling doors, faulty ABS sensors, airbag warning lights, cooling fan replaced, instruments going dead etc etc. When things do go wrong it costs a fortune to fix- the suspension problem cost over a grand to put right!
All told I've had three Renaults and none of them have had any major issues. On the whole I don't think Renaults are any worse than most European cars.
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Spot on I remember that all Alfa's rust, all Jap cars are reliable, all brit cars are dogs, Mercs are well built. Having said that my friends brother got rid of his merc due to the stupid service costs & numerous small but expensive problems. I know people with Alfa's that have'nt rusted. I tend to take as I find now, I guess a lot is to do with how well you look after the car and how hard you drive it.
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