Used car review Renault Scenic 2001-2005 |

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Used car review Renault Scenic 2001-2005 |

Used car review Renault 2001-2005

Graham ‘Smithy’ reviews the used Renault . 2001-2005, its fine points, its and what to watch for when it.

Finding the best transport for family has always been Once there was the family station wagon, until it better known as a rep’s then there was the four-wheel until most of us worked out it was too expensive to run and often wasn’t big anyway, and of course there was the which felt like a van and had questionable safety.

The problem is vehicles suited to transporting the have never been but that was until carmakers there was a serious need for capable of accommodating a family and be safe and appealing.

The Japanese attempted it with some as have the Americans, but it’s the that seem to have it the best.

The Renault Scenic is one of It will swallow a decent family, it isn’t huge and to drive, and being based on a passenger car platform it has decent manners.

The Scenic proved a success when originally in Europe in 1996 and in no time at all were imitations everywhere.

It was essentially an upright styled built on a sedan platform.

its styling screamed family its European heritage somehow it acceptable. It’s unlikely a rep would ever be seen in a after all.

It was inside the Scenic really came its own. With a flexible, and seating arrangement it could five, or seven in three of seating that could be and folded, even removed, to the number of people you wanted to and the gear that was to go along them.

It really was sensible but with a touch of French to take some of the serious off it.

At launch its power was delivered by a double overhead cam four-cylinder putting out 79 kW and 148 Nm, but in 2003 this was by a more powerful 2.0-litre developing 101 kW and 188 Nm.

It could be linked to a manual gearbox or a four-speed with drive through the wheels, and there was also a 4×4 model available all-wheel drive.

Renault three levels of equipment, with the Expression, then on to the Dynamique and the Privilige.

All were well equipped plenty of standard features.

The boasted air, power and mirrors, central locking, adjustable steering wheel and adjustable driver’s seat, computer and a chilled storage

Add climate controlled air, a CD leather and alloys and you had the Dynamique.

At the top of the the Privilige then got you remote locking, rear sunshade and a armrest.

An update in 2002 saw rails introduced on all models, and sunroofs added to the Privilige.

the Scenic journey with the at $8500-$17,500, move on to the Dynamique at and complete the trip in the Privilige at

The 4×4 can be had from $11,000-$18,500.

buying a Renault, any Renault, where you can get it serviced and it’s finding out how competent they are you’re at it, perhaps by talking to an customer or two.

Renault well serviced with outside of the major cities and important to know that will be wielding the spanners on car really knows the make.

Too owners report having engine damage because the belt has snapped while driving along.

It seems it happens before the car gets to the change point of 100,000 km.

If you’re buying second check that the belt has replaced as per the service schedule. If it been it would be wise to it changed.

The Scenic’s interior to wilt under the relentless of the Australian sun so look for signs of and tear on the trim and broken or plastic bits and pieces.

can be expensive when they so keep that in mind taking the plunge.

The Scenic was equipped to crash with airbags for the driver and front as well as side front

ABS antilock brakes were across the range, along electronic brakeforce distribution for safety under braking.

The engine is quite economical in use, so expect to get 8.0-9.5 L/ 100 km on the type of driving.

Ricky and his family owned a 2001 until last year and they mostly liked it are some things they miss. As a car for a young family it was about perfect, Ricky His wife loved the high position, the ease of getting daughter in and out of her capsule, the boot for the pram etc. and versatile

They both loved the the safety gear and the trinkets, leather seats, twin climate control air, and all the compartments. But they didn’t the quality, servicing costs and of people who could service it, and nor did like its reliability, re-sale and its general lack of oomph in but flat going.

There were numerous with the trim, from wear to failure of parts the sunroof motor at a cost of to repair, but the big problem was that dealer made a mess of the cam change and the motor was heavily as a result. They’ve now moved on to a Astra, but miss the Scenic in ways.

Daniel Hale his 2001 Scenic 4×4 one and a years ago and says his family it very much. The handling is no matter the quality of the road, and the drive is good for light work. While the 2.0-litre won’t win any speed contests he has a fully laden trailer no problems. It is surprisingly roomy and he the ability to pull the back out individually.

He says it gets 8.2 km on the highway and 9.2 L/100 km around with an average of about He has not had any trouble with regular but says the more involved can be tricky for bush mechanics. the cam belt snapped after incorrectly installed and the engine had to be

Apart from this have been few mechanical and it’s now done 170,000 km.

Caple and his wife were to the Scenic having owned a Renault 16 TS and had enjoyed the clever and practicality of that model for carrying, touring, comfort, and The inner space and flexibility of the won them over and they a Scenic I before moving on to a improved Scenic II after 16 At 70 years of age Stan likes the of getting in and out of the Scenic.

He also the luggage space and the clever recesses built into the interior. It’s economical, 8.3 L/100 km on average, the servicing has reasonably priced, the ride and competent and the brakes superb. only concern is the availability of once you leave the big cities.

In Phil Dixon and his wife looking to update their 1991 Holden Nova to a car for the arrival of a baby. They something that was a little from the rest of the pack and on a 2003 Dynamique. Their test drive of a used almost turned them off it, but changed their minds dealers were offering deals in early 2005.

For them the Scenic had the size wanted, the space for a pram, the ride height they the safety of front and side and the different look they Having bought it they found it to be reliable, economical, good visibility and surprising Their gripes are that it premium unleaded, and the auto which they don’t

Nigel Beddoe bought a hand 2003 Renault with 85,000 km on the clock. The reason for buying it was that it was for his wife, having had back to get in and out without having to bend; it was easy to out their new baby to the car seat. He says the seats are comfortable and the layout very

He also says the 2.0-litre is gutsy, but also economical on a Overall he says it is a great and little car.


compact outer dimensions

surprisingly roomy

• seating

• high position

• timing failures

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