Renault Scenic (2003 – 2009) Review

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Renault Scenic (2003 – 2009) At A Glance


+Far better than the previous model. The Grand model seats seven. Practical and versatile. Excellent crash test rating.

-Potentially heavy tyre wear on Scenics with 17-inch wheels. Blown turbos on diesel models. Patchy build quality. Dashboard failures common. Heater fan motor failures common.

Insurance Groups are between 8–20
On average it achieves 93% of the official MPG figure

Shock announcement: I'm about to recommend a Renault. I have just spent a week with a Scenic dCi 120 Privilege and, far from finding faults, I enjoyed every minute of it.

One reason was the cheerful, perky, free-revving 120bhp diesel engine (this one had done 8,000 miles). Another was the near perfect 6-speed gearbox.

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Real MPG average for a Renault Scenic (2003 – 2009)


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Average performance


Real MPG

24–64 mpg

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Is a turbo 'whistle' a symptom of turbo failure?
"The other day I was driving my 2012 Renault Scenic 1.5 DCi when the Check Anti Pollution System Message came on with a slight loss of power. I managed to get the car to a mechanic. He took the vehicle out on a test ride and everything seemed okay. I was advised to drive as normal and to return if the warning appeared again. On picking the vehicle up, my wife noticed that there was a turbo whistle when changing from second to third and therefore the car was returned back to the mechanic. Have been informed that it's the turbo and have been quoted £700 for this to be sorted. There has been no smoke from the exhaust of any colour and I'm a little dubious as to whether it is the turbo. Any thoughts?"
A "turbo whistle" usually indicates a worn and failing turbo bearing, which is pretty much all there is to go wrong with a turbo. They fail because not enough engine oil is getting to the bearing to cool and lubricate it, and the reason for that is usually that the turbo bearing oil feed and oil return pipes are blocked with carbon from switching the engine off when the turbo is too hot. Could be that simply replacing these two pipes will fix it.
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Do I need to change the cam belt in my 2007 Renault Scenic after five years and 5000 miles?
"My Renault Scenic is ten years old and has covered 17,000 miles. Five years ago, at 12,000 miles, I had a new cam belt fitted. It's now been another five years, do I need another cam belt? The car has a full service history, with services every 12 months."
I would, and this time also a new waterpump, belt tensioner and new aux belt because if the aux belt fails it can wrap itself around the unprotected lower timing belt pulley.
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What do you recommend when buying a reliable, family-friendly car?
"I am finally about to trade in my Renault Scenic, which for all its manufacturing faults has served my family well. Which car is the most reliable and more family friendly to replace my Scenic - the Skoda Yeti or Jeep Renegade?"
The Skoda Yeti is now an old model about to be replaced and, unless in very expensive, full four wheel drive version, the Renegade is not very good. If you want a VAG car, think SEAT Ateca: and If you want a commodious car, go for the new model Peugeot 3008:
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How much should a Renault Scenic service cost?
"I have my Renault Scenic serviced recently and it cost me nearly £400. Is this correct, or am I getting ripped off? "
Depends what was included in the service. Oil and filter change, change of plugs, air filter change, pollen filter change, brake fluid change plus all the standard checks could put it up to £300. An a/c regas would add £50 - £100.
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