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Used Renault Scenic Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Renault Scenic faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Renault Scenic fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Renault Scenic (1997 - 2003) Fault Guide
Renault Scenic (2003 - 2009) Fault Guide
Renault Scenic (2009-) Fault Guide


Renault Scenic (1997 - 2003) Fault Guide

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We know of 27 RENAULT Scenic (1997 - 2003) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 8 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 7 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 9 recalls

Here's an example fault on the RENAULT Scenic (1997 - 2003)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 50,000 miles.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated kit (includes tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon and will usually cause expensive damage to the engine. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £200. Ask the garage to order a Renault belt for the specific engine number (belts on engines of the same size vary due to fuel pump position).


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Renault Scenic (2003 - 2009) Fault Guide

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We know of 13 RENAULT Scenic (2003 - 2009) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 3 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 4 interior problems
  • 2 bodywork issues
  • 3 recalls

Here's an example fault on the RENAULT Scenic (2003 - 2009)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most of this vehicle’s engines the cam belt must be changed within 5 years or 72,000 miles.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such as water pump and tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £200. It will cost £1,000+ to have the engine repaired if the belt fails.


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Renault Scenic (2009-) Fault Guide

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We know of 11 RENAULT Scenic (2009-) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 4 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 4 interior problems
  • 0 bodywork issues
  • 1 recalls

Here's an example fault on the RENAULT Scenic (2009-)

What to look for:

Test drive the car. Check for rough running at idle (or ‘hunting – the recs rising and falling as the car idles in neutral) and signs of the car running hot such as a high engine temperature or a hot ‘engine’ smell inside the cabin. Also be on the lookout for hesitancy from the engine on small throttle openings.

What it means:

Any of these problems could mean that the ignition coils will need replacing. It is advised to have all four coils replaced at the same time.

What to do

If the car is under warranty (3 years/60,000 miles the Renault may replace the part for free. Otherwise try to negotiate a discount of £210 off of the price of the vehicle.


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