Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
55-reg , Owner for 1 to 3 years

No major problems at all apart from the usual wear and tear issues (ie tyres). Had the cambelt changed this year due to milage and fact that previous owner had used car for towing caravan, fortunately my garage offered a discount for combined service + cambelt change. The Scenic has so far proved to be both reliable and practical despite Renault's poor reputation in the press. It is not the most glamorous of cars but as the family workhorse it does an excellent job. I had my doubts about the 1.5 disel engine for this size of car (grand scenic) but it is more than upto the job even when fully loaded. No I cannot burn up Ferraris at the lights but out on the motorway it can keep up with the rest. I would and have recommended this car to friends and family and would definitely consider the new scenic when we change the car although I would probably only go for the 5 seater as my children will probably have out grown the extra seats.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The car does exactly what it should, it provides comfortable, practical and spacious family motoring. However, it has let me down, a clutch replaced under warranty (can't fault the dealer for service) and a starter motor failure (surprising for a four year old car). There was also a recent MOT failure with the car requiring a number of repairs costing several hundred pounds. Consequently, I am highly unlikely to buy another Scenis and have lost some confidence in Renault as a manufacturer, which is a shame as they seem to be producing some good looking cars at the moment that are capable of competing with the best in class.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Auto gearbox disappointing due to EVM (hydraulic) valve failure costing £500 to repair, fortunately under AA Gold Warranty. At time of repair Wests (Cambridge) discovered NS disc brake binding and nearly at 'metal to metal'. This cost a further £140 of which warranty only paid a contribution of £40.
Low mileage 27k ml Grand Scenic well cared for car beautifully presented; but faults occurred after only 500ml of my ownership. Not as reliable as my previous 1.6 auto Alize Scenic which had no serious problems in its 57k 1o year life.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The only time the car didn t start, was because the battery was six years old and needed changing. otherwise, against reputation....the car has done 64,000 wonderfully reliable miles. will probably buy the new 130 dci if I don't notice the 20bhp difference with my present scenic. The road tax is the biggest expense,but I get it serviced annually at a local garage for ł70-00(including pick up and drop off) who do an excellent job. touch wood, nothing major has broken yet! maybe at 64,000 I should part exchange for the new one.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

My car is an ideal family car that also doubles up as a good car for transporting goods around when the seats are taken out.
The driving position is nice and has good all round visibility but i feel the front screen could do with remodelling.
The car has too much plastic and this very noticeable when driving but you get what u pay for.
Overall i am satisfied but i would only buy the same model if it was a later model with better build quality.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Dash board failed, clutch needed replacing and electric window failed. the cap on the gear linkage kept popping off, part has been on back order for over 18 months and will involve replace gear stick to the linkage cap. have made a semi permanent repair and as thew repair will cost about ł500 will not bother with it. Apart from the repair cost, it is noticeably lighter on the fuel that the zafira.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very practical. Good load carrier and excellent tow car. Only ever used as a two seater and tow car over long distances (France and Med with caravan x2holidays)
Stylish and modern. Very reliable only ever had one problem and that was a flat battery!!!! My own fault, left Satnav on whilst vehicle left at Heathrow long stay carpar (5 weeks).
Woul definately buy another of same model.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Other-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Gearbox lost 5th gear so needed replacement gearbox. Engine threw rod at 170000 so was replaced. Car lost all codes needing recoding at Renault agency when main battery power dropped. Battery replaced as well. I am still driving car as I am basically hapy with it - itsgreat in bad conditions such as snow probably due to weight of diesel engine over driving wheels.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

overall very supprised and very pleased at how well this car has fitted in with my young family. Size is just right and capable of taking a lot of equipment. A little work horse really. I Just wish that I had bought a higher grade / model and the diesel version. I Have had a few niggling problems but these was delt with well by arnold clark warrington cheshire.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Scenic is a great design - my perfect MPV. My Renault dealer (Davis of Sevenoaks) is brilliant and sorted problems very well. Not happy I've had a couple of reliability problems but had great used car warranty and my dealer sorted everything. Hoping for more reliability and better luck in future but still very happy with my car!!

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very practical internal layout 1.9 130 BHP diesel pulls well from low revs so the traffic light shoot out is fine and makes light work of overtaking on the motorway. Some of the internal build quality could be better but overall I am very happy with the Scenic so much so that my wife has since bought a Grand Scenic on a 57 plate.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

too many design faults that do not seem to be addressed by Renault, often leaving the customer to fight it out with the dealer when something fails that althougth out of warranty should not have failed at the mileage covered, or denying they have a design fault despite constant reaccuring complaints regarding the same fault

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Reliable car that does the job - carting herds of children from place to place while they trash the inside with food and drink.
Only negative is that it uses lots of petrol - I have the 2.0 - a friend has the same model, same year, but the 1.6 and he gets much better mileage. Its a huge amount of car for very little money.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
04-reg , Owner for 3 to 5 years

1.6 petrol underpowered, electric window regulator broke 9common problem) ignition coils faulty (common problem) wipers awful, clanky linkage, juddering blades, Bosch aero twin solved problem. Very easy to drive, comfortable, well equipped, frightened to buy another one due to known unrelability problems

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It's very reliable only had to small niggly faults ever. one was it wouldn't eject a cd when the engine was warm, spat it out ok next day lol. just recently because of little use the battery switched to battery saving mode and displayed battery low indicator. Been ok low running cost really.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Generally relaible however I have just had to have my digital dash repaired, which I have been told is a common fault. I have not had to spend much on the car apart from the repair to the dash which cost 100.00. other than normal stuff tyres etc which were not expensive.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Known fault with the car (engine coils). However, manufacturer never re-called and just lets you break down 4 times until all coils are replaced! Not a very good attitude. Car itself is good, but overall let down by manufacturer / dealer attitude.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
V-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Reliable workhorse with no serious defects. Only problems are some superficial (non-structural) rust and a problem with corrosion of electrical connectors. With intelligent maintenance and occasional replacement of worn-out parts, she's fine.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

My car has a 1600cc petrol engine coupled to a 4 speed automatic gearbox. This doesn't always have the reponse I expect. I had a Mercedes A Class which had a 6 speed automatic gearbox and was more flexible and responsive than the Scenic.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

I ahve had no problems with the reliability in the 4 months I have owned the car. I have completed a lot of motorway driving recently and the fuel costs are what I would expect. I have not had any occasion to but spare parts.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel

No problems - totally reliable. Not as frugal with fuel as I would have liked. however, some compensation in reduced road fund licence and low insurance. not had to buy any spares so cannot comment on price.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

This is the 3rd Grand Scenic we've had and it is by far the best. The build quality, handling and ride have all improved significantly on the previous model. Very pleased indeed with our choice.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Over the last few years the Renault has given us very few problems and runs us around on day to day business with ease.But is starting to look tired and some small parts are now starting to fail

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good spacious car with plenty of room even if using 7 seats but the electrics let it down big time. I've had this car for 12 months and so far it has cost over £1000 in electrical repairs.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

A good practical versatile car, not very exciting but has been reliable with only one problem in the 7 years (drive shaft) which left us stuck for a while but was fixed under warranty

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Only minor issues with bodywork (cost of repair ). heater failed costly repair. difficult to clear inside of windows in winter months -car used to walk dogs ( often wet ). Fuel ok.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very happy with the car, being a Motability vehicle, I shall only have it for three years but I would not buy one to have longer than that, because of its reliability record.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Apart from blowing headlight bulbs at an amazing regularity it has been extremely reliable. I can get 55 miles to the gallon at 70mph, what more can you want from a car.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Starting to show its age but still reliable in that I don't worry it will break down on the road. Definitely needs gas and probably could use some repairs, upgrades.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
02-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Good old workhorse that has saved us thousands of pounds in not hiring skips because we have used her to take building rubble to the tip whilst renovating our home.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

So far in 2years of ownership there have been no problems. Running cost have been fairly good, but the cost of fuel is becoming a bone of contention!!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

ok for a medium MPV but 1.6 engine very under powered, little rattles from exhaust keep coming and going, the car won't accelerate smoothly from cold.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It is one of the best cars I have had and is really reliable. I purchase this diesel car when diesel was cheaper.I am now wishing I stuck to petrol.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

My Renault Grand Scenic gives me great flexibility to carry huge loads or up to seven people effortlessly around town or tirelessly on long hauls.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Over-sensitive clutch, faulty windows (all 4 failed) with expensive replacements, poor on cold mornings. Good size and space optimisation .

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 1/5
54-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not a bad family car, 1.6 engine a little underpowerred. Lots of nifty cubby holes/storage spaces. Some nice details ie full glass roof.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very reliable. once or twice fialed to start - electrics problems easilty fixed. Good. have had to replace brake pads quite expensive.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

So far no problems, but at only 6 months old I would expect nothing less. At 6 months old only fuel cost, which is more than evpected.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Haven't had it long enough to really be able to answer this. Haven't had it long enough to really be able to answer this either.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good sized car, excellent for family trips. Uses too much oil though and frequently has problems with suspension springs.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very thrifty and very versatile. Only a 1.5 diesel so very underpowered. Niggly electric problems always seem to happen.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all with reliability. Road tax and insurance great, but would like better mpg as is claimed by renault.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Annoying faults with electric windows etc, and creaks. A pratical car for a family but minor faults annoy.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Comfortable and spacious but build quality, fuel economy and number of visits to the garage are all issues

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 1/5
04-reg , Owner for More than 5 years

Nice big car for the money. Has been reasonable reliable.

Big bugbear - changing bulbs in front lights.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

No problems in 5 years other than having to replace the battery, and the electronic dashboard failing

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

As a family car it ticks all the right boxes, but the build quality is not as good as I'd expected

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Seems very reliable at present. I thought that the mpg would have been better maybe nearer 50mpg.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No failiures or break downs in 20k miles. Only had to service once and replace two tyres so far.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Extremely comfortable practical car spoilt by niggling faults and renault dealers not much good

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It has not broken down - yet. Service costs and the rising cost of fuel are the main issues.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

easy to drive, has been reliable, very practical; only negative is high fuel consumption.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

A few minor electrical problems but nothing really serious. Running costs are reasonable.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

We have had no major problems. only 1 problem with electric window. No costs todate.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems as yet. None as yet although front tyre wear appears to heavy.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliantly packaged, easy to drive- let down by quality of construction.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far. Large fuel tank so it can be expensive to fill.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Previous renaults I have owned have had problems but so far so good

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Always starts no problems. Good fuel consumption as I drive fast.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems since ive owned it. Parts for this car a exspensive.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I have never had a problem with it. They are what I expected.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have had better cars. Company car so I dont pay directly.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Engine wise its ery reliable. The silly parts are epensive.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Mechanicaly reliable. electronically suspect. Reasonable.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

its very practical but hit and miss electrical problems

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
51-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

fine if you don't do big mileage and have a warranty!

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Auto gear box problemelectronic parking brake problem

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

basic - not the best quality - get what you pay for!

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far. Ok - no spare parts so far.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Cannot fault the car. Parts are exspensive.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Electrics a worry windows mirrors dash etc

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Really reliable, stylish, good value car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems in 3 years. Very acceptable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Electrics have proved to be unreliable

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems. Good fuel conumption.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

GOOD RELIABLE AND EASY TO DRIVE

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

reliable family car

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
X-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Is what it is

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5