I am looking at getting a 1999 model, but before I traipse to the dealership, I wanted to ask how people who have them have found the, in terms of usability and reliablity, and I'd like to ask if the back seats go flat?
We have a 2litre, bought new in 99 and it has done 150,000 miles!
Easy question first-seats should either come out totally, or fold forward leaving a biggish space in the boot, or fold in half but they are not flat -ie level with the boot floor.
Ours has been ok, it has needed a fair bit of work done on it though. We have needed an engine rebuild (@64,000 miles)(our fault as did not replace timing belt in time, but only 2000 miles over recommended mileage change), new gearbox @80,000), new exhaust and catylitic converter(replaced in sections between 100,000 and 140,000) and new motor for electric window winder. Also had a starter problem and needed some sort of switch fitted which was apparantly very common. It also has problems with water coming through into the car.
My sister had a 1.6 model and had quite a few problems with it ,ending up scrapping it last year.
On that basis it is hard to advise you to go for it! But ours is still driving,aircon,cd etc still work fine and it has had a hard life! Depends on how much they want for it and condition etc.
I was going to start a very similar thread but asking how Picasso owners have found their car as I've had a Toyota for nearly 6 years and just don't have to worry about repair bills. It's not big enough now really but I don't want to swap to something which always need work.
Having read around on the net I have got the impression that the Renault reliability is pretty poor so have been put off the Scenic, but maybe this thread will show otherwise (though it isn't off to a good start !)
don't think I'd buy one at that age. Traded an 'X' reg (2000?) in last year as was just about to require serious money to sort out. Did like the car though. IIRC the most reliable brands (Which report) are Toyota & Nissan (ignoring the mega bucks ones)