Renault problems

Trying to pick out the most common Renault problems is a bit of a tough one because they hardly seem to come up. We know they do have issues from time-to-time, but we are rather impressed with their lack of recalls. We know there have been issues with corrosion in the past, but that was down to where those vehicles were being manufactured, and so shifted operations to resolve the issue.

Renault problems

2014 was considered one of the worst years for car recalls, although it is good to see Renault escape those very high numbers in terms of recalls. Renault S.A. is a French multinational vehicle manufacturer, which was established back in 1899 and so has a great deal of experience, and seem to have not become as big as some of its European rivals. Having said that, they are as big as they come in France, which is just the way the locals love it, although pretty big here in the UK as well.

We do know from time to time owners have issues with their Renault’s and so would like a place to share those common problems with other owners, which is just what you can do by adding your comments below. We will also keep you up-to-date as to any recall notices that occur.

Renault UK issues up to February 2017

You will find Renault car recalls insight in 2017 below, thanks to owner reports.

Problems with Renault? Share with Car Recalls UK readers:

  • Sue

    The alarm keeps going off on my 2002 Scenic 1.6 Petrol Automatic, and when I put the key in the ignition and turn it the alarm goes off. However, the car will not start, which surely has to be something with the immobiliser surely?

  • Brian

    My 2004 Renault Espace seems to be lacking power, and seems to be in limp mode. What would be the cause?

  • Lesley

    I have a Renault Megane 05 plate, and while it runs, there is a mis-fire. What could be the cause?

  • Lee

    A creaking sound is coming from the rear seat, which over time becomes very annoying, what could this be?

  • Linda

    There is a engine warning symbol on rev counter when the engine is running on my Renault Megane, what could be the cause?

  • Jack

    I have a 1.9dci mk2 Scenic, which has started to kangaroo under load, giving you the feeling as though you are running out of fuel. I resolved the faults DF067 and DF008 and also replaced the fuel filter , but the problem still persists.

  • Darren

    My 2011 Renault Clio seems to have a hard time starting, even the dealer is unable to find what the problem is.

  • Billy

    I have a Clio mk2 1.2, and that also has issues starting. I changed the plugs, battery, leads and crankcase sensor, and still no luck. Seem like you are not the only one my friend

  • Andrew

    When I am slowing down in my 2011 Renault Traffic and the semi-auto gearbox goes through the gears, it always seems to drop into neutral.

  • Nick

    Why is it that the ABS warning lights keep coming on, by the way, I have a 2012 Clio?

  • Terry

    I was told to be careful when buying a 2007 Megane F1, as they are thwart with electrical problems, is this correct?

  • Vicky

    The rear electric rear windows on my 2006 Renault Grande Scenic do not work all the time, and the electronic parking brake keeps playing up as well.

  • Patrick

    My Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI Diesel seems noisy than usual during tick over. I have found that the alternator drive belt is bouncing, could this be the cause?

  • Sally

    I currently have a Renault Megane Dynamique 1.6 petrol and several odd things keep happening. These include boot unlocking randomly, alarm keeps going off, keyless entry not working all the time, one tyre pressure indicator not working and driver window wouldn’t open once. Could this be caused by some sort of dampness in the electrics?

  • Mike

    For some reason my 2008 Renault Clio has poor tyre wear if using those recommend by the dealer.

  • Bobby

    The gearbox on my Renault Kangoo 1.4 auto has gone, but how much is this likely to cost me?

  • Jill

    O have problems with usual tyre wear on my 2005 Renault Scenic, but I do not drive it hard at all.

  • Sarah

    Why is it that my 54-reg Renault Megane goes through its tyres far quicker than it should?

  • Alice

    Does anyone know how to change the digital speedometer from km/h to mph on a Renault Twingo?

  • Jason

    The sunroof often opens while going over speed bumps in my Renault Scenic MPV, but for some reason will not close again.

  • Jerry

    The handbrake on my 2006 Renault Megane has now broken several times, I think it’s about time Renault either did something about the poor parts they keep using, or it’s time to move on.

  • Jo

    After coming off the motorway in my 2003 Renault Laguna there was a loud clunk that sounded like a bag of spanners for my gearbox. I managed to get the car to limp the few miles home, although can no longer move the car. By the way, there are no warning lights coming up, so what could it be?

  • Nick

    Is it a common problem for a 2008 Renault Megan to pull to one side rather badly?

  • Chris

    Why would the injection light on my 2009 Megan keep coming on?I have spoken t a few people with this model, yet have never had such an issue.

  • Jane

    Please help, the central on my 2005 Renault Clio keeps looking and unlocking itself. This happens when the car is running or not.

  • Mel

    So I am having trouble with 1st, 2nd and reverse on my 2012 Renault Clio. Firstly, I have no clue as to why this is happening, secondly I am nt sure if this is covered by warranty, and if not, would it be cheaper going to another garage rather than a main dealer?

  • Sarah

    The electronic handbrake on my Renault Kangoo comes on when I stop, and when I go to pull away it sways on. The only way to make it work again is to switch the engine off and on again, which can become a real pain. Is there an easy solution to this problem?

  • Peter

    My 2006 Renault Escape has a very bad vibration at the front when braking. The front pads and discs are knew though, so I just cannot think what on earth it would be.

  • Abbey

    How comes it takes about 2 to 3 seconds after putting my 2002 Renault Avantime into drive that it decides to change gear. This can be annoying because when you try to do it fast and put your foot on the accelerator there is a loud thud.

  • Natalie

    I cannot understand how water is getting in behind the panel trim on the nearside. All I know is that it has made the carpet very wet, and has now started to make my 2005 Renault Modus start to smell a bit.

  • Peter Hicks

    Anywhere from £500 to £700 appx ,just put Renault auto into Gumtree and a price of £500 there are lots !

  • Peter Hicks

    Put the key in the ignition and turn it to position 2 = ignition on but don’t crank it , then press the unlock button ,iv heard it resets the alarm system,
    Hope it helps

  • Peter Hicks

    Take the crank sensor out and clean the end up they get dirty on the end .
    Hope it helps.

  • Peter Hicks

    Possible dirty abs sensors .

  • Peter Hicks

    Take the fuses out and check for corrosion /relays to , I have a 1.6 modus and the fuse / relay cover is under the water run off it has a hole to the right of the molded cover but the hole is at a higher level and was blocked , so carefully drilled another hole at the lower end of the molding ,I also got a can of spray wax from tool station and sprayed the fuses /relays and every connector I could see ,these things are designed to give trouble !
    Hope it helps .

  • Peter Hicks

    Take the plastic scuttle panel off its just in front of the wipers and clean the water run off out at either side , iv just done done mine .

  • Jake

    I cannot understand why the electric handbrake on my 2005 Renault Laguna keeps coming on at the strangest of times. Not only that, there are times when it will not disengage, and so I have to turn the engine off by removing the card as well, and then start the car again. This can be a real pain if at a roundabout.

  • Scott

    Why is it that the engine on my Renault kangoo1.5 diesel keeps cutting out without warming? The vehicle starts up fine, but once you start moving it takes just a few seconds and the thing just cuts out. I don’t want to go to the deal just yet, just in case anyone on here has the solution for me.

  • Mike

    My 2003 Renault Kangoo starts with ease when cold, but once it starts to warm up the engine will cut out, and then becomes very difficult to start. However, once the engine has cooled down it starts once again.

  • Dougie

    I know pretty much nothing about cars, and so would like to know why the battery not charging warning light has lit up on my Renault Scenic?

  • Kelly

    I have started to notice a vibration through the steering wheel of my Renault Espace. although this only happens when braking. However, there is no vibration through the brake pedal and they do work very well at stopping the car. Just for the record, there is no vibration through the steering wheel while driving, only when braking.

  • Jonathan

    The battery in my Renault 10 keeps going flat, and before anyone suggests a new battery, I have done that, and have also replaced the alternator as well. However, the battery still goes flat, and so am wondering what is on the car that keeps draining its power?

  • Rob

    My 2005 Renault Kangoo van no longer starts. It was running fine, and then one day it just stopped. I have no idea on these sort of things, so any ideas are welcome.

  • Nick

    When I turn my 2011 Renault Scenic on and a passengers sits in the front seat the check airbag warning light comes on. However, when the engine is turned off, the the passers gets and and then the engine is started there is no warning light.

  • Jeff

    The steering on my Renault Espace has all of a sudden gone very stiff and now makes a strange whirring noise. I now fear that there could be something seriously wrong that could cost a small fortune to fix.

  • Nick

    My Megane 2003 model has lost all power to the dashboard, we have tried everything inc new dash, modules everything inc new battery, any ideas

  • Phil

    No matter how many times I insert the card into its slot in my Renault Laguna, it will not start, and all I hear is a strange purring nose. Does anyone know what this could be?

  • Johnny

    When the engine on my Renault 10 comes to s stop, the gearbox often dos not reset to neutral how it should. In order to get this to happen I have to turn the engine off and one several times and only then will it go back to neutral. However, when I am driving there I times when I cannot select reverse, so what on earth coin;d be causing such a thing?

  • Lilly

    I recently purchased a 2004 Renault Modus, but the vehicle never came with any instructions for the radio. I am now trying to change the presets because none of the ones stores work – but how do I do this?

  • Gail

    My 2008 Renault Clio 1.2 manual petrol has developed a bit of an issue. While driving all seems fine, that is until I get to around 50 miles per hour. it is then that things go bad, such as all sorts of warning lights coming on for the ABS, brake pads, stop lights, and spanner. These stay on al the time them, even when I drop below that speed, and only go out when I turn the eying off and on again. However, it all happens once again when I reach 50mph and over.

    The car does seem normal to drive, and there seems to be nothing wrong with the brakes.

  • Sarah

    Can anyone help, I have a problem with my 2005 Renault Clio? Every time i press the brake pedal the side and tail lights come on and my brake lights flicker. However, once I take my foot off the pedal the lights then go out as they should. When the engine is off and I press the pedal the lights still come on for some reason, but dimmly.

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