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#1 Keen as mustard

Posted 20 June 2017 - 04:42 AM

Hi all,

We are strongly considering buying a Renault Koleos (either the Zen or Intens), does anyone have one and like/dislike it??


Never had anything to do with Renault before :)


#2 Bob Loblaw

Posted 20 June 2017 - 07:56 AM

We had a Zen and due to circumstances beyond our control, had to sell it. Very comfortable and spacious with all the mod cons. Left a bit to be desired handling wise though.

#3 wallofdodo

Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:46 AM

We have a Renault, not that type a different one. Have been very happy with it.

Aside from recently getting stooged by the service center, charging 203 dollars to change a lightbulb (found out later we could do it ourself for 18 dollars), but that is not the car's fault.

#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:00 AM

Renaults are fabulous cars.
You get all the mod cons you hadn't even thought of.
As long as you get rid of them before they get too old you'll be fine.
The French aren't that crash hot on longevity, and once things start to go wrong they get very shabby looking very quickly and very expensively too!

#5 Mollycoddle

Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:03 AM

Expensive to fix. My mother has a Renault she bought secobd-hand for 6K abd she's spent more than the value of the car in repairs over about 5 years. I wouldn't when there are good quality cars like Toyotas and Hyundais that are reliable and much cheaper to maintain.

#6 Keen as mustard

Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:09 AM

Thanks for that Bonn loblaw and wallofdodo.

Also Countrymel - what time frans are you referring too?
We are thinking it will suit us for next maybe 5-8y...

Thanks for your feedback ;)

#7 anna_garny

Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:23 AM

I have a 2015 Koleos and love it. The boot is spacious and has little cubbyholes hidden in the floor to store bits and bobs. The keyless entry and keyless start mean that I leave the key fob in my handbag/nappy bag and don't even have to take it out to lock/unlock the vehicle.

The one I have is the Bose edition with the upgraded sound system and extra safety package.

The head unit is great with the built in GPS and the rest - we didn't get a reversing camera because the sensors were enough for me (also the upgrade would have cost us $1100).

On the whole it is very comfortable, easy to clean and small enough to park in tight(ish) spaces while still being high up enough that I can really see what I'm doing in traffic. There's a lot of little features in the car that added up (to me) to make it a better option than others we looked at (X-Trail, ix-35) at the time. I haven't investigated how Nissan and Hyundai have changed/updated stuff since then.

I had a look at the new shape Koleos (the ones you've got linked there) and from what I can see they've got a squarer front, bigger boot, a slightly larger backseat and a few extra things like the reversing camera being standard now, the rear seats folding a little easier and the heated seats being an option on the mid-range rather than just on the top of the line options.

Husband and I have discussed this and (in 3 years) when the lease is up on the current one we may well just upgrade to the new Koleos model rather than changing car types too drastically.

#8 Moukmouk

Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:27 AM

I used to have one - I really liked it. Easy to drive and park, and very comfortable. Good boot space. My old one had some nice child friendly features - built in screens that pulled up on the rear side windows, and an extra rear view mirror that you could see the back seat with.


Posted 20 June 2017 - 12:06 PM

We used to have a Renault and agree with PPs that repairs are very expensive.  Another issue we had was finding service centres in Sydney.  The closest one to us was about a 40 minute drive which can be a pain when you need to get back home or to work.  There may be more now as we are talking 5 years ago.

We sent ours to scrap metal after one night while driving home from DF's parents house, we went through a bit of a puddle as it had been raining.  It wasn't that deep and numerous cars in front of use went through it at full speed no worries, but all of a sudden the car just shut down.  It said something weird to us that we hadn't heard before (yes the car talked to us) and then wouldn't turn break or anything.  It finally started to turn after once things came back on, but we're talking 15 seconds here.  We were on a main 6 lane road in Sydney!  Thank god nobody was waiting to turn out of the side street we tried to turn into, because we would have taken them out.  The car just wouldn't do anything!

The Renault mechanics couldn't explain it and had apparently never heard of it.  The only conclusion we could come up with was something underneath got wet that shouldn't have because it happened as we went through the water.  It was fine after that, but we freaked every time we saw a puddle ahead and weren't prepared to risk that happening again.  Especially with two kids in the car, not to mention anybody we could run into.

I've never heard of this happening to anybody else.

#10 Keen as mustard

Posted 21 June 2017 - 06:52 AM

Thanks so much for your extensive reply Anna Garney. That is great was exactly what I wanted to hear 😉

Thank mouk mouk too!!

Wow BecC that is really terrifying- no wonder you got rid of the car!!! What a random glitch...hopefully just a once off!

Last night we bought the koleos - very excited and thank you all again for your help!!!
Safe driving
Keen :)

#11 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 21 June 2017 - 07:24 AM

I was just going to say I have a 2009 Citroen which has done 130k kms. It is going fine. I will probably go a Peugeot 5008 SUV for my next car. Moral being I drive French and will purchase another French car.

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 21 June 2017 - 07:30 AM.

#12 Keen as mustard

Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:25 AM

Thanks for that VV arte- good to know you have been happy with French cars 😉

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