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Renault Master X70

Renault Master X70

2.0 from 4 reviews

Continuing saga of another blown gearbox at 75,000 klms

My earlier review where the Qucikshift transmission blew up at 75k on my 2008 Master Van gets worse as the weeks roll by. Initially I was told it needed a new transmission costing $7,000 which is ludicrous but at least I'd be getting a new transmission. Not so, it's not getting a new transmission only parts thereof. They tell me the auto clutch and brake hydraulics systems carked it and need replacing so it's now $9,000 and I still only get a paltry 20,000 warranty. $9,000 for parts and they confess they have had quite a few vehicles go this way. It's not at Southern Cross Renault Toowoomba but now Armstrong Renault Toowoomba. Same place, different name.
So it seems a common problem with these Quickshit autos, why weren't there recalls? They claim they don't know the history of the vehicle but I had told them in writing that the original owner had only put 47,000 klms on it in 7 years using it for his roof restoration work where he'd drive to a job every 2-3 days. If it was used as a courier in stop start traffic I could understand. If it was used as a courier he would have clocked up the 75,000ks in the first year of ownership and the parts etc would have been replaced under warranty. I'm the 2nd owner and being retired bought it as my recreational vehicle driving around the country so it's and an easier life. So I give in, why would you buy a Renault? Why they're allowed to import this garbage into our country has got me beat and Renault never learnt anything about the transmissions as they keep churning them out. At least Ford learnt and had enough sense to get rid of the Quickshift autos on their Transits. I figured Renault had perfected them given they had been using them for years. More fool me, what a heap of garbage. Steer well clear of Renaults.

BodyVan
Badge(No Badge)
WheelbaseMedium
TransmissionSemi-Automatic
Engine Size2.5L Turbo

Has almost cost me more in repairs than I paid for van

Bought from dealer with 120k on it. Was the cheapest van at the time at $16k
Droce home and noticed a banging when shifting. I should of test drove it first but i was from interstate. A month harmonic balancer was replaced at cost of $1000 to warranty. Warranty was only for 6 months and things only started to get worse after it ended. Next to go was the hydraulic unit. They wanted $9000 to replace completely. Unfortunately I couldn't afford that at the time. So I complained to Renault and got them to do a recondition one for 4000$ this didn't fix the banging when shifting. 2 months later the gearbox apparently seized. And they were charging 7000$ for a new one. I had a 2nd hand one installed for 3000. The gearbox change reduced the banging significantly but was still there. After 3 weeks of driving it's almost like 8th was before the gearbox replacement. I'm afraid I'll probably have to replace something else on this POS.

If i had a choice between jamming fork in my eye and buying this car, I'd probably have to consider both options.

BodyVan
BadgeAir
WheelbaseMedium
TransmissionSemi-Automatic
Engine Size2.5L Turbo

good gumdrops

yes i realise i am not writing about a van but thought to put some positives into the situation. Having worked in a ford agency I can absolutely assure you that other brands subject their customers to similar or worse treatment !! It can be just the dealership .I at present own my seventh Renault bought as a demo in 2009 now has113000k.only problem has been a problem with the auto (4 speed torque con)first noticed and complained about at about 20000 k. Dismissed by dealership and again twice subsequently. Finally gave up completely at about 65000k and well out of warranty. to their credit Renault fitted a complete new trans. which has performed faultlessly since.
IT would be helpful for those reviewing to list type of engine and transmission and year model please

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We made a mistake, we bought three!

Our company bought three brand new long wheel base Renault Master vans a few years ago to add to our fleet (Cost=$120,000+). After our many experiences using this vehicle, and getting it serviced by Nissan-Renault service yards, I can say, this van is a total head ache. Once they start to fall apart after your 100,000km warranty, don't expect help from Renault Head Office like you would from Mercedes. We buy our fleet vehicles from Mercedes too and do not suffer as many issues. Yes, the Renault have a more fancy tip tronic gear box, but that's just about it. Had a major issue with one of our Mercedes Ben fleet vehicles, out of warranty for two years, Mercedes head office when asked still payed for 75% cost of labor and parts. When we asked something similar of Renault Australia a few years ago when our Renault Master broke down through our local Renault dealer/service they refused. We regularly service our cars with Renault service, yet these break down issues still arise, and another one of our vehicles broke down last Thursday, brought it straight to Renault North Shore same day, and have not received a call from them about the update on our Renault Master and it is now Wednesday. Called them 8am this morning frustrated, they said they would call back soon, 10.45am now, still no call. Kind of makes you think, instead of spending $120,000+ and countless service dollars for Renault Master parts (which probably afford you to buy you a Porsche 911 by now no, really!), would you be in this position if you had bought three Mercedes Benz Sprinters instead? Kind of kicking yourself at that thought because these vans are now just lemons. There are no words that describe your frustration and bitterness when you feel you have invested so much of your hard work and hard earned money into a vehicle and their servicing yards yet you don't have any return.
Quick shift gear box (when it works), Engine (when it works)
Gear box and Engine issues plague this machine like a disease. Do not expect any help from Renault Head office.

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4 comments
Im looking to buy a lwb renault, did they honour there warrenty during the first 100,000 ? and what is the van that you would recomend ? I live in the country and there is only a ford dealer locally. What are your thoughts of the ford?I've got an 07 VM 2.4 Transit extended wheelbase cab chassis. i've only had it a month or so and it has 171,000 km on it - drove it from brisbane to canberra in one go - good to drive and seems to have got rid of all the lemon problems of earlier trucks (and if you read the reviews they were dogs). good cabin and nice touches like delayed aditional auto wipe of the blades when you use the winscreen washer. i'm a fan of the RENAULT and am on this page because im thinking of getting one - the trafic seems to get better reviews than the master - i see a fair bit of grief about the hydraulic unit associated with the gear selector.If you have warranty, it is still a hassle, and it shouldn't be. However, if you live in the country, you will do much more driving than normal city slickers and will use that 100,000km sooner. My best bet is to use a manual transmission Renault or a Manual Transmission Ford. The Ford, is something I've driven but not owned because it was a hire car because my Renault was BROKEN down in service funnily enough. That said, Renault did go and fix my problems outside the warranty period after I talked to Renault Head Office Customer Service, and they said they will help up to five years after the normal 3 year year, 100,000km warranty has expired for "major failure" issues, which I have had plenty. It is your legal right what ever you buy to expect it to be working order. That means if it's a vehicle or a lollipop. If it use is advertised as such, it must perform as such. I enjoy driving the renault a bit more after the above posts, because Renault did contact me, knowing I was truly ticked off and have offered to help on my current Renault Fleet and my future Renault purchases. I don't know how long until the next time the vehicles are going to decide to roll over and go lemon so I will be deciding whether to offload my Renaults with ODO;s from 140,000 to 170,000 for dirt cheap, less than $10,000. I know I need to get rid of them, only because of one problem, the semi-auto fancy transmission ruins this van. Also I need to add that out of the three Renault Master vans I bought, the air conditioning went out early within one year but was replaced. The other vans now, well over three years and the warranty period have not had to have major service on the air conditioning units, so it was just 1/3 chance. But 3/3 chance for bad transmission issues with the Renault Master semi-automatic. So the perfect van must consist: 1. A good diesel engine (Check Reviews for ones that do) 2. Have a good transmission, manual is highly advised, you blow a clutch, easy replace. Can't drive manual? Learn! It's a great experience! (Check reviews for vans that do) 3. Make sure you have stability control on the vans, no accidents have happened yet, but this would be a nice added feature. Current Renault Master do +2013, before 2012 do not have stability control. Correct me if I'm wrong. 4. If you have the option of extending your warranty for two years, i.e. Five years, do so, and put that contract under your pillow and treasure it. 5. Service your vehicle regularly with where you bought it from. They rob you but you must accept this, unless you have your own work shop. Cheers, J

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Master X70
Release dateJan 2004
Discontinuation dateDec 2010
Replaced byRenault Master X62
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