Used Renault Range T X-Road: 15 points to look out for

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The X-Road is a new product, so it’s too soon to judge how the specific changes made as part of the concept will fare over time. The Range T in general, however, is well tried and tested, so it was operators of these that we spoke to when we went in search of our points to look for. Interestingly, several issues are cured by an X-Road conversion – make of that what you will.

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1. Mudguards: The rear mudguards and brackets are prone to failure.
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2. Steps: Exterior steps are flimsy and prone to damage on early models. Though these have since been upgraded, replacing the new version costs £249.95 ex-VAT for the step, plus the cost of the mounting brackets. X-Road conversion includes heavy duty steps, curing this issue.
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3. Exterior: Large amounts of plastic are used to build the exterior, which is then prone to shattering excessively if involved in an accident, increasing the cost of repair. The cost to replace the whole front bumper assembly, including the brackets but not the steps if these are damaged or bent, was quoted at £1,338.45 ex-VAT. X-Road conversion includes the addition of steel bumper end caps and a steel bumper under-run bar, which should reduce this problem.
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4. Windscreen: Operators have had difficulty obtaining sensibly priced windscreens when short-notice replacement is needed away from base.
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5. AdBlue: Early models had ongoing problems with AdBlue warning lights, sensors, and pumps; there is now a fix, so the issue should no longer crop up, but it would be wise to check.
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6. Steering wheel controls: Reports of controls mounted on the steering wheel suddenly ceasing to work, followed by mystery brake warnings on the dash. There’s a fix, so ensure it has already been done to avoid this.
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7. Interior light: Interior light switches are prone to failure – the wise driver will carry a torch!
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8. Digital tachos: Reports of electrical issues with digital tachos causing engines to go into “limp home” mode with de-rated power and torque. Check for fix.
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9. Fuel filters: There have been instances where fuel filters trigger warning lights and need replacement. Dirty diesel implicated by dealerships, but since no other vehicles on these fleets have had problems the sensors could simply be over-sensitive. Filters should have been inspected as part of X-Road preparation.
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10. Injectors and pressure sensors: Injectors and pressure sensors also trigger warnings as part of the same issue.
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11. Dashboard alerts: When faults occur on the Range T, the dashboard alerts the driver, in hours, how long the vehicle will continue to function before they become critical and the vehicle shuts down. This could be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective.
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12. Refrigerators: In-cab refrigerators are prone to damp and mould when left empty for any length of time; advise drivers to prop these open slightly when not in use.
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13. Batteries: Batteries do not last as long as some – check before purchasing. X-Road conversion includes fitting new batteries as standard.
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14. Oil dipstick: The oil dipstick is located under the cab, which must be tilted for access, making it difficult for drivers to check. There have been some reports of erroneous warnings of leaks or low level appearing on the dash, with unnecessary callouts generated.
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15. Gearbox: Advise drivers not to switch off the engine with the auto gearbox in gear. If the air pressure drops during loading or overnight, it will be impossible to put the vehicle in neutral to restart, generating callouts.
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Scania and MAN parent company TRATON Group reveals its plans for reducing carbon emissions

 

The TRATON Group, which includes Scania and MAN, believes the EU's target of cutting carbon emissions from heavy trucks by 15% by 2025 can be achieved largely with conventional engine technology but the much tougher target of a 30% reduction by 2030 will require significant sales of alternative drivetrains, mainly battery electric.

Speaking at the TRATON innovation day for media and key customers at Scania's HQ in Södertälje, Sweden, TRATON CEO Andreas Renschler said that in the next 10 to 15 years one third of the group's trucks and buses would have an alternative drivetrain, “most of them fully electric”.

While the group is looking closely at hydrogen – both to power electric fuel cells and to power internal combustion engines - it appears to be betting on a new highly fuel efficient diesel drivetrain based on a 13-litre, 6-cylinder engine, together with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as the main routes to achieving the tough EU CO2 reduction targets for trucks over 16 tonnes.

Scania will get the new diesel drivetrain first towards the end of next year but MAN will wait a little longer as it is launching the replacement for its TG range in 2020 and does not want to risk introducing a new cab and drivetrain at the same time. But by 2025 the new drivetrain will be “the basic solution” across the TRATON Group, Renschler said.

TRATON is investing €1bn (£900,000) in common battery electric technology that will be shared across the group brands including Scania, which has until now has focussed on natural gas and adapting conventional Euro-6 trucks to run on biodiesel. Biofuels will not however contribute towards the EU carbon reduction targets, which will be measured on a theoretical basis using the vehicle energy consumption calculation tool (Vecto). Fossil-derived CNG is deemed to emit 14% less and LNG 20% less CO2 than diesel however.

Scania is participating in trials of an electric long-haul tractor (pictured) powered by overhead wires taking place in Germany but MAN is way ahead on BEVs, with 26-tonne eTGMs on test with customers in Austria, the eTGE electric van (of which 150 have now been sold) and a 34-tonne 4x2 battery electric distribution tractor unit demonstrator at the innovation day.

Scania is however testing hydrogen fuel cell trucks with Norwegian food wholesaler Asko and at some point these will be joined by a Scania battery electric truck. But as ever buses will lead the way with the first serial produced all-electric city buses made by both Scania and MAN hitting the streets in 2020.

Also at the innovation day was a new concept vehicle, a light delivery truck from TRATON's Brazilian subsidiary Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO), equipped with BEV components from its Japanese partner Hino. An order for 1,600 of these e-trucks – said to be the world's largest - has been placed by the Brazilian beer and beverage producer Ambev with deliveries beginning in 2020.

In a statement, TRATON said: “The activities of the brands in the group are clearly aligned: Scania is the innovation leader for sustainable transport solutions, working on many different non-fossil alternatives. As a full range business partner, MAN pursues a broader strategy ranging from light to heavy commercial vehicles. And VWCO's approach is to offer tailor-made solutions with the best value for money ratio, especially for markets in Latin America and Africa.”

The sharing of electric vehicle technology is part of a wider TRATON “modularisation” strategy that will see 80% of drivetrain components being common across the Group with just 20% being “optimised” for each brand to maintain product differentiation. Cabs will continue to be developed separately.

Renschler added that the one in three vehicles forecast to be non-diesel was “a conservative calculation” but warned that the success of BEVs required governments to play their part in helping fund the development of a “seamless” charging infrastructure across Europe. He claimed that despite the higher purchase price of BEVs, battery prices will fall and this, together with the lower running and maintenance costs, means total cost of ownership of battery electric distribution trucks would be “comparable” with fossil-fuelled equivalents in the “mid term”. TRATON already believes that the payback on a BEV is less than three years.

The TRATON statement continued: “Today, Scania has the broadest range of alternative fuel-enabled vehicles on the market, ranging from bioethanol trucks and buses to vehicles using liquefied biogas. However, TRATON projects that demand for electric vehicles will continue to rise over the medium and long term because electric vehicles will become more affordable and cost less to maintain. In the process, they will be able to take full advantage of their edge in energy costs.”