A Phase 1 and 2 use the same bodyshell,but the Phase 2 changed the front/rear end,mouldings etc,but look at the rear of a Phase 2 and you will spot the outer lights on the rear wings are the same as a Phase1,tailgate is different(not to my liking to be honest)Renault ploughed a lot of money into the launch of the Safrane and the amount of brochures and other publicity items they released was amazing and in France it was launched in Feb 92 a year before the UK,and to this day I still find publicity items that I don,t have in my collection,i only collect V6 related items really but its amazing how much stuff is out there.
I feel that the time for the Safrane is yet to come,but thanks to a few articles like this its starting to get noticed,problem is its to late really,few Phase 1 exist now and the phase 2 is getting in short supply,most have gone into banger money so still cheap.They are great cruisers and have plenty of room,if you want one for reliability and some sort of parts backup go for a Phase 2,if you prefer the Phase 1 you can still get them,in France! and if you are mega brave get a V6 version,There was a V6 RT,V6i and V6 RXE over the 3 years they were sold in the U.K.The Safrane forum is good for helping with buying tips etc,but only has a few members,but useful threads to read to help.
Parts stock in the U.K at Renault is practically zero except for service items and a few mechanical items,forgot interior bits and door mouldings etc,long gone.
If anyone spots a Safrane they are interested in and thinking about buying drop me a line and I can help if I can and if you find a V6......!!!!!!!