I have had this car for two months now. The car has fantastic styling and the colour to go for is yellow.
The only downside of the car is that it's very noisy on motorways. The gear stick moves around when you accelerate, which I find annoying and frustrates me when driving.
If you are looking to get a coupe, then this is the car for you - it has loads of kit including air conditioning, an on-board computer, and alloy wheels. It's good fun to drive, too. There's not a car out there in the price range which can beat it.
I love this car, and am having great difficulty in finding a replacement because Renault is no longer manufacturing this model. I love the interior, and you get a lot for your money when you compare the Coupe with other makes. It's safe, very reliable and provides good miles to the gallon, too. The new Megane hatch just isn't as special as the old coupe, and I don't want to go to the expense of buying the Coupe Cabrolet. I've driven many other cars and none comes up to the Coupe's standards.
On first driving this car I thought it was exactly what I was looking for - cheap to buy, cheap to run and a little bit sporty, good brakes and steering wheel mounted controls that were fun to play with.
However I think the fact that I have now sold this car within seven months gives you an excellent idea of what the car is like to own - soon enough you'll grow bored of playing with the little meaningless toys and finally realise that actually it's not very good after all.
It's noisy - extremely if at motorway speeds - and although this can be a bit of fun at lower speeds it will soon become very tedious. The coil pack on car has blown once resulting with the car running on thee cylinders and having spoke to other people with the same car this seems to be a major problem - one person having to have this sorted four times in just two years.
Overall, a decent car as long as you're not expecting much and quality of interior trim isn't high on your list of priorities.
Buyers have a wide choice of engines, including an eight- and 16-valve 1.4-litre. There’s also 1.6 and 1.8 petrol units, plus two 1.9 turbodiesels. All are strong and flexible for their size, delivering good driveability. The 1.6 is the best bet – it’s nippy, fuel efficient and cheaper to buy than either of the turbodiesels. Avoid jerky autos.
Early variants rode well, but lacked precision and leaned through corners. A change in set-up accompanied the ’99 update, endowing later cars with better body control over bumpy roads. Unfortunately, the downside was a loss of suppleness - replaced by a firmness over most surfaces that can unsettle passengers.
All engines are smooth and reasonably hushed until they are pushed beyond their comfort zone. Road noise and suspension thud are reasonably well suppressed. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for wind noise, which whistles around the screen and mirrors and is ever-present at motorway speeds.
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