I had to make a choice for a company car when I was posted to France 20 months ago. Well, there were only 3 obvious choices and I picked a Renault Megane Tourer with key consideration given to the car's practicality and a Renault garage being close to my house. The Renault 5 was my first car 12 years ago and I know first hand the importance of a garage! In the past 20 months, I'd travelled 45000 km within France, to Germany and Italy through motorways and narrow mountain passes. Pleasantly surprised about the uneventful ownership, the only time I visited the garage was during the regular 20000 km services which costs not more than 150Euro per visit. This works out extremely favourably on maintenance per kilometres. The car is very practical as I receive guests (both business and family) quite regularly throughout the year. The space will swallow 4 full-sized luggages and my guests without being creative on my part. The trimmings in the car are good enough for me not to feel ashame in front of my guests. I would say this is an extremely practical car with decent driving dynamics. I know since I use the mountain passes at least once a month and used to own a Focus. In essence, this is a car that will not win your heart during a test drive but you will appreciate it after a period of ownership. However, when I return home from France, I will pick up something more inspiring :)
This is a company car, not what I would choose. On the whole however, the car is reasonably comfortable, and OK to drive.
The gearshift isn't the best. What concerns me most is the knocking from the steering. The Renault dealer agrees that, yes, there is a knocking noise, but has suggested to keep running the car until whichever part it is making the noise fails!
As this is a company car I am not too concerned, but it is not the response I would hope for if I owned the car!
The car has 55,000 miles on the clock. Has anybody else had this problem? Please let me know: email@example.com
bought this car when it had clocked 13K and now it is around 23K, I am not sure about my choice really, as it is spacious and gives you on average 34mpg, which I think is a decent if not very good mileage for an estate. But the major issues is it is very light on the steering and a bit more noisy on motorway. Big Big problem is it has lot of blind spots and it is not a comfortable ride be it either on the motorway or country road. I am surprised that such an important issue has been overlooked in designing this car. My personal advice is dont go for this car as you have lot more good cars in the market for the same price.
I bought the car new in April 2005. Now done 23k. It is an extremely quiet and comfortable car. This has been a problem now seeking an equal replacement. Most diesels I have tried are noisy and harsh, in particular the Laguna. Loads of room and nice to drive.Had climate control as an extra, can't live without it now. Front tyres shot at 18,500 miles. Had oil change at 1 year £50 and a service at 2 years (£249) Indicator bulb failed, it was the holder and replaced under warranty. Glow plug failed and again relaced under warranty. Depreciation about average for a mass market car.
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