1.9 dci 120bhp sport tourer 2003 (53 )cars now four years old , i have had it for three years cars now done 41000 miles, trouble free, excellent car to drive, good on fuel, average 45-50 mpg, better still on long run, one of safest cars on the road. Bad points, two door sensors gone US on hands free, been changed once under warantee,squealing front brakes,access to headlights/indicators,( most probably same on all new cars ) ,most important bad point Renault UK dont seem to want to know of problems.My wife has a 1.5dci 106 bhp (2006 ) hatch its very frugal on fuel,also excellent to drive - if it didnt have sunroof road tax would be £35 ( according to Renault sun roof puts co2 emissions up ) .Will most probably get another tourer in future - would have demo in 1.5 106bhp.Good thing about Renault they make safe cars.
BE WARNED. I've owned several Citroens and Renaults over the years, so I generally know what to expect from these manufacturers, but even I was taken by surprise with the unusually poor reliability and exceptionally bad aftersales support from my local Renault dealership. Purchasing a 7 month old 54 plate Megane sports tourer, 5 star Euro NCAP, high equipment levels, Pearlescent Metallic black paint & 21 inch Alloys, all with the balance of a 3 year warranty should be a fairly safe bet. However I still ended up going back to a less than interested dealer nearly every month with ongoing electrical, mechanical and brake problems. Eventually the brake issue was causing me so much concern on safety grounds that I finally went to an independant specialist at GT tyres, who diagnosed and fully resolved this issue in one day. So why couldn't Renault trained mechanics accomplish this ? When I looked to upgrade, the dealer flat refused to buy back the car, which was strange since it was fully serviced by them, and still with the balance of 7 months warranty. It made me think, what do they know that I don't. Other local dealers were equally unimpressed with Renaults reputation for reliability. Finally ended up trading up to a Mercedes CLK, pricier but altogether a much better quality of vehicle. I guess the old addage of what you pay for is what you get rings only too true. So watch out for those stunning deals on nearly new cars at Renault dealerships
My father has owned this Megane since January 2004 (53 plate though) and its been a very fine car to drive.
I've been driving it for almost a year now and i really love driving it. The 120bhp diesel engine is silent and smooth, and it is very punchy. It now has 48,000 miles on it and it is still like new. It holds to the road well and makes driving a pleasant experience. The MPG is about 39 around town. The 6th gear isn't really necessary until you get on a dual carriageway.
In the cabin, the interior is quite plush and sporty. It is very spacious and the longer wheelbase adds more legroom for back seat passengers. Five adults can fit in comfortably and with the 500 litre boot, plenty of luggage can be transported. This car is quite well equipped with air-con/full electric windows etc, the radio/cd player is easy to tune and use.
There has only been one problem with the car - the brakes. In the first two years of owning this car, the brakes liked to squeal when they were pressed. This problem could be quite annoying, and at one point the brakes had to be flushed and replaced. The problem now is non-existant.
Overall, I recommend this as a good family vehicle, specially the diesel variants.
Have had this car from new since Mar 2004. I love the bells and whistles that came with it such as 17inch alloys, keyless card, auto headlamps and wipers, climate control and 6 CD changer but have to say that over time this has worn off as I have had more than a few probs with the car mechanically.
The engine has been good, with good fuel economy (av 45-50 MPG of diesel) and pulls well. Fitted towbar and pulls the caravan ok. Size of the cabin is excellent, brilliant for caravan trips with all the cases, kids stuff etc.
Have had probs with the keyless card and overall electrics. At times the locks will not lock, had one occasion where the car would not start and a few where when I lock the car the electric windows come down. Frustrating and scary when you are leaving it in a city centre car park. Had the door lock sensors replaced twice under warranty. In addition does seem to go thru tyres very quickly and now having probs with the suspension (I am told by the dealer - funnily enough after the warranty has ended!).
Most annoying part though is that I have had 3 bulbs blow (2 headlamps and an indicator) and each time I have to take it into the garage to get these changed at £20 a pop. Very frustrating when on my previous Fords and Peugeots bulb changes were easily done at home.
Thinking of changing it now as out of warranty.
Would I get another? Not sure - I have loved the gadgets etc but could do with better (and cheaper) reliability.
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