Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Renault Megane estate?
Renault has had a regular spot among the bottom 10 makes in the What Car? Reliability Index. That said, Meganes are by no means the worst offenders in Renault's line-up, and repair costs are cheap.
Electrical faults are the car's main weak spot, particularly if damp enters the fuse box - check all the gadgets work and that every instrument and warning light responds correctly. There are also isolated reports of problems with the handbrake not releasing properly.
Diesels can suffer turbo failure - an expensive job if the warranty has expired and you're paying the bill.
There have only been a few recalls to correct safely-related faults, but 2004-registered Meganes may have needed work to re-route front brake hoses - check if yours has had this done.