Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Renault Megane hatchback?
Renault has taken great strides in improving problem areas, but it still languishes in the bottom half of our reliability survey. The Megane only just keeps its head above the tail-enders in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey, too.
Electrical faults are the most common bugbear, and they aren't always easily fixed by Renault dealers, much to the frustration of some owners.
So that's where you should pay the most attention. Electric windows can fail, and problems can strike the indicator and wiper stalks. Faults have also been reported on cars fitted with the keyless ignition and door entry system.
Squealing brakes - a common problem - can usually be cured by changing the original pads for a later compound. However, sluggish, erratic engine response or starting problems can prove more expensive and time-consuming to fix. Also, listen out for squeaks and rattles in the cabin, and check for leaks (although they are rare).