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RENAULT MEGANE Hatchback 2002‑2009

4.1
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RENAULT MEGANE Hatchback 2002‑2009

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harrier

Horrendous Electrics

RENAULT MEGANE 1.9 dCi 120 Dynamique 5dr (Review date: 24th May '14)

3

The passenger side winder was faulty on the test drive which should have been a warning to me, but the dealer fixed it and I bought the car at 24000 miles. Within the 3 month warranty period the drivers side window ceased functioning.

10000 miles later the passenger side stopped again. Its around 250 to have it fixed. I don't see much point in throwing money at a problem that will inevitably happen again before long. They can put a man on the moon but Renault cant manufacture electric windows that last a year. Incredible. Dash has been displaying a warning about the injectors for the past 30,000 miles which the garage told me I can ignore.

The remote key card functions only randomly with the dashboard warning telling me to change the batteries in the card - which makes no difference at all. More often than not I have to use the central locking button to manually lock the car, (press and hold for 10 seconds with the drivers door open but don't leave the key in the slot when you shut the door!). To unlock I have to use the flimsy emergency key which I am expecting to break at some point too.

Automatic wipers speed up randomly and slow down randomly with no relation to the heaviness of the rainfall. Occasionally they will cease functioning altogether, usually when passing a lorry in heavy rain which has seen my life flash before my eyes once or twice. Useless when working and over 250 to fix when they eventually packed in.

At 60,000 miles the entire centre console died meaning no air conditioning, no blowers, no heater, no de-mister. I prodded about myself to check for fuses after which the car wouldn't even start. Dealer took 120 to get it starting again but console still dead and I'm mot paying out silly sums to fix what is basically a money pit.

Shortly after the tailgate strut gave up and the tailgate landed on my head leading to a full Basil Fawlty meltdown from me.

The 2 litre diesel engine is powerful and spirited enough to match the very capable road handling. It feels sporty, secure and quick and can be a joy to drive. I'm getting a regular 48mpg at motorway speeds.

I hate this car and wish I had never bought it.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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686sami

Power, Practicality, Unique

RENAULT MEGANE 2.0 dCi 150 GT 3dr (Review date: 20th May '14)

4.5

I've owned 3 Megane's in under 1 year. Not to say they were bad cars, but as a enthusiast driver i worked my way up the chain quickly. from the 1.4i, 1.5 (diesel), and the 2.0T diesel.

Never had any major faults with any of the cars including the current one, other than the bulbs and general service maintenance. I got alot of stick from people about this car, but just like it did on me, all my friends have fallen for its beauty and seduceful rear ;)

As i have no kids i cant comment on practically however i do takes friends and family on journey on a common basis and for a 3 door its does the job fine.

The 2 liter engine is quite and very refined and give excellent fuel economy. The power is great, I've had the car remap and being the same engine from the RS ### its really does benefit from it. I've had it on roller doing 197BHP . This is amazing pulls and pulls. I've also upgraded the exhaust system. People who come against don't know what this beast is truly capable of

The things i love about the car is key-less entry and many of the other hatchbacks do not have this slick feature. The traction control is really clever, can get you out any problem in a instant. And the looks are unique.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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johnschof

Avoid

RENAULT MEGANE 1.9 dCi 120 Privilege 5dr (Review date: 26th March '14)

1.5

04 plate 1.9Dci 88,000 miles.

Looks good from the outside and nice on the inside, just don't expect to drive it for long periods.

Mechanically suspect - engine management lights come one, service lights come on, warning messages come on.

Electrics - suspect - windows wind down for no reason then refuse to wind up or refuse to wind down (annoying in multi story car parks).

Headlights turn on when ignition is turned off.

Refuses to start for days on end then starts first time. Buying one with a service history is no guarantee of longevity or trouble free motoring. Sell before it takes all your money.

AVOID.

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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will-jum

Do not Buy!

RENAULT MEGANE 1.5 dCi 80 Dynamique 5dr (Review date: 4th February '14)

1

Cant believe how many good reviews are on auto trader its crazy to me. Have owned a megane for 3 years and have had no end of problems. Every mechanic I have spoke to along the road to trying to make my megane more German has told me how bad Renaults are especially meganes.

The headlights take an hour to change, everything in the engine compartment is hard to get too, parts are as costly as bmw parts, electrical failures constantly, always something that isn't working.

SUCH A BAD CAR, AVOID

Practicality

1 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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spamdripping

EXCELLENT CAR

RENAULT MEGANE 1.9 dCi 130 Dynamique 5dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 16th January '14)

4.5

This is the third Renault Megane I have had and apart from normal servicing costs they have always been thoroughly dependable and reliable. I have had no problems with them, especially the diesels. Very safe - being NCAP 5 star rated, economical and cheap to tax and insure - I would recommend one to anybody who wants a good all round car.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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sophieb

Brilliant, Reliable, Safe and Economical Car

RENAULT MEGANE 2.0 dCi 150 GT 3dr (Review date: 16th January '14)

5

I bought the Renault Megane after owning many other sporty diesel hatchbacks and this is one of the best. It has a brilliant NCAP rating so was safe for the children, I've never had any problems like old Renaults used to have and I manage to get 50mpg+. It has all the modern features and I bought one with a panoramic roof which was great in the summer. It drives so smoothly, is very cheap on tax and insurance. Would definitely recommend this car and is terrific value for money.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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mrfoster33

Avoid avoid avoid!

RENAULT MEGANE 1.6 VVT Dynamique 5dr (Review date: 13th January '14)

1.8

Bought this car in 2010, in the 4 years we have owned it it's spent more time in the garage than on the road!

Pros

Quite comfortable

Cheap insurance

Cheap tax

Cons

Poor quality interior carpets

Constant electrical faults e.g windows opening and then not closing or not opening altogether even Renault can't fix this

Constant engine problems

Battery dies for no reason

We paid £5000 for this car and in three years it has cost us another £5000 to keep it going!

As soon as we get it back from the garage we will be getting rid to another unsuspecting motorist

On the plus side low mileage as it's forever in the garage!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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heath

Renaultsport Megane 225 Cup RS Blue

RENAULT MEGANE 2.0 T 16V Renaultsport 225 Cup 3dr (Review date: 8th January '14)

4.8

I have owned this car for 3 years and it is outstanding as a hot hatch. I smile everytime I get in it and it never lets me down with how it performs. Of all my cars I've owned this is a clear winner by a mile in all aspects of ownership. Very smooth power, easy to drive, loves country lanes, sticks to the road, family love the car too...

Servicing is very reasonable but ..... Shop around and make sure it's serviced by Renault or Renault specialist. Basic service can be anything from £148 to £300.

Everyday running costs.... It is cheap to own but you get so much car for it. Air conditioning, electric everything, sports seats, looks and performance. MPG depends on how you drive, amazingly good on long runs (30mpg) and short bursts of fun (24mpg).

Everyone I know who likes cars, likes the RS Megane and can't believe the value for money secondhand!!

I've driven RS cars for 10 years, clio 172cup/182/197cup and even RS twingo...... With no word of a lie, Renaultsport know how to make these very special. If your thinking of getting one, you won't be disappointed....

Highly recommended ....

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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goodcar

Reliable and Good Car

RENAULT MEGANE 1.5 dCi 100 Dynamique 5dr Auto (Review date: 5th January '14)

4.5

I've had the car for 3 years and this car has been a pleasure to have. It did not break down or give me a hard time. All I had to pay was for the diesel and it was ready to go.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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stephen23

should have been aborted at concept stage

RENAULT MEGANE 1.4 Dynamique 5dr (Review date: 10th August '13)

1.3

worst car ever! I first purchased this in 2012 after passing my test and god how I wish I didn't clap eyes on it. I've spent a fortune on it and its just a drain to drive both emotionally and financially.

STYLING AND PRACTICALLITY

It isn't too bad on the eye however it would benefit from a bigger boot and a more spacious cabin.

RUNNING COSTS

Not too great, always refuelling and barely drive it as much as I used to, mpg is around 32mpg, high road tax, servicing and MOT costs are dependent on how the car has been looked after and mine had been neglected badly by previous owners. The engine could be more efficient to reduce the co2 and reduce the road tax band.

FLAWS

- steering wheel grommets do tend to snap

- electrical problems which have been mentioned.

- clutch cable that can start the car is way too short and ends up snapping.

- top mounts

- engine mount rubbers are shoddy so you're always jerking about when stationary

- thrust release bearing sounds horrid on over run

- road noise is horrendous

- high road tax £176 per annum

- boot space cant handle much

panoramic sunroof doesn't work well

- take the cigarette lighter out! if it corrodes then it'll blow a fuse and will cause you a whole heap of hassle such as window regulators having a mind of their own, radio plays up and knocks windscreen wipers and washer jets off. Renault in all their wisdom decided one fuse could handle the windows. sunroof, radio, wipers and jets and the lighter..... REMOVE!

- check the seals around the car they do tend to let a few drips of water in if it rains hard enough on the rear windows.

- the hands free locking buttons decide when they want to work.

SUMMARY

As a daily hack its ok, wouldn't use it for long term though, i'm looking to chop it in for something a hell of a lot more reliable and cost efficient and practical. If you're the type of person who constanty likes throwing money at cars then this is for you. If you have sense and like having money to spend on better things then AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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