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RENAULT MEGANE Hatchback 2002‑2009
176 owner reviews for RENAULT MEGANE Hatchback 2002‑2009
avoid, avoid, avoid at all costs
RENAULT MEGANE 1.5 dCi 86 Oasis 3dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 28th January '13)
ok, lets start with the few good bits....
>very cheap tax
i would not recommend buying this car second hand. it is plagued with electric faults. First of all the wiper motor failed (200 quid). After having a new part installed, intermediate/auto mode did'nt work. this resulted in another trip back. Then, within a few weeks, both front electric window motors failed!! was able to get a second-hand part from a breaker but this too failed after a month. After getting this fixed, the central locking mechanism failed. Overall, i spent almost £500 on parts and almost the same again on labour. I had a Clio before this and i experienced the same faults. I thought I just got a bad one, but clearly not. I will never again think about buying another Renault
Renault the name for Electrical Faults
RENAULT MEGANE 1.5 dCi 86 Dynamique 5dr (Review date: 11th January '13)
I have owned my megane 1.5 DCi Dynamique for less then 3 years. In that time I have had to change 3 headlight bulbs, which on this car requires the removal of the front wheels and, if you happen to have large hands, you need to remove the front wing. Local renault dealer wanted to charge £180 for this. I have had 2 rear lights fail. The entire central console failed last year. When I took it to a garage to repair, they tried to check the fuses only to find the fuse diagram in the fuse box was incorrect as the fuses were in completely different positions. Also, the electrical wiring was completely different to the manual and the garage's fault finding charts. Then in the last 3 months the Power steering has failed twice costing me over £700 to date.
Although this was a nice car with good space inside and good (not excellent) performance, as well as good fuel economy, This has been the most unreliable car I have owned in 27 years of driving. Avoid these cars unless you are an auto-electrical engineer.
Good Used Car
RENAULT MEGANE 1.4 Extreme 3dr (Review date: 4th January '13)
The Renault Megane which i have owned for over 18 months. has proven to be a good used buy which was bought with 74,000.
it has been very practical as it has large interior space which has a large boot which can carry 2 large dogs, and it can seat 5 adults in comfort.
The Megane is fairly reliable as has never broke down although there have been several very minor issues that are expected from a car at the age and mileage. fairly well put together.
The Megane is very cheap to run thanks to its group 3 insurance. Tax similar to that of a ford fiesta 1.25 consistently averages around 37mpg round town
The car has a nice smooth not harsh ride expected from a french car. very easy to drive with good driving dynamics. performance adequate but can be a tad sluggish when carrying 4 adults.
overall nice car i would buy another but with a larger engine
Very Bad Choice
RENAULT MEGANE 1.6 VVT Dynamique 5dr (Review date: 1st May '12)
I wanted this car because it looked different, I liked the styling and it was made by a well known brand of car maker. I didn't listen to my friends advice. PLEASE LISTEN TO MINE. The car cost £3200 to buy. It has cost £2000+ to keep rolling for 11 months. I never used my RAC membership of 6 years until I owned the car and have had them out to me 3 times. I am now looking to trade it in at a loss.
Positives - It does average 39.4mpg with a 70mph/30mph ratio, which isn't too bad and it looks good (depending on your personal taste).
Negatives - it isn't overly comfortable; The cabin/cockpit build quality is poor and falls apart easily; The cost of keeping it running due to continual, expensive, repairs far outweighs it performance with fuel; The electric windows constantly fail at £170 per repair; During repairs It often has to go Renault as it requires 'reprogramming' at times which only Renault can do; Boot space is less than it appears to be due to the design. On your insurance, say you keep it in the garage. Trust me, it will come true.
Simply put - the car has nice design and styling features but is simply not robust enough to be used as a daily commuter. A 1-2 mile round trip to the shops, twice a week - maybe.
I will never buy a Renault again. In fact, from experience, Other than German, I'll never buy from known European manufacturers again.
Style over content I am afraid - deeply disappointed.
RENAULT MEGANE 1.5 dCi 80 Expression 5dr (Review date: 2nd February '12)
I love my Renault Megane as it's very cheap to run, cheap to tax only £30 for the year and returns 61 m.p.g. on average, and the service intervals are every 18,000 miles. The only complaint I have it's a bit of a pain to change the headlight bulb, but I've only had to do that twice in all time I've owned the car, which is now since 2008. No other problems, no rust, and everything still works. I would recommend this car to anyone, and I ever upgraded it in future I would certainly buy another one.
RENAULT MEGANE 1.9 DCI NOT THAT BAD !!!!!
RENAULT MEGANE 1.9 dCi 120 Dynamique 3dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
I own a 1.9 Dci Megane 3Dr (120),a nice sporty looking car in 3 doors with 17" alloys and a few toys. It's been about under two years now and I have clocked just over 30,000 miles( motorway ) and it,s been a pleasure, start every time ( even at -11 a bad winter that was ) get me to where I am going and back again with out any fuss. It does suffer from a few problems now and then, but don't all car's..... window regulators play up, can be fixed quite cheaply now (Ebay)... Head light bulbs can be a pain to fit, but you get use to it ( got it down to 15 min's to fit one ). Great on fuel, 55mpg+ easy...Cheap car tax only £130 a year.. Only real expense I can see in the future is the dual mass flywheel, if it goes wrong, looking at about £1100 to fix (local garage, not renault ) thats with the clutch as well, But most cars have these fitted now.. As they say you either get a good one or a bad one, and I think I been lucky so far
A real sports hatch
RENAULT MEGANE 2.0 T 16V Renaultsport 225 3dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
A good family car but not dull as dishwater!
RENAULT MEGANE 1.9 dCi 130 Dynamique 3dr [Euro 4] (Review date: 18th January '12)
We have owned the car for about 3 years and on the whole have been really happy. It is completely practical, can seat 5 adults comfortably and has a great sized boot. It's also really nice to know that it's very safe when ferrying children about. The interior is robust, feels high quality, and still in good condition after 6 years of daily use.
In terms of reliability, this is definately where it falls down. Mechanically it has been fine and we've had few issues, but it's problems are generally niggly (I call them French) foibles...for example, the electric windows, windscreen wipers and air blowers are tempremental and sometimes don't work at all. It gets through tyres rather quickly, and with the 17" alloys they are expensive to replace. It leaks into the door pockets, not sure what causes this! However, it has always been really reliable in terms of starting and running.
It is great on running costs in terms of tax, insurance and fuel consumption.
I really enjoy driving it. It has a really good amount of poke which I especially notice when overtaking from reasonable speed. It is forgiving, and smooth and very comfortable in long journeys. Obviously, it is no supercar in terms of driving experience, but I find it quite pleasing- especially for a diesel family car!