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Renault Megane 2002 to 2006 review- anyone got one?

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Found 14th Sep 2013
Im thinking of buying a Renault megane 1.5 dci 2002 to 2006 model for commuting to work. Theres alot of mixed reviews online and Im 50:50 at the moment. Im only buying this car as its relatively cheap, good mpg, only £30 vehicle excise duty for a year and parts are readily avaliable. Does anyone have this car and is able to spend a few minutes just to give me a quick comment on the car?

- The handbrake is strange, never seen a car like that before.
- The start stop gimmick sounds cool, but has that caused problems for anyone?

Whats the best model to go for?

Thanks.
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Had a 1.5dci dynamique from New for 5 years.

Was trouble free until year five, windows regulators went, few other issues with electrics but nothing major.

Cheap to run, great mpg, I once got over 70, decent acceleration, comfortable seats, good handling.

There are different bhp variants out there, mine was 80, which was ok.
Renault, They're very poorly built, Not very reliable, Suffer lots of electrical niggles and are French.

Surely stop/start will cause all sorts of issues on older cars, It's not healthy for engines.

Electrical brakes on Renaults are a nightmare and expensive to fix.
Edited by: ".MUFC." 14th Sep 2013
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moob

Had a 1.5dci dynamique from New for 5 years.Was trouble free until year … Had a 1.5dci dynamique from New for 5 years.Was trouble free until year five, windows regulators went, few other issues with electrics but nothing major.Cheap to run, great mpg, I once got over 70, decent acceleration, comfortable seats, good handling.There are different bhp variants out there, mine was 80, which was ok.



thanks moob. Im worried about the electrical problems people are going on about. What sort of mpg are you getting realisticly in town and on the motorway at 50, 60 and 70mph?

I wouldnt say im light footed but not exactly hard footed either.
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shauneco

Renault, They're very poorly built, Not very reliable, Suffer lots of … Renault, They're very poorly built, Not very reliable, Suffer lots of electrical niggles and are French.



Would you reckon a peugeot 206 1.4hdi would be a better option? Then again thats a French car too.
deals234

Would you reckon a peugeot 206 1.4hdi would be a better option? Then … Would you reckon a peugeot 206 1.4hdi would be a better option? Then again thats a French car too.



Yes, A Peugeot is a much better option, Better engines and build quality is better than Renaults.
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shauneco

Renault, They're very poorly built, Not very reliable, Suffer lots of … Renault, They're very poorly built, Not very reliable, Suffer lots of electrical niggles and are French. Surely stop/start will cause all sorts of issues on older cars, It's not healthy for engines.Electrical brakes on Renaults are a nightmare and expensive to fix.



i think the stop start in the megane (for 2002 to 2006 model) only applies to switching the car on when first moving away and stopping the engine when at the end of the journey. ie during traffic lights the engine stays on. Also its not a normal key, its like a card you insert. Really strange design.
deals234

thanks moob. Im worried about the electrical problems people are going on … thanks moob. Im worried about the electrical problems people are going on about. What sort of mpg are you getting realisticly in town and on the motorway at 50, 60 and 70mph? I wouldnt say im light footed but not exactly hard footed either.



In town I got about 45 around town, average 60mpg @ 70mph, got over 70mpg @ 60mph
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moob

In town I got about 45 around town, average 60mpg @ 70mph, got over 70mpg … In town I got about 45 around town, average 60mpg @ 70mph, got over 70mpg @ 60mph



those figures are excellent. thanks moob.
You're welcome.
Not that one but had an old 2000 megane coupe up until two months ago and I loved it,now have a 2010 coupe with the stop/start and I love it as well,not had any problems do far.
The new one has the standard handbrake again do I'm guessing the odd looking one maybe wasn't too good if they haven't continued with it.

I'm sure out renault specialist friend commented on the cost of repairing one on a cabriolet.

I know there any many renault haters out there but I have lived both my meganes.

The renault forum is very good for advice

deals234

i think the stop start in the megane (for 2002 to 2006 model) only … i think the stop start in the megane (for 2002 to 2006 model) only applies to switching the car on when first moving away and stopping the engine when at the end of the journey. ie during traffic lights the engine stays on. Also its not a normal key, its like a card you insert. Really strange design.



Yes that is right however not all of them need the key inserted.
My one opens/locks with key being in my pocket or bag which I prefer. Key stays in my bag when driving.
I have a renault megane dynamique and having problems with the key card. It wouldnt open the door to get in! kept saying I needed a new battery for the card which I have done but still isnt working properly. So had to use the little key inside the card to open the car and when I opened the door the alarm goes off!
French electrics are not the best, but just make sure you take the time to check that every switch and light works as it should before you buy.
Corolla not an option?
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smellyonion

Corolla not an option?



Not really......im looking for something with low vehicle excise duty (£20-30 a year), as high as mpg as I can find for the price. The peugeot 206 and renault megane are the two that tick most of my boxes. The clio is a little on the small side for me.
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papillonbunny

I have a renault megane dynamique and having problems with the key card. … I have a renault megane dynamique and having problems with the key card. It wouldnt open the door to get in! kept saying I needed a new battery for the card which I have done but still isnt working properly. So had to use the little key inside the card to open the car and when I opened the door the alarm goes off!




ktm666

French electrics are not the best, but just make sure you take the time … French electrics are not the best, but just make sure you take the time to check that every switch and light works as it should before you buy.



yep thanks, ive been warned about the electrics. Ill be sure to check all as much of the electrics as I can.
do check power windows temparature and rain sensor for wipers. Also what mileage and cost you are looking at
smellyonion

Corolla not an option?




Far better car, totally reliable, unlike Renault.
deals234

Not really......im looking for something with low vehicle excise duty … Not really......im looking for something with low vehicle excise duty (£20-30 a year), as high as mpg as I can find for the price. The peugeot 206 and renault megane are the two that tick most of my boxes. The clio is a little on the small side for me.


If you are looking at sub compacts, why not look at yaris, jazz or.swift or even colt and polo, all better than the 206. And for a family hatchback, civic/carolla.
At the age of.cars you're looking at, Japanese is the way to go.
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rambobambo

do check power windows temparature and rain sensor for wipers. Also what … do check power windows temparature and rain sensor for wipers. Also what mileage and cost you are looking at



thanks for that. im hoping to get one between £1500 and £2000 and im really looking for under 100k miles, with a cam belt change. I have found a good few examples such as £1800 for fsh, recent cam belt change, 75k miles.
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smellyonion

If you are looking at sub compacts, why not look at yaris, jazz or.swift … If you are looking at sub compacts, why not look at yaris, jazz or.swift or even colt and polo, all better than the 206. And for a family hatchback, civic/carolla.At the age of.cars you're looking at, Japanese is the way to go.



As long as the car has low vehicle excise duty, is under £2000, under 100,000 miles, as high mpg as I can get Ill consider it. I have a vw polo at the moment but its only a 1.0l engine. Dont get me wrong....fantastic car and an excellent piece of German manufacture but I want to go for something other than vw, just for a change. Ill look at those other cars but I think they sit at the £2500 mark?
smellyonion

If you are looking at sub compacts, why not look at yaris, jazz or.swift … If you are looking at sub compacts, why not look at yaris, jazz or.swift or even colt and polo, all better than the 206. And for a family hatchback, civic/carolla.At the age of.cars you're looking at, Japanese is the way to go.




Agreed, what the OP may save on buying costs/fuel, he will spend on repairs on a Renault, there is a very good reason why Renaults are cheap to buy.
deals234

As long as the car has low vehicle excise duty, is under £2000, under … As long as the car has low vehicle excise duty, is under £2000, under 100,000 miles, as high mpg as I can get Ill consider it. I have a vw polo at the moment but its only a 1.0l engine. Dont get me wrong....fantastic car and an excellent piece of German manufacture but I want to go for something other than vw, just for a change. Ill look at those other cars but I think they sit at the £2500 mark?


I think that most of those cars are tax group d or e (it's silly as a 10% increase in emissions (from group c to d) leads to a 300% increase in tax . They are all belt driven( I think) and highly reliable. As inactive says, you may save money on tax but the amount you spend on repairs and maintenance and the woeful driving experience you will get from a 80bhp 1.2t car. Not to mention that the megane has the highest mot faliure rate in the UK.
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thanks for all the info. im having a look on autotrader just now to see what other options I have. Ford fiesta 1.4 diesel? Fiat punto 1.3 diesel?
deals234

thanks for all the info. im having a look on autotrader just now to see … thanks for all the info. im having a look on autotrader just now to see what other options I have. Ford fiesta 1.4 diesel? Fiat punto 1.3 diesel?



Fiesta yes, Fiat erm do you really need to ask?
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