Should I buy a Renault?

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Found 26th Mar 2015
I fancy giving myself an upgrade in automobile and have come across a 2011 Renault Megane GT-Line. It seems nice enough, half leather interior, built in sat-nav, sporty looks and a nice 1.4 turbo engine which gives me 130bhp to play with (enough to beat Dave's 1.2 fiesta around the Tesco car park on a Sunday night).
61 plate, 29k miles on the clock at a list price of £7,800.

The only thing putting me off is the fact that it's a Renault, should I really be worried about this? Anyone have any experience with this model?
I asked Helmut Marko what he thought about Renault engines and he just laughed, I'm assuming this is a bad sign?
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I've had 3 Renaults, including my current car. 1 Laguna and 2 Megane's and I've never had a problem with any of them. They're really good cars. Very easy to drive, responsive and forgiving. I don't know the specific model you're looking at but it sounds like a good buy.
i had 2 renaults years ago...nothing wrong with the engines in them it was everything else. everything fell apart.

Of course this could have been bad luck.
Yeah, Stick with your gut instinct, French cars = guaranteed electrical problems and reliability issues.
No, not if you can afford something German...
Edited by: "Mermoo" 26th Mar 2015
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If I was going German I'd look at an Audi A3, but a decent condition one would set me back about £12k and that's with like 70k miles on the clock!
Golf's are a bit boring and old manish unless you go for the GTI, which again costs a lot for a decent one.

Had an 04 Clio as my first car and it started falling apart in 2010, was hoping they would have improved by now!
I have a 10 plate Megane coupe and love it,my last car was also an older Megane coupe,less electrical things in it but never a problem. It still going strong and it will be 15 years old in November.

I haven't had any electrical problems with current car either. Our mechanic is an independent Renault specialist so even if it was to develop any problems I wouldn't be too fussed as know he would not rip us off and he could source any parts easy enough.

There are a lot of Renault haters about, every car has its horror stories but I'm 100% happy with mine I will be running it for as long as possible and then it will probably be passed onto my son.

I bought mine privately in July 2013 and got a good deal.

There are a few guys on the Renault forum with Megane' s, great for advice etc
Edited by: "takethatfan1978" 26th Mar 2015
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takethatfan1978

I have a 10 plate Megane coupe and love it,my last car was also an older … I have a 10 plate Megane coupe and love it,my last car was also an older Megane coupe,less electrical things in it but never a problem. It still going strong and it will be 15 years old in November.I haven't had any electrical problems with current car either. Our mechanic is an independent Renault specialist so even if it was to develop any problems I wouldn't be too fussed as know he would not rip us off and he could source any parts easy enough.There are a lot of Renault haters about, every car has its horror stories but I'm 100% happy with mine I will be running it for as long as possible and then it will probably be passed onto my son.I bought mine privately in July 2013 and got a good deal.There are a few guys on the Renault forum with Megane' s, great for advice etc



Thanks for the answer!
Will check out the forums
Lucaio

Thanks for the answer! :)Will check out the forums



That will probably be the best place as I can guarantee you will end up with a lot of Renault haters here soon Advice from people who actually own one would be more helpful I'm sure

renaultforums.co.uk/
short and sweet...NO!
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>2005
>127k miles
>Insurance group 100000
>£250 odd road tax
Edited by: "Lucaio" 26th Mar 2015
no .
Renault have got to be the worst, for what you get for the money, I'd take a Citroen or Peugeot over a Renault every day. Better still, VAG Group (Audi,VW,Skoda,Seat) over anything though but then you do get what you pay for.
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There's a reason french cars are cheap.

They break down.

1. almost every time I see a car broken down on the motorway it's french.

2. Most reliabity studies show french cars are below average last 5 years.

3. when learning to drive my instructors 206 once had complete interior electric failure. It was dark outside.

If you really really want this car allow sone spare cash for repairs. electrics clutches pads even gearboxes wear pretty fast on them. my neighbours 207 is on its seconds box and clutch. its only 7 years old!
shauneco

Yeah, Stick with your gut instinct, French cars = guaranteed electrical … Yeah, Stick with your gut instinct, French cars = guaranteed electrical problems and reliability issues.


It doesn't guarantee electrical problems, that's just rubbish. I've had 2 Renaults and they were both utter trash. Had a head gasket go on one and a gear box explode on the other amongst other things. The electrics were the only good aspect.
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French can't really build cars like the Germans do.

But... if it's all you can afford they're not too bad.
I have had 2 megans.

both had window regulater problems £££
1 needed a complete new dash £££

I now drive a ford
I would buy a mega rider gold at lease you will get to work when it won't start
Lol@ anyone bad mouthing Renaults getting voted down.
As an English man it's my duty to dislike anything French or buy anything French etc.. etc...

With any car, it's pot luck, regardless of manufacturer. Just play the odds in your favour and check its history and its condition. It's all you can do.
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ktm666

With any car, it's pot luck, regardless of manufacturer. Just play the … With any car, it's pot luck, regardless of manufacturer. Just play the odds in your favour and check its history and its condition. It's all you can do.



what utter nonsense. yes service history and how previous owners treat cars matter.

However if you buy french you will have many issues, if you buy Japanese you will have hardly any.
lukeybuilder

what utter nonsense. yes service history and how previous owners treat … what utter nonsense. yes service history and how previous owners treat cars matter. However if you buy french you will have many issues, if you buy Japanese you will have hardly any.



Every car will have its problems,not every Renault will have 'many' issues.
Some,like the 2 I have had have been fine.

Maybe I'm lucky,maybe I'm not. If the op wants to buy a Renault then fine it's his money, I don't understand why people get so heated about someone else's choice.

I have had a Japanese car and it cost a fortune to run and repairs were not cheap!
My husband is on his 2nd focus and the one he has now has had more problems than my last 2 cars. I absolutely hate it and think its a money pit,he likes it and is willing to pay for it.
It is pot luck with cars!

Edited by: "takethatfan1978" 26th Mar 2015
On a more serious note the French car industry did have some problems 10-15 years ago, both Renault and Peugeot-Citroen produced some poor models at that time. Buying a Vel Satis for example would have to be a labour of love. Not that it was confined the France, the Golf MK IV and the Passat B6 of that era have problem lists as long as your arm.

The 2008 Megane seems to be fairing well though. A quick search for common megane faults brings up lots for the Mark II but little for the Mark III. The earliest models are seven years old so if there were any common issues you'd expect them to be well documented by now.

Certain brands may be more reliable than others but nobody makes all reliable models or all unreliable models. So while brand might guide where you look, it's only specific model that matters when you've found a car you might purchase.

Edited by: "EndlessWaves" 26th Mar 2015
Upvote for EndlessWaves.

Looks as though you should at least take a closer look at the engine though.
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