1996 Renault Megane Coupe 1.6 from Finland
The French Nightmare - not for reliability, but for adventure
To make the story short, this vehicle has caused me lots of problems and tons of headache. And not only me, but also my friends.
For example, last weekend, I was coming back from a hunting trip from Heinävesi, Finland, as -all of a sudden- I saw the warning light for the battery. This was a bit unexpected, as I had just replaced all the belts in the engine compartment, and the battery was rather new.
Well, after a short moment of theoretical pondering, we decided to continue our trip towards Helsinki. This is where the French Nightmare struck us... One by one, we witnessed the loss of all electronics, including airbags, speedometer, windscreen wipers etc. It could have been acceptable in good weather conditions in the middle of the day, but it was a stormy, dark night in the middle of nowhere.
Hence, our first priority was to get us back to Helsinki, which was -at that point- only a 150 km away. Little by little, we lost all the remaining electronics, incl. all lights. This forced us to use flashlights as driving lights and warning lights for the people behind us. The engine was still okay though...
Finally, about 5 minutes after losing the power steering, the engine decided to quit. This left us in complete darkness, in rain, inside this french masterpiece, next to a highway.
So, after 280 000, expect minor electrical issues with your Renault Megane...
What can I say - it's French. Take it for adventure - not for reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st September, 2010