1996 Renault Megane Reviews - Page 7 of 7

1996 Renault Megane RXE 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10

Faults:

There have been far too many faults to list in entirety. However I will list the most serious.

Paint (Naples Red) flaking after 3 months, resprayed under warranty, now rusting on roof.

Two lots of ignition barrels due to faulty wiring.

Poor starting in damp conditions.

"Hunting" idle speed, looked at 4 times, no solution.

Dodgy rear brake drums, supposedly fixed twice, still bind.

Faulty central locking actuator.

Two lots of "Plip" circuitry in roof.

I somtimes lose my headlights when switching from High to Main beam.

etc, etc, etc.

General Comments:

The worst car I have ever owned. I will never, ever buy another Renault. Renault UK have been attrocious in their service, the dealer was not much better. I traded in a 90,000 mile Primera for a brand new Megane. BIG MISTAKE.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st May, 1998

1st Feb 2003, 12:02

Renault approved garages totally inept at finding electroinic faults. Speedo doesn't work. Garage fitted new cable/speed sensor. £330 later, problem still not solved. Outcome.. 'It's a wiring fault somewhere, and we don't know where, and we don't have the knowledge to fix it'.

Never buy a Renauly again!!

23rd Feb 2004, 23:13

QUOTE: Paint (Naples Red) flaking after 3 months, resprayed under warranty, now rusting on roof.

I would have demanded a new car, not a respray!

21st May 2004, 08:41

Renault Megane.Remote plip not working,back-up plip not working. Result £109.97p for a replacement, nice work if you can get it. Renault must have the most expensive servicing team in the country.

4th Sep 2004, 12:15

I got rid of my 31000 mile 1997 megane after being promoted in 1999. Seems I had a lucky escape! The only problem I encountered was a faulty intermittent front wiper setting. The wipers would usually stop mid-sweep or wouldn't work at all. The dealer couldn't find anything wrong with the unit. I have never owned another Renault since this one. A colleague owned a 1996 Laguna which was plagued with electrical and mechanical gremlins!

1996 Renault Megane 1.6 Rxe 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Problem with not starting fixed in 2 mins by AA - loose connection to starter motor.

Time/temperature display gone fixed in 1st service.

General Comments:

Not too happy with drivers seat, appears to favour leaning on the door pillar.

Apart from that it's a rocket.

Back end gets a bit out of shape at high speed on back roads but you've really got to be pushing it to notice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 1997

18th Feb 2001, 11:32

I feel the handling is very poor.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 24 reviews