1997 Renault Megane Reviews

1997 Renault Megane RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance89500 miles
Previous carCitroen C2

Summary:

Reliable, comfortable, all round excellent value

Faults:

Brake pads needed replacing (wear and tear)

Slight leak from roof aerial

Occasional juddering (inexplicable really as it doesn't happen often)

General Comments:

Well I have had this car since Oct 2006, and in that time the car has cost very little.

It failed its last MOT in August on a number plate light. It's 10 years old and it is still going strong.

I do a fair bit of mileage in the car - roughly around 50 miles a day. I love it. It is a great car to drive, comfortable, has everything I want - electric windows, CD player, heaters that work... etc.. The only slight issue is the fact that it is a little underpowered for a medium sized car, but that doesn't matter really - unless you are constantly doing uphill driving etc where you have to change down - it could get irritating.

It has been the best car I have owned, not that I have owned many - one being a brand new Citroen C2, which had been in the garage over a dozen times.

I would definitely recommend a Renault - I had a Clio before this and that was great too; really responsive and fun to drive. The Megane has nearly 90000 miles on now and it never ceases to amaze me how it just plods along, not missing a beat, even on the coldest of mornings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2007

1997 Renault Megane RTe 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carFiat Cinquecento

Summary:

Safe, comfortable and good value for money all round

Faults:

Leak that originates from the sunroof, due to the drain pipe being blocked, causing water to overflow, go down the bodywork and into the passenger foot well.

Rattling coming from exhaust - not much of a problem, neither was it a problem to fix.

Remote central locking/immobiliser working intermittently due to a loose connection in the key - fixed with solder.

I previously had another Megane, exactly the same spec and engine. I had the same sunroof leak with that as well - although I had thousands and thousands of trouble free driving.

General Comments:

The RTe model comes with a good selection of extras and is an extremely practical car. It is nice to drive and is comfortable. One of my favourite things about driving it is the flappy panel stereo.

Brakes and steering are good and the car has a very good safety record - especially for side impact protection, which is one of the main reasons why I bought another one, having swapped my old Megane previously with my brother.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2007

1997 Renault Megane RT 1.6e from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6e Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

The best car in the world

Faults:

Cir-clip broke in gearbox lost all drive cost 60p to mend everything else OK.

General Comments:

I can beat most boy racers and can get a good top speed which is good for a 1.6 It's a great car to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2006

1997 Renault Megane RT 1.6e from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6e Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Good, reliable, cheap to run, comfortable car

Faults:

Nothing has one wrong with this car since I bought it (three years ago). Regular service is all you need to do to keep it fault free. It looks like all complaints about this model come from UK - maybe there is something wrong with models exported to GB. I really can't believe that oil-leaking rovers, mg-s and jaguars are more reliable.

General Comments:

The car is very quick comparing to other manufacturers with similar engine (90HP). It has a comfortable ride, better than much larger cars that come from Germany. It's cheap to run, parts are not expensive. Even the most basic model has some nice touches like wipers with sensors...

Seats are comfy for longer trips and there is enough room for four grown-ups.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2006

1997 Renault Megane Paris 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Reliable workhorse that will go on forever

Faults:

Very few things, the rear lights where ghosting (15 quid to sort),heater matrix went last year, this isn't a problem, doesn't effect the running of the car at all! That's pretty much it.

General Comments:

I've done nearly 100K miles in it now and it's still going strong (touch wood).

I'm 6'2 and I'm perfectly comfortable sitting in the front or the back.

Granted, its not the quickest car in the world, but when I bought this car I was just looking for a reliable workhorse, and that's what I got!

I've been on several very long journeys from Edinburgh to Devon a few times and its always got me there no problem with great fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th July, 2005

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 30 reviews