1997 Renault Megane Classic RXE 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A mechanical disaster!!


Engine blew up at 90000 miles.

Air conditioning unit gone faulty.

Radiator sprung a leak.

Immobiliser out of sync.

Heater plugs burnt out twice.

ABS dash light comes on intermittently.

Exhaust needs to be changed, but the cat is integral!

General Comments:

This car has been a total disaster since I bought it (see above)

Apart from all the faults the fuel consumption is excellent.

Good size and equipment for a family car.

Low insurance group.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th April, 2002

1997 Renault Megane e 1.6i 8v from UK and Ireland


A mediocre secondary family car


The boot release button is very hard to push.

Tyres burst very frequently for no apparent reason.

General Comments:

The driving position is cramped and uncomfortable over long distances.

The car is quick but the handling is very poor due to the small wheels.

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

Review Date: 23rd January, 2002

2nd Mar 2015, 23:35

A tyre "bursting for no apparent reason"; it's probably the TYRE's fault, and NOT the car's... no??

1997 Renault Megane RT Classic 1.6 from Malaysia


Good bargain car compared to Japanese cars in same category.


1. Minor leak in the steering hydraulic oil hose (just noticed, but could've been there all the while...).

2. Faulty air-conditioner coil (as early as 60k km!)

3. Noisy front left suspension.

4. Wheel alignment biased towards the left (very noticeable when on the highway).

General Comments:

1. Very sluggish standard engine. Overtaking even a Proton 1.5 was a hard one. Performance increased substantially after getting some parts modified, eg: 4-2-1 extractor, racing centre exhaust muffler, Split-fire plugs, 9.9mm plug cables, K&N air filter, & Broquet fuel catalyst.

2. Renault Malaysia has had several complaints on the left-side-wheel alignment. I've able to solve this only after nearly 2 and a half years driving!

3. That faulty air-conditioning coil was really a surprise. Later learnt that mine was the last of 3 units registered in Johor Bahru Malaysia to change the coil due to the same problem.

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

Review Date: 17th December, 2000

1997 Renault Megane RT Sport 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Never again - A bad experience!


This car was an endless list of problems:

First of all after 2 days, the electric sunroof jammed then a week later the catalytic converter went (luckily both were under warranty). The dealer replaced both, but 2 months later, the cat went again (supposed a faulty part)!

Next, the rocker cover gasket went, leaking oil all over the engine, followed by the water pump, which meant I had to get the car towed back to the dealer!

To be fair, the dealer was excellent on all occasions, but to have this much trouble with a 1997 car was getting a little beyond a joke! Needless to say, I only had the car for a total of 9 months, before buying a Saxo VTR.

General Comments:

The Megane looks the part, with loads of features as standard, and is quite comfortable, but I can't believe that so many things could go wrong to such a new car - what would it have been like in another couple of years?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2000

1997 Renault Megane RT 1.6 8V from UK and Ireland


Good car - poor engine


After having the car about 6 months, a rattling noise started to develop from the engine when pulling. It was later diagnosed as being big-end bearings costing being about £2000, of which Renault wouldn't pay anything because the car wasn't purchased from a Renault authorised dealer. Due to the car having done less than 20,000 at the time - a problem of this magnitude is pretty outrageous.

General Comments:

I purchased a second Megane from a Renault dealer, because I liked the car so much (PLEASE READ THOSE COMMENTS - IT MAY AFFECT YOUR BUYING DECISION!!!!)

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

Review Date: 24th July, 2000

1997 Renault Megane RTE Sport 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


PAS hydraulic pipe leaking (£291).

Oil leak from cylinder head gasket (£173).

Brake discs scored (£210).

Backbox corroded (£120, only 2 years old).

Faulty indicator switch (£92).

Faulty rear wiper switch (£92).

Loose connection on starter motor (have to get the bonnet up and reseat the connector now and then).

Exhaust rattles since it was new.

General Comments:

I've had this car since new, it's done 27,000 miles and I've taken care of it.

This car has proved to be a complete pile of junk and I will NEVER buy a Renault again. The Dealer has been completely incompetent and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th November, 1999