1998 Renault Megane Alize 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Typical 90s Renault
Suspension, shocks and springs at the front.
Disc and pads all round at its last MOT.
Coolant flush and replaced leaking pipe.
Interior plastics showed a lot of wear and tear with some breakage, but nothing major.
Usual servicing, oil changes, belt changes, etc.
This Renault Megane was nothing special, but I liked the car, it was my second. General reliability as you can see from the above faults was OK, and I think the cost of repairs was reasonable; most things were just wear and tear and it did not let me down - always started first time.
To look at I think it was a nice design, and it stood out a little from your Escort or Astra or whatever from the same time period. Being an Alize spec, it had lots of electrics but no alloy wheels for some reason; once I added those however it looked much better. Was a nice white colour, very bright and not typical of the duller whites you see on most cars.
The interior was very nice and probably the best thing about the car. Generally dull with grey plastic, but it did have lots of electric gadgets, and the seats were very plush and comfortable. The ride was very smooth for a smaller hatchback car; it rode like something much bigger.
The 1.6 petrol gave reasonable performance with the auto box, and MPG averaged close to 40. Handling was OK too, but again, nothing special; it would wallow in corners if pushed too hard, and the suspension was too soft, but as I said, it was nice to cruise in because of that, but definitely no racing car.
All in all, a typical 1990s Renault with average to good in all departments. Only sold it on when it was about 10 years old with over 100K on it because I was advised to do so - I heard they tend not to be reliable after this age and mileage, but you could say that about any car. In all fairness I did look after it and it never gave me any major trouble, and I suspect it would have easily lasted another few years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2017