1998 Renault Megane Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1998 Renault Megane RXE Sport 1.6 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15521 miles
Most recent distance24502 miles

Summary:

A very comfortable reliable car

Faults:

Have had absolutely no problems with the car.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable over long distances, I regularly drive for three to four hours at a time and find it ideal for this type of driving.

I recently took the car on holidays to France where it covered 3,100 miles in two and a half weeks without a single problem. I took the fully loaded car through the Alps and it never once ran short of power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2002

1998 Renault Megane RT 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Cheap, not so cheerful

Faults:

The stereo was terrible, the radio reception was awful and it only had front speakers.

A plate over the exhaust became loose every time I went through a puddle and then made a massive rattle every time the exhaust vibrated.

Rust around the windscreen.

General Comments:

This should have been a decent car as it was comfortable and well styled.

It's such a shame that it was made so cheaply, it just had so many annoying things about it that I was happy to see it go.

The immobiliser had a drive off time of around 1 minute. I was forever resetting the thing.

The 1.9Diesel engine was very slow, but despite me always thrashing it, it was very reliable, but woke up the street every morning sounding like a tank coupled with that annoying Renault whine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th August, 2002

1998 Renault Megane RN Automatic from Isle of Man

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired10500 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A nice car with a major design problem

Faults:

Despite being entirely happy with the car, the gearbox (automatic) starting 'snapping' when going into (D) rive from either (N) eutral or (R) everse. On taking it to our local Renault Dealer today, we were informed that it needs a new gearbox - cost - £1,800. This all despite the fact that the car has only done 21,000 miles and was previously owned by a 'Motability' driver.

Drivers of Megane Automatics please beware.

General Comments:

Drivers of Automatics please beware.

This is going to be a costly exercise, considering that the new gearbox will cost approximately 40% of the original purchase price!

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

Review Date: 12th July, 2002

1998 Renault Megane RXE 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

Lots of equipment, good handling, shame about the service

Faults:

After 3 months the automatic gear box failed at 50,000 miles and is at the garage at the moment having a new one fitted. Luckily the warranty covered it as it is costing over 2000.00 pounds. Also have been having trouble starting it and have had to call out rescue services.

General Comments:

The service department at my garage are the worst ever. The only loan car they could give me was a 91 Renault 5 which I had to insure myself at cost. This is after I told them I would need a loan car when I had booked it in over a week before. They told me tough. They also said they made everyone pay for a hire cars insurance which is new to me as I have never had to in the past and have not had accidents. I am really annoyed with them and not sure I would buy another car from any Renault garage just of principle.

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

Review Date: 19th June, 2002

1998 Renault Megane Coupe 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

A great car!

Faults:

The sunroof blind is in two parts, and the back bit seems always to get stuck.

Due to the mileage and the harsh life the car has led, the discs needed doing. Replacing them was awkward; Renault supplied me with the wrong kit and the calipers wouldn't loosen.

General Comments:

It's a fast, reliable car; and it's yellow of course! Which I think suits the car well.

Compared to my last car its nippy to say the least.

The only gripe is it's a bugger to clean the inside of the windows!!

And its seen off more than a few boy racers in their Nova's at traffic lights...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2002

1998 Renault Megane Coupe 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Fast, fun and great looking car

Faults:

The car sometimes doesn't start too well and you have to idle it manually on cold mornings. After you have driven for a few minutes though it runs fine.

General Comments:

Good performance and whilst not mind blowinly fast, there is solid power and it definitely beats many cars off the lights.

The handling is good too and predictable.

Petrol consumption is really poor round town, but on the motorway runs it's more economical than my old Cavalier which is surprising from a 2.0 litre engine.

Choose this if like me you could not afford the 2.0 16v Coupe, although this 8v model was hard to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2002

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 29 reviews