1999 Renault Megane Alize 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Good car spoiled by silly design faults ie.. water pump repair and easily stalled engine


When we bought the car it was badly prepared, damaged spare tyre and various bits missing from interior.

Grommet covers for the hatch door hinge bolts missing and these bolts are right over the exposed passengers heads.

Then the engine management computer malfunctioned in the following weeks, the the rev control for the air con lost it and the car would not drop lower than 3000 revs, very alarming as it was only an intermit-ant fault.

They eventually replaced it with a unit that would not operate the air con.

The latest fault was the water pump, this failed at 42000 ml, no problem I thought it is still under warranty, it was just as well as the total cost would have been over £600 and we still had to pay £120 towards the price, as the Renault warranty would not cover timing belts and parts damaged in the repair process, so beware £600 plus for a water pump!!

General Comments:

The car handles well.

Low noise levels and comfortable on long journeys.

Very economical.

1.4 petrol good power output, but easily stalled at low revs.

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

Review Date: 26th June, 2002

30th May 2006, 13:58

I recently traded in my 1.4 litre Megane Alize hatch at 84,000 miles. I was impressed by the large car feel, the soft suspension, the adequate handling, the comfortable seating position for a 6'2" driver and the radio controls. Less impressed by electrical sensor failure at 58,000 miles, heater failure which leaked fumes into the interior apparently due to the poorly specified coolant recommended by Renault and the cost of servicing, a minimum of £700 to fix the heater as an example. A shame really as the car is basically sound let down by the short-term cost saving mentality of the manufacturer and dealers. Needless to say it wasn't a Renault I bought to replace it.

1999 Renault Megane Coupe Alize 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland


A great car with good performance and build quality


Sometimes first and second gear do not like to engage.

After 5,000 miles the brake pedal juddered when braking. Took the car to the Renault dealership. They said that due to very hard braking the discs have gone blue and would need replacing (Cost - 300ukp). Not happy with this of course so it took to Kwik Fit who confirmed the brakes were in A1 condition and the pads were only half worn. Didn't mention anything to the dealership until after it had come out of its first service @ 12,000 miles. Oh, and guess what, they didn't mention one thing about the brakes and confirmed the car is fine. Obviously mentioned about this past incident and the girl went very silent and kind of apologised under her breath. Just always make sure you get a second opinion on any expensive work required!!

General Comments:

A fantastic looking car and good fun to drive.

I would definitely advise anyone to buy one, but of course ship it in from abroad for about 30% discount. It'll be worth the wait!

Not the most ideal for tall people, but I'm six foot and fit OK, but any taller and you may find it a problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2002

1999 Renault Megane Coupe 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


It failed to start first time on a number of occasions, and is proving to be very unreliable.

General Comments:

It is very unreliable when attempting to start.

Sometimes it will and sometimes it won't.

Renault have had the car and cannot find anything wrong with it (but still bill me £50 for 40 minutes work!). Sometimes the problems will not reoccur for weeks, then it will not start on the first or tenth time for days.

The Automobile Association recovery man advised that it was the engine immobiliser, Renault say their machine say it is not!

Who is right?

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

Review Date: 25th July, 2001

24th Sep 2002, 03:55

Did you ever find the solution to this problem? We have the exact same experience with a megane cabriolet. The garage cannot find anything wrong with the car because it always starts when they have it.

21st Nov 2002, 11:11

I have had similar problems. Went to work in UK for 7 days and returned to a cold start... would not start until several tries. not a battery problem. Was advised the problem may be moisture getting into the plugs, given all the rain we get here in Ireland. I have yet to prove this. It will start from day to day though if I leave it for a number of days I will have the same trouble...