2000 Renault Megane Coupe 1.4 16v petrol from Portugal


It is a great, sporty looking car with low maintenance and really low fuel consumption


At 180000, replacement injectors were needed.

At 200000, water pump

At 230000, rear central brake LEDs failed.

At 235000, the front seat started to open (not wear, but the string that attaches the leather panels broke) - easy fix. The seats are as new! No wear whatsoever!

Steering wheel and gear knob have completely worn out.

Nothing else!

General Comments:

I've owned it since day one.

Great sporty looks

The best thing about it is the running costs. The on board computer shows fuel consumption (confirmed) of 6.1L/100km easily!

I can get down to 5.4L/100km (running calmly). Max it goes is up to 7.3L/100Km (city crazy driving).

The driving position is very high... not sporty at all (which is a shame).

Runs quite alright. Reaches 210km/h... (but quite slow starting and recovering) - not too sporty a motor.

Goes around the corners with no understeer, which is cool. Stiff chassis!

Lots of noises from the plastic interior, but besides the steering wheel and gear knob, everything is mint condition!!! (a 12 year car!!!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2012

2000 Renault Megane RXE 1.6i 16v from Estonia


Never know if it will get you to your destination


All 4 ignition coils exchanged.

Battery died at 55000 km.

Exhaust partially changed at 57000km (rusted through).

New rear brake pads at 61000 km.

Bodywork done near the back wheels because of corrosion.

Rear wiper stopped working.

Automatic transmission is going (it's a DP0), warning light on and gear change rough. Repair estimated at 800 EUR.

Major starting problems, possibly a fuel injector fault.

General Comments:

Nice and quick around the city, revvy engine with plenty of agility. Good viewing angles. Spacious inside, but looks small. Looks decent.

Mechanical parts are of horrible quality; exchanging any part without the help of Renault service has been made incredibly difficult.

When it runs without problems, it's great. The problem is - that is just 10% of the time. Feeling the need to pray when turning the ignition key is not good. Currently takes 3 times on average to start it. Will never buy a French made car again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th October, 2010

2000 Renault Megane Alize 1.4 sport petrol from UK and Ireland


Solid and fun, but a bit unreliable


Again starting inconsistently, but after reading this site, hey presto!!!

The day after I got the car, the engine wouldn't start, the dealer took it back and it started first time the next morning. So 2 weeks on same thing, I had been checking it before work and when I got home, no joy. After reading this site, I went back and it started, KARMA just call me earl!!!

General Comments:

Great car, solid and a joy to drive when it starts!

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

Review Date: 27th February, 2009

2000 Renault Megane Privilege Cabriolet 2.0 litre petrol from UK and Ireland




The car cuts out in stop/start congested traffic, and only when at full operating temperature. It will restart, but cuts out again.

Once left for 15/20 minutes, it will re start and run perfectly as long as you do not get stuck in similar congested traffic.

General Comments:

The car drives very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2009

2000 Renault Megane Sport Coupe 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Underrated value for money, but lacks a bit of practicality.


Lower engine mount seems to go roughly every 5000 miles for me, may be due to driving style, cheap ad easy to replace.

Ignition coils like to fail, but again are cheap and very easy to replace.

Other than that I'm quite impressed.

General Comments:

I have owned the car for a year and a half, I work for a very high end German manufacturer and I don't believe the gap in quality is anywhere near what most people claim.

The car is much cheaper than a similarly aged German car, quicker and a lot more fun to drive, and from my experience, the problems are all minor and cheap to fix.

My car was recently valued at £1500, which seems ridiculously cheap bearing in mind it is good looking (maybe a little girly), well specified (CD, air con, electric front and rear windows etc.), reliable and much more fun to drive than it gets credit for.

Good tyres (Goodyear Eagles on mine) make a big difference (originals where eco tyres and poor) to the handling, and although it does roll a bit, it grips well, the rear will come around with some lift off and it is very easy to place on the road (2nd home in North Yorkshire Moors).

It isn't that slow either 0-60 in 9.3 and 123mph top speed may not seem like much, and you have to rev it, but bear in mind I get 37mpg or better out of it, and it costs me at 21 £590 to insure fully comp (My 1.1 Fiesta I had for 3 months before was £490 per year, and wouldn't go above 80mph on the speedo, Clio 182 is over £1500 with same insurer).

Interior is comfortable for two, seats seem fine to me after 300+ miles, rear seats aren't for people (useful for very short trips) and the boot is big enough, but through a very small opening. Not that practical, but it was never meant to be.

My main reason for looking at the Megane was its good at the time NCAP rating of 4 stars, which is very high for the size/age/price of the car.

I have had a lot of trouble finding a replacement, and I'm having to spend over 4 times what my car is worth to fund it. I'm going for a Clio 182; I've tried Civic Type-R's (Ugly but fast), ST170's (Not that fast), Impreza's (insurance) and MG ZS 180's (Lovely engine but too dated.) The Clio is the only car that I have driven that I would give up all that extra money for.

If I only had £1500 to buy a car to use every day, this would be it. Regularly travels 700 miles a weekend in the same time my dads new V70R does, 37mpg +, fun to drive, not slow and mine has been reliable.

Very very good value for money at the moment. My mate has just spent £4500 on an A3, which is nice inside, but worse on fuel, not much quicker, and not as much fun.

Not the best in most areas, but very well balanced and cheap. Don't know what else you could get for £1500 that would be comparable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2008