2000 Renault Megane Reviews - Page 8 of 10

2000 Renault Megane Sport Alize 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Faults:

The injectors went on the car at 18,000 miles.

General Comments:

I have had the car just over two year's now and I still find it exciting as the first day I got it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2002

2000 Renault Megane Sport Alize Hatchback 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance3700 miles
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

Great value for money - but a tad mundane

Faults:

Nothing yet other than a very minor occasional rattle from the sun roof mounting.

General Comments:

I purchased this car brand new by importing it from Holland and paid £10,250 - approximately £4,000 less than the UK list price at that time. Comapared to what I could have got for this price from VW or even Ford or Vauxhall, the specification is amazing (Air con, CD, ABS, 4 airbags, elec windows/sunroof/mirrors, trip computer, alloys etc).

However, whilst it's a perfectly nice car, and looks the business, to say that it's got more power (110 BHP) than an Escort XR3i really does leave you wondering why it's so slow. The performance is very flat under 4000rpm - no wonder the gearbox ratios are so short - and to make matters worst a distinct lack of noise insulation means going above 80mph on the motorway can get rather noisy. Maybe mine isn't quite bedded in yet!

On the plus side though, the economy is excellent for a petrol engined car of this size and weight. I do about 40 MPG average and you can get nearly 50 on a run if you're careful.

The motoring press always talk about the Ford Focus, and to a similar extent, the Vauxhall Astra, as a great driver's car. I used to wonder how this could be the case but now I perhaps know why, because the Megane, despite having tons of grip and very accomplished handling, somehow never really engages your attention unless you're driving dangerously fast.

I also find the power steering a tad on the heavy side after the finger-tip light steering of my old Xantia.

Overall I think I got a great deal, as it's a extremely well equipped, smart and also very practical car. My only gripe, as should be clear from above, is that it's just not quite as exciting as it should be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2001

2000 Renault Megane Classic RXE 1.6 16v from Venezuela

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance29000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Fuego

Summary:

Understated mid sedan, buy it!

Faults:

Nothing, just a burnt main headlight bulb. Repaired for free.

General Comments:

Excellent car to drive and maintain.

It lacks a little low end power, but nothing drastic, you get a lot of power from this great 1.6 engine, better than average.

Fuel consumption is brilliant.

Paint quality is superb.

Lots of techies for low money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2001

8th Jul 2001, 18:20

Hi, I have a Renault Megane Coupe 1996 model. I came accidentally across this page as I am looking for a diesel engine to fit in my Megane. In my opinion my model of the megane is beautiful, but it uses too much fuel. And the problem is that it is not so powerful. Had it been powerful, the excessive consumption would have been justified.

Apart from the high fuel consumption, I can only say words of praise with regards to the Megane. First of all it has a very beautiful shape and it is has a good drive.

I would like to ask anybody out there whether they know anyone who changed the Megane's engine to a diesel engine? Do you think think that I can fix the 19 dTi of the Megane Classic without having any problems? Please if anyone can help me solve this problem, please do so. My e-mail address is grechstr@mail.global.net.mt

16th Sep 2001, 10:56

There's a big difference in the engines of the 1996 and 2000 up models: 16 valves instead of 8, 110 HP on the 1600cc model as compared with 90, better fuel economy.

As for diesels, they're very popular with fleet cars where I live.

2000 Renault Megane RXE 1.6 from Venezuela

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance29470 kilometres
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Brilliant choice!

Faults:

Loose alternator belt, the car ran fine but in cold mornings it emmited a loud noise. Dealer replaced a new belt at 18500 kms and everything is OK.

General Comments:

Brilliant car, it behaves great on all kind of roads, brilliant engine, very smooth and silent. You can drive in a uphill with the air conditioning running on a hot day and the temp needle never goes above half, a problem in my old car!

The same car, but with a 2.0 from a Laguna would fly!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2001

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 42 reviews