2001 Renault Megane Reviews - Page 5 of 8

2001 Renault Megane Convertible 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Calibra

Summary:

Enjoyable soft top, but with soft performance

Faults:

The car has had no major problems, but there is an unusual pulsating sound that's similar to amplified road noise.

The interior is showing greater signs of wear than I had hoped.

Rear window has discolored.

General Comments:

The automatic roof is very easy to use, but as with any convertible, luggage space is marginal.

Handling is tight and fun for a front driver, but the engine can't keep up. This car needs at least another 30kW. Acceleration is acceptable, but hardly scintillating. The trade off here is commendable fuel economy.

People constantly comment as to how nice the car looks (dark blue, with matching roof) and the kids love the roof-down experience.

Interior is comfortable, but the plastic rear window is now almost opaque (who cares, the roof is down whenever it isn't raining anyway...)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2003

2001 Renault Megane coupe privelege + 1.6i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6i 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance16338 miles
Previous carFiat Brava

Summary:

Good overall motor

Faults:

All four coils have had to be replaced,

One decided to go faulty and in all fairness to Renault they replaced all four!

Luckily the car was still under warranty as this has since come to my attention that a designer fault is to blame.

Bad paint job which Renault tried to say was my fault even though I had only had the car 2 days.

General Comments:

Good performance for a 1.6, Very comfortable, Excellent at handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2003

5th Dec 2004, 23:53

Fair play to Renault, all 4 coils were replaced on my car, not under warranty, but they didn't charge me a penny as it was a manufacturers defect.

28th Apr 2005, 15:28

Got my Renault Megane Coupe Dynamique + in January 2005, which is a 2001 model, absolute fantastic car, this is my third Renault, but first Megane, my only gripe is that there seems to be an intermitten problem when starting the car, the engine dosn't want to turn so it is hit and miss. This has been going on for the last 6 weeks, took it back to the dealer, but as it always started for them they couldn't find a fault. I would like to know if anyone else has had this problem.

2001 Renault Megane 2000 Coupe 2.0i from Netherlands

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Tipo

Summary:

Unreliable

Faults:

We bought a Megane 2000 Coupe 3 years ago with the first 2000 motor. After a few months, it started cutting out for no reason and refused to start. Once it was in a Renault garage in Germany for 3 weeks before they were able to start it - they didn't know why it eventually started. Because Renault were unable to locate the problem they eventually changed the car. After less than a year, the new one starts missing very badly. Changing the whole injection system helped for one week...

After going to several dealers and the importer without them being able to solve this problem, we were reliably informed by a Renault source that there is a known design fault in this engine, and that it is now out of production.

The current owners sitting with this problem have no solution - Renault France respond by just saying - 'clean the injection system' which doesn't help...

Who else has experiences with this engine???

General Comments:

How can a Renault leave their customers with a design problem, which makes the car virtually unsellable and just basically say 'hard luck'. This is unbelievable...

This is a problem that even the worst manufacturer should accept responsibility for... but Renault - no way!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st July, 2003

14th Mar 2005, 12:58

Mine has the same problems with the injection. The car went back to the garage today after it's been there for 6 weeks.

I am surfing for Consumers' rights. There need to be someone able to help us.

2001 Renault Megane Coupe Dynamique + 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

Quality

Faults:

None as yet.

General Comments:

Absolutely fantastic. Equipment and comfort are excellent, with Air Conditioning, Electric Sunroof/Windows/Mirrors and CD Changer as standard.

Performance is excellent, very good acceleration even at high speeds and firm precise handling.

Excellent looking car matched by great performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 31 reviews