2002 Renault Megane Grandtour Fairway 1.4 16V from Portugal
Great family estate. Reliable and roomy. Fast yet economical
130.000km - One of the timing belt pulleys came out and took the engine along with it. As it was already past the warranty period, the Renault dealer didn't take responsibility for what it was clearly a design flaw (the 1.4 engines that followed, the pulleys were fused into the engine block, rather than bolted to it, at least according to the mechanic who rebuilt the engine...).
170.000km - Camshaft position sensor went. 20€ on eBay for a new one.
190.000km - Replaced both front shock absorbers and engine mounts.
200.000km - One gearbox screw came loose and needed a new one. Nothing major.
215.000km - One of the heating's bulkheads started this "hammering" noise every time I started the motor. Fortunately, it was only 20€ to have it repaired.
220.000km - The rear right electric window went, mostly because a passenger closed the door a "bit" too strongly.
The Renault Megane Grandtour (aka Megane Break) is a very comfortable ride. Very pleasant to drive and it has proven to be a fairly reliable car throughout the 15 years I've owned it.
The 1.4 16V engine delivers 95HP, making it quite responsive and offering good acceleration and a top speed of over 200km/h (it topped 215 km/h going slightly down once, but you didn't hear it from me... :-) )
At the same time, it's very economical for a 1.4 considering its kerb weight sits at around 1200kg. I used to get 6.5lt/100km in town driving slow, and managed to get 5.5/100km on the motorway under 120km/h.
It's a great family car with a boot offering plenty of room and very comfortable 5 seats. Build quality is very good, as most materials used proved sturdy over time, even for a car that sat under the Portuguese sun for 15 years.
The only downside is that the suspension and ground clearance have been designed for comfort, so if you push it, chances are the car will understeer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th December, 2017