2003 Renault Megane Reviews

2003 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.6 16v from South Africa

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance178450 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Gorgeous car, but not sure if it is reliable

Faults:

Fuel pump stopped working (R4500).

A/C is making a knocking noise.

High level brake light keeps falling off the back window.

Battery needed replacing shortly after purchase (R856).

Needed a service (R1150).

Needed two new tyres (R1250).

Needed the brake pads replaced (R690).

Needed the engine belts greased, since they were screeching on pull off.

Central locking motor in the right back door needed replacing (R800).

General Comments:

Lovely car to drive when it works.

Is very light on fuel, but is heavy on everything else.

My Megane is absolutely packed with luxury and safety features, such as curtain airbags, steering mounted audio controls and auto wipers. It looks absolutely stunning.

I am however beginning to regret the purchase, as the car seems to need constant repairs and adjustments. When parts are ordered, they take ages to arrive, and are extremely costly. I think waiting a month and a half for a fuel pump is crazy.

Whilst posting this review, the car is in for repairs again. The fuel pump seems to be giving issues again.

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

Review Date: 1st April, 2012

2003 Renault Megane Sedane 1.6 16v from Romania

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance105000 kilometres
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Not a car to buy twice

Faults:

Engine RPM sensor fault at about every 15.000 Km.

Alternator burned down.

Engine VVT had to be changed twice.

Electric front windows both failed.

Brake disks failed at 40.000 Km.

Camshaft sensors failed more than 4 times.

Gearbox broke down.

Clutch failed at about 45.000 Km.

Airbag wiring has problems.

Seatbelt does not lock easily.

Doorhandles don't work anymore, they remain stuck when you pull on them.

Steering wheel looks like it's chewed up.

Dashboard squeaks and makes a noise.

All interior plastic looks bad.

General Comments:

The car is fast and has great stability, but the maintenance cost is high. You have to be friends with your mechanic if you want this car to work right.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th December, 2011

13th Dec 2011, 21:27

It seems this year bracket has problems.

I have an 05 Megane sedan with 105000km on it, and have put over $2k into the brakes. I have had to also do work to the front suspension, and the auto keeps going into safe mode. Not even the dealers can tell me why it is doing that, but they are keen to recondition the transmission.

I also have problems with the auto headlights, which makes me wary of electrical faults that have lead to other cars catching fire!

I'd pass on buying another Renault again, even though I love the car LOL.

2003 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong as such, but everything on the car seems to be "budget". Everything seems to work, but I feel a constant worry that it won't last for long.

On braking, the seat back moves with me.

The exhaust is clunking, but all mountings are in place.

The body panels don't line up and are a slightly different colour.

The clutch judders when cold.

Fuel economy is nowhere near as good as I expected compared to my previous car. 20mpg from a chipped and tuned (280bhp) Focus ST, but a mere 34mpg from a 1.6 normally aspirated Renault engine??

General Comments:

Like the amount of storage - wish the Focus had that. Like the glass roof.

The prompter to the left of this entry says "This car is seriously quick and handles like it's on rails". It's a 1.6, so it's not fast. It handles like it's on rails. The problem is that all four wheels are on completely separate rails. Unfair to compare to a Focus ST though!

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

Review Date: 2nd October, 2010

2003 Renault Megane VVT 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired63331 miles
Most recent distance64500 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Would not buy or recommend another Renault again!!

Faults:

Within 2 months of buying the car, I had to spend £700, replacing dephaser and various other parts; was without the car for a couple of days.

Now having the problem of the passenger window regulator has stopped working, and is in the fully down position, and rear driver's window will not open.

General Comments:

Only bought the car as I had been in an accident the month before, and my car was a write off; thought it would be safe (5*), which it is, and reliable, which it is not.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th August, 2010

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 33 reviews