2003 Renault Megane Reviews - Page 3 of 10

2003 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16500 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles

Summary:

Great family car, but make sure you get a warranty!

Faults:

Gearbox failed at only 20,000 miles when it was only 4 years old. Costs including a new clutch came to £2,400 inc. labour. After complaining to the dealership, they got Renault to contribute 80% of the costs. At this point I had owned the car for 12 months and 3 weeks, therefore, only 3 weeks out of warranty! After a fuss I managed to gain a further £150 contribution from the dealership, leaving around £350 to pay.

Good result or bad result... What do you think?

To add, in 1 year of owning this car I had to take it back 3 times for repairs to electrical faults, including a new coil and a new regulator. I needed a new regulator as my windows would randomly go down, even when the car was locked and had no power. One time I came back to my car in a car park and noticed it was open! Lucky escape apart from the frost inside. After the windows opening, they would not go back up until the care had been left for a few hours.

Seems silly to say after all that has happened, but I do still like this car.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable and spacious for a hatchback, and I love the boot space.

However, be aware that electrical failures often occur, especially in bad weather.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2007

2003 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Good Looking, good driving car that is let down by its electrical problems

Faults:

A rear electric window has failed.

Squeaky brakes.

Front passenger seat panel fell off.

Gear knob has faded from silver to a dingey yellow.

General Comments:

This car is quite quick for a 1.4, and it sticks to the road like glue when you go around corners, thanks to the extremely wide tyres.

Mechanical reliability so far has been faultless.

Quality of interior plastics is excellent.

Car feels substantial when you drive it.

The car is extremely comfortable, with loads of kit for the cash and great seats.

Much quicker than a similarly powered Golf/Focus.

Electrics sometimes are a bit scary.

Best looking car in its class by miles and miles.

Lovely ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2007

2003 Renault Megane Sports Tourer Elegance 1.6 16v petrol from Sweden

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7200 kilometres
Most recent distance7500 kilometres
Previous carRenault Laguna

Summary:

Good looking estate, easy to live with

Faults:

Had to replace battery.

General Comments:

I really like the styling, it looks so good. Quite sporty in apperaance, despite being a station wagon/estate.

Interior feels good, great to touch and feels like it is of higher quality than in my previous Laguna Ph2 from 1999. Colours are easy on the eye, controls and ergonomics great.

Equipment level is high, with automatic wipers, cruise control and speed limiter, climate control, electric windows in all doors. Standard stereo seemed a bit poor at first, but when I added the Renault original iPod adapter, the sound that comes from my iPod through the factory stereo is simply great.

Seats are well formed and driver's seat has an adjustable lumbar support. They are not as soft as french seats used to be, they feel comfortable when on a long journey.

Riding and handling is great, it runs smooth and I like the relaxed and stable steering. It's not so communicative, but then this is not a sports car. I enjoy driving this car, I feel relaxed.

The 1.6 16V petrol engine has enough power for fast overtakes, but I am a bit disappointed with sound levels. It revs 3000 rpm in 100 km/h and that is a bit high, so the motor is a bit noisy - but road and tyre noise is very low and the car feels very solid built together.

Interior space is average for this size of car, neither better nor worse than the competition (Focus, Stilo MW, Opel Astra).

I like this car, but I would welcome a 6th gear or a higher gearing to the 5th - to lower the engine sound at motorway speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2007

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