2003 Renault Megane Reviews - Page 4 of 10

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

2003 Renault Megane dynamique 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9500 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Good drive, poor build and reliability

Faults:

Airbag faulty light flashing only months after purchasing.

Rattles in passenger door and hatch lock.

Electric window broke earlier this year.

Recalled by Renault earlier this year due to possible brake malfunction, all clear given.

Currently in garage with engine management light flashing and loss of performance.

General Comments:

A good car to drive and comfortable.

Dealer support poor (two local dealerships closed within 18 months)

Bought a nearly new car to avoid costly and time consuming faults, but buying this one has been a mistake.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th October, 2006

2003 Renault Megane expression 1.5 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 diesel Manual
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carFord Ford fiesta

Summary:

Would not buy another one

Faults:

Window dropped on first day when locking the car. Upgrades have been done to window electrics, but rear window which is never used drops by itself. Renault deny faults are inherent with car. We believe they are inherent as many upgrades have taken place. The windows drop for no reason and costs £350 per window to fix. Renault will not accept bad design and bad quality control as cuse to failures.

The same problem of window failure is common on Clios. The regulatour just fails and snaps through bad design. We are on our third drivers window regulator.

Anyone else suffered with window regulator failure.

General Comments:

Good car apart from French electrics.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2006

18th Jun 2006, 12:31

It is caused by water getting into the window regulator connector. The water shorts out the anti-pinch mechanism and the window opens on its own.

More at Meganeownersclub.co.uk.

21st Jul 2006, 04:29

I hit this site in Google searching on "Megane window problem" since yesterday just as I was locking the car, I got exactly that problem. I don't buy the "water" explanation as this is the middle of the longest dry spell I can remember, and also it hasn't been washed lately.

My problem seems very similar to the one described - one of the unused back windows suddenly opens and can't be closed. It must be a design fault.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 34 reviews