2003 Renault Megane Reviews - Page 5 of 10

2003 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance33000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa


A very good car at a decent price that should never be bought privately due to abysmal workmanship


Water pouring in through the driver side speaker into the door pocket. Door panel replaced.

4 Coils blown. Replaced.

Grinding when starting from cold. Undiagnosed.

Using the steering wheel stalk to change the radio results in switching off all power to the radio (unplugged rather than repaired). Undiagnosed.

Warranty recall on electric windows. Fixed after 3rd visit.

Windscreen became loose after 3 months after foam and rubber inserts holding it in place expanded/contracted out of their positions due to weather. Inserts replaced and remounted screen.

Alarm sonics didn't work. Broken into without a whimper from them, apparently they are working after being tested at dealership, hard to test though!

Boot latch failure. Fixed.

Door handle loose (to the point you could just take it out). Repaired.

Plastic skirting on driver and passenger doors fell off independently. Replaced.

New plastic skirting on driver and passenger doors fell off independently fell off (again). Replaced again.

New new plastic skirting wrong colour, 2 week wait for other replacement skirting to "synchronise" it all. Repainted in the end.

Engine management computer failed. Replaced.

Injection system failed. Replaced.

Squealing sound when turning. Fixed.

Brakes grinding/squealing after 13k miles, advised that not covered under warranty, though "muffling kits" are available at a cost. Replaced with new after 24k miles.

Warning light for oil replacement still on after 18k service. Returned to dealer and computer was reset.

General Comments:

This is a good car to drive, its quite poky and gets from a-b in a minimum of fuss and handles well.

The steering is about as smooth and responsive as I can imagine, far better than any other car I have driven.

Fuel consumption while not great is acceptable. (about 31.5 MPG)

The cabin for driver and front passenger is comfortable and plenty of space for storage, rear passengers need to amputate their legs though.

Boot space suffers from the irregular shaped boot, though its still spacious, if you have irregularly shaped items.

Air conditioning takes a little while to get going, but is otherwise very good, the pollen filter seems to work exceptionally well also.

For everything that is good about the car it is let down horribly by poor workmanship resulting in far too many trips for warranty repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th January, 2006

16th Jan 2006, 06:41

Since writing this review the following has now gone wrong...

Cam belt is broken and needs replacing.

The secondary timing belt (eh?) is broken and needs replacing.

The water pump has failed and needs 15 days for a replacement to arrive.

A defacer pulley (what on earth is one of these?) is broken and needs replacing.

Axle bushes are broken and need replacing.

The centre exhaust box is cracked along with the rear box and heat shield which all need replacing (plus some pins and clips which hold it all together).

20th Jan 2006, 09:31

Now had the alternator fail and had it replaced.

22nd Jan 2006, 06:50

This morning the air-con failed.

22nd Jan 2006, 11:01

After the air-con had failed, driving home the engine started overheating (accompanied by a very nice bright red stop light).

If it wasn't a company car this wouldn't be nearly as amusing.

23rd visit to the dealership since Oct 03, and 4th in just over a month! More worrying is the increasing severity of the failures (particularly seeing as they are all engine related).

15th May 2006, 06:25

Sounds like you have a friday afternoon car!

2003 Renault Megane Hatchback (Authentique) 1.5 DCI from Malta

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 DCI Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance19000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Alfa 156


I give my Renault Megane top marks for economy, safety and looks, but zero marks for workmanship


1. Electric window winder (driver's side) malfunction after 13 months.

2. Gearbox transmission malfunction after 14 months (8000 km)

3. Electrical malfunction after 15 months (battery short-circuited)

4. Leaking engine compression after 22 months (16,000 km)

5. Windshield shattered when hit by small stone whilst driving (18,000 km)

6. Handbrake plastic handle broken and handbrake cannot be engaged. To change the plastic cover I have to replace the whole handbrake mechanism (2 years, 19,000 km).

7. Air-conditioner water drained into both floor storage compartments (2 years, 19,000 km)

General Comments:

1. In just one year of Renault ownership I have experienced more problems than I have had in over 40 years of owning other cars (6 different models of Volkswagen,Toyota, Alfa Romeo and Fiat)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th July, 2005

20th Jun 2006, 17:52

I own a Megane 1.4 16v Authentique. It appears to have had 5 owners prior to me, and FORTY SEVEN warranty claims since Jan 2003, and yes it is still faulty.

4th Jan 2007, 11:18

1. Handbrake plastic handle broken and handbrake cannot be engaged - I have the exact same problem, was quoted £250 to get the problem fixed!!!

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