2004 Renault Megane CC 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Should have rejected the car when the roof failed the first time


Roof mechanism broke after 9 days - took over 2 months to repair.

Leak on drivers side repaired only to cause worse leakage on passenger side.

Air conditioning re-gassed three times and still struggles when outside temp over 20 degrees.

Roof mechanism broke second time when car was just 4 years old, causing damage to the bodywork.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 2008

2004 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.5 turbo diesel (100bhp) from UK and Ireland


A lovely car, but Renault needs to work on its build quality


Interior trim falling off.

Interior bulbs failing.

Engine warning light at approx 60k miles, disappeared, came back at 65k, car now stutters and lurches on occasion, loses power and slows down when putting your foot on gas, and does not pick up until you floor it.

General Comments:

On the whole I have found it to be a great car to drive; it's comfy, stylish, and has plenty of power for a car of this type / size.

Servicing can be a little pricey, my last service was over £600, to change all the brake pads and disks, full service etc.

Interior trim is typical French build quality and will generally fall apart after a year or so. I.e. electric window panel pulling out of the door.

If you buy a Megane new, make sure you sell it before the warranty runs out. If you buy one used, be prepared for it to fall apart.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th March, 2008

15th May 2008, 09:41


May 2008.

Previous problem was solved at a cost of £210, had an electrical unit changed out or something, forget what it was.

New problem, hydraulic clutch pipe has split and been leaking out clutch fluid all over driveway, clutch kept getting stuck depressed and made gear change difficult. Fixed at a cost of £130.

Car is now being washed and am planning to part exchange for a Fiat 500!

2004 Renault Megane dCi 1.5 diesel from UK and Ireland


Love it


The driver's side air bag failed. Worst part is the smell - have driven most of my life without air bags!

Driver's side dipped headlamp bulb failed. Reference the reviews on this subject, I changed it in circa 30 minutes using the access through the wheel arch. Yes it is difficult to access, and yes it is bad design, but NO WAY should Renault dealers charge to remove the bumper etc - with practice any mechanic with a bit of dexterity could change the bulbs in around 10 minutes.

The manual needs a decent sketch of the arrangement, so that you know when to push and pull etc (eg. to release the spring push towards front of car then move to side (RHS for the one I did) and it will come free and fall backwards. Orientation of bulb should be clear (notch up). I found getting wire connector on most difficult (took 3 attempts).

General Comments:

Relaxing to drive, but is quick enough when driven enthusiastically.

Fuel efficiency good - around 60 mpg average.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2008

2004 Renault Megane 1.6 petrol from Singapore


Good ride with disappointing reliability


Power windows failed on 3 occasions within the first 2 years (35,000km), twice on the same window. However, I think this design problem has largely been resolved; the problem has not resurfaced.

Engine sensor failed in the 2nd year (45,000km). This caused the engine to shut off below 1k rpm.

Door seals were worn in the 2nd year (45,000km), resulting in water ingress on 2 doors during heavy rain. Seals were replaced.

Throttle valve was clogged in the 3rd year (50,000km). This caused unstable rpm at idle.

Ignition coils failed in the 3rd year (55,000km). Engine power dropped significantly. 2 coils were replaced.

The problems within the first 3 years were fixed under warranty with no recurrences.

Transmission solenoid failed in the 4th year (60,000km), after warranty. This caused gears to be stuck between 2nd and 3rd gear.

The rubber finish on a few surfaces (hand brake, door handle, glove box) started peeling after the 2nd year.

General Comments:

The interior is roomy and seats 3 passengers in the rear comfortably. Ride comfort is generally good.

Sound insulation is good. You will hardly notice the engine or the noise outside.

It has a spacious boot and many small compartments to stow items. With the rear seats folded, it becomes almost flush with the boot floor, allowing bulky items to be transported easily.

Handling is fair, but don't expect it to handle like a racer (which it isn't).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2008