2004 Renault Megane Sedan Privil├ęge 1.9dCi 120HP from France

Summary:

Stylish family car, with poor build quality

Faults:

- Wheel bearing for right front wheel needed to be replaced.

- Both front indicator sockets needed to replaced.

- Failing door handles, not working hands free.

- Horn not working.

General Comments:

OK lets just start with the good points of this car:

- Fantastic looks, both interior and exterior. Love it or hate it, I love it.

- Roomy passenger cabin for its class, good rear legroom.

- comfortable seats with fantastic headrests.

- The driving position is quite high, I'm in favor of that.

- Very well equipped for the price.

- The climate system works great, no draft what so ever.

- Drives comfortably on smooth roads.

- 6-speed gearbox, low engine noise at high speeds.

- Powerful and refined diesel engine.

- Engine sound is very well isolated from the passenger cabin.

- Very economical, 41mpg without driving like a granny.

- Powerful brakes.

- Superb radio control at steering wheel.

The bad points:

- Clunky gearbox.

- Unresponsive steering, no drivers car at all.

- Straight driving stability is poor, needs too much steering corrections.

- Suspension is rubbish on bad roads, car gets jumpy and makes clunky noises.

- Poor radio reception.

- Squealing breaks, especially when reversing.

- Rattles and squeaks in the interior, without radio you go crazy on bad roads!

- Poor build quality, interior and exterior.

- Renault dealership lacks professionalism and competence.

The Renault Megane is in general a good car, it has many good points that make you forgive the bad points. But it does have serious shortcomings that are mostly due to poor build quality, lack of decent quality control and the lousy Renault dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th May, 2007

7th May 2007, 06:26

I forgot to add that the rear tires wear out as quickly as the front tires. I mentioned this to the Renault dealer but they said it must be my driving style. I wonder what driving style could result in wearing out the back tyres quicker then the front tires with an FWD car, without using the handbrake.

2004 Renault Megane 1.6V 1.6 from Ecuador

Summary:

Cheap rattle-box on wheels

Faults:

Air conditioning failed at 5,000Km.

Disc brakes started squealing at 9,000Km. Discs were scratched and Renault refused to cover under warranty.

The whole body began to rattle and squeal at 2,000Km. By 9,000Km it felt like a five year car. The Renault dealer was never able to fix it.

General Comments:

The car is spacious for its size and handles reasonably well. Boot is more than adequate and seats are comfortable.

Ride and handling are not bad. It seriously lacks power, though, even with the larger 1.6 liter petrol engine.

Quality is awful. It looks and feels cheap. Plastics are bad quality and workmanship is poor.

It's unacceptable to start having rattles and squeaks so early with a brand new car.

Renault dealership is rubbish. They claimed that the rattles and noises were normal, in order to avoid having to work on it under warranty. I'll never buy another Renault product again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st May, 2007

2004 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.9 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Overall good safe car to drive

Faults:

Many things have gone wrong with this car, but the main problem I have is the electric key will not work to open and close the doors.

Has anybody had the same problem, and is there a way I can fix this problem apart, from the obvious of changing the battery.

General Comments:

I really like the car and find it nice to drive, but I seem to have continuous, electrical faults.

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

Review Date: 23rd March, 2007

2004 Renault Megane Dynamique 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Quirky and very lovable

Faults:

Front Indicators (both sides) have bad connections - need to wiggle to get them working. Renault have trouble repairing.

Bottom and Top Engine Mounts have failed - changed under warranty.

General Comments:

Performance / Economy trade-off is about as good as it gets.

Can't really comment about handling as I haven't had a chance to get it to the track yet.

Just love the shape - the love / hate polarization is a great talking point - I love it and that's all that matters :)

The car is very easy to live with- a little wide (mirror to mirror a little wider than my GQ Nissan Patrol), however the car easy to park, a nice wide boot opening, and an extremely quite and comfortable cabin environment.

Nice use of plastics giving a quality feel to the cabin and binnacle.

Stereo good enough for my 43 Yr old ears.

Love the car - looking forward to the Diesel sports model to be released soon...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2007