2004 Renault Megane 1.6V 1.6 from Ecuador


Cheap rattle-box on wheels


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


Overall good safe car to drive


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


Quirky and very lovable


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

2004 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.6 VVTI petrol from UK and Ireland


Great value second hand, and a smooth drive!


I have owned the car since the start of this year, and it's been fairly trouble free.

My car has the keyless entry system fitted, and the car would not lock using the little button located on the door handle, however it did still lock and unlock fine using the key card. However this was repaired very promptly by my local Renault dealer, and they even valeted the car when I came to collect it.

Also, there was one other minor problem, which was repaired at the same time as the central locking; the LCD display threw up a fault saying Electrical Fault (many of my friends joked about the usual french car electrics!), but it was merely a switch that had come loose on the clutch pedal, which is for the push button start (you either have to press the clutch or brake pedal to start the car). However the system still worked fine, and it was fixed without any fuss, and the fault was probably due to me catching the underside of the pedal whilst getting in/out with my foot.

Another minor problem was a small piece of plastic trim fell off in the foot well. Not major as it clipped back on with no fuss, but there is a die cast alloy component that it covers, and my friend burnt his leg on this, as it gets red hot!! This could be a problem if you had children for example riding in the front, but as I am a 20 year old single bloke, that's not too much of an issue!!

General Comments:

Despite the above faults, which in my opinion are quite minor, I love the car now more than when I first picked it up; it really is a joy to drive.

The self centring electric power steering does take a while to get used to, but after owning the car for a bit, it feels great, and it makes other cars feel like tanks!

The spec you get is OK as standard, but whoever ordered my car when it was new, must have been a bit bored when reading the options list. It has the glass roof (fantastic toy, passengers love it, and it looks cool when you are driving around in snow or rain at night!)

It has the electric climate control, which works very well with great ventilation in the passenger compartment.

Mine is also a red 3 door, and it comes with 10 air bags! It would be like a bouncy castle if I ever crashed!!

The car also has 17 inch wheels and the rear spoiler, which was fitted when new, so it really does look smart (trust me, you will get used to the ass if you're not a fan!).

I really love this car; even if I am stuck in a load of traffic in the clogged up Midlands, no journey is ever a chore.

However it's not a Bentley, so there are a few things which do annoy me. The seats do seem to get grubby quickly, so for family use, it could be a disadvantage with the 3 door. It is also a pain to reverse park, as you can't see anything!

If motorway and A road cruising is your thing, you would probably be better off with the dCi engine; far more refined on the motorway, as the petrol engined 1.6 does seem to rev quite high at 70-80mph, however I live in Shropshire, with lots of nice B roads!

That said, I think brand new the Megane probably would not be the best purchase, as they lose loads of money, and the new Astra/Focus/Golf/Civic are far better, however you have to look at the Megane as a previous generation car, as mine only cost £7,000 with 11,000 miles, and it's on an 04 plate from a main dealer, so 2 years warranty etc etc!

In my opinion, this car is more of a rival to the MK1 Focus, Mk 4 Astra, Mk4 Golf and Alfa 147 and Pug 307.

The Focus is probably a better drive, but it looks really dated now, and the inside of them is horrible! (reminds me of my dad's Escort van!)

The Mk 4 Astra is probably more reliable in the longer term, as Vauxhall engines seem to last forever (how many old Cavaliers do you still see being used as taxis, loads!) but no points for style or driving to the Astra (apart from the big engined versions, but hardly a fair comparison to a 1.6 Renault!)

The Mk4 Golf is probably the best made car for the £7K mark, but they all have higher miles, are very common, and look rather dull unless you have the V6 4Motion!

The 307 looks too weird. I know a couple of people which had 306 DTs and loved them, and then they had 307s, and wished they never made the swap!

And the Alfa, well I know someone who had one, and after 3 weeks the dashboard cracked! So I think that sums up the car!

Well back to the Renault. I do still love the Renault, it's pretty nippy, returns better MPG than my old 1.2 Punto I used to own, and it's nice to own something that doesn't look as boring as the standard euro boxes I mentioned earlier.

So to sum up the Big Arsed Renault, I think the car is a great package, not the best driver, but by no means poor, but that's why I own an '87 1.9 205 GTI as well! Build quality is very tight on the Renault, but electrical reliability is an issue, but if you're young and want a funky small hatch that will get noticed where a Focus would not, go for the Renault, and with group 5 insurance, you can't go wrong!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2006