2004 Renault Megane Sedan 1.6 litre from Sweden

Summary:

A very nice and very well build car

Faults:

Left front headlight broken, after about 150 km.

The Renault workshop replaced it, for free, of course. (I waited 12 min in the workshop, no problems.)

General Comments:

I dont now why some consumers of this car have had so many problems (Is it true?), the Megane is very popular in Sweden and the reputation is very good (almost as good as Volvo). I have 4 friends with newer Megane models (1 hatch 1 sedan and 2 touring models) the cars have run something between 12000 and 65000 km, they have had no problems at all and they find them very good. I think this is the best car, on the whole, you can buy for the money, its really worth its price. Very nice to drive and you really feel the safety of the car. I hope that the Renault cars have the same quality all around the world.

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

Review Date: 2nd March, 2006

2004 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Nice, but very costly on petrol consumption

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with it, but the driver side electric mirror seems to change position over night???

General Comments:

The car its self is very good. It is comfortable smooth and well put together.

The interior is of good quality and looks like it will wear well.

This car is built for someone who loves visiting the petrol garage. I have never, ever come across such a small engined car with such a massive capacity for guzzling fuel.

I filled the tank with £53 of petrol and got 320 miles out of it. That was a combination of motorway and town driving.

A friend of mine at work has a 3 litre Jaguar and she gets better economy than that.

I drive it very gently and have used Redex to try and improve matters with little luck.

On the rare times I have put my foot down, it picks up speed like it is towing a bus.

I took it to a Renault garage for a diagnostic and they said that there is nothing wrong with the car. He showed me a Renault hand book which stated that I can expect to get 34 miles mpg combined and 40.4 mpg on a motorway.

According to my calculations I am getting 24 - 26 mpg.

I bought the car without doing my homework. I wanted good mpg as I have to travel a lot. I wrongly thought a new 1.4 engine would be frugal. How wrong I was. I should have avoided this car like the plague.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th February, 2006

8th Aug 2006, 11:59

I couldn't agree more! I have a Megane 55 plate 1.6 auto and it's an absolute nightmare for guzzling petrol!

It's a big comfort to know that someone else is feeling the Megane strain. My mate has a 2.6 V6, we both went to the petrol station running on empty mine cost £49 to fill and my mates only £45! It's insane that such small engines can guzzle so much petrol! I too am not exactly a boy racer and have been very careful to try & conserve fuel, but other than turning the car off and leaving it at a standstill, I don't know what else to do???! Renault are having it in again to investigate and at the moment I'm blaming the failing gearbox, for it's footballer's-wives style petrol habbits!

Am a bit worried that a 1.4 manual is having a similar problem though, although it might be due to the size & weight of the Megane that means the 1.4 engine is struggling and guzzling?

I think if it's not resolved with Renault this time round and I don't see a drastic change, it's time to get rid... the guys at the petrol station now know me by name and starting to give me strange looks as though I keep coming back because I have a crush on them, spending £10-15 each time just for the sake of it!

23rd Nov 2006, 12:23

Have a 05 1.4 Megane. Averages 40mpg. Can't complain.

7th Jul 2007, 16:52

Too right, these Meganes are great cars, but boy what a pity about the fuel returns regardless of the sales pitch, I personally cannot reach a deammed 41.5 MPH, my best at any time is 29.5 MPH. And another gripe has to be the road-holding, not as good as some would say. On some uneven surfaces the front wheels feel as if they want to go their own way, ie. not the way you point them.

26th Nov 2008, 11:33

Fuel consumption not too bad, but the window electrics are a nightmare. Have had to replace the whole mechanisms in both front doors this year, on separate occasions, having returned to the car to find the window down and not a hope in hell of getting it back up. Not covered under guarantee because it is a 4 yr old not a 3. Very expensive.

Renault, never again, I am turning Japanese.