2006 Renault Megane Break 1.5 dCi105 Confort Expre 1.5 dCi105 from France

Summary:

Better than I expected

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Averaged 4.9l/100km (almost 60 mpg imperial) with cruise control set at 136 km/hr (around 83 mph) between Monte Carlo and Montpellier - so seriously economic.

Quiet at those speeds.

The small engine plays above its weight for acceleration.

The suspension is too soft - OK on motorways, but not on back roads.

Don't like the electric power steering.

This car is ex-Rental car from Spain. I bought it at a very good price, and expected a few problems.

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

Review Date: 14th July, 2007

31st Mar 2012, 11:18

Update on this car.

It now has 70,000km and the following problems have occurred:

Water in under floor storage boxes; caused by blocked drain pipes from the A/C.

A/C thermostat needed replacing.

Squeak from NSF suspension.

Random warning lights appearing on dash.

The car is getting loose with more noise and rattles.

Not too bad overall (I paid about half price at 6 months old).

2006 Renault Megane Privilege 2.0 VVT petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Rubbish build and engineering

Faults:

In just two weeks (honestly) I've had the following:

Clutch pedal went *very* heavy, especially in traffic. Dealers not interested.

Door trim over passenger side speaker grille popped off and couldn't be refitted properly. Now rattles, loudly.

Brakes started squealing loudly, especially when slowing in reverse.

Wiper arms rub the top edge of the bonnet when moving them for washing the car or replacing the blades.

Air-con failed, resulting in climate system desperately trying to cool the car with hot air!

Car repeatedly going into limp home mode with "Check Injection" warning message displayed.

Paintwork discovered to be covered in scratches, only visible when the car is dirty.

Car sometimes fails to start on first push of Start button.

Traffic programme on radio cuts off after 1/2 a second when the stereo is in Aux mode.

General Comments:

When it works, this car is fine. The controls are light and make driving nice and easy. The long list of clever features is very appealing. Thumbs up for auto lights, auto dim mirror, rain sensor wipers, power fold mirrors, keyless entry and start, climate control etc etc.

Handling on fast back roads is a little unnerving due to the lifeless steering, but is stable and well weighted on motorways.

The engine noise is an annoying drone at 70mph (even in sixth gear), but is quiet at lower speeds. The gear change is generally OK, but is odd in that the odd number gears are further away from centre than the lower even number gears! i.e. 1, 3 and 5 are miles up from the natural centring position, and 2,4 and 6 are quite close...

The brakes are simply over assisted, it is so hard to apply them cleanly because they snatch so strongly. I could live with it, but it's not ideal.

It's quite easy to get reasonably comfortable, and the seats have decent support, although the part leather material feels very cheap.

The sound quality of the standard fit stereo is very poor, which is a shame because the built in Aux port (on rear of unit) and 6 CD multi-changer should make it ideal for music lovers.

The auto lights are too slow to come on, they seem to wait until it's noticeably darker than I would choose to put the lights on, which defeats the object really.

The wash/wipe function is useless, only doing one sweep of the wipers, forcing you to manually wipe the screen for a second or two to clear the excess water.

Performance from the 2.0 engine seems quite poor, but there may be a fuel injection system fault, see "what has gone wrong" above.

Economy isn't too bad, returning an average of 33mpg over 1000 miles so far. Most of that has been on the motorway, so I would have hoped for better.

The clutch pedal is so heavy to hold down (in traffic, at junctions etc) that my left foot is starting to hurt on the sole! Dealers think it isn't "excessively heavy"!!

I really ought to like this car, I love the styling and the features are great, but it's been very unreliable in just two weeks of ownership and I'm getting rid at the end of the week. Luckily, the car was under-priced when I bought it, so I got back most of what I paid for it.

I can't tell you what a relief it is to get rid. I doubted the Renault reputation was entirely deserved, now I know it is.

I didn't listen when I was warned about buying Renaults, I wish I did. Please don't buy one, I've owned 20 cars and this is the worst by a very long shot.

Yes I could try and get all these faults fixed, but frankly, I've had enough already. If this is a foretaste of what is to come, then I'm just not interested in wasting any more time or energy on this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th April, 2007

23rd Apr 2007, 03:18

OR again:

Just one more thing to add to the above, just before I traded the car in, I went to pull the boot shut using the grab handle in the boot... and the whole interior boot trim just fell off!

Thankfully I managed to re-fix it and then avoided touching it again...

I think that says it all about Renault. Good-bye and good riddance!

4th May 2007, 00:46

It is a shame that Renault quality does seem to vary. My 2004 Megane has been a great car. On 30000 miles and only one or two minor niggles.

I had a Laguna that did 180000 miles and apart from the tyre pressure sensors which never worked properly, it never gave any problems. Sadly not all Laguna owners are as lucky, if the section on this website on Lagunas is true...

14th Apr 2008, 11:34

It's a Shame you had all those Problems, I own a Megane for 3 years now 20,00 km on the clock I never had problems, The only downside I find is that the Ride is firm and there is road noise from the wheels over pothols and bumps, and you need a firm grip on the steering wheel, but I am proud with the Megane it has been Reliable.