5th Aug 2007, 09:12

My 03 Renault Megane is showing the fault steering lock on and will not start. The dealer have looked at the fault and are quoting a total repair bill of £1800. They believe the whole steering column will need replacing as well as the steering locking switch. I believe the dealer is intent on ripping me off big time. I am quickly lacking confidence in their ability to appropriately solve this problem.

Two months prior I spent approximately £700 repairing a flowery technical term thing their computer suggested was the fault, which entailed the replacement of parts including the changing of the cam belt only to find the same problem still existed. The fault was then put down to a faulty switch.

Does anyone have suggestions for the steering lock fault?

31st Oct 2007, 17:31

My 54 reg Megane dCi has just gone back to the lease company with 104,000 miles on it.

Never broke down

Never failed to start.

Needed nothing other than servicing, tyres, a couple of bulbs and a clutch switch.

More reliable, more refined, quieter, more comfortable and dynamically sharper than the 2001 Golf TDI it replaced, if not quite as nicely trimmed.

17th Aug 2008, 00:24

I have a 2005 Renault Megane Dynamique Sport in auto/tiptronic with about 36,000km. I got it when it was about 30,000kms old. Recently, have realized that the car is a bit jerky at times especially when accelerating. Last week while driving the service light came up with the message check gearbox. I stopped the car and turned off the engine, then turned it back on and the message was gone. The car has just gone over its 3 year warranty period. Should I be worried about the gearbox?

Also, have found that the headlights are extremely difficult to change, especially putting the clip that holds in the light bulb in place.

31st Aug 2008, 16:22

I have a Megane 1.6 VVT Dynamique, which while under warranty had several common faults, all of which were "fixed" such as sticking sunroof, door handles not working properly, etc. But this year, and out of warranty, I've had a new window regulator, 2 coil sticks, a new dephaser pulley, new camshaft sensor. And now the dreaded SERVICE light has come on again... What now!

As I said the car is out of warranty, it's a 2004 model, but it's only done 22k miles. So I contacted Renault Customer Services, but the words "Chocolate" and "Teapot" spring to mind, they just didn't want to know, even though my issues are all well known inherent design faults, some of which they have redesigned parts for.

I will certainly never buy another Renault.

2nd Oct 2008, 09:31

I have had a Megane Convertible for 4 years on a Y plate 51. It has done 134,000 miles. I drive very fast, do not look after it, and have never had a factory service - only top the oil up and replaced the spark plugs twice.

It has never not started, and has have never had a problem. I must be the lucky one...

22nd Nov 2008, 18:18

Have had my 53 plate Megane for 9 months. And so far the following has happened...

1 new front exhaust section (including Cat) £330 (this includes MOT cost)

2 New coil packs £120.

2 Headlight bulbs - minimal cost but serious blood, sweat, tears and profanity.

Drivers side keyless entry has stopped working.

Spare Key no longer works (even with new battery)

The alarm goes off constantly unless the sensors are disabled.

I have lost count of how many times the service light has come on and then disappeared.

I hate it and wish I still had my old mondeo - that was 11 years old and did not go wrong in all the time I owned it.

23rd Nov 2008, 14:13

Take it back, surely it must be still under warranty..

3rd Feb 2009, 13:24

Hi there I have a 53 plate Renault Megane VVT 1.6 tip auto. I have to say it is the worst car I have ever owned. The AA are on first name terms with me now. Here's the list and keeping in mind only 27000 miles on it.

1. Both passenger and drivers windows.

2. Sunroof jammed.

3. Cam shaft sensor.

4. Card reader.

5. Auto lights fault.

6. Auto wipers fault.

7. Rear view mirror fell off.

8 and now the gear box is jammed in reverse.

Keep well clear of this stupid french car. Never again will I buy a Renault. Stick with the Japanese or Germans.

6th Oct 2009, 18:28

I have a 2007 Megane 1.5 Dynamique. The car does drive well, but I have the same problem that my headlights don't work. The sidelights are fine, as are the fog lights and full beam, but no headlights. Anyone been able to find a reason for this (that doesn't involve an expensive trip to a Renault garage)?

24th Oct 2009, 10:16

I bought my Megane station 16 months ago, and have no insurance. Then the fwd lEFT tyre exploded, so I lost control and I went on the side walk, and the car stopped normally and the air bag did not open cause it was not a big impact, and my wife and daughter were OK and not injured. But all of a sudden, we found smoke coming from the engine so we ran outside the car and we found that the engine on fire. I tried to control it by the fire extinguisher, but I could not and than the fire went to the cabin, and then the whole car was on fire and the body, so the car was totally lost.

Please if anybody from the mother company could help me by this, I am from Cairo Egypt and my email is amresam71@yahoo.com mobile 0165512828, and be sure I bought this car for safety wise.

13th Nov 2009, 05:58

My daughter has a high mileage 55 plate Megane. She had an injector fault showing. When she took it to the main dealer to have it diagnosed, they told her a fuel pipe had leaked onto the starter motor and contaminated it, meaning the car was dangerous to drive and would need a new starter motor £400 worth of repairs. Customer service as above chocolate fire guard. So beware the fuel lines above the starter motor. This only costs £50.00 plus labour.

22nd Feb 2010, 09:00

What can I say about my Renault Megane 2005?

Passenger side electric window stopped working, losing power, squeaky brakes, numerous bulbs.

Never again will I buy Renault.

22nd Mar 2010, 04:58

Renualt 1.6 auto convertible. December 2004, 20K on clock.

Service light on. Renault diagnose faulty cam dephaser

£380 parts, cam sensor, dephaser pulley, all belts, later service light still on. Now suspect hydraulic valve opposite end of cam. Clearly they cannot be relied on to understand their own problems. Renault; never again thanks.

1st Apr 2010, 07:23

Just bought a 2005 55 plate dci Megane 3 door from the auctions. All checked out OK. - Main dealer part/ex, low mileage (22,000!), full service history.

Drove the thing home & discovered the heater will only work on number 4 fan setting & the passenger front electric window won't work... these are the faults I've found so far. There may be more!

THIS CAR HAS COVERED JUST 22000 MILES!! I should have known better. What have I done??!! The ONLY French car to buy in my opinion is a Peugeot. And that's only because they were built in this country... but even they are bordering on the vaguely crap.

Guys, stick with German or Japanese!