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    Default Please compare a Clio to a Megane

    I'm looking around for a car for my wife. I was to get something safe, as well as "good bang for my buck".

    I am only really experienced with Peugeots but am quite disappointed in the modern ones.
    However all is not lost....I may stay with French cars.

    I have read over the last couple of years that a good secondhand car to buy is a Megane, because they are good in accidents (my wife still has her learners licence), and fairly bulletproof mechanically. Really good, according to one person (who, I can't remember ). He reckoned hardly anything went wrong with them.

    Would that have been be a good description ?

    My other option is a Clio, and in fact I am looking at a quite low kilometer one.

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    There is one reason that I may lean towards the Clio : although it is a smaller car and less safe in accidents, it has great rear visibility, whereas the Megane rear window sits high, and it looks like you need to install a reversing camera. Which is easy enough, except you still need to reverse park, and my wife is tiny....barely 150 cms.

    So : A 2007 Megane auto with 80,000 Ks, or a 2002 Clio with about 55,000 ? Roughly the same price of $3000 (both needing rego paid soon).

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    A Renault Sport or forget both in standard form.
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    I don't think a learner driver needs a sport.
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    I think (but will stand corrected) that the Megane had a height adjustable drivers seat to obviate smaller pilots peeking through the wheel rim. Toulouse Lautrec himself drove a Megane........
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    The seat is adjustable, at least in the 2015 model.
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    And I can confirm the hatch on the Megane is wide enough to fit a Renault 12 bonnet.

    Why these sorts of details are never in the brochure I'll never know.

    I feel like I want to question the Megane is bigger therefor safer logic too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof View Post
    I don't think a learner driver needs a sport.
    My 18 year old was taught in the Megane 225 Cup and Clio 182 Cup.
    I bought for his use a Clio 182 Cup, which I think is a better car to use during his P's compared to a stock Megane or Clio.
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    Interesting that the Megane 225 is a "Banned Vehicle" for P platers but you can still instruct a learner in one! I would have got my license in a Bugatti Veyron had they been around at the time..........
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    I had a 2009 stock standard Megane Auto and it was one of the best smaller cars I ever owned and I've had plenty. The Clio is a different class - smaller in every respect and feels like it. If my wife hadn't gotten ill and we only needed one car I'de still have the Megane. Can't go wrong in my opinion.
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    One Negative worth the mention...
    Not sure when this disease was stopped or if it will continue into more modern Renaults, but some of the dash parts will be biodegrading by now, which is great for bringing the price of them down...

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    Until you do this though, the car interior will feel and look like a POS.

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    Deffo get the sport in either version purely for the safety aspects and more std equipment



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    Ok....processing all this generous information.

    The Megane we're looking at is a II L84 Phase II Privilege Sedan 4dr Auto 4sp 2.0i

    Whatever that means.
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    I have a standard '08 2L petrol Megane sedan manual as a run around for me, and learner car for my son. I bought it about 2 years ago, 43000Klms. Now has 85K, and has been trouble free, having had its timing and accessory belts and water pump changed a short time before my purchase. It drives nicely, has reasonable power, and gets 7.5L/100 for my usual driving. I do think if buying a car for myself I would get a sport model, but for learner drivers and red P platers it is fine.

    I have since bought an '03 Clio 1.4L 5 door manual for the boy. It is a fun car, but has a lot less load space unless the rear seat is down, and much less rear legroom. The Megane sedan has quite a bit more rear legroom than the Megane hatch.
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    My son has an 06 Clio 1.4 and it's a really good drive and all round good car. For your wife's stature, I'd definitely have a look at one. The ABS brakes are excellent despite having rear drums (they've been tested!), and that 1.4 gets up and goes once you're off the mark. It makes me wish I waited for a Clio RS instead of the 206, even though I really like the Pug too. The Clio driving position and visibility is excellent and steering is light but direct and accurate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alan moore View Post
    I have a standard '08 2L petrol Megan …….has reasonable power, and gets 7.5L/100 for my usual driving.
    I had a standard 225…….Had silly power, got 10-12L/100 for my usual driving.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beano View Post
    Ok....processing all this generous information.

    The Megane we're looking at is a II L84 Phase II Privilege Sedan 4dr Auto 4sp 2.0i

    Whatever that means.
    Privilege means luxe-pac…all the bells and whistles.

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    What you will need to ascertain is which side of the expense curve the car is on. Brakes will require the pads and discs to be replaced at the same time, a timing belt change involves replacing the water pump, timing belt idler pulleys (which are the bits that go), tensioners, harmonic balancer and accessory belt the timing belt job is a circa $1K job, only for the talented, even dealers have come a cropper.

    They also are now old cars, so suffer from old car problems, seized A/C compressors, duff alternators, and occasional electric assist power steering issues factor in delayed maintenance with things like coolant and aluminium radiators, sealed for life transmissions etc, and any low odo reading is just a number in the absence of decent servicing.

    The Megane is likely more family friendly, with properly engineered child restraints, rather than the agricultural (and space taking) top tether fitted to the Clio 2. Then there are the other generic old car things as mentioned by Jo, interior trim deterioration, external plastics deterioration, rubber things like driveshaft boots which happen to any car regardless of marque.

    I'd say they are cars which you would prefer to take to someone who knows what they are, rather than a generic service outlet so you want to be close to that specialist if you are not going to DIY.
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    A 2002 Clio, if it's a auto will have a DP0 box.
    A L84 Phase II Megane I think is the 'big arse' Megane is it?
    It too probably has a DP0 box although by 2007 it might have a Jatco box.
    Better to go with a manual in either.
    But it's horses for courses so whatever best suits your requirements.
    Personally, if they're both around the sane money I would go for a Megane if for no other reasons other than it's a lot younger and bigger.

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    ^^ Crikey, Simon....that information matches your spikey avatar.

    But I see your points, and they are valid...

    Thanks to all of you.....

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    Have a look at the 2011 Meganes/Fluences. Very good value cars and do not have timing belt costs. If after auto, have good cvt vs crap AL4 of earlier series. Have all 3 in auto in family. (2004 Clio, 2011 Megane and 2011 Fluence) All great cars, but Clio even at only 70,000 km is getting a bit dated compared to the others. NB stick to the 2L is my recommendation. Turbo and auto in later ones of both Megane and Clio are not pleasent to drive in my opion. (Others may differ ☺ ) cheers Bryce

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    I have away my 20 03 Clio on Sunday and I already miss it madly.

    Mine was a 1.4 manual that I owned from 143k km to 261k km. In that time I had it serviced by a Renault specialist who did a great job. I just added up servicing, repairs and all other running costs (tyres, batteries) over that time and it came to around $8500. It needed another $1800 of work hence bye bye.

    I also have a 98 V6 Magna on gas that has substantially cheaper maintenance and servicing costs, but this is offset by the 2.8c/km extra that I spend on fuel since I bought it. So what I save on servicing and maintenance goes on fuel.

    I bought it for its safety at a cheap price. If it's been well looked after, $3k is a great price. But beat in mind you're buying a 15 year old car, so even though it's low k's, it's best days are behind it.

    Why did I give it away? With the hefty repair bill due, rego expiring next month, and 4 months overseas pending I decided to drive it until it stopped or the rego did. A mate is doing the Shitbox Rally next month and the car he's been working on for 6 months failed the RWC and he needed one. So instead of going to the wreckers, it's going to Darwin, via Brisbane. If it makes it.

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    Have older basic hatch Megane . They still look great to my eyes - more interesting than newer models. Good little driver.

    Engine is excellent. only complaint is window regulators seem to go and the armrests at the front degrade. The price you can get them for makes them a bargain altho they are like all older cars and will need things replaced regularly. My son has a 225 cup - great little rockets but harsh ride around the suburbs.
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