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    Hi

    Looking to get a second car and would like your opinions on a 2005-2007 Megane

    Are they reliable for daily use? any known issues with these to look out for?

    whats the best model to go for?

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    The 2006 update has more gear, so far they seem to be ok for reliability. Our Scenic (same motor, different body) seems bulletproof.

    Check timing belts and electics.
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    thanks very much for the advice

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    Go for it... Recently sold our Megane x 84 Dynamic Hatchback (big bum) and loved every minute of it. Unfortunately my wife demanded an auto which at first seemed a bit weird because of the "proactive" gearbox config. Basically it's trying to "map" your driving style with "fuzy logic" (Renault words not mine) and sometime it guesses a bit wrong but once you know how it thinks its not too bad. I thought mine was supposed to have some form of traction control but after an amazing sideways (almost speedway!) slide almost all the way around the Indooroopilly Roundabout I see why so many nutters love these things. No bads with mine but there is a scarey service cost around rubber band time.

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    Our 2007 megane diesel has had only 1 problem, with the egr valve, they seem very well built and reliable. I haven't seen many posts on AF about post-2006 megane reliability issues. Spare parts are a bit of an issue, they usually have to be flown from france. Even the timing belt for my megane took a couple of weeks to source. Mine is up to 125000 km. I just sent to uk for the air filter, was the easiest way to get one to Bathurst.
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    we have 07 Megane Priv sedan and my parents had one for 3 yrs.
    No problems to report. The auto isnt everyones cup of tea.
    I also have customers had theirs over 5 yrs now and most are reporting it to be the best car they have owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimosabi View Post
    I thought mine was supposed to have some form of traction control but after an amazing sideways (almost speedway!) slide...
    I believe the 2006 update was fitted with electronic stability control as standard. This can be checked by observing an illuminated ESC symbol on the dash when starting the car. As usual, Renault were 3-4 years ahead of most manufacturers regarding standard safety equipment.

    Our 2009 Megane sedan (1.9dCi, 6spd manual) is a very impressive car to drive and own, and has only suffered from a minor water leak into the cabin.

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    I own a 2005 Estival sedan, 2.0L 6 speed manual, and I love it.

    I am in the middle of sorting out a throttle issue which has been frustrating to say the least, and I had an electric window motor replaced a couple of weeks ago, but overall it has been very good over 170,000 km in 4 years with some rather, uh, erratic servicing.

    I had the timing belt done at 120,000 which cost about $800 IIRC - not much different to anything else out there really.

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    thanks guys. Got my eye on a 2006 Dynamique 6 spd manual. I wouldnt go for an Auto.

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    go the manual. The 4 spd auto tends to hunt around abit.
    In saying that may wife doesnt seem to mind it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickHy View Post
    go the manual. The 4 spd auto tends to hunt around abit.
    In saying that may wife doesnt seem to mind it at all.
    It doesn't do that at around 50km/h by any chance?

    Next time it hunts for gears, carefully get your left foot under the brake pedal and pull up, and if it makes a difference, it may be that the brake switch needs adjusting.


    MY goon did this a few times until I re positioned the switch. My poor computer didn't know whether i was coming or going.
    Anyway, try it and see if it makes the difference.
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    They all seem to like to grab 4th at around the 55-65kph mark - which is no doubt ideal in Europe where all the urban speed zones are 50kph and 80kph...

    Here with 60kph being the most common, its just bloody annoying... Surely it would not be that big a deal for PSA and Renault to offer a software alteration that provides sensible shift points...

    Guess they don't care about old cars like this - its all CVT or 6sp automatics now.
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    my diesel megane changes into 3rd at 50km/h and 4th at 74km/h. It actually goes on revs rather than speed - changes down at 1500 revs. I don't think they would allow the changes to go lower, and going higher would be detrimental for economy. You would have to change the ratios. Using cruise control helps to keep it in the right gear. Mine doesn't really hunt at all unless you are on a change threshold, I agree with joe there may be other issues involved.
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    I have a 2004 2ltr Petrol Model which has just had its 140 000 KM service. The car has never let me down apart from a dead battery. It's been a great car and has a cute bum. It's the envy of the VW drivers at my work who's cars always seem to be on the hoist...

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