20 May 2013
I bought this car 4 months ago with 48000 miles on it and it looks fab, but that is as far as it goes .The first thing was the drivers window would not go all the way up, so I got that fixed. Then the boot was leaking, so I got new seals on that. Then the roof leaked, so I got that fixed. Now, the first time I have used the car with the roof down the back window won’t go up. Also, there is a juddering when the car is warm and in first gear and on top of that the boot is full of water again. This car is rubbish, never buy one. Also, I’ve just had to put a timing belt kit on, which should be replaced at 5 years old even with low miles.
I bought my Megane in 2010, it is the automatic version 2.0l. It came with a two year RAC platinum warranty from the dealer. I had to pay half the cost which was about £350. I am not a big fan of warranties as they often don’t cover anything but this one did. Since having it I have had a few problems the first being the horn, which worked on and off and which I then had replaced the other two problems related to sensors. The first to go was the lambda sensor, which caused the car to go into limp mode and a warning on the dash, this was diagnosed quite quickly by Halfords. The second took longer. The dashboard warning ’Check Gearbox’ kept coming on and the car again went into limp mode. I took it to a Renault dealer and they found no fault code. They re-set the computer, but it still happened. In the end I took it to a gearbox specialist who identified it was the gearbox sensor, no idea why Renault couldn’t find the fault? The only other problem has been a damp shock absorber. Halfords are excellent and when the two year warranty ended I extended for another year with the RAC for £195 as all the repairs were covered even the shock. No leaks with the roof and I’m so happy with the car that I will probably get another in a few years as I only have about 42k on the clock. The leg room in the back isn’t great, but that’s not an issue as there are only usually two of us in the car.
I owned my fair share of BMW’s and Mercedes, my last German car was a Audi A4 Cabriolet. I needed a distance commuting car with a bit of style and fancied a cabriolet to help combat driver fatigue. I had driven pre-2006 model Megane Cabriolets and was not overly impressed. I read that Renault had increased build quality so took a fresh look and test drove a 2006 1.9 Dci (facelift) model. There was a noticeable improvement in overall build quality, the car even handled better due to new design front suspension. The build quality of this model Renault is as good as the German cars I have driven and at a fraction of the price. In each of the cabriolets and softops I have owned all of them have suffered from a degree of water leaks; the Renault was no worse than cars three times the price. In short I am so pleased I am buying a second Megane CC for my partner. Well done Renault for giving us a car that puts a smile on my face whilst keeping the pounds in my pocket - superb !
Don’t get one of these cars. I bought it new and it leaked in from day one. Renault managed to sort of stop it, but it always leaked slightly until 5 years down the line it was pouring in through the drivers side. I finally got sick of it and bought a Peugeot 107 last week. Plus, the air con went after 2 years, the passenger side rear window opened and wouldn’t close, Renault said they would pay 50% of the cost but it was still in excess of £350 so I didn’t have it done. The part on the Internet was £55, but I decided enough was enough after 5 years of getting wet and got rid of it. Don’t buy one, you have been warned!
Nothing but trouble! I will never get a French car agaain :/
I bought the car less than 2 years ago and although it was pre-owned the previous owner drove it for only a year. I have encountered so many problems from roof leakages, which the dealer also confirmed to be common, to mechanic failures almost evey after two months. Now the car is not even moving and needs a new key. Even when the key is not broken it just fails to recognise it. The maintanence and mechanical expense are far more than the actual price. I loved the car for the first 3 months and have hated it for the rest of the time.
Nice little car. Some silicon spray on the roof seal keeps it supple. The mechanism is made by Karmann of Germany who make a similar roof for quite a few cars, with similar levels of success. Such a roof is very complex and will need looking after. There are lots of hinges, seals and switches. If you are prepared to stop the opening process part way, you can get at everything and spray some WD40 and clean out. I did the same with a Saab, a Mercedes SL and an MGF. None of them were perfect, but the Renault roof is as good as it gets. If you are the sort of motorist who just wants to get into a car and use it without having understanding of what it’s doing and how, then you will be better off with a plain saloon.
Our car is now just over three weeks old and we are pleased overall. It drives really nice if a bit under powered. There are no leaks, but we did have a problem with the driver’s seat when a cable came loose and was poked out of the rear of the seat. The only other problem that we still have is that Renault Watford, who we bought the car from and with whom we part exchanged our Fiesta have still not settled the outstanding finance. Ford are now chasing us and the dealership keeps telling us they have sent cheques, even though Ford do not accept cheques anymore, only bank transfers. It seems that thay are only interested in selling us a car and do not return our calls, which is a shame because my wife is very happy with the car.
Dont bother! In the first week of ownership the roof broke, then 2 months later we woke up to find a free extra "swimming pool" that had leaked through the roof. Renault never got to the bottom of this after much investigation, so I solved issue with the help of B&Q (Thanks Renault!), then two weeks ago my aircon broke and a strong burning smell filled the car. Now today my rear window has stuck and is now open about 3 inches. I took it to Renault Liverpool, who agreed to pay 62% towards fixing it as it’s a well known fault with this make of car, however, the bill still came in at £435.78 "for a window motor". Never, ever will I buy another Renault. Its only saving grace is its looks, but hey, it’s not always about the looks is it?
I bought my Megane in 2009 for £6495 with 32000miles on the clock. Since then the clutch wire on the pedal has broken twice, it has also had problems with the windows only working when using the centre console button. As for leaks? Well I now carry with me a small towel as I am sick of being wet through; it leaks on both sides, but the drivers side seems worse. I am looking to replace it in 2012, but it will NOT be with another Renault!
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I can concur with Christine’s comments. I too have a 2005 cabrio 1.9 Diesel. Buy them cheap (I drilled Solihull Renault down to just over £6,300 for mine three years ago; with less than 15,000 miles on the clock! They wanted £8,995 initially! Use them then scrap them after 3-4 years. You pay your money and you take your chance! - Mark Silva from Warwickshire
Hi there, Just a quick word in defence of the car. I leased a Megane 2.0 Privilege brand new in 2007. The car has mint leather interior and the colour is Quartz Gold, An absolute stunner on a sunny day! After leasing the car for two years I was so impressed I bought it. The car is now four years old and has 46, 000 miles on the clock. We travel through France every year to see relatives and I have yet to have a fault with anything on the car. I have to admit renewing headlamp bulbs is a bit of a fiddly task, but take it to Halfords and it will be done in no time and it will be well worth the fiver. Hope this adds a bit of a balance.
I think this is a lovely car. I’ve always bought Renaults since I was 18 and all have been very reliable. I’m now 43 by the way. My wife has always wanted one of these, so we saved £5000 and bought a 55 plate 1.9 dci 120 gold. It has good looks and is and comfortable well equipped. We took it back after one week as the air con wasn’t working and one window would’nt come down, but the garage repaired these faults. Then three weeks later we found there was diesel leaking into the alternator, which caused it to fail; lucky it didn’t catch fire? This was repaired under warranty. Today the turbo failed, what a nightmare, this may not be covered by the warranty because the garage didn’t tick the box to cover this part!?! Turbos are a common fault on dci engines. I change the oil every 5 to 6 k for fully synthetic not every 18000 as Renault recommends. I just hope the garage I bought this car from has a heart or I will ask for a complete refund. My wife is devastated; £848 for turbo plus £55 hr fitting it!
I have a Renault Megane Cabrio 2005. It’s a 55 plate with 38000 miles on the clock and is the privilege model. I have only had it two weeks ago so I haven’t been to clean it yet but can’t wait two see if it has any leaks; I’m pretty postive it hasn’t as it’s immaculate. Love it to bits! I previously had a Renault Megane Convertible 2001 model so I’ve just moved up a model. Miss my old car but love my new baby. The boot has loads of room when the roof is up and it’s still ok with the roof down as I still managed to fit a quite big suitcase in, but I do miss the way the roof went into a diffrent bit on the old car and not into the boot. Thanks for looking at my car review.
I purchased mine new in March 2009. Mine is the latest facelifted model (just before the new model), which has some silver addition in the front part of the car. I don’t have roof leakage problems, performance is great and actually feels better then the BMW Series 5, but I regret to say that these are not long lasting cars. After nearly 3 yrs and 6000KM on the clock I have all sorts of problems: Wipers going on automatically without rain; cracked outdoor handles; trim colour faded; strange clicking sounds when operating steering and a strange sound off left wheel when driving less than 10KM. Well all I can say is that you’ll enjoy the car when it’s factory fresh, but I guess 3 yrs is the liftime expectancy of this model. I wouldn’t go for another Renault again the new CC is wore than the older one, doh! Renault wake up! Peugeot is ruling.
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Bought this car last week, a second hand car, with 56k on the clock. Bought from Liverpool and drove all the way down to Malta with it. Heavy rain at Reggio Calabria, and very very bad roads down there. No leaks at all! So far so good! Had a problem with the service light, along with the airbag light, but found out problem was from under the drivers seat, just a loose connector. Very economic for a 16cc engine, even if it has 5 years!
Well, I’ve had my car four weeks now and the roof has failed four times. Been back twice, going back again on Monday so we will see, but does not look good for the long-term!
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Hi, I have a Megane 2005, I may have the same problem with my roof, what button did you press to make your roof come down because I may be doing it wrong - Glen Duff from Devon
Hi, mine is a ’53 and has been in the garage four times for roof failure and they can’t fix it. Well they can if I pay £1,500+ on top of the £500 already spent. They now want to replace roof computer and the wiring room (this only comes from France cause it’s not a common part). Do they know what they’re doing? I don’t think so. Definitely wouldn’t buy another Renault or convertible. I only want to sell the damn thing, not rebuild it - Karen Willson from England
I can’t believe the amount of People complaining about a leaking roof. This is my second CC and both have leaked it is part and parcel of having a convertible roof. The Car is a joy own. So Its got it’s idiosyncrasy’s most cars have. However I must admit the roof imploding sounds worrying . Anyhoo! I love my CC and I’m looking forward to a long HOT summer so I can drive with my roof down and my music on. I may be 43 and I may be having a "Mid-Life Crisis" but it’s good fun and it makes me feel like a "Gangsta Rapper" cruising down Hollywood Boulevard... Hell yer!!! lol :)
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Makes me laugh reading the forums on the cars I’ve been looking to buy since my insurance money came through - I had an Alfa Spider, no roof leaks there, plenty of maintenance but never a breakdown either while the performance, the very pretty bodywork and interior retained it’s charm to the end. And yet what do people who run around in sensible cars which give them so much trouble it seems say about Alfas! Buy one and ditch your Renault with the leaky roof and dodgy left wheel, the Volvo with the garage revisits, the Mondeo with the blown turbo (blocked oil feeds that Ford know about) etc, the Punto with the hit and miss mechanicals etc. Wonder if it’s too late to salvage my Alfa Spider - Romuald Hryniewicz from Monmouthshire
Thank goodness I read your reports I was considering trading down my adorable and totally watertight Mercedes SLK for a Megane CC. Strangely enough my dealer failed to mention anything about the common leak problem. You have saved me possible grief and for that I wish to thank you all.
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So you haven’t actually driven the car, but have read other reviews and given it one star? That is really unhelpful - Matt Davidson from England
Had a Megane for nearly two years. Never leaked. Totally reliable. Although it seats four, it is a bit tight at the back. Folding boot worked fine. I had the 2ltr privilege. You need the 2ltr for performance because this is a heavy car. Would I get one again? YES - Tina Martin from Nottinghamshire
Mine is an 06, had it from new - totally trouble free motoring. No leaks, no imploding panoramic roofs (!!!!!!!!?????) , no electrical problems - just brilliant transport. My sister in law also has one, same year - and she has never had any problems either. They look fabulous, drive beautifully and in 2ltr form have plenty of grunt. Trouble with these sites is most people who bother to post have a gripe, those of us, the vast majority I add, do not think to take the time to post the positives. I will most definitely be getting another one, the new shape in a couple of years time - still enjoying this one - Bruce Penfold from Suffolk
Really good car, no probs so far, hope to keep it that way too.
Bought this 2007 CC 1.6 beginning of Dec 10, not what I was after but at the price offered from a friend I couldn’t say no. I checked reviews first and was aware of the problems encountered due to leaky roofs but due to price (£5300 27k miles) I still went ahead. Anyway I’ve had no problems at all, with anything...so far. It’s just gone through one of the worst winters of my lifetime and not one problem with the roof. The boot is a fair size and the car is lovely to drive. The only downside would be the lack of leg room in the back for passengers, but it’s not too bad for our two little girls, more of an observation that than a problem, especially considering most cabs only have two seats. I would recommend this car.
Just new to this forum. Having worked for Merc and BMW and VW, then changed jobs and now had to find my OWN car for a change, wanted the boot of a Passat, the folding roof of an SLK and relaiblity of a BMW. Well the CC came up as near as the pocket could afford. Even if you have a prob parts are cheap ! I have had no probs, other than having to change my tyres AGAIN after another 1 year and 10,000 miles! What was going on? So this week I changed them again and found the garage could not do the tracking as the ball joints were shot and the bits that go with it. Now perfect! Having thought about it I go over 23 spead humps in total on way to work , I have been advised DO NOT STRADDLE them but go over on one tyre , as the unatural toeing in motion is not natural to a suspension system, sounds fair to me, so lets see what the next 10000 miles bring. Fancy a change, looked at all on the market, VWCC, Insignia, but we all know chaps when the sun shines you can’t beat it!!
Excellent fun car that, with the additional wind break, is great with the roof down. Had some issues with water ingress but all was solved within the warranty period by the main agent. Sender on fuel pump was faulty (showed as tank never being full ... EVER!) and was replaced. Again solved in the warranty period. My only disappointment is the tyre wear rate. I put Michelin Primacy HP 205/50/17/93W on 13 months ago. Got about 17,000 miles out of them and now they need to be replaced .... all four! Michelen have always delivered me mileage in excess of 30,000 miles on Audis, and BMWs. What are the experiences of others on tyre wear?
Only had this car for a week and still on cloud 9 after trading in a rather elderly Rover 25. Still getting used to things but a really nice car to drive. Nice side system. Noticed a number of reflections in the windscreen though, is this due to the glass roof? Recently noticed a very irritating noise from the rear drivers side like the wind is getting in somewhere. opened and closed the roof and did get rid of it but still there after another drive with the roof open. Also, noticed that the fuel filler cap is not locking when I lock the car. Told by the garage that I’m not locking it properly with the card (I am!) It’s all ok at work with a secure car park but very unhappy leaving it with the filler cap open in certain other places. Still under warranty so will be returning to Renault on my next day off work! My car has a spare tyre/jack dispite other comments on this page.
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Hi Steve. Think the whistling sound may be due to door glass not fitting into rubber housing when door is closed. Have same problem myself. Easy to get rid of. Just lower window a few inches whilst driving then raise again. It’ll put glass snugly into rubber housing. No whistle! Alex Macdonald from Scotland
Just bought this lovely car, had a problem with CV joint had to have a complete new drive shaft but under warranty so not a problem. Very pleased can’t wait for some good weather!!!
Well, in contrast to most people here I have a good story! I hesitated in buying mine after reading the scarey stories from upset owners, but I am delighted with mine! I bought in second hand, it’s a 1.9 DCi with 72,000 miles and after 6 months, it’s fabulous. There is the tiniest drip comes in during a heavy downpour, but a convertable with 4 seats giving 50MPG average and more if I drive like an old man, it’s superb! It’s not fast or sporty but it cruises well and I’m a very happy owner.
There is a lot of talk about the roof leaking, no-one seems to have experienced rain leaking into the footwells. An intermittent ’Roof Mechanism Fault’ and random bleeping was the first sign, however we didn’t know at the time the extent of the problem. The roof would sometimes operate, stop halfway through the cycle, fail to initiate and so on. Then the electric windows failed, well some of them, again intermittent. I thought it would be a simple fuse issue or something like that. We took the car to Renault two weeks ago, for a diagnostic check to locate the problem. The report returned a shocking verdict. Leaves and dirt had blocked the drainage channels at the front in the area underneath where the wipers are attached. The water had somehow overflowed into the the passenger cabin, into the front and rear footwells. Apparently the wiring looms have been affected by the water hence the electrical problems. The car was bought in January 2010 for £7,000 and is a 55 plate. It had 43,000 miles. The verdict from Renault is that the cost to repair may exceed the current value of the car. How can a simple problem be so devastating!? I cannot express how disappointed we are to have bought a seemingly good car for the summer, to now be faced with a nightmare repair bill, or indeed nothing at all. My girlfriend and I will never buy Renault again! I will urge people to buy Vauxhall, Ford or Peugeot as an affordable alternative.
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UPDATE: We took the car to a local garage this morning (13/10/10). A professional car electrician has fixed the problem for £100.00! What is Renault playing at!? - Ady Wilkins from Surrey
Hi, would you mind letting me know what your local mechanic did to correct the problem? I now have the same difficulty with my car which I bought only one week ago - Lisa Boyle from Ireland
I bought my Megane CC new September 2007. It has now done 17000 miles. The only tiny leak I have had from the roof is in exceptionally cold weather when the glass in the passenger window, when the door is closed, fails to tuck under the roof seal. If the window is lowered and raised it tucks in nicely as it should. I think the seal is not as flexible as it might be when below 3 degrees so the glass stays outside rather than inside the seal. In muggy weather the fog lamps have condensation on the inside but the handbook does mention this and they have always dried out when the air has become fresher. I am sorry others have problems, I would recommend Renault after my experiences over 3 years.
Hi! I’ve had the car 28 months and never had any problem with the car whatsoever. Really impressed with the acceleration and handling. Fun car to drive, looks very good with the roof up or down, comfortable. Earlier I owned Ford Escort, Opel Vectra, Megane I classic, Skoda - Octavia, Megane II hatch - good cars, but all of them were (excuse me please) a little soulless. Presently Megane CC: the car is 4 years old – but still a head turner! I think the only downside is that you can’t get a spare wheel. So : Good luck & a lot of safe miles & safe returns every day for everybody with CC (= "Cri du Coeur!")
So I am not alone then with a leaky roof! Torrential rain yesterday leaked through and soaked a large portion of the passengers seat. For info, the car was parked on a flat even surface, so for those being told it is because the car is at an angle, is rubbish! Main issue is the leaking when driving - exhilarating, going round corners etc - personally I find this a dangerous distraction, as you sometimes (even though I am a good driver) I cant help but try to see where it really is leaking from. Not to mention rather embarrassing if your passenger is being soaked too! Even though the leak is extremely annoying (hence googling to find out if it is common!), I do love this car. This is my 4th Megane, the last two were soft tops (and not one leak from them I may add!!!). However, this car is an absolute dream to drive. 1.6, 2006 model, bought it 3 months ago with 9,500 miles on the clock, immaculate condition. I hardly find an urge to go above 60mph, as it makes you not want to be in a rush to go anywhere. It is smooth, spacious, airy and elegant. Would I recommend this car? Definitely! Even the top-of-the-range cars have their problems, so please don’t dismiss this car too easily. Note: I think Renault should give us a % of their sales, if any of our positive reviews help sell some of their cars!! :-) Happy driving, if its not raining that is.....
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Hi, I’ve been looking throught the internet about Megane convertibles and the roofs leaking as one morning after a heavy night of rain I got in my car to find the seats soaked, when I took it to the garage I bought it from they agreed to replace the seals on the roof. They then said it was something to do with the windows as they are supposed to come down a little bit when you open the door then go back up when you close it, they then said that apparently all models 2007 and above have some new seals on the roof which don’t leak at all. Its getting fitted on my car at the minute, will let you know how it goes - Nichola from England
Love my Megane Coupe Cabriolet 2008 model BUT NOT THE LEAK, been leaking since new, going in for 4th attempt to resolve the problem! Still under warranty until June ’11. Hope it gets resolved this time but lost all faith! AnneMarie McLaney from Lanarkshire
I have just traded mine in for a hatchback Megane after having her for 2 years, as I have a small baby and found it a bit of a struggle. I absolutely adored my Coupe Cab, although it never passed an MOT without niggly bits needing doing, and not very cheaply either. Passenger window regulator also went, and Renault advised it is a common occurence in these models, so they paid 75% of the bill - so I urge you to go to Renault dealer if you have any window problems! I highly recommend, but doors are too wide!
I bought my 1.66 Dynamique new in Jan 07 from Motorhouse at Cannock (Import) Very good deal and UK spec car. Did 21k in 3 years, only problem we had was a sticking rear brake(fixed under warranty). Excellent dealer service from W .Lewis in Telford. My wife and I loved the car and found it very comfortable and practical, not too bad on fuel either. Had to work the engine on acceleration-but it is a hefty car for a 1.6! Sold it in March and have bought a Saab 93 Cabriolet as we wanted to be able have 4 seats that can be used. Like the 2010 model though!
Hi, I purchased the above vehicle 3 months ago and love the car, (haven’t gone through winter yet so don’t know if it will leak). My car is fitted with an ESP braking system but when turning the ignition on and pulling away at slow speed I hear a knocking noise which stops when you have accelarated more. I have taken it back to Renault after many excuses they could not find the fault, they inturn brought a Renault Technician down from London who told us it was something that this particular model does, it is the computer testing the system. Is there anybody out there who has encountered this problem? I cannot believe this is a standard thing.
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Yes this is a completely normal operation. It is actually the ABS pump testing. Nothing to worry about at all - the hatch versions do it as well. Happens at about 6mph - M W from New Zealand
Hola, I too notice this on my Feb 07 cc. Car has 45,000 kms and is going perfectly, recently serviced and everyting is fine... But I notice when moving after ignition a knocking noise. I haven’t reported it as it hasn’t caused any problems and stops after a couple of seconds. This did not happen on my previous 05 cc - Al Ocos from Spain
Hi there, I have a 2005 model and I hear the exact same noise, when pulling off slowly, taking off from traffic lights, turning corners etc. It sounds like there is a big metal box bashing against something, it can be quite loud and embarrassing. I can’t belive that this is normal. I am devastated! - Kerry O Connor from Cheshire
Mine does the same. They told me it was anti-hijack, it’s goin back next week cause it still does it - Natalie Cole from England
I had the leaking problem but then I realised that I’m not closing the roof properly, I should never stop before I hear the peep and now, no leaking at all.
Same here as a lot of you, love the car, bought it from new, nothing but problems with leaks. Now the roof mechanism has some fault, which we don’t know what it is yet. More money, I’ll never buy a Renault again.
Bought from Motorpoint in Peterborough for 13k new. Had a good time whilst I owned it and yes, I had leaks but not too bad. I agree not really good enough from a major manufacturer! My main gripe was how easy the doors and bodywork dented in the car park - really irritating and looked so bad. Traded it in for a 318i M-Sport convertible in Dec 09 got hit hard in depreciation. BMW wonderful build quality but I like the look of the new CC.
Bought the car four and a half years ago and have been genarally happy with it, though I do seem to have to replace the tyres often. It’s been all round the UK, through France a couple of times and it has served us well; so much so that we were considering buying the new one this year. We also had a small leak in the roof which we’ve learned to live with, thankfully it’s not a major problem. Sadly the roof stopped working last week and it’s going to cost over £1100 to put right (the part of the engine seized that controls this?). As this seems such an integral part of the car I wouldn’t have expected this to go so soon and am really annoyed. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Mine is 2004, also stopped working when halfway. Took to Renault who confirmed it is sensor and roof latch. Purchased parts from Renault £132.00 and independant garage are repairing for less than £50.00. The sensor is just behind the roof latch. The dealer always charges a lot more for repairs. Hope this helps - Maria from England
The roof on my Megane Hardtop stopped working as well, but on checking I noticed that the boot seemed to be lifting at one side, which meant that the lock was not operational on the near side. Local garage fixed it for £120, so double check that you are being quoted the right price. As for the top leaking, this seems to be standard on all hardtops. If you park the car "Nose up" the weight of the hardtop pulls it away from the windscreen. If you park it "Tail up" or on the level there shouldn’t be any problems - Ian Macpherson from Scotland
I have an 05 version and it has leaked from all windows/roof from day 1. It has been in and out of the garage where it came from and each time I collected it I was told the leaks were fixed. On the last occasion we were told the seals need changing and after many calls to Renault and Which, Renault agreed to pay half the cost, the garage a quarter and we picked up the last quarter. The seals have beens changed and (touch wood) it seems OK! I have been really happy with the car drive wise and reluctantly I am having to trade it in as I have had back surgery and I can’t get easily in and out of it anymore, or reach back for the seatbelt. I wish I had known that there were water ingresse problems with other cars rather than just mine 3 years ago, as it would have gone back straight away and I would have demanded my money back as the car was ’not fit for purpose’ - Sue from Surrey
I own 2X 2005 Megane CC’s and I think that the Megane CC is a great car. The only problem I have had with mine, after doing 80000 KM, is the altenator. I service the car at Renault every 15000 KM and do an oil change myself every 7500 KM. The only problem mine has is a an occasional ’judder’ when pulling away (obviously pressure plate is a bit worn). I really enjoy my Megane and both of them have absolutely no roof leaks.
I bought this car second hand in March 2009, with a low mileage for a 3yr old car (just 9,000). However, I soon noticed the leaky roof as soon as winter came round. To be honest, it doesn’t bother me too much at the moment as its only a small amount of water getting in on the passenger side and since I thoroughly enjoy driving the car, I’m putting up with it, for now anyway. The main concern I have is yesterday whilst braking (fairly gently) I heard a scraping/grinding noise and saw that on the display panel ’Braking Fault’ appeared. I’ve never seen this before and panicked. I was quite close to home so continued driving but it didn’t happen again. Has anyone else experienced this? Does anyone know what I can do, other than spending a fortune taking it into a Renault Dealer only to be told that "its just something the Renault Megane does every once in a while and we can’t repair it"?
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Sounds like brake pads may be wearing out. go to a small garage get it checked should be a cheap job - Paul Whibley from England
Had same problem took car to garage comp picked up no problems, turned out to be faulty wire, £20 to sort - Peter from Durham
I leased mine for two years and it was perfect. No leaks, no problems. As soon as it got to 15 degrees the roof came down. I am about to get a new lease car and it will be a Megane CC.
I purchased this car from new ordering an automatic gearbox due to back operations. It died on me going up a hill in the middle of nowhere after just two weeks. RAC told me to go back to Renault dealer as I needed a complete new coil pack, since then this has happened again and again. Waited three months for a windscreen motor part, from December until March. Apparently the original motor wasn’t up to the job in the first place so all spares were re-called and Renault had to go back to the drawing board. And yes my roof leaks rear left side, massive gap – can’t be bothered any longer :(
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Thanks for the tip, I really liked the look of this but thankfully your comments made me choose a Fiesta - can’t go wrong with one of them, not very flash but serviceable. I have had a knee replacement and also needed an automatic, my future son in law loves his Megane but then it’s company car so doesn’t matter if it breaks down - Barbara Davies from Hertfordshire
I love my car, only had it 2 weeks. At first a slight judder now it’s getting worse, only happens in first gear, gonna take it back again to dealer. Does anyone no why this car is juddering?
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Hi, the juddering is the pressure plate, depending on your mileage maybe you should consider changing the clutch kit. Mo harm can come from the juddering, I own a 2005 Megane CC 1.6 had it for about 2 and a half years now. It does the same thing sometimes but I still think it is a great car! Leeron Gordon from South Africa
I recently purchased a 2006 Renault Megane CC (3 months ago), Two days after purchase the roof stopped working (2nd retraction) the garage has refused to cover the costs as they have said the roof is not under warranty. Anyway I have now purchased two wires that were thought to be the problem £50 each excluding fitting...but they both snapped due to pressure when opening the roof. Now they think its a little black latch that is not retracting correctly costing another £80. This also may not be the problem and if it doesn’t work renault have said it could cost in excess of £1000. Does anyone have any idea of the problem or encountered it themselves? Also, Alpino Cars Ltd of Manchester have been no help at all I am ringing citizens advice tomorrow as I only had it two days, surely they must be accountable for some costs incurred?
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Paul, hope you read this. Did you buy a 2.0 megane convertible from Alpino in manchester? Ive just bought the same model, may even be the same car from them. I’ve not experienced any problems with the roof but there is a grinding sort of noise when moving off in 1st and 2nd gear - Neil Chapman from England
Hi Paul, I just saw your post about having problems with H Alpino cars in Manchester and I also have problems with them. Please contact me at jason_a_kaye[at]hotmail[dot]com if you see this post. Cheers, Jason.
I have been in the motor trade for 40 odd years . It was only when Mazda brought out the MX 5 that soft tops that were affordable stopped leaking. Rolls Royce made a soft top that was dry but the top hung over so far it looked like the car had gutters. If you were to attach wires from the foot wells to the back seat tops and tighten them then drive they would snap. Thats how much the shell moves. ONE ANSWER is to get the silicone grease used on plastic central heating pipe push fits from plum center etc Wipe this onto the seals from time to time and it makes a water tight seal. I use this on ocean going yacht windows to seal them and old classic soft tops. The problem will only be fixed when the Europeans have to compete with the Japanese. Clutch ’judder’ is just that. Since the asbestos and potash compound was removed from friction materials brakes have squeaked and clutches juddered. Have it changed and clean up the fly wheel face.
Bought this car 2 weeks ago, so far it’s been in the garage more times than I’ve driven it. The usual problems; roof seal leaking, garage fitted new door hinges and replaced the door seal. So far it hasn’t cured the problem but they have it back to try again, it might be something I have to live with. I love everything else about the car, I might have to invest in a car cover. Roll on the summer.
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I have tried three times before to responed to this website but my comments about my leaking car (a 56 plate Megane CC purchased in Feb. 09) have yet to be included on this website. The car has spent most of the winter "being repaired" at Motorline in Ashford. After spending over £800 it still leaks even when washed, so now I have contacted the BBC Watchdog programme as Renault UK customer services say I have to accept these leaks, sorry "water ingress",however I believe that the car is "not fit for purpose"!!! - Annemarie bolt from Kent
Note: Annemarie’s previous comments can be found under Lisa Bamford from Kent’s review below.
I have the same problem with water leaks, Renaults are not admitting that they have a fault - Kim Watts from England
Great car I just love it. Had trouble with air cond, which had a leak, now fixed, top of range auto plus all leather; I hate manuals all that clutch work. I would recommend this car to anyone.
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Hi, I have the same car. This is a factory special, I was told this car is not for me as I only do seven miles a day and this car was meant for hard motorway driving. I have to blast it down the motorway every month to get the soot out of the exhaust. No bother with roof leaking, don’t no how though as I brought the electric garage door down on it while my husband was putting it into garage. The back window won’t come up so hit it with a hammer, which worked for a short while but now it won’t go down; this a common fault in all Meganes. But I love the car this is my second one. The 05 I had was never out of the garage for roof leaks but this one is great. I will definitely buy another one in the future - Jan Shanks from Lanarkshire
I certainly wish I had known this excellent site existed before buying my Megane 1.6 CC in February 2009. Like the majority, it leaks like a sieve passenger and drivers door, and has had several trips back to the dealer for attention. After the last visit, the door windows now stand proud of the roof seals in the up position and it’s worse than ever. What is worrying me more is the hideous judder when accelerating away in first gear. I am quite an experience driver of over 25 years on the road and have never come across anything like this before. It appears to be intermittent and once the car is warm the problem occurs. I have had the car back to the dealer with this problem and, but it never does it with a mechanic at the wheel, it was plugged into the diagnostic machine and showed nothing. Dealer blamed driver. The strange thing is that whenever my partner drives it, there is no judder, so is it me? Any help would be appreciated as this car is getting me down.
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My 58 Megane CC is currently having a new clutch fitted because of the "judder". Sometimes it’s a little one only I notice, other times it shakes the car like mad! - Mike from Yorkshire
It’s 100% the clutch going mate. I guarantee it will be broken completely soon, change the clutch and you will be OK - Dave Fredericks from England
Hi my 2008 Megane Coupe Convertable had the same problem with judder and needed a new clutch to be replaced. I contacted Renault services and they paid for this for me after some time on the phone. It was because of an oil seal that had gone which caused the oil to enter onto the clutch which caused the judder. The only way to stop it is a new clutch. It stops when it gets warm because the oil on the clutch is heated up so you notice the judder more in cold weather or when just starting to drive the car. Hope this helps - Gill from England
Roof broke after 9 days, many other faults such as leaking windows. Final straw charged £52.75 to change a headlight bulb. l Will never buy Renault again!
As with many of you on this site, we too experienced quite a bad leak in our roof of our Megane convertible, we bought this in march 09 from the Renalut Driveline, Ashford, Kent, but I am hoping that my story turns out to have a happy ending. Our car is just under the standard warranty when we brought it in to have the leaks looked at. We were told the the standard warranty did not cover the roof and seals etc, but they did not brush us aside like many of you unfortunate people ,they agreed to go halfs in the cost of replacing the front seal and re-sealing the panoramic roof, taking out the seats and draining any excess water & carpets etc., until dry. We are really hoping that this will resolve the matter, and that we do not have to part with any more money. The manager seems confident that his service engineers will replace the seals that need doing and there will be no more leaks. I really hope so, as I love my car and it would make all the difference in buying from them again and again. I will return to this site after the car is done and inform you of how it all went.....hopefully it will restore some of your faith in the Renault dealer ships. Watch this space..
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Lisa, I am pleased to hear that you have had such good service from Driveline Ashford. I wish I could say the same. My car is a 56 plate and was bought from Driveline in Feb. 09. It was great in the summer but has been in and out of the garage since October with "water ingress". It has cost a fortune and the garage’s attitude is, well what do you expect if you by a cabriolet!! I hope this makes the website because my last comments have never been included and they were honest and polite - Annemarie Bolt from Kent
Our car has leaked from day one 04 model - David from Bedfordshire
My wife has a 07 plate 1.6 cabriolet that we purchased privately in Jan-09. Within a month the roof was leaking. Although we had a warranty from the private garage it was still covered by Renault so booked into Driveline Ashford. They had it in about 6 times in all and replaced the seals adjusted the roof and then fitted new modified seals never having the car more than 2 days which I argued was a waste of time as the roof seemed to build up with water over a few days before leaking. I was then told by Driveline that car not developed for English weather and what else did I want them to do as they had done everything that Renault required them to do. I contacted Renault UK and spoke to a Gareth West who put me onto KAP garage in Folkestone service manager called Matt. I had the car in for 6 weeks total, even had the Renault specialists down to it. The roof was totally stripped down and they found 2 holes had been drilled in the roof frame that should not have been there. A new roof was fitted and there is not even a drip now, Matt and KAP garage were brilliant, Gareth at Renault UK even paid for me to get the interior valeted. Driveline waste of space and as long as your car is less than 3 years old, regardless of service records, the Renault warranty stands and you do not pay - Michael Carpenter from Kent
My wife has a 07 plate 1.6 Cabriolet that we purchased privately in Jan-09, Within a month the roof was leaking. Although we had a warranty from the private garage it was still covered by Renault so booked into Driveline Ashford. They had it in about 6 times in all and replaced the seals adjusted the roof and then fitted new modified seals, never having the car more than 2 days which I argued was a waste of time as the roof seemed to build up with water over a few days before leaking. I was then told by Driveline that the car was not developed for English weather and what else did I want them to do as they had done everything that Renault required them to do. Contacted Renault UK and spoke to a Gareth West who put me onto KAP garage in Folkestone, Service Manager called Matt. They had the car in for 6 weeks total, even had the Renault specialists down to it. The roof was totally stripped down and they found 2 holes had been drilled in the roof frame that should not have been there. A new roof fitted and there is not even a drip now, Matt and KAP garage were brilliant, Gareth at renault UK even paid for me to get the interior valeted. Driveline waste of space and as long as your car is less than 3 years old regardless of service records the Renault warranty stands and you do not pay - Michael Carpenter from Kent
I have had my car 4 days....tried the roof 3 times now and on the 4th go the plastic bit that lifts up, letting the roof move then moves back once complete, doesn’t work; it lifts up but then doesn’t go back down. It’s going back to dealer on saturday, hope this is not that start of many problems.
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Same problem in 2004 seems they have not fixed it yet! - David from Bedfordshire
Hi Paul, I am having the same problem but mine broke 2 days after I got the car.. dealer is refusing to do anything about it, just wondering what was the issue was with your car and the costs? I’ve already paid out over £200 to investigate the issue firstname.lastname@example.org - Paul Coppell from England
Any help any one can give me with this problem will be much appreciated. email@example.com thanks - Scott Emmons from London
Hi there Paul. I would be interested to know how the story of your non-opening roof ended. Did you get it sorted and was it easy or a nightmare. Apart from that, how do you find it? Many thanks, a prospective owner - Ann McBeth from Surrey
I bought a Renault Megane Cabriolet in 2007. It has been in the garage 5 times for the same Water Ingress repair. It is impossible to drive the car in the rain as you arrive at your destination absolutely drenched. The mechanic has told me that it is: (1) Due to parking the car on a slope with the wind and rain facing the car! and (2) Due to me not cleaning the seal every week with furniture polish!! The garage take no responsibility and Renault won’t even answer my letters. I have taken it a step further now and written to Watchdog, in the hope that many of you have done the same. Only then will we maybe get something done about this. Why should we pay good money to drive a car Not Fit For Purpose? And also be told all these fabrications as to why the fault keeps happening? Renault need a kick up the exhaust and we should all join together in this one.
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Same problem here hence never buy Megane again - David from Bedfordshire
Sounds like you are beign told a load of porkies. We have a 2008 model & have never been near it with any furniture polish or anything else & have never seen any leakage no matter where or how we park it! - John Cousins from Norfolk
Hi. I agree with all you have detailed here and got some of the same responses. The extras on mine as like you I had from new are the handbrake failed and was still on. I was asked by a mechanic at Renault if I had put the handbrake on correctly which obviously I had as otherwise when I got out it would have gone down the hill and was still on when I got it out of a wall. I then had to go and get tested on a handbrake machine to see if I could put it on enough, which obviously I can. The letter sent to the exec of Renault ustomer services had no response and the after service is appalling. Now mine is in the garage again with a fuel and injector leak, the faults are never ending - Jenny Webb from England
Same problem, going to Watchdog, would like to talk 07716516562 after 6pm - Sylvia Prynn from Middlesex
It’s all down to luck really, I had a 1.6 petrol 2005 CC which leaked like a sieve, brakes howled and it judded in 1st. Also quite creaky. Being a sucker for punishment I traded it in for an ’07 also 1.6 but with 5 horses less. It has been like day and night. Roof has been in some heavy downpours and whilst not watertight it is fine, clutch is correct taking off and roof doesn’t creak as much. All round a much better car even though it is the same car. In fact it is a much livlier machine even though it has 5 horses less. Living in Spain I have roof up and down all the time and it’s fine. Breaks still howl but I find it a fun car to own and drive.
We bought the car from new and we are very happy with the 1.5 diesel engine. It does 60mpg on a run. However, recently we are getting clutch judder in first gear which gets worse as we drive for longer, very annoying. I think the car may be out of warranty now, does anybody know if its difficult to fix?
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I’ve had an accident in my Transporter T5 174 2006. I braked to enter a side turning and felt a normal firm brake pedal but with little or no braking power at all. (Dry road - no ABS pulsing pedal sensation) I smashed into a wall and parked car. I reversed back and brakes then seemed to work OK. Been driving 35 years with no accidents. Something is very wrong here. I felt this lack of braking power just once before but it was so momentary I unfortunately thought no more of it. Been looking on the web and there are many reports of similar mysterious servo/braking problems with VAG vehicles - Steve58 from London
I had a new clutch on my 2006 fitted just at the last few days of it’s warranty last July. The car had only done 18,000 miles and had been mine from new. Renault would not cover it under warranty and said it was "driver error". I had the judder for about 1 month before I took it to the dealer so was very disappointed at the outcome - Niki Swanborough from London
I hope this is not the kiss of death but here goes! I, with great trepidation, I may add, bought my Megane 1.6 Dynamique Cabriolet about 5 weeks ago. Touch wood, there have been no glitches yet. I find that if you "do exactly as it says on the tin" she’s great, not a sports car but a nice driver though I do feel the steering to be bit strange after driving a 2002 Suzuki Alto. She’s reasonably nippy and averaging at about 38-40 MPG, for a petrol engine, It seems to be economical. My only gripe is that I find adjusting the seat height and leg room quite difficult, my head at times seeming to touch the roof despite the fact I’m only 5’6" and I can’t seem to get the lumber conrol just right which leaves my back a bit achy after a long trip. But so far I’m happy cruising along listening To the Searchers! At 56 all I can as you’re only old once!
I bought my CC in 06, one year old from Renault, Penarth Road. I have kept up a full service record on it and on 3 occasions while being serviced asked the dealership to check for any roof leaks, as I was having a lot of moisture in the car regardless of the weather conditions. Each time I was informed that there was no leak’s. The Winter was the worst time, having to scrape ICE off the inside of all windows a daunting task at 4a.m. before driving to work. The Summer was embarrasing getting into a steamed up car after parking it for a few hours while shopping or being at work. I could only put it down to some damp air getting into the car some how, as the Professionals(?) at Renault said there was no evidence of water ingress. 6 months before the waranty ran out I took it to SR BABBER, Tonypandy after finding the boot contained at the least a gallon or two of water. The garage informed me I must have used too much water washing it?!. I came back from a holiday on 9th. Nov this year only to find My rear seat’s and back rest soaked. I removed the rear seat to find two inches of water sloshing around. I spent a week trying to dry it out but to no avail and then bit the bullet and booked it in to Renault Cardiff,sweet joy.., £90 per hour labour, you can fly to the Canaries twice for that from Bristol. The final bill was £801.27p. No replacement seals were used in the making of this bill only one tube of SILICONE. To add insult to injury when I got into my still steamed up car on the fore court I found the seat back still soaking wet, the base seat was at home. I spoke with the Service Manager(?) and pointed out the problem asking him if his team did joined up thinking and could they not have dried the car at the same time? He just got a lad from the workshop and told him to suck out as much water as he could, no real regret as to his departments poor service. I am now in the process of making a formal complaint to Renault UK about the poor service and what I believe to be a manufacturing fault with the Megan CC roof construction. I love the 2 cars in one concept of the CC but Renault should do something about these defects, as they have been aware of it since the car was launched..
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My partner bought a 2005 model from Renault Croydon and from new had Water Ingress issues from the roof, even Renault replaced all the seals (in bodyshop at London West for the whole of June 2009) but this did not resolve the issues. The response from Bodyshop Mgr was that it was "repaired to Renault’s specification ....and performs as per manufacturers expectations." Heaven help all those with a Megane Coupe-Cabriolet!! Within 4 weeks and with the use of the roof with the little Summer Sun the leaks, sorry Water Ingress varied from side to side. In late Aug 2009 we went back into the dealership for further repairs and even to date we still have not got car back..Dec 09. Now Legal Action pending as it is not fit for purpose.......watch this space !!??
I bought the Meganne cabriolet 05 plate May last year from a Renault dealer and within days it has never been out of the workshop for my ’imagined’ water pouring in.. oops sorry water ingress. All seals have been replaced, special sealant has been applied etc, etc, etc. They say it never leaked when on their forecourt, however, the seats (leather) were covered in water streaks when I took possesion. This SHOULD have given me a clue. The windows steam up in all weather and the winter saw it frozen from the inside!! They think I am lying despite photos and driving it into their shop when it was pouring in. Eight months down the line I am no further forward with my complaint. I either accept a lesser car costing a lot less (ie. I lose almost £4,000) or allow them to AGAIN keep the car until they find the fault.. Someone give me a clue to our legal rights here, this car is not ’fit for purpose’ yet I feel like the one in the wrong. They won’t consider giving me my money back - Ann Irwin from NorthumberlandI have also had "water ingress" problems. My ’56 model was purchased from the Renault "Motorline" dealership in Ashford Kent in February 09 with an extended warranty. We found out later that this didn’t include leaks. I enjoyed the car through the summer but a small leak appeared on the driver’s side in October. It went back to the dealers to be investigated and it can back..after we paid a bill of £400+ with both sides leaking but not with a small leak but with a flood. Two more extended stays in the garage later and a further £150+ lighter the car appears to be leak free...at present. We were promised a complete valeting to remove the wter stains from the upholstery but this didn’t happen. The man on the service desk was very rude and off hand when the car was collected. A letter of complainted was sent to the Manager of the dealership and to date, two months later we have received no response to our complaints - Annemarie Bolt from Kent
Just been reading your report. Like you I was amazed at the £90 per hour charge at the Penarth road dealership. I have a 1.9 DCI Megane Dynamique brought from new in 2003. Biggest motoring mistake of my life. The water ingress is a common fault with these cars, perhaps one should say design fault; nearly every day I have to wipe the condensation from the inside of the car to make it possible to see. Often the drivers side door compartment is full of water. Many others have complained about this. In 2007 I had the service light come on and it came up with ’injection fault’. This needed a new glow plug to be fitted, grand total for this in Cambridge was just under £50. Had a call from the Cardiff dealership, exactly the same fault (another design one according to the guys in Cambridge) and the cost is just under £140. Rip off merchants indeed. I will be taking my receipt copy along with me this afternoon to demand why it is nearly three times the cost. I have learnt many valuable lessons, one of which is do not buy another Renault - Graham Evans from Cardiff
Stuart you need to write to the man in charge in Renault Cardiff firstname.lastname@example.org. I am in the process of a complaint at the moment and have customer service involved as well. You want any help drop me an email at email@example.com i would be glad to help where possible - Terry Jones from Rhondda Cynon Taff
I bought my from new in 2007. I absolutely love it, but am concerned that whenever I have a problem, the local dealer can’t find it. They reset the computer, which is usually fine, but within 5 minutes into my journey to work in the morning I experienced a jolt, like the car had jumped up a gear and it became a bit sluggish. The message on the computer screen showed ’check gearbox’. This has happened at least 7 times recently and each time it does I have to pull over to switch off the engine and restart it to clear the problem. It happened again today. My only option is to leave my car with with the dealer over night so someone can drive it the following morning, but who’s to say it will happen when they drive it? Any one had a similar problem?
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The update: The problem was a faulty valve in the gearbox, which could have been extremely expensive if the car wasn’t under warranty - Rosina from Hertfordshire
I looked at this site before we bought our Megane cc and it did put some thoughts in my mind but we bought one anyway and it’s spot on. I would also recommend buying the 1.9 diesel as it gives economy and performance.
What a motor! What a bargain! The colour is Ruby Red metallic set off by silver roof arches: black leather with white stitching: cruise control: speed limiter: Jarsalle alloys: reversing sensors: Q3 paint treatment... and all for under £16k brand new on a ’59 plate. Yes, it’s now a run-out model but who cares? She, ’Ruby’ of course, is a real head turner either with the roof up or down and so different from the usual black/quartz/silver you so often see! Downsides?.. well, this is not a car you buy with "eyes wide shut" is it? After all, the body flexing or ’scuttle shake’ helps cause the various squeaks and rattles which come as standard on any cabriolet. The ride quality will always be compromised because of this. No spare wheel? a common weight/space saving idea within the motor industry but the Megane CC really should have had one. Don’t moan about it, take more care over your purchase next time! I hope to order a spare from an independent source and I’ll let you know how I get on. My stepdaughter lives in Andorra so I cannot wait to use the cruise on the French A20. Mmmm! Yes there are faults, but no car is perfect. HAPPY MOTORING!!
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Hi, I had the same worries as I do a lot of motorway driving. My solution was to buy a fullsize alloy wheel off E-Bay and got rid of the boot liner. I then made up a new liner (in two parts) made from plywood and covered it in matching carpet fabric. I have lost abot 20% of the boot space as a result but I am much happier knowing that I can change the wheel if I have to. I have also kept in the boot the foam filler, just in case. Total cost about £70.00 Hope this helps - Graham Freeth from Warwickshire
I was travelling down a clear road with no traffic or people when the glass top exploded leaving glass on both my wife and myself. I returned the car to F Cross Scunthorpe who made out we were lying as this had never happened before. I had to claim on insurance and also found out on-line there have been several happenings like this.
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This has happened twice on my Megane cc. The small rear passenger near side just exploded one day when we were taking the shopping out. We had it replaced. Then a few months later my car was in Renault Cardiff (again) being repaired and they phoned me and told me they had to replace the off side rear passenger window as it just exploded for no reason. ??? - Terry Jones from Rhondda Cynon Taff
Hi everyone! Unlike other reviewers I have had no problems with my cabrio. It is a constant joy to drive and still a head turner.
I bought this car ex demo and have usual complaint about the leaking roof. I love the car to drive and of course its looks. I’m trying to find out about replacing wing mirror assembly cover glass. Of course paint and labour charge from dealer is £270.
I bought my Megane new in 04. Recently I noticed the roof was leaking on the passenger side. I booked the car into a dealership in Feb, however was subsequently told that they couldn’t find the leak and that if I wanted them to look into it further I would have to pay almost £200?? Subsequently the leak got worse and I booked the car into the same dealership (mistake I know!) they have now told me that I need a new roof seal, and the roof needs re-aligning at a grand total of £900!! I am waiting on a second opinion from another dealership. Has anyone else had these problems or experienced poor service from Renault UK?
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This could be your problem if your carpets are soaking, push your knuckels hard down on the floor behind the seats and see if water rises to the surface. I purchased my car second user in April 2007, it was 18 months old. A couple of months after I had the car I was leaning across the back seats to get something and put my hand down to support myself and noticed the floor was soaking, the water was coming up through the carpet. So as it was still covered by warranty I called my nearest renault garage (Cardiff) and booked it in. They had it for a week and phoned me up and said they could not find any leaks. So a couple of months later when we had another downpoar I checked the back floor and it was soaking wet again. I phoned Renault Cardiff again they said they were aware of a problem now with the roof seals and booked it in again on 23rd October 2008. We had the car back and the roof was rattling like hell and on the next big downpoar the floor was still soaking but by now the warranty had ran out. My wife phoned cardiff and she was asked is she parking it on a hill and she is washing the car too much. As it was, Renault Customer service texted my wife asking if was she happy with the service. To which she replied no and told them about the problems and that they should have done a good job and they should guarantee their work. We were told they would look into it, after months upon months of us phoning customer services, as they were not getting back to us, we finally had our car booked in on Friday 18th september 2009 whilst we were going away on holidays for a week. We had a phone call in Spain on the monday telling us that customer service had okayed the work. We came back on the following Sunday and I phoned Renault Cardiff the next day to arrange pick up of my car, to which they replied we are still waiting for customer service to get back to us to see who is going to pay for the work as it was not a manufacture problem. I quizzed this and they said that under the windscreen wiper motor cover that runs along the bottom of the windscreen there is a hole either side which drains the water off down to the floor. These 2 holes had become blocked with debris over a length of time and the water was building up in the trough and there is a plastic letterbox type air intake which the water was pouring down into the car. I explained that this must have been the problem all the time and it had been missed the other 2 occasions it went in, the only reason the fitter in Renault found the fault this time was that when he drove the car in, stopped suddenly, and found that his foot was wet by the pedals. This, in my opinion, is a bad design as the fitters did not even know about these holes, so how am I supposed to know they are there, and if they get blocked up like they did the easiest for the water to go is in the car. If this problem was found the first time then there would not have been a bill for £2811.40 now. Customer Services are saying it is not a design fault and that they are willing, as a token of good gesture, to pay 50% of the cost to sort the problem out. I now have What Car Magazine chasing it up for me. If they get no joy then I think Watchdog will be getting a call from me - Terry Jones from Rhondda Cynon Taff
Thank you, thank you, Terry Jones, I have been going out of my mind thinking I am the only person with this problem after my local Renault dealership has told me it is unique to me. My car is currently in bits at the Renault garage still full of water, everything has been affected by the water and we are being faced with a two possibly three thousand pound bill. We have had our Domonique coupe 18months from new, so yes, still under warranty. Totally unacceptable Renault - Ian Cunningham from Yorkshire
From Mackay - Australia Hi guys (Terry & Ian), thank God I found your blog: me too I was turning mad looking for the leakage in my 2005 cabriolet 2L Exeption, and as a matter of fact the leak come from the front under the wipers motor cover as you described it; I found the little holes, obviously far too small and easily clogged up; the next problem arising with the water or the humidity is a short circuit on the electronic system: I lost the wipers command, I do not know if it is coming from the winscreen wipers motor or from the black handle near the sterring wheel; anyway I am stuffed till the far end, as in Australia no-one knows about Renault (except in the big cities, miles away from where I live); the dealer was a nightmare of incomptence, I show him how to turn off the little flashing wrench for the service and so many other stories. I can’t believe I kept this car for 5 years... Anyway I going to trade it (the remnants) for the new Mercedes E cabriolet. Thanks again mates for sharing your stories. Charles from Australia
Bought this car for my wife who loves it. Started leaking driver side and then passenger side. Taken to Renault Hawick under warranty several times but they could not fix it. They said "It’s the way the car is designed." Seriously! Eventually took it to Renault in Edinburgh who fitted new seals and adjusted the front windows and cured the problem. This is a known fix for leaks. Apart from the annoyance with the leak and particularly the Hawick dealership this is a great car.
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Hello Norman, on reading your review and many more!! May I ask were the seals apparently from the 2007 modification to these seals? Thank you for your advise, look forward to hearing from you. I love my car!!! Karen Whittaker from Cambridgeshire
My wife and I bought our Megane CC Privilege in March this year (09) as we were told the prices would rocket in the Spring/early Summer. Unfortunately, we purchased the car without having someone look over it first. After a couple of weeks we found that the nearside front strut was completely shot and the top of the wheel was moving in and out about two inches. After a bit of ’negotiation’ I managed to get it fixed on the three month warranty the vehicle came with. Everything seemed OK for a while but then a loud ’tapping’ started coming from the rear nearside quarter/parcel shelf. As yet I have not been able to rectify this. The newest problem we have had is, we dropped the roof down a couple of weeks ago and the rear offside window went down about two inches, after pulling all the windows up on the centre console switch, this window stayed where it was. We put the roof back up, the window stayed where it was again. We could not go out in the car as we could not leave it with a window open. Managed to temporarily rectify this by removing a battery terminal hoping to re-set the system. Neither the driver’s door or panel switches work for this window, it only works with console switches. I was told a new "computer’ for the window would be £200 plus. It is a shame that these cars have these faults as ours, with the 1.9Dci engine, drives really well and has a lot of power. We are currently averaging 60+mpg on a run out but worried about putting the roof down because of the window problem and hoping the loud tapping noise doesn’t start as it annoys the hell out of me!
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We had the same problem and Renault paid two thirds of the cost, we only paid £80 to get the window problem fixed - Emma Newton from Lincolnshire
I have a Renault Dynamique cc 07. I also have the leaky roof problem on passenger side. It was solved very simply by applying vaseline to the seal between windscreen and roof this creates a waterproof seal. Reapply after carwash. Hope this is of some help - Dermot Burke from Ireland
I bought a second hand Renault cab- 51 plate... no leaks so far! Despite washing the car with lots of water on the roof.... still nothing. Only gripe is, the steering fluid is leaking somewhere, will get it fixed soon. Other then that its a great car, and a head turner!
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Yeah you’re right, this year and model of cab is great looking and drives very nice too, also no leaks, but if you have any info as to how to make the back window clear with what ever solution I can use on it this would be realy helpful - Ian Pleasant from Northumberland.
Bought my 55 plate CC in January 2009..When I first had it the alarm would activate for no reason and usually in the early hours. It was like having a new born baby. I overcame this problem by isolating the interior sensors by pressing the stop / start button 5 times after I had turned off the engine. The other issue is that the roof leaks but this changes depending on when the roof was lowered; sometimes the left side will leak and then the right but only a drip. Overall I’m pleased with it.
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My car has gone into Renault twice to stop a leak on both sides, they stopped it on the passenger side but the driver side is still leaking. The warranty has run out so I contacted Renault head office customer services and they said that Renault Cardiff have told them that it is not a manufacture problem but leaves blocking somewhere and are looking to charge me £500 not happy at all - Terry Jones from Rhondda Cynon Taff
An update to the last post. Renualt Cardiff decided that the electrics were contaminated and gave me a quote of £3300. My insurance company would not cover it but I managed to get them down to £2811. If they would have sorted the leak out the first time we would not be where we are now. I have been without my car for 4 weeks now - Terry Jones from Rhondda Cynon Taff
Hello, I’m quite shocked at all these water ingress reports. I bought my Megane in February of 09 from Renault Cannock and have also have had an ingress problem. Currently they have had it back 4 times for the same problem but don’t seem to be able to fix it and I’ve been told now that because I park on a kerb (two wheels on two wheels on the road as most people do) that parking like this can stress the body or twist it. Is that right or am I being taken for a monkey by Renault? I’ve had conversations with Renault UK and they have been great and even though my car is out of warranty have done work on roof for free (although it was in warranty for the first 3 times they had it for the same problem). I’m now waiting to see if it leaks on a flat drive. I do love my car but what else can i do?
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I bought a Renault CC 1.6 Dynamique in November 2008 - last day of the month, poor sales, salesmen needed quotas for Xmas bonus and I got a good price - 06 plate, 29,000 miles 6 grand flat otherwise I'd probably not have bought it. The leaky roof is a constant on almost all of them it would seem. I know 2 people with them an they both have the same issues. There seems to be a standard faults that cause the leaks, the main one being the seals at the joint where the roof meets the screen and a pressure switch that when the door windows go up and touch the rubber seal it senses the seal is there and stops the window then pushes it slowly an extra couple of mm into the seal. My wife has a Tigra and the system is similar but more aggressive and works better than the Renault. I have had experience of both problems. The switch one is serious because when it is faulty the window goes up touches the rubber and stops meaning there is almost no seal and a lot of water can get in the seal; one gives a steady but slow drip when the car is parked up (either on the kerb or on the flat drive). This is common in most cars from what I've learned. I've learned to live with it. Other annoying things with this car are - clutch is very light - common again and the main one for me is that it's very flat - you have to be heavy on the gas to get it to go. It just loves cruising. I went for a drive in the country up to Alston today and every time I looked in the mirror there was a big snake of cars behind me. Other than that it seems a canny motor and if we ever get a summer in the next couple of years the roof will earn it's corn! - Davy Robson from Durham
You say that leaks are a common to almost all of them but you don’t have any real evidence apart from anecdotal stories of two friends. I too know a couple of people who have them. They are both on their second car without any problems. I’ve had my one and only for 18 months now without any problems with water leaks. It’s brilliant! Bill from England
I had a problem with squeaking coming from the rear parcel shelf area after a shunt. I found a plastic cover had become slightly displaced & now it’s all quiet inside again. NEVER had a water leak either. If you half raise the roof & look on the inside at the base of the rear screen you will see scoop shaped covers either side. These have three plastic clips built into them that secure them to slots in the metalwork. On mine two of the clips had become dislodge so I pushed them back into place & lubricated with a small squirt of WD40; no more noise. You can see the other side of the covers with the roof up as plastic covers with a row of plastic rivets just under the rear window sill. I’ve had the car now, since new, for 18 months & it’s brilliant. Did a trip to Kent last week (about 300 miles) with the top down, windows up, all the way & it was lovely. Returned over 46 mpg over the full length of the trip (including the stop start bits) which I think is excellent for a relatively heavy automatic.
Hiya Clarissa, these cars don’t come with a spare tyre, I found this out when I bought mine, but they are supposed to have a can of foam stuff that fills the puncture untill you can get it fixed.
No, they do not come with spare tyre, however you should have a tyre repair kit in the boot, under the boot liner.
Hi! I have had the car for 15 months and so far had knocking when accelerating sensibly in first gear, local dealer states it could be engine mount, exhaust mount or a bearing. Had a leak on the drivers side which was a simple fix. The seal coming up from the wing mirror on windscreen support had worked loose slightly and was letting water in through to the inside. It was pushed back in place and no more leaks so far despite heavy rain the other day. The parcel shelf creaking as experienced by others is a problem due to it not being aligned properly, a problem on earlier cars. The retracting quarter panel has got caught twice in the roof mechanism causing it to snap. problems caused by the cables stretching / coming away from the mounting. Again a common problem which Renault UK have ageed to investigate under warranty. Overall not the best car I have owned but 11k for a 2yr old convertible; you are not going to get Mercedes build quality. In reply to Clarissa you haven’t been sold a dud car, a majority of manufacturers do not supply a spare tyre. Lexus have been doing this for years with their CC (sc430) along with the new shape mini to name a few.
Bought the Megane with my good lady partner, goes like a dream, starts well, economical, lovely in half leather and fabric, and only leaks water once in a while! All that I expected and wished for. And let me tell you, the cars not half bad either! All in all, if you buy a convertible, you’ll always get some water ingress in any make and model. Have to say, like many others, Renault Dealerships are a little unhelpful at times, but found Ford’s much worst in the past. We both love our cabrio, and each other!
Hi, could someone help me? I have had my car for a year now and yes, the door leaks sometimes but my main concern is that I previously had a blow out in my car once and the RAC came to change it he told me the cars do not come with spare tyres. I didn’t think any of it but then the same thing happened today, I got a puncture and was told all cars come with a spare tyre - do these cars come with a spare tire and have Renault sold me a very poor car or was the RAC man right in telling me they don’t come with spare tires??
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I had this problem too, Renault do not put spare tyres in now, just a can of foam to put in the tyre to get you to a garage where you can purchase a spare tyre - Terry Jones from Rhondda Cynon Taff
I got a spare wheel for about £45 on Ebay. There is plenty of room to store it under the boot ’floor’ as well as all the daft little aerosols. It is not precisely the same as the other wheels but at least the car is driveable (as I discovered when I totally trashed my tyre by hitting a concrete block partly buried in gravel in a car park!) - Nicky Painter from Surrey
Update from last review. I had a water leak coming from the drivers window and back hinges on roof. Got it fixed 3 weeks ago where they replaced 2 door seals and a back window. Now I have leaks from both windows and the window they replaced doesn’t go up properly. I’ve got water marks all over the seats. I’ve also now got a cracking noise coming from the glass roof. This car is turning into a nightmare which is a shame as it’s a great car to drive and looks stunning.
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In response to Lisa, we have had the creaking glass roof problem since we bought the car new in Sept 2007.The car has been to the dealers on 8 separate occasions, without curing the "cracking" noise. We have been told that it is NOT the glass roof panel, but more likely the catch not connecting properly. To date we have had 2 set of catches on drivers and passenger side, all new seals, and even a new roof, but still the problem persists, and the car is going in yet again next week. The car is fantastic other than this continual cracking noise, which can become like water torture after a very short time, anything over 5 miles!! - Nick Stevenson from Cheshire
Update: This car has now been into the garage being fixed 6 times now. The last time being this week where they have had it for a week. I put the car in complaining again of the water leak and a rattling window at the back. The car is also failing to start in the mornings if I keep it in the garage. I again have been advised that they can find no leak!!! Even though it leaks when I wash it. No fault with the rattling window and guess what.....its started first time so they didnt see a fault with the car starting. I only get 39 miles to £10 of petrol I know automatics can use up more petrol but that seems to me to be very gutsy - Lisa McKay from Aberdeenshire
Although I love my sexy black convertible, when the roof is up the creaking from the plastic parcel shelf area is horrendous - even with the radio on full blast the noise drives me mad. Has anyone else got this problem? Any suggestions on how to resolve this?
My view on the conny is that it is nothing but trouble; the roof is leaking on both the passengers side and the drivers. The fab filter went and this cost £1,000. Then, one fuel injector went - this car is just c**_p. I will never buy a Renault convertible again.
I have to say I love my Renault cabriolet it has been a joy driving with the roof down and up! And it only takes 18-20 secs to collapse the roof and ample boot room - in my opinion I have test drove the Astra twin top and this beats it hands down. The boot is wobbly on the Astra and there is more room in the boot on the Renault up or down!! Economic too! I had the cream partial leather interior and what a difference it made the car felt light inside and airy especially with the glass roof which made driving an absolute pleasure. I’ve had it for 2 1/2 years and am sad to say that the car goes back to Renault in 3 months time the people that have found faults with their vehicle in my opinion must have had a bad car because I loved mine! I know this probably doesn’t help you as you may think you need to be lucky to get a good car from Renault but I think this happens with almost everything in life - not acceptable I know but hey though that’s life!!!!!! Good luck all!!!
Hi Sarah (Hampshire); an easy way to lock the Megane with the roof down is as follows: stop your car and take the card out, put the steering lock on then put your card back in. Don’t start the engine press start 5 times get out and lock the car as normal you should hear a high pitched bleep.
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Sarah - You'll see a button with a padlock printed on it (it's the same size as the Start button) to the left of the hazard warning light switch; when you have switched off the engine, press and hold this button in for about ten seconds until you hear a "clunk" - this sets the immobiliser without the alarm. Get out of the car and just shut the door and walk away (I think you have about 15 seconds to do this); the car will be locked, secure but silent!
Hi everybody! I have my CC - my "Black Tomcat" almost 1 year as the second Megane in family (the first is the hatchback 2l 2007 - bought new) and I hadn’t any problem except hands free device. This car is enjoyable to drive, responsive, fun, economical and doesn’t have a leaking roof. The keyless card is fantastic. My friend has a Mercedes SLK -- I think it is some other category of car -- and... leaking roof! - without comment. I can recommend this car to buy as a excellent car for a good price. Good luck!
Bought this car a week ago. Read the reports on the site and asked the seller if she had experience any problems with a leaking roof to which she replied no. Went out to the car this morning to find that the passenger seat was wet with rain....gutted. Have called the Renault dealer and they can not get the car into the garage for another 2 weeks!! I hope its fixable as the car itself is a dream to drive although there are a lot of clunking noises coming from the doors of the vehicle. The roof was also squeaking today and the leak. I hope I am not going to be unfortunate and have a car that leaks all the time as staying in Scotland there can be lots of rain!!!
Hi everyone, I have now created a website to report in detail the problems with the water ingress in my Renault Megane Coupe Cabriolet. I will also be posting information which people considering to sue Renault or the dealer might find useful http://meganewaterleak.googlepages.com/
I’ve had this car for just over a year and the roof hasn’t stopped leaking. It’s a shame because apart from that it is a lovely car to look at and to drive. Anyway, I am in the process of initiating legal action against the dealer who sold me the car under the Sales of Goods Act, as the car is clearly not fit for purpose. I can see that there are a couple of people on this site who have initiated legal proceedings against Renault for the same reason and I would like to find out how you got on. Maybe we could share information and advice...
Can anybody who has had a clutch problem with a 2007 model of this car please let me know either on this site or on 07850 754459. As I have just had a 24000 service and the next day my car broke down. Renault are saying the clutch has burned out! My last Renault did 100k miles and never had the clutch replaced. Whilst I wouldn’t say I was a fantastic driver I have been driving for 25 years and had a variety of cars and never been heavy on the clutch. I had no warning of it going and it nearly caused a serious accident as I was changing gear in the fast lane!! Renault have agreed to pay 50% but I am still faced with a high bill and have no way of disputing the cause of the clutch burn out and information that can help my claim would be appreciated.
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Probably too late for you now, but I have just been told by Hylton Renault in Cheltenham that the clutch judder on our March 08 Megane saloon is a design fault in the clutch disc lining, and that a new lining is ’in development’. We were told that until it is available, there is no point in replacing it. I’m investigating further, but at least I now have an official record of this so, as & when our clutch blows early, I’ll be looking for a straight, free replacement, even after the warranty runs out - Michael Taite from Worcestershire
I would like to here from Michael Taite from Worcestershire concerning the comments made by Hylton Renault in Cheltenham. Call Ian on 07748516730 - Ian Hudson from Yorkshire
I have a Renault Megane 2007 Convertible which has developed clutch judder - the car has only done 18000 miles. The garage say that Renault are aware there is a problem and that there is no point in replacing it until they have finished "developing" the new replacement. However, this doesn’t help as the car is still juddering. Does anyone else have any further information that will help us to get Renault to replace the clutch under the warranty? Reading the above post, it would appear that this "developing" they keep talking about is not going to happen too soon! Thank you My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org - Rita from Lincolnshire
I bought a second hand Megane still under dealers warranty (Jan ’07, <25k on clock) and had a clutch judder, had to pay to have it replaced and that didn’t seem to do the trick as it’s returned!! Renault weren’t interested and said it was probably wear n’ tear. Numerous ongoing problems as well, including radio, air-con & electrics!!! Kerry from Staffordshire
I am having the same problem - Patrick from England
Bought Renault Megane Privilege CC 11 months ago. Under warranty until Sept 2010. Has 34,000 mile on clock, of which I have done 10,000. Clutch has gone. Dealership say ’wear & tear’ so isn’t covered by Warranty, going to cost in excess of £1,000; they are checking with Renault as I type if they are going to cover the cost, I doubt it but will keep you posted. It’s a big job, which involves stripping down the engine, so labour will be high too. Went on Renault Forum and it would appear people with similar problem have been told it is a design fault and that they are working on a new clutch. I shall go to dealership armed with this information in the hope it helps. Anyone with similar problems please feel free to contact me 07776438204 - Linda Richardson from England
Hi Lynne, I wonder what happened about your clutch burn out? I have the same year and model of car. My clutch completely burnt out after only 23K miles. The fly-wheel was also completely destroyed. The bill was over £1.5 K and Renault have refused to pay ANYTHING - even though the car is still in Warranty. I am fighting them but would be grateful of any advice you can give. Thanks - Nicky Painter from Surrey (email@example.com)
Right, first things first. I must thank each and every one on here for their comments as without sharing info we would be non the wiser. NOW FOR THE SLATING OF RENAULT... This is the story... We rushed into buying this car as it was a sunny day and it was parked in a fantastic spot with roof down. We needed a new car and it looked fabulous. We sat in it, did the roof manoeuvre and bought it (oh no I hear you all say) - what a big mistake. On the day of collecting the car I pointed out what looked to me like a bald tyre but Renault of Leicester said "its just road legal" with the finance on this used car it set me back 12k - I wasn’t impressed that I needed to replace a tyre before I could drive it, a few words on it was changed. Next day, on starting car it grumbled at me and cut out; another press another grumble and cut out. Third time lucky it was running but we went through this on every cold start, to a point it rumbled enough to turn heads. On returning to dealer I was told I needed to pay £147 + VAT to get a diagnosis run on it?? Yes, on a car that I had owned for 2-3 days. I wasn’t allowed to speak to the mechanics to ask their advice and the warranty would only cover mechanical breakdown. It hadn’t broke down as it still drives when running. An old guy who looked like a cleaner followed me out of dealership slipped me a piece of paper with a number on it and the words dephaser pully written in bold (scary or what). I called the number to be greeted by "Hello Renault Goscote Services". I explained what was going on he took the car details and told me the car was waiting to be repaired out of warranty as it was yellow flagged - they sorted the dephaser problem, and fitted new timing belt etc. They also repaired a sticking drivers window, re-tracked the roof joining seal as this would cause a drip on passengers lap. Every time I come across a problem with my car I make the call and get the answers immediately. Their customer service deserve more than an award, they’re friendly, there helpful, and they are prepared to sort any problem.
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I too have begun to suffer the ’grumbling’ sound when first starting up my Megane C. I took it to the local dealer who immediatly said it was the dephaser pulley. He also said to rectify it would need to remove the cam belt. My car’s only done 22,000 miles, Renault suggest replacing at around 70,000 miles. So the question is do they need to remove this belt in order to repair the dephaser pulley? Any help would be great on this one. They are quoting £650 including replacing the water pump - Alasdair Bruce from Kent
Felt I have to write to somewhat offset all the negative comments being written as I have had my car for three months now and absolutely love it. I bought it as a 3 year old car, just out of warranty, for £6400 with 1 owner and 15k miles on it. We use it as a family car for 2 kids and 2 adults, it’s our only car so it gets lots of use including a 50 mile round trip to work everyday. I’ve done nearly 5000 miles in it already, with (touch wood) no problems so far, economy averages 47mpg which is excellent as I drive on the motorway err.... quite fast... ahem! Interior is very comfortable. Performance is excellent, very nippy with the 220lb ft of torque making most overtaking easy, I work for Jaguar R&D and rate this car highly against the current XF, the Meg CC has better seats and rides just as well. The roof gets pretty regular use and is great to use and very quick. Scuttle shake is evident on poor town roads when roof is down but otherwise its pretty good. NO LEAKS THOUGH AT ALL!! :0) The boot, when roof is up is HUGE, loads of space - had all sorts of stuff in ours including luggage for 4 people and two R&D workmates plus tools in there! Don’t ask why. I love some of the unusual features this car has such as the hidden door pockets and general amount of cubby holes - really clever, big cars should have these but never do for some reason. I’m a bit of a sucker for ’different’ cars having had Alfa’s, Citroen’s, Fiat’s and a Skoda Octavia VRS and this car fits that bill - my friends think I’m mad, but I love it. Didn’t know whether I would like it but I love it now which is a problem as I intended to sell it on in early summer so as not to make a loss but I will now be hanging on to it for at least a year I think. So in general if you want one go for it, I did and haven’t regretted it at all!
I bought my CC in 2007 and yes the roof did leak, however I took it back to Renault who referred me to the repairers in Lytham St Anne’s. They had it 4 times in as many weeks but, it hasn’t leaked in since. The repairers said that they also had the same problem with BMW & VW and several other drop top cars who’s roof was manufactured by Karman. It’s them who are to blame not Renault. Apart from that I love the car, I’ve been to the south of France in it and it was fantastic. My sister-in-law has the Focus CC and it’s not a patch for comfort, roof opening and acceleration; although mine is a 1.6 litre and hers a 2 litre. Mine is by far the more gutsy car. With the roof up the boot is huge and with it down I can still get in a few bags of shopping. I would definitely buy a newer version of this car.
The leaky roof comes standard. I have had all the seals replaced but to no avail!! However the most niggling problem is the alarm. It only goes off at night and for no apparent reason. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?
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I had this problem when I first had my CC... The way I get around it is when I stop the engine, I then press the start / stop button 5 times. You will know if you have done it right as the dash will come back on and the stereo; close door and press lock and the lights will flash with no sound. You have isolated the interior sensors which cured it for me - Jason S from Rhondda Cynon Taff
Can I firstly say there are a lot of reviews on here that I read in great detail and nearly changed my mind about buying the Megane CC. Anyone who is reading these reviews, because they are thinking of buying a Megane, just remember there have been a lot more cars bought than the ones mentioned here. Most people only seem to post reviews because they want to complain about the faults. I have poured water from a bucket over the roof while washing the car and guess what - no leaks, drives like a dream, top converts with ease, driven at speed - no shattering glass, no rattles, or squeaks, it is a pleasure to drive and loving every minute of it. If your considering buying then go for it - don’t be put off and if you do end up with a car that leaks or has any of the faults mentioned in these reviews then I guess you are an extremely unlucky person and will be joining the minority - what ever your dream is go for it.
I don’t know if I’m lucky but I can say hand on heart that my Renault Megane CC 2.0 Privilege Turbo, Reg 2007 is the best car I have ever purchased. No leaks, no engine problems, no nothing apart from a from an headlight bulb blowing a couple of weeks ago. This is my second CC. It appears reading previous comments that customer services at certain garages throughout the UK need to get there act together or potential buyers of Renault will start looking elsewhere.
Yes, the alarm does work with the top down, try it yourself. Lock the doors & leave the key in the house. Now try getting something out of the door pocket or centre pocket. Would you really like to leave your car with the top down somewhere you might need it to work though? I think that any vandalism probably won’t be covered. I always put the top back up when I leave it unless it is on the drive. p.s. my roof has never leaked :o)
I bought the car in January and it has been great especially the MPG. I have had a few minor problem; I have a water leak which Renault tested and said could not trace, but surprise, it rained the evening after I picked up the car and I got a wet arm when sitting in the car and driving off. I also like to listen to 5-live, but the background noise is very poor and unacceptable. Renault tested the radio and said it is a common fault and they supposedly tried another radio in the car and it was still the same. Does anyone else have this problem? Also, if a radio is in fact taken out doesn’t it loose the programmed stations? I cannot see anywhere in the manual where you can alarm the car and keep the roof down. Is this possible or is the alarm just a volumetric alarm?
Three clutches in less than a year and lesss than 3000 miles and Renault still can’t solve the juddering problem. They say it is down to poor driving technique!!! what a load of bull.
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We have a Renault Dynamique Sport Tourer, 2007 reg, purchased from a Renault dealer via "Renault to go" in 2008. We have had a clutch judder since purchasing the vehicle from Renault’s dealer in Norwich. The car is still under warranty (until April 2010), but Renault UK have refused to replace the clutch to date and will do nothing to help us. The judder has become so bad now when the clutch is warm, that it is now unsafe to pull out at junctions or roundabouts and I am having a baby in the car, this is really frightening me. I’ve had two near misses and am just waiting for that serious accident to happen, either to me, or to someone else. We are currently threatening Renault UK with legal action (we don’t know what else to do!), unless they try a replacement clutch in the vehicle, or indeed fix the problem they have created. Renault UK have confirmed that clutch judder is a manufacturing defect, due to the materials they use within their clutches. When the clutch becomes hot, the materials used cannot grip due to lack of moisture, which causes the clutch to slip, resulting in the judder. Apparently Renault used to use asbestos in their older clutches, which worked very well, but are no longer allowed to do so, under modern legislation. Renault are apparently working on a solution but will not confirm when this will be sorted and will not replace the clutch in view of this! In the meantime, everyone with a dangerous vehicle is left still driving on the road with no other option. I’m just waiting for the accident to happen. Then, if me and my baby boy are still here, I shall be suing them big time! Juliette from England
New clutch on my beautiful car at 18,000 miles "Driver error" they said. I wish I had looked at this site last year - Niki Swanborough from London
Hi Jack, my husband bought me a 2004 Renault Megane Cabriolet four months ago. I have started to get the same problem as you!!!! The juddering is driving me mental. Did you get yours sorted???? Anna Rostron from England
I have been madly and deeply in love with this car but, from the above comments, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone of you for them. I thought my boyfriend just didn’t want me to purchase the car but I can now see what he meant. I’m off to Volkswagen.
Well, I had no idea how common a leaking roof was until I stumbled upon this website! I have had my CC for over a year and it has only just started leaking and now both my front seats are completely stained. I booked the car in to have the work done under guarantee and was told I had to wait 4 weeks for a courtesy car to be available for 4 days whilst they carried out the work. During the 4 weeks its snowed, OMG, I had to drive my car home with the drivers seat literally dripping wet, it took 5 days for it to dry out again. After this happened I contacted Renault to see if they could fit me in sooner as I was getting a little wet and they told me I should keep the car in a garage at all times! How is this possible when I bought a car to drive not to keep in a garage! 4 weeks passed (few wet bottoms) and I take the car into the garage - IT WASN’T EVEN BOOKED IN!! I was not happy at all, a courtesy car was booked out for me but was not there so they have given me a Fiat 500. I’m not the smallest of people and find it really awkward to drive. I was told they had no other cars available at all even though I had to wait 4 weeks for one to be available that wasn’t there anyway!!! My mum has had a soft top for 8 years and has not once had a leak! I think its outrageous they are aware of the problems with the cc but still treat us like this!
Just to follow up on my leaking roof, it rained all day today, very heavy (no leaks). Also, I have looked very closely at the seals and they seem to have been replaced, the seal has a much larger draining hole running through the middle, to let more water through, my be a new design.
Roof leaking in all 4 corners, taken to Holden of Norwich, the Renault main dealer, very friendly staff, seem to know all about leaking roof and how to fix them. It seem the seals on the roof needs to be sealed themselves, this means removing the roof, remove seals and put back on using a type of seal (mastic type stuff). Don’t quite know what that means, it did leak when using a hose pipe, and when it rained, seems to be fine now with a hose, just waiting for it to rain. enjoy your car and don’t let it take over your life, I have had a mgf and an mgtf both leaked but what the hell, life’s too short, buy yourself a set of water proof seat covers. Would I buy another one? Yes.
After buying a Renault Coupe Cabriolet I read all these reports and went outside with some water... and yes mine leaks too. I’m with you all but the car is damn sexy lol. Oh, and I had call some one out, the fuel cap had jammed. All on my first day... wonderful.
Great car for the money if you buy second hand. Picked up a 56 plate 2.0 Privilege in grey with full leather and fully kitted out with only 5000 miles on the clock for under nine grand. I’ve looked at the competition, and to all the whingers out there, the competition has its fair share of problems too. Was going to buy an EOS, but found that it had a leaking roof on the test drive and it didn’t feel any different behind the wheel. Not had any real problems at all and glad I got it. Oh yes, to those people posting about howling brakes on their CC’s. Its not just these cars that suffer. The regular Megane suffers too. I had a 53 plate Megane hatch that did it. Just learned to ignore it. Like I suggest people do with some of the reports here. Just ignore them and go out and buy.
I have just had some work done on my car - needed new coil and spark plugs. Yesterday, the message Roof Mechanism Fault came up on the display and I wondered if anyone could offer advice? The roof still goes up and down, I have checked manual but it is of no help. I have my car for nearly a year and up until now I have had no trouble at all with it. Also, the back drivers side window does not go down with the rest of them when the roof starts going down. Help!!
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I’ve noticed that it says this if you catch the button to put the roof down and the guard isn’t pulled across in the boot - Jason from England
I’ve had the car since October last year and had no problems so far. Let’s hope it stays that way. It’s a real eye-catcher with roof up or down.
Following reporting my glass roof imploding while stationery on my driveway to Renault Customer Services they have refused my warranty claim. The only comment they would make is that they have never heard of this type of fault previously. I find this hard to believe given the amount of coverage on various websites relating to similar issues. They have not given me anything in writing or suggested any valid technical reason for this incident. The quotation for the repair is in excess of £3k and the dealer Arnold Clark Renault in Stirling have not sent me a copy of the detailed quotation despite several requests. As someone who has been a loyal Renault customer over the years I am appalled.
Just read a few more reviews on here. No one seems to explain how much water is coming in through the roofs or where it is coming in. Main dealers, whatever the manufacturer, are notorious at seeing us all as a licence to print money. Especially those out of warranty. My wife has an Audi TT Roadster 3.2 and its roof started leaking, they told me it would cost £600-900. I researched on the net, it took me 15 minutes to fix a blocked drain hole and nothing else. Information is power but only when you pool knowledge. Surely some one must know what is the cause of this re-occurring problem! If you do then you need to post it on here it will help all these other drivers. My roof has never leaked. I sometimes after very heavy rain get a couple of drops on my lap after opening and then closing the door but then ALL roadsters /cabriolets do this, I have had many over the years.
I have been in and out of Liverpool Renault in Sefton Street. Last time I took my car I had a leaking roof and water coming in through the mirrors. I left the car for 6 hours so they did a good check on it... and guess what they hadn’t looked at it. The car was in the same bay 49 and the lies they told me . MAY I SAY I WOULD BE HAPPY FOR THEM TO GO BUST. I WOULDN’T SET FOOT IN RENAULT GARAGE AGAIN IF YOU GAVE ME A FREE CAR! Ps That’s what I think of the French c**p.
Hi all Megane Coupe Cabrio owners and thanks for all your warnings! I was about to part exchange my beloved 1.0 12v 2004 Corsa for a 2005 1.6 Megane. Thank the gods I found this site! I haven’t the time, money or energy for all these hassles, leaking roofs, imploding sunroofs, 2lb bits of plastic and metal flying off and injuring people...nah!! I’m looking at a 2005 Peugeot Coupe Cabrio. I’ve tried the 2005 Peugeot Coupe Cabrio; it was just too small and expensive for what I need. Thanks for all the warnings, Top gear, Fifth Gear et all never warn about these kind of problems. Good luck all!
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So you didn’t actually buy one and try it then? - Harry Wright from England
Last submitted to this site on 18/04/08. Since the garage smashed my roof whilst the car was in their care for water ingress, they tried to get me to pay £2,500 for a new roof and 8 hours labour to fit. Phoned Renault UK and eventually the garage footed the bill. Whilst fitting the new roof they damaged nearly every panel on my car. Went to pick car up and was shocked at the condition of it. If that was not bad enough my car had water on the seats. When I questioned the garage on this they then saw fit to inform me that the valeter had run my car through an industrial car wash! I refused to accept my car. Back on phone again to Renault UK. After 3 months I eventually got my car back and guess what? it was still leaking and the paint job to fix the damage to the panels was terrible over spray bubbles, paint brush marks and matt paint on a metallic car! I got in touch with Renault UK again and they sent up a "technical expert" who has fixed my roof (this remains to be seen as it has not rained since I got the car back). The technical expert has told them I got a good paint job. 1 - THE EXPERT MUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HIS VISION! Renault UK have now washed their hands of me. That’s nice considering I have been a renault customer for near on 20 years. I have an expert coming to my home at the cost of around £175 to give me a report on my car. I will then be taking legal action against the Renault garage in Sighthill Edinburgh and Renault UK. What I find most annoying is that I did not damage the car in the first instance, it was the garage but yet they expect me to drive around in a 2 tone car with the worst patch up job I have seen. Will keep you posted as to how I get on.
I purchased the car in June 2008 and was enjoying it until recently, especially driving with the top down. The roof wasn’t leaking at all. However, now the car has developed a judder when you start up at junctions and did not handle well in the recent cold spell when compared to my previous car (Renault Laguna). The rear parking sensors have stopped working. The worst though is that last week the glass roof imploded falling on my head when I shut the door of the car. The roof had not been hit by anything and there was no other damage to the car bodywork, front or back windscreens to suggest it had. It is currently with the dealer and I am waiting on a response from Renault Customer Services. This is my fourth Renault car and it is the first time I have had reason to complain.
Emma - any update on how you got on with the Renault dealer regarding the judder? I think mine is getting worse!
I bought this car from Renault - enough is enough - roof leaks, mirrors leak, car judders when roof is down and guess what? Renault said that all Renault cars judder! I WOULDN’T BUY A RENAULT CAR AGAIN!
I have exactly the same problem as Kerry from Cheshire I also have the leak. I’ve been driving for over 20 years and started to think I needed a refresher until I read Kerry had the same problem - I’m on the phone to my dealership now. Will let you know how I get on.
I’d be very intrested to hear how Kim Dickenson, Cheshire gets on with the legal side. I also have a leaking roof and the seat is stained from all the water. Renault are saying that it’s a design fault and I might just have to put up with it unless Renault head office come up with a fix. I’ve also been told not to park it on a hill and to make sure that it is parked flat which is impossible to do all the time.
I bought this car in July 2008 and have had nothing but problems with the vehicle. It does nothing but leak, has been in the garage more than 8 times and still comes back with the same fault. Holdcroft Renault advised that this is not a common fault but from the comments it is. They say not to park on hills etc... it’s a car for got sake, not only that why do they not tell you all this information before you buy. This is still an ongoing problem. Holdcroft Renault then offered me a like for like swap, which I accepted and guess what this one also leaks but worse, they are saying they will not swap for another vehicle and they have to repair it. I took the car for repair in December 2008 which they said I would have to have a courtesy car for 1 week - which cost me a further £25 on insurance to swap it over. I still have the courtesy car today as they have told me that they have repaired the vehicle then did another water test and again it still leaks. The customer service is also disgusting, I’d rather drive an old mini than a coupe cab. IF ANYONE GOES TO RENAULT AFTER THESE REPORTS YOU MUST LOVE HASSLE !!!!!!!!
Ordered this car new from Sunwins with every extra. The car is enjoyable to drive, responsive, fun, economical and doesn’t have a leaking roof. Love the keyless card. About to get my third set of front tyres at 35,000 miles! I find this car really practical with a huge 600 litre boot. The paintwork is gold metallic and looks fabulous with the hood down. Residual values are very poor but if your happy who cares.
Me too. You’re not on your own, we have the dreaded shudder too! The only way to pull away smoothly is to add lots of revs.
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I purchased my brand new vehicle in March 07. Not long that after it starting juddering when in 1st and 2nd gear, particularly in heavy, slow moving traffic. This got gradually worse. Renault told me I had burnt the clutch out due to heavy useage (at 14,500 miles). I had this replaced and had a couple of months trouble free driving, then the juddering started again exactly as before. As it was only 5 months since I had my new clutch fitted I return to Renault fully expecting it to be repaired under warranty. No chance! I was told it was again down to heavy useage. I won’t even go into the problems I had trying to get them to at least contribute towards the costs which incidentally came to, in excess of £750. To date the car is 2 1/2 years old and has just touched 17,000 miles! I will never buy another Renault! - Cath from Lancashire
Lovely car and great drive although it has had its share of problems. It started off with the boot gas struts failing which meant the boot would not stay open. Not ideal as my wife uses the car and as a mobile hairdresser, she is in and out of the boot all day. 2nd problem was the keyless entry failed. This was sorted very quickly although we did have to pay insurance surcharge for courtesy car. 3rd problem which has happened 3 times is a ’check injection’ fault. This is to do with a failed glow plug. When the car warms up, the fault clears if you turn the engine off and restart. Renault have fixed it twice but only replaced the faulty glow plug each time instead of the set of 4 which most good garages would insist on. This was probably because it was under warranty. The fault has come back again this winter, and I’m sure if I took it to Renault now, they would happily advise me to change the complete set as I would be paying for it this time. 4th problem was a headlight bulb failure. Renault have cleverly designed the car so you need to remove front bumper to change the bulb so they can charge you 2 hours labour. I manage to do it (with difficulty) by putting the car on full lock and accessing bulb through removable panel in wheel arch. The car now has 63K miles and I have enjoyed everyone of them but due to the amount of problems I probably wouldn’t buy Renault again.
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Gary when your cardkey went what did you do? Only my remote will not lock. Have checked batteries etc, taken it to a garage that said it was not the remote but something wrong, maybe computer. Renault want to charge £95.00 just to tell me what it is, any help would be gratefully recieved - Kay Vines from Middlesex
I have a Megane CC (1.6) and I have developed an intermittent fault in 1st gear. Basically when the engine is warm (has been in traffic) I start to experience a shudder when I pull away from stationary in 1st gear. To be honest it is as if I cannot find the biting point for the gear, but I have had the car for nearly 3 years now and I know where the biting point is and it only happens when the engine is warm! Does anyone have any ideas what this could be (or experienced a similar problem)? My warranty expires in April and I want it to be sorted by then (but Renault say they cannot identify the fault when it has been into the garage - but they admit this could be because the engine is cold). Thanks.
Hi, I would like to thank Jon Stevens from Nottinghamshire. I had the same problem with starting with clutch and start button. I have had a look around clutch pedal and have noticed a wire has broken off . So I am going to put wire back in place.
Have leased this car for 3 years, luckily I can hand it back in 2009 - thank god I didn’t buy it. This car has been an absolute nightmare, has been in the garage more times that I can count. Roof continues to leak even though I have been assured on at least 3 occasions that this fault has been rectified. Water was leaking in from driver’s side but after roof was realigned it is now leaking in from passenger side. Was told by Renault that if car was parked on a slope when water leaking, that this is then not a manufacturing fault. I then asked what about when driving round corners and when water comes in, got no reply to this question!! Inside door handles have had to be replaced due to chipping, carpet in footwell has been glued down on at least 4 occasions, alarm keeps going off when raining, gear stick numbers have worn off. Was advised not to wear rings, I would never recommend this car to anyone and am only glad that I can hand it back.
Its a renault - what do you expect?
Bought new March 08. It sits outside in all weathers and gets cleaned in a car wash (occasionally). No leaks, in fact no problems of any sort, now on 16400 miles. Regularly gets 47-53 mpg. Complaints - none. Wish list - that the back seats folded down.
The Renault Megane CC is a beautiful car to look at with its sleek lines, but is it really a car for the UK? So far mine has been in the garage 18 times for various faults and is due back in again next week! Yes, it drives beautifully but is very high maintenance. Headspace is limited, although seat height can be adjusted to suit. Great centre console/armrest for storing your SatNav or CD’s. The automatic features like headlights and windscreen wipers can be a bit hit and miss so DON’T rely on them! Contrary to popular opinion you don’t need a wind deflector when the roof is down in this car. If I had a chance to buy this car again I would probably pass and go for a better quality model like an Audi.
I did not realise this site existed until I searched for Megane CC faults this morning as I had been given the impression that I was the only owner who was having a problem with water leaks. I bought my first Megane CC in November 2005, had black leather seats and bluetooth installed. By January 2006 the front passenger seat was stained due to water leaks. Over the following 2 years the car spent 21 weeks in the garage with Renault specialists looking at it regularly. The garage did not charge me for a courtesy car but my insurance got a bit fed up with me adding another car and started to charge me, it was also usually a maximum of 1.4 petrol where I was used to driving a 1.9 diesel. In the end I requested a hire car of equivalent power which was usually a Peugeot 407 but on 2 occasions during the summer months I was given a Megane CC. I was in constant contact with Renault UK Customer Services and in February this year they offered to change the car. The first offer was I pay £6000 towards a new one! In May I took delivery of a September 07 registered Renault to GO car which had 12k mile on the clock, no leather seats but they did install Bluetooth for me. I considered this a good deal as my other car by that time had 36k miles on the clock and only 6 months left on the warranty. The car also seemed jinxed as I had had 5 punctures, with no spare tyre, a new front screen and the first accident I have ever had in 35 years of driving, I aquaplaned and collided with a lamp post in an almost empty car park. I have been happy with the new car and have even stopped looking for the water to flow or drip in as I pull away. This weekend we have had high winds and heavy rain and as I pulled the car out of the drive the water flowed in onto the front passenger seat. I am off to Renault today. On the leather seats you just wiped the water away but with the fabric the water soaks into the seat so my passenger is going to get a wet derrieres. With the exception of the leak which becomes very frustrating and time wasting having to keep going back to the garage to complain, although they do collect and deliver it when it goes in for work, I love the car. It is great to drive and very economical and providing it is dry and above 6 I have the roof down.
This is the worst new car we could have bought. We bought the car new in 2006 and have had absolutely nothing but problems with it. From the surprise of no spare wheel and being stuck at the roadside for a day, the inflating tyre cans did not work either. Oh, the roof leaks too and the more the garage looks at it the worse it gets. Within weeks it was back at the dealers with a problem that virtually takes all the power from the engine. Something to do with an emissions filter. It’s impossible to clear this yourself, Renault’s recommendations for this are that you drive around 500 miles at more than 50 miles an hour to heat it up sufficiently in order to clear it out . Apparently, Renault say themselves that we were mis-sold the car by their main dealers and our leasing company , the Bank of Scotland. They say it would be better with a sales rep. I think even they would find it impossible to own. Anyhow, the main dealer every now and then will agree to regenerate this filter to sort it out but the problem is only solved for weeks before the light comes back on. They even have to get permission from Renault to do this and say it can be done only a certain number of times. To top this they say that the clutch replacement and dual mass fly wheel needed is not under the 3 year warranty and is wear and tear cost £2,500. Whilst we have independent engineer evidence that this is caused by these engine problems, what with the difficulty getting up hills, changing gear, and engine malfunction in the blasted thing, you only get ridicule and insults and denials from the people at Renault on this and we fully intend to issue a county court summons against them very soon. Never buy a Renault, just horrible people to deal with.!!!!!!! We are considering preparing a web site displaying all the problems we have had with this car.
First venture into Renault. Love the car. Roof leaked on drivers side when first bought but on contacting Renault was advised to park facing downhill! (I was parked facing uphill on my drive.) Guess what? No leak since!! As the yanks say, ’Go figure’. Petrol is a little slow in 1600 format but it is quite a heavy car so would imagine 2000 would be much better. Rear n/s passenger window packed up via individual switch but works on ’all window’ switch. Not sure whether I would but another one. It’s a Renault after all. Always had Toyota so I’ve been spoilt with reliability!
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I have exactly the same problem. My car leaks on both sides through the top of the window seals, there’s a thick teatowel constantly left on my drivers side seat every night and replaced when it rains. My driver’s side rear window has also packed in but works when you put all four windows down, it’s a nightmare (especially when we get so much rain). I’m not sure what to do about it, because in every review on here the dealers seem to be of no help whatsoever!!! Does any one have any contact numbers in order to sort this leaking problem out please? North Wales Denbighshire area. Thanks - Kim from Denbighshire
Purchased new - noticed pools of water on front passenger seat first time it rained. Vehicle returned to dealership for repair. Front leak fixed but vehicle came back with two leaks to the rear. After eight visits to the dealership to repair the problem Renault have decided that it is a tolerance that cannot be fixed and I will have to put up with a leaking roof. I am now seeking legal advice as I am not prepared to be tolerant and accept this decision.
Purchased this car in July absolutely lovely, champagne colour. Roof is panoramic and draws looks no end when down. Have developed horrendous squeel when reverse brake engaged. Any idea why? Garage says dust but is really annoying. Any tips would be grateful.
This car is just great - 55+mpg, roof up and down in seconds. OK so what about roof leaks you ask? A drip or two following torrential rain as you set off in the morning - but nothing else. It’s a cabriolet; I think even the best and most expensive German ones could be given that. Totally recommended and a real tax beating bargain too.
I’ve had my new CC since early July. So far, I’m extremely happy with it - the only thing that’s putting a downer is the weather. As for the spec, I currently have the Privilege edition. Features include the following: Electric folding mirrors Auto dimming rear view mirror Lumbar support on both front seats Upgraded brakes (Think they take the Scenic ones) Xenon Headlights Cream / Beige leather interior Remote Keyless Entry / Start 6CD Changer and Standard CD Player Automatic (!!! essential for this type of car!) Automatic wipers Cruise Control / Speed limiter Fog lights etc etc, the list goes on!!!! Standard radio lacks mp3 cd support (come on Renault, it’s 2007 model!!) Overall, extremely pleased about it. Regarding the leaking roofs guys, I suggest you look at the other cars in the cabriolet section. EOS’s, MX5’s, A4’s etc ALL LEAK. It’s not just the frenchies! :)
I bought the car as a Renault to go car at around 13000miles, and it has done 48000 now. The car came with a glass roof, rain sensor, closing wing mirrors and remote key as added extras. So was well kitted. I was concerned about electrical problems I had read about, but I have not experienced these. Other than servicing which is 24months or 18000miles I have no problems with the car. I needed new front Discs and pads at its last service at around 46000miles, but am told this is normal, and the first set of tyres lasted to around 28000miles. The car does everything I need, and it can hold a remarkable amount as an estate, and drives in comfort, and gives a secure feel to the drive. It drives swiftly enough for my needs and can cruise at high speed if I wanted. It has good acceleration, and the 130 is even better. It gives me about 48MPG average. Reasonable on road tax, and insurance, and it has a high crash protection kite mark which is important to me and also has a quiet ride. The main downside for me is that the rear seats do not completely fold down, and if I need to has a totally flat load bay, then the seat section needs to be removed, and this is an awkward activity. This is the first car I have bought for some considerable years, as during them I run company cars, ranging across Citroen, Peugeot, but the last cars were a Volkswagen Passatt Estate and Audi A4 Avant. Surprisingly this Renault delivers equally if not better in a number of areas for a much less price. Recommended.
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I like the colour Quartz Gold, looks good with roof down or closed. However lots of bad luck and problems since buying June 2006. I have replaced 2 wiper motors, new windscreen due to bad chipping. Done 28000 miles now and clutch has gone. I have 3 year warranty and yes it won’t cover new clutch - I was told wear and tear and must pay £567 to my Renault Dealer. Also replaced 4 tyres - £400. Windscreen needs replacing again - another big stone hit it. Dent to rear left side someone in a car park hit my car and drove off, slight damage, thanks to that dishonest person, hope it happens to them. My niece also reversed into back of vehicle slight damage scratches £340 to respray bumper. Lucky White Heather eh? I will be changing to BMW, more reliable and better quality and hopefully luckier.
My first new car for 8 years and very pleased so far except for having NO SPARE WHEEL. Dealer says the two "emergency" spray cans in the boot will reflate a punctured tyre to get you to the nearest garage. What happens if you’re on a motorway miles from anywhere? Asked for a quote for a spare wheel but no response so far. Not good enough, Renault, you are spoiling the ship for a ha’porth of tar!
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Always check the spec before you buy! No sympathy at all mate - John Rowe from Flintshire Test - test from Devon
Well just to give an update. These notes were left in the car which says this publication is confidential for use by Renault franchise network. So going by what is on the notes Renault have known that they have a fault with some of there cars. RENAULT UK TYPE: MEGANE 11 COUPE CABRIOLET WATER INGRESS FROM A PILLAR SEAL. Anyway, it gives details of how to repair the problem with the leaking roof which involves the seal not bonding to the mastic strips due to the excessive depth of the flange. Anyway, it also notes that the working area MUST be protected against metal debris during adjustment. Low and behold - I go and pick my car up with metal filings all over the interior of the car the seats and doors all covered in grease and my passenger door paintwork damaged. Absolutely livid and am now waiting on them putting that right.
I love my Black CC to bits! But it has been in several times now for a leaking roof over the passenger seat. The RENAULT Dealer told me that they have measured the distance between windscreen and top roof section whilst roof is open and it falls short of standard??? So it needs a complete new roof fitting. And wait for it... I must take it in to an approved dealer in Stockport to have it done and hire a courtesy car? The car was bought from new so will be onto trading standards pronto...
Just bought a 57 plate registered in October 07, 6 miles on the clock and guess what.... a leaking roof. I was not to happy so went back to dealer and they wanted to charge me £11 per day for a courtesy car while waiting to get it fixed. It is a 1.9 diesel and if it was not for the roof I would be happy. I also did not get a spare wheel with the car which I find strange (anybody else get a spare?). It is pretty quiet for a diesel and run is smooth.
Absolutely brilliant. Had the car for 9 months now & no problems. Summer’s here again & I just cannot wait. Get amazing responses to the drop down roof, soo quick & easy. Handling pretty good too.
Bought my Megane cabriolet, top of the range with bells and whistles in July 2005 so am nearing the end of the warranty period... and I’m dreading it! I’ve lost track of the number of times it’s been back with the leaking roof (alarm goes off if it rains, passenger side windows won’t work until they dry out etc... etc...) and the howling brakes when reversing - this is a known fault apparently but Renault don’t know how to fix it yet on the Megane cabriolet - I ring up every few months to check (there is a fix for the Scenic apparently because another irate Renault customer told me about it). The Renault UK customer services desk have assured me that the car is safe (interesting if they don’t actually know how to fix the fault so presumably don’t know the cause!) - but I have passed that assurance onto the police on the 3 occasions I’ve been stopped and asked to explain the noise..... Power steering also failed and had to be replaced - after pointing out to the customer services that I thought this was a very serious issue as car had been almost impossible to steer and I had only just left the motorway, I advised that it wouldn’t have been as much of a problem if it had failed on the motorway because it would have been easier to steer at speed... unbelievable! When it’s working and the sun is out, the car is great, but I have no confidence that it’s safe or robust and Renault Customer services are appalling - would never buy a Renault again.
I too have a leaking roof. The car has been in over 10 times and still it leaks at the joint at the top of the side windows, yes both sides. The rear view vision is not very good either. Has anyone had a leaking roof successfully repaired?
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Hi, my 55 plate Megane has been in 3 times for water leaks now. The first time when I bought the car at 18 months old, they said they could not find any leaks and gave it back to me. It was still leaking so phoned them again and they said they were aware of a problem with them leaking on the roof, so they had it in and repaired it. I had it back but it was still leaking, phoned them again and they said "are you parking your car on an hill and you are washing your car to much"!! I phoned customer service and complained as this should have been sorted when it was in warranty so thay talked to Renault Cardiff and agreed to get it sorted for us. I booked it in and they said the roof was not leaking. Listen to this... under the plastic covering of the windscreen wiper motor at the bottom of the windscreen there is a trough with two holes either side which all the water runs into, down through a pipe, onto the floor underneath. Well, debris had got into the holes, blocking them and filling the trough up with water which was then going in through the inlet of the air con/heater and into the car - which has about 1-2 inches of water standing on the floor. If you push your hand down hard on the floor behind the seats water rises though the carpet. The problem now is I reckon this has been the problem all along and they have missed it on the two occasions it was booked in. The electrics are sitting on the floor, have been contaminated and need replacing with the foam carpets etc at a total cost of wait for it £3300. So all you Megane owners get under that cover and make sure them holes are not getting blocked up!! Terry Jones from Rhondda Cynon Taff
Hi, just to add I bought my Megane Coupe last May 2009, very nice looking car but I too have the problem with water leaking in on both sides where the seals meet. Please could you advise what the problem is or any suggestions of what to try and cure the problem? - Debbie Lawless from Lancashire
In response to the email from Pam Darlison. If you have not sorted out your check injection light - I can help. I had the same problem with my Scenic a couple of weeks ago. My local garage plugged it in to the computer and couldn’t find anything wrong with it. I went home, trawled through the internet for half and hour and found the answer. You need to get the heater plugs changed and hey presto its sorted. It cost me £70 at my local garage. Hope this helps you and anyone else out there!
Hi, it’s me again, just thought I would give you an update on the state of play. Well, the experts from Renault UK came up to visit us country yokels on Tuesday the 20th of May to spread their wealth of knowledge on water ingress or better known to us yokels as leaking roof. Well they tell me the problem has been completely resolved !!!???, so I am now praying for rain , sorry about this inconvenience, but is all for the advancement of science and to see if them clever buggers from down south know what they’re about. Anyway I mentioned about giving Graham his passport back and bugger me, he clears off to Moscow as soon as I turn my back. Well there are compensations at least the the two Ravishing beauties Jayne and Nicola didn’t desert me, and they have assured me a place on the top table at the Christmas party, no chairs just a table. Well I am preying to the god of rain and will keep you all informed. PS I hope Graham brought me a stick of rock back?? Best wishes playmates. Ray.
Oh dear, Oh dear. If it wasn’t for the fact that a large chunk of plastic and metal flew off the parcel shelf corner as I was raising the roof last week and hit me in the back, I wouldn’t have much to complain about the car. The only leaks I’ve had are a few drips if it’s been sitting in a torrential downpour, or when the driers are set to cyclone on the car wash. However, I do have a serious problem with Renault aftercare. The local dealer service department are trying to argue that the said piece of plastic breaking off may be driver error?!? Hmmm, park on level surface, sit in drivers seat, push button. Not exactly difficult. Clearly the motor that folds the corner in to let the roof pass through failed. "It might be that you tried to lift the roof by hand" !!! Do they have any idea how heavy those bits of glass are? And why would I try that, when I can be perfectly lazy, sat on my rear, pushing a button? "Were you outside the car when this happened?" Yes, my name is Mr Tickle and I have nine foot arms. All I seem to get is apathy and ridiculous questions to get out of the fact their car failed. On the plus side, it’s a lease car which they get back in 12 months. If they still argue that I should pay for the repair, then guess what, I won’t pay for the repair, they’ll get it back in 12 months and have to repair it anyway, that on top of the fact I may get a solicitor involved for being hit by a 2lb piece of car. Oh, and I won’t be getting another Renault next time. :-)
... Hi, it’s me again with an update on my leaking roof, it has now been in six times and the technical department have been up from London to give us their wealth of experience. Well, poor Graham (Mechanic) from DSG Whitelund, Morecambe started off at fifteen stone and is now down too ten stone (he is accepting membership for his slimming club) all you need to join is a leaky cabriolet, poor bloke!! I have promised to give him back is passport in time for his hols, by god he needs one after my car. Well enough hilarity , my vehicle is still leaking at the opposite side now despite them changing all the rubber seals and hours of adjustments and now it has to go back in to DSG on the 20th of this month and this time are sending two technicians up from London working on the theory that two heads are better than one!!?? and then it will have to be re-booked in again for further repairs that will make 8 visits. The only good thing is I have been invited to the Christmas party by Jayne and Nicola who I am now officially recommending for receptionists of the year!! By the way Jayne you would still get wet in the back of the car!! Anyway, I have just been out and bought a 320di M BMW just in case they aren’t successful and before my wife divorces me!! Well, will keep you informed of progress or my senility whichever comes first. Best wishes, Ray.
Just bought the missus an 04 plate 1.6 petrol cc,. Firstly, thanks to Jon Stevens, whose previous report was invaluable as I had the same problem with mine, with his report I knew how to fix it. The vehicle is running " lumpy" and takes a couple of attempts of button pushing to get it to "fire up", also the tick over is up and down... Luckily its still under warranty... Someone has mentioned it may be the coil pack , has anyone else had this problem and could they suggest a possible cure? Apart from that though the missus loves the motor and I must admit I love the look of the car.
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I have had 2 coils replaced on mine already. The RAC have told me this is quite common with the Renaults. They cost about £30 and if you are with the RAC they don’t charge you to fit it - Tamryn from Surrey
Yes, we just had same problem, it was diagnosed as the phase pulley. Approximately £550 to replace - Dave Pryer from Kent
Think twice before buying 1 of these cars. had mine for 16 months now. Currently in the garage for the 5th time for water leakage. Got a call from them yesterday to tell me that whilst the tech expert was re sealing my car he shut the door and guess what - THE ROOF IMPLODED.
Must say I’m really glad I bought my car before reading the tails of woe this forum contains! I’m very pleased that, so far, mine is almost perfect. Before I bought I tried all the competition (Peugeot, Vauxhall, Volvo, Saab etc) available & decided that it was the best of the bunch for me. I also know of two people locally who are now on their second car & have been very happy with both of them. My heart goes out to those who’ve not had such a good experience. Only had it for two months (since Feb 08) & 3000 miles but it has stood out in rain, hail, sleet & snow as well as glorious sunshine (albeit a bit chilly). I’m pleased to report that not a drop of water has managed to get into the cabin. The roof has been up & down quite a bit already. The heater works well to keep the front seat occupants warm on frosty mornings with the top down but it can get a bit chilly in the back. I do find the heated front seats a bit strange as the centre gets hot but the side supports stay cold which is slightly uncomfortable. Contrary to popular myth it is big enough for 4 adults as long as they are no all over 6ft like me. Rule of thumb, I have found, is that the front & back seat passenger on the same side should not really have a combined height of more than about 11ft 8in for comfort. I find the back seat with two over 6 footers in is still quite comfy (with shorter people in the front) & there is more head room in the back than my Vectra hatch! You can also get in & out of the back seat while the driver is still sitting & the roof up. Our 130 dci auto gives good if not spectacular acceleration & currently about 38mpg in mixed use. I’ve seen figures in the 50s on the computer traveling on the motorway at a steady speed (70) & good A roads but tends to get knocked down again by the slow crawl in traffic, which is to be expected I suppose. Handling, brakes etc are good bearing in mind the torsional stiffness of the roof is missing & it does tend to rattle a bit but not unduly for this type of car. Definitely more of a cruiser than a sports car; but hey, who wants to go fast with the top down anyway? BEWARE. The auto diesel model service interval is only 9000 miles & not the 12000 as per the manual & 18000 for the petrol models. Ok if you want to leave it on the drive but a pain if you want to drive it a lot (which you will). The way we are going it will need servicing every 6 months!
I love the car Dynamique dCi 130 6 Speed, economical, however I do have a water leak that appears to be coming in from the wing mirror, the Renault service department told me to park uphill as they could not find where the water was coming in??? Also, when I start the engine the message says check injection with the service light on, car is not due for a service for another 11k miles. Has anyone else had the injection message showing as Renault says they cannot find a fault?
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I have the same, but found if you stop the engine after a short run and start again it warning goes out - Keith Powell from Lancashire
I was unable to start the car with the button and the clutch depressed, only with the brake depressed. I trawled down to the dealer and they were unable to spot it, so I asked how much for them to keep it and they sort it out - £35 an hour and a days work. I trawled through the net and found an article with exactly the same fault but no answer on how to fix it. Just in case anybody else has this problem, look under the clutch pedal and there is a plug attached by wires that leads to the ignition circuit, inspect them carefully where they come out from the plug, I found that although mine appeared intact, one side was not, so you squeeze the sides of the plug and it comes out and bit from the wiring. Plugged it back in no problems since.
Had car for 2yrs now love it no problems at all. maybe its because it was built for cyprus not uk. Also got full size spare wheel. Only wish it had leather when new, seats a pain to keep clean so recovered them now.
I bought the dci 106 dynamique c/c and I can honestly say I’ve never driven a better car. The miles per gallon and drive are fantastic not to mention the build quality and the lack of wind noise. I feel sorry for the people who have given it a bad review although I suppose you only go onto a website like this if you have had problems !!!!
I collected my new cabriolet on Dec 18 2007 I went for the top of the range 1.9 diesel leather upholstery etc This is my second cabriolet I had one of the first ones in 2004, had very few problems but this one has been back to the dealer DSG of Morecambe 4 times with a leaking roof and they are still unable to rectify the problem Renault have even produced a DVD to assist, but to no avail, so know I have to wait for Renault technical dept to get involved. Will keep you posted. Ray
I’ve have had the car now for 6 months and never had any problem with the car whatsoever. Really impressed with the acceleration and handling even though it’s the first diesel I’ve owned and I can’t even remember the last time I had to fill the thing up, very economical considering the stop-start driving I do every day. Fun car to drive, looks good with the roof up or down, comfortable and when the roof is up the boot space is enormous. The only thing i wished i had gone for was the 1.9 dci (130) model.
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The tyre pressure should be on a plate on the recess of the driver door - Mark Brennan from Kent
Bought the car just over a year ago from a local Renault specialist dealer. The car was 2 years old and had only done 2500 miles and it has now been in the garage 14 times with lots of faults, the main one being the engine and service light which they CAN’T seem to cure. At 18000 miles its just had a new cat and yes its still not right, been back twice now with yes the same problem!! Has anyone any ideas because it is now getting beyond a joke?
I've only had the car 3 weeks and it's been back to Renault for 2 of them! After picking up the car i noticed oil on the floor, so i took it into the garage, to find the "wishbones" had gone, and the seal on the oil filter was "leaking". I'm supposed to be picking it up tomorrow, my advice after reading everybody else's comments would be stay well away from this car.
I purchased this car in November 2007, after a few weeks I complained that the roof was leaking slightly. The garage I purchased it from, took it in, and after a week said it was fixed. They had adjusted the door. Next time it rained the passenger seat was sodden! The garage had it back, kept it for a month (while it waited for parts) and then said it was fixed. They had replaced all the door seals, and the rear windows (which apparently came as part of the door seal package). It does not leak any more, but the doors do not fit well either!! My only other complaint about the car is that it has no ’go’ and is very slow to get going. Otherwise I love it!!
I think the car looks great with the roof up or down. It goes extremely well 130 bhp engines are very smooth and in fact I would say it is quieter than my own car which is a 320d. Was very impressed with the roof mechanism; very slick. However from the early stages of ownership it started to leak just a drip or two nothing two serious, thought it was perhaps normal but then the problem got worse. It was in and out of the dealership a few times but no improvement at all, decided to take it to another dealership thinking perhaps it was down to the quality of the mechanics. That dealership kept if for a week and handed the car back and basically said they were unable to fix it (Car has 6 month warranty left). Its in the hands of Renault UK to sort out, they tell me they are going to send an expert over to assess and fix the roof, but it would appear that from other reviews people across the UK are experiencing similar problems so I am not hopeful. It is a real shame my wife loves the car and so do I. Not sure where to go from here. The car is two and half years old now I cant see Renault giving us our money back.
I purchased this car last August with my partner- (Renault Ilford). He told me endless times not to go for a Renault especially a coupe cab - but this is the car I wanted and I did not listen!!! The car to me is very attractive but that is all what is going for it. I had endless problems - the handbrake needed to be replaced - and also the clutch (thank god I had warranty)!! Then it decided to completely cut out (4 times) when I was pulling out of a junction or roundabout (which nearly involved me and my baby in TWO accidents). After endless returns to Renault Ilford I had had enough!!!!! I then had to involve solicitors as I was not excepting anymore bulls*it from them. (I was literally ready to drive the car through their showroom). I got a complete refund and also out of pocket expenses. I would say never ever purchase one of these cars, unless you’re willing to put up with the endless problems which occur with these vehicles! I thought that this may have been a one off but looking and hearing reviews (bad ones) of these cars it just shows there are many more people like me who have parted with there well eared cash on a car they thought would be the best thing ever but turned out to be the worst and most of all the most time consuming mistake ever!!!!!!! Please be warned.
I have had this car for 18 months now and as much as I want to love it I find nothing but problem after problem. Past problems: Firstly the car was creaky after investigation the garage said the bolts needed tightening inside the frame of the car. Also the air conditioning had to be replaced because of a rattling noise. Ongoing problems with no fix: The suspension creaks (they did replace the rear suspension but problem still there). The brakes squeak (they told me there was nothing they could do as my car already had the "fix". The parcel shelf rattles. Current problems: The roof leaks which they have had in the garage but have not fully fixed. The inside of the roof frame seems to be collecting water and sloshes about when you drive (they tried to tell me it was the fuel tank i could hear) the drivers heated seat is faulty (they are fixing this weekend, hopefully!!) I wish I never bought the car and am now stuck with a car that cost me a lot of money and is not worth anything.
Interested to hear about the imploding roof, the same thing happened to mine last year cost me - they said it wasn’t a fault with the car!!! The roof leaks at the driver side, has always been a problem. The more I think about it small things like the alarm saying on all night, windows dropping down, and engine trouble - RAC saying itís a Renault!! I will definitely be buying a different make.
Fancy a life of never ending electrical faults, endless trips to Evans Hernshaw (Yes, If you’ve been there you know what I mean) Do not buy any Renault you have been warned.
The Renault Megane coupe - cabriolet is a bad car donít buy one . The roofs leak .and they donít start so good . A push now and then helps. Well done Renault and thank you for this crap car . I feel so sick after all the money I’ve spent on this car . Should have not got rid of my Nissan. Well we all live and learn. So if any one is thinking of buying a Renault . On your own head be it . One more thing to add, Renault UK, your cars are shit !!!
My Renault Megane cabriolet is 12 weeks old. Paid cash for it at Charles Hurst Boucher road Belfast anyone that is thinking of buying any Renault please please think again. The roof started leaking. Windows work when they want to. Some mornings it will be very hard to start. And the list goes on and on .and when you bring it back to Charles Hurst. The service staff will give you the run around. And blow smoke up your back side to get you out off there show room. At the end of the day when you pay for your lovely new car. Its f**k you mac we got paid. Ha ha. well Charles Hurst this is only the start of it cant wait until trading standards get there teeth in to yourís and the Sunday world.
IMPLODING ROOF Michelle See my review in October with exactly the same fault. Renault, after much complaint, met the full costs. I got rid of the car soon afterwards and wrote to TOP GEAR. No repsonse yet....
Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Dynamique 1.9DT If anyone else has had a problem with the roof imploding and completely shattering could you please let me know! I have a Megane Coupe-Cab year 2005 which I thought was a pretty good buy up until now!! Whilst on the motorway a couple of days ago and driving at speed I might add, I suddenly heard the loudest POP and BANG I have ever herd in my life. Once I finally raised my head from the what sounded like a gun shot or bomb, I looked up to raining shatterd glass trickiling down my hat and face. Absolutely nothing had hit the roof, it completely shattered in a million pieces. All you Megane Coupe-Cabriolet drivers please be aware of this and if anyone else has come across this please please please come forward as surprise surprise Renault are taking absolutely no responsibility whatsoever - Guess who will be picking up the tab on this one ??????
I purchased this car in July & took delivery on 03/08 2007 after cancelling my order with Ford for a Focus CC3 placed in January which they kept delaying delivery on due to problems with being unable to stop the roofs leaking (which they still don’t appear to have sorted). This is the first diesel I have owned and it is surprisingly quite and responsive. The glass roof makes it really light and airy even when you can’t get the roof down due to the British weather, but even in the winter on a bright sunny day the heating system keeps it warm with the roof down. Plenty of room in the rear and in the boot even with the roof down. The only problem I have had has been an intermittant starting problem with the hands free card, when you press the brake or clutch and push the button to start nothing happens. The car has been back to Renault to try to find any fault but they have been unable to reproduce the fault, they have advised me not to keep using the same card but to alternate them to avoid draining the battery and if you place the card in the reader once a week it will charge the card, although there is no mention of this in the handbook. Can’t fault customer service though as they keep ringing to check on whether the problem is still there (unlike Ford’s couldn’t care less dept who just refused to discuss problems with leaking roofs and delivery).
I’ve just bought the 1.5 diesel version of these and am incredibly pleased. Although a smaller engine than I normally go for it is quite responsive and surprisingly quick! The car is comfortable affordable to maintain and stylish and although not much leg room in the back I don’t think I would get a similar car for the price I paid. Its cheep to tax and the MPG is amazing!! The interior has lots of space in front and plenty of storage - the boot is huge when top up with top down it’s a lot smaller but does the job. I love the glass roof helps to make it feel more spacious and the sound system is good for a standard piece of kit - overall I would recommend one of these to anyone except if you have a large family!
I’ve had the car 18 months & never had any problem with the car whatsoever. Really impressed with the acceleration & handling even though it’s the first Diesel I’ve owned and I can’t even remember the last time I had to fill the thing up, very economical considering the stop-start driving I do every day. Fun car to drive, looks good with the roof up or down, comfortable and when the roof is up the boot space is enormous. The only downside is that you can’t get a spare wheel (not even a space saver) for this model, instead you’re supplied with 2 cans of inflating foam, great for a nail or slow puncture but no use when your wife damages the sidewall of the tyre ("honestly, I didn’t hit the kerb") & Renault Assistance (which is included as part of the warranty) won’t attend without charging the earth as it’s not a warranty related issue. Oh & the horn is like a toy car hoot, you might as well shout...
Two weeks after picking up my new Megane Cabriolet (which I thought was going to be the car of my dreams), the roof started leaking. After 8 visits to various dealers and 15 months of battling with Renault UK, they agreed to replace my car with another model from the range which I am more then happy with. Part of the problem was caused when I visited one dealer for them to try and repair the roof, only for them to cause more problems which is as long story but resulted in them respraying half of the car. Unfortunately the spray job was not brilliant as I had pearlescent paint and I ended up with a two tone car, but all Renault could say was that the colour on the tin was correct. Funny that when they took the car back they resprayed it completely before putting it on the forecourt.
I don’t know if anyone else has had this problem but the roof imploded on me whilst on the motorway! I bought a brand new Megane in May this year as I thought it a fun car with excellent safety standards. Not so! The electric window motor went after two months and then the shattering of the roof was the final straw! Nothing hit the roof; there was a sound like a gunshot and then the roof shattered, covering us in shards of glass. We think we are lucky to be alive as this happened on the motorway at speed. So, all you prospective buyers out there beware! Laminated safety glass? Forget it! And are Renault being a pain in the rear? What do you think!
One tip for future purchasers of this vehicle GET THE DIESEL!! The petrol is underpowered and thrashy at the top end whilst at the low end the torque leaves you wandering, well where the torque is to be honest. Apart from this the car looks well and the cabin space is a nice place to be. The roof works without fault which is novel for this end of the Coupe Cab sector, just please don't get the petrol.
This car is one of those that you canít help doing a double take at yet itís not flashy, real understated class. The roof mechanism is quiet and efficient and and is indeed quick. Iíve not had the car long and the typical English summer weíve been having has meant the roof has been up more than down but the glass roof makes up a little for this. Handling is surprisingly light and the drive very enjoyable.
Despite our somewhat unpredictable climate, we Brits do love a convertible. This might seem a little odd, but if you drive in hotter southern European countries, regular alfresco driving will only get you sunstroke: what you really want there is a good aircon system. But as we only get really strong [...]
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