French cars, nice to look at, frustrating to pick up all the pieces that fall of them.
Renaul Megane and Megane Scenic
Nothings fell off my french car except when i went through the monkey park at longleat.
I had a 2l petrol megane for about 4years. All good really. In addition to the usual services, it had 3 wheel bearings at about 80k and only one electrical fault - whilst on holiday in France, the brake pedal tended to make all the rear lights come on - brake, fog, indicators. Still had the desired effect of letting folk behind know i was doing something. About a 5min fix by the mechanic when i got back.
Had a bit of rust at 105k then i sold it on. So overall - a pretty good car and did what i asked of it with a fair bit of neglect by me. Thinking about it, it probably matched the civic that replaced it for the low number of faults. I may have been lucky though it appears from the above.
Got one, '09 plate, 1.6 petrol.
Pluses: space and flexibility, and it was very cheap. As with all french cars spare parts can be fabricated from cardboard.
Minuses: It's had 2 electric electric window motors, £100 and that's the 80% subsidised rate. Reasonably nippy at lower speeds but scarily underpowered when faced with hills or a full car. To convert it to right hand drive they moved the steering wheel and the pedals, but nothing else. This makes finding and changing a fuse interesting....
I don't buy the German = reliable. Better build quality, design and nicer cars when they're running, yup. But not more reliable and they're just as expensive when they go wrong. My Seat (RIP) atests to this.
If a Scenic is going cheap, they're really not that bad for running around town or carting bikes about.
Folks have a Megane that on the whole has been very reliable and has over 100k on the clock. I had a Clio Y reg and it wasn't good IMO, lots of faults and problems. Overheating engines due to corrosion of the wires running to the fan, failed drum brakes, failed electric window motor, CV boot that was forever coming loose, replaced drive shaft, replaced radiator. Saying that the engine always started 1st time even after 12 months of it not having been used.
Personally I'd stay away from French cars from now on, especially as they are no longer cheap and most are no longer nice to look at either.
I had a 54 plate scenic for about 5-6yrs. Tbh it was a dull car to drive the body roll and handling was awful comparable to driving a blancmange. The engine however (I did my research about Renault 1.9dci engines popping turbos around 80-120k) I opted for the 1.5dci which was very cheap to tax and insure.
Both front dropped to the deck without warning (a common problem which I'm shocked hasn't already been mentioned is a £250 fix with dealer or £20 if you buy the bits off ebay and fix yourself! (Also had to fix neighbors scenic and moda window).
The car in general didn't give me many problems but I got rid as it started to play up. The electric handbrake was being very unpredictable if it was off and popped up with a fault your park brake was not going to activate! If it was on and it flagged a fault on start up then it wasn't going to come off! leave it for a hour go back and it was fine! This was a dealer only fix and was gonna cost £700! The car was only worth £750!
I now have a Zafira 1.9 CDTI Design 150Bhp and love it! I always had Vauxhall before this French experience and I won't be going back! HTH
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