CAT’S INSIDE LINE: RENAULT MEGANE (2009 ONWARDS)

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Renault-Megane-1This month sees us focus on the stylish Renault Mégane. The hatchback has established itself as a mainstay in the hatchback market alongside the likes of Volkswagen, Vauxhall and Ford, with this model now into its third generation, which we are focusing on here.

The Mégane originally debuted in 1996, has undergone some eye-catching transformations through the years. The second generation was made famous for its protruding rear end, which will be forever remembered for its catchy TV adverts. The second generation also gained infamy for being unreliable, which the current generation seems to have overcome.

The vehicle we are examining was launched with a range of powerplants, which included 1.2-, 1.4-, 1.6-, or 2.0-litre petrol engines and 1.5-, 1.6-, 1.9- and 2.0-litre diesel options. This variety of engines and the addition of new technology has provided a number of challenges.

Next month we’ll be looking at the fourth generation Mercedes E-Class, so if you have any insights to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. To get your advice included contact hemal.mistry@haymarket.com.

Click below to see technical contributions on the Renault Megane from:

Autoelectro – looks at alternator issues with the Renault

Cambiare – covers a variety of issues that are common on the Megane, and a VOSA warning notice

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of lubricants

Dayco – explains the challenges of fitting a new HT belt

First Line – focuses on the clutch and brakes on the Renault Megane

Manbat – looks at battery issues on the 2009 onwards Megane

Meyle – wheel bearing issues plague the Renault

Remy – talks about the Renault’s steering system

RMI – gives us the lowdown on common problems faced on the Megane

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