The Renault Megane Classic is the saloon version - it basically looks like a normal Megane hatchback with a boot bolted on. Well, that's what I thought back in 1999 when I bought one that was 2 years old. And it didn't take me long to think that the saloon version looked better than it's more frequently seen hatchback sibling.
Apart from a lack of oomph as a 1.6 litre, I became very well aware of a serious design flaw: the plip receiver (which handles central locking and the engine immobiliser) is located directly underneath the radio aerial (which is nicely mounted on the front of the roof in the centre). If you are unfortunate enough to have a leak at the base of the aerial (like I did), then it doesn't take long for it to fuse the plip receiver and the poor thing having to be towed back home in disgrace.
It has had a few bumps and scrapes:-
* battery often needs recharging - but then I don't use it much now
* exhaust has fallen apart and sounded like a plummeting Spitfire
* window brackets needed replacing - if you wind the window down too far, it may not go back up again
* cassette deck started chewing tapes years ago
* during the floods in early 2000, it got a bit damp inside
Nevermind - it still looks good and with more frequent attention could probably soldier on for another 10 years.
I brought this car 4 years ago, second hand - its a 1998 model. I wanted a car with a lot of head and leg room - my hubby is 6ft 5" and I have two boys with long legs! This suits us perfectly. The boot is large - I can get my dog, my sisters dog and my moms dog in (they are all medium sized). The boot is also a good size when going on holiday, you can fit loads in. I have it serviced yearly and it usually goes through the MOT with either a piece of exhaust to change or a new tyre. Up until recently I would have said I've hardly spent any money on it but just before christmas I had to have the head gasset changed, £530 and I've discovered that this happens quiet often in this model of car - I know several other people with a megane scenic and they all have had to have a head gasset change but its not a new car and all things go in time. On the subject of exhausts, the original ones are not made anymore, so sometimes the fit isn't perfect when you have it replaced - I seem to spend a lot of time at Kwik Fit, just after I've had it done, getting the squeaks and bangs sorted out. The ride isn't overly smooth, the kids feel every little bump in the back.