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redrabbit

Hello everyone,

 

Situation is: I have a Renault Megane 2003 plate.  Bought for £2500 a year ago.  The car has been nothing but trouble since I got it. 

 

It passed its MOT last week somehow and I think this may be a good time to sell it.  The car has two warning lights on (air bag and toxic fume indicator light). 

 

I've sought advice about what to do and the consensus seems to be, sell and buy one for whatever I get for the car, especially as I have no money. 

 

So my question is:

 

1. Is a MK1 ford focus a good bet?  Something like a Y registration or similar - bear in mind my budget of a max of £1500

 

2. Reliability is the biggest issue - not sportyness or speed or whatever.  I just want one that works

 

3.  I'm sure you will recommend a Ford as this is the Ford forums.  I did consider a Corolla too as I know Toyota is good too

 

4. If I buy a focus, the milage is likely to be about 80'000 K plus.  Is there any issues with this, e.g. cam belts, long running issues that I should be aware of?

 

5. Going for a petrol I think as diesel generally costs more.  i use it every day to get to work and back which is a total of 26 miles (13 there and back) which is on back roads.

 

6. Anything else I should consider or know?

 

Thanks everyone for your help.

 

 

Stoney871
For that budget you should be able to push up to an 02/03 (facelift) model if you shop around.
Look out for the usual things on any car- long Mot, no rust, smooth drive, good brakes and that all the electrics work (in particular the boot release/third brake light/rear wiper/working Speedo, as these can be common fault areas).
Other than that the Mk1/1.5 are good solid cars that handle well and fun to drive.
In my personal view a 1.8 is a good size to go for if you want one that has a bit of life in it without being overly 'sporty'.
Best ranges to go for are Zetec or Ghia.
Cam belts are recommended at 100k cut most get them done at about 80k to be on the safe side, a good car sales may well do the job if you make a deal with them.
redrabbit

For that budget you should be able to push up to an 02/03 (facelift) model if you shop around.
Look out for the usual things on any car- long Mot, no rust, smooth drive, good brakes and that all the electrics work (in particular the boot release/third brake light/rear wiper/working Speedo, as these can be common fault areas).
Other than that the Mk1/1.5 are good solid cars that handle well and fun to drive.
In my personal view a 1.8 is a good size to go for if you want one that has a bit of life in it without being overly 'sporty'.
Best ranges to go for are Zetec or Ghia.
Cam belts are recommended at 100k cut most get them done at about 80k to be on the safe side, a good car sales may well do the job if you make a deal with them.

 

Thanks for the reply - really useful.

 

I've had a good look through auto trader.  Many of the trade sales on there seem to be from back street garages - not the sort of place to change a cam belt.

 

If I did need to get it changed, am I right in believing it to be quite expensive - like about £400?

 

Will continue looking.

 

Additionally:

 

How much do you think I could get for my Renault Megane 1.6?  It's got 55'000 miles on the clock, colour is blue although does have 2 warning lights on - I know this will effect the price.  It's a 03 plate btw.

MonkeyMattius

That many problems at 55k? jesus. 

 

Focus' are a safe bet, mate of mine had a Y plate one with 122k on it and it was fine. Maybe he just got lucky, it did a lot of business miles though so all motorway I guess. 

 

I agree with Clive though, zetec or ghia will get you a decent pull from the engine without being too sporty. 

Try websites like pistonheads in the classifieds, there are some dealers on there which might be worth a shout. 

 

As for the megane I guess it would depend on what the warning lights are now it's an MOT failure for them, sisters rover 25 has got the srs light on at the minute and mechanic said it would have to be sorted before it has it. Might be cheaper to get them off before selling it?

redrabbit
UPDATE:

I bought a focus today - £1300. It's a Ghia, 1.8 petrol, is a Y reg and 77k on the clock - it had cam belt changed about 4 years ago.

It's got a full service history up to 2011 (so I guess it's not a full history then! Ha).

QUESTION:

Do you think it's worth me getting a quick service on it?

I've got absolutely no money, and have had to but car on credit. However, my dad and I both think it could be good getting a quick £50 service, change oil, etc...

Especially to potentially keep it runnin problem free.

Any thoughts?
jeebowhite

Always worth a service, its beneficial to make sure that you have the essentials changed! just changing the oil alone and the filters can save you developing a lot of problems down the line!

Stoney871
It looks like you got a good one there.
Definitely worth getting a service.
Hope you enjoy your new car. :)
redrabbit
Thanks everyone.

Couple of minor things:

1. The steering feels quite heavy - it says it has power assisted steering, but it doesn't feel like it. Maybe because its really old car and its not like modern ones?

2. When headlights are on, the dash board light doesn't illuminate to confirm it
redrabbit
Finally,

3. The key with open/shut buttons doesn't seem that responsive. It works but seems like it's dying - maybe it just needs a new battery?

Obviously minor issues - to be expected in a 12 year old car
jeebowhite
1 probably is age but check the fluid

2 probably the led has gone

3 battery replacement sounds most likely culprit.
stef123
To answer no.2

The mk1 focus doesn't have a light on the dash for the headlights, it's a green light on the switch (as does the fog light - red light). Only the full beam comes up on the dash.


Have you still got the Megane or have you sold that?
redrabbit
Thanks to you both for your answers.

My megane - what a tale that is.

Yesterday, was working till 11pm and then drove home. Whilst driving message said "check injection" and all power started to decrease and increase erratically.

Seconds later all power gone and won't start now. Had to walk 4 miles home.

Calling AA tonight to recover and estimate cost. If easy fix (£150ish) I will do and sell. If not then I will have to sell as a non starter.
Stoney871
For the steering definitely change the fluid, it'll make the world of difference.
For the key buy a cr2032 battery and see how you go.
If it's still a bit ropey then we can talk you through re-synching the key to the car.
artscot79

the mk1 steering is tyre pressure sensitive so if the tyres are under 28 at the front it does feel heavy saying that it was always a bit heavier than more recent cars giving better feedback

redrabbit
Thanks again everyone.

My megane which died last night has been visited by AA man. He immediately diagnosed a snapped cam belt and confirmed it after checking the engine.
artscot79
Thats nasty and very expensive to fix i have 3 rules of car buying from experience and having fixed cars 1.dont buy a renault 2.dont buy a citreoen 3.dont buy a pugeot ive never known one yet not to be a nightmare after that vauxhall and alfa romeo

If the valves are bent then youre looking at a head off job new gaskets valves etc etc not sure but if you know someone really good with engines you may get it done relatively cheaply
Stoney871
Ouch!
Sounds like it committed suicide. :d
stef123

by any chance is it the K4M engine in the megane?

redrabbit

I'm not sure what engine it is to be honest

redrabbit

Quick one guys.

 

I've listed my car on ebay for 99p.  It's been 10 minutes and I've already had an email from someone asking what price I'd accept for a buy it now deal - they can collect tomorrow.

 

Any ideas?  

 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140934282374

 

Got 12 months MOT, 52K miles, many new parts which have been replaced (break pads, disks, alternator, coils), road tax for 2 months.  2 brand new front tyres.

 

I paid £2500 for it a year ago.

artscot79
Hard to say depends on how much damage was done repairs could be up to £1000 i certainly would be looking for that much if not more me ide ask £1500 rear window issue is common in fact most driving instructors traded the car in for that very reason what is renaults timing belt interval you may have a case to bring up if its went early i believe its 5 years but the net is awash with snapoed belts on that engine
redrabbit
Damn :-/

I've had two asking what I'd accept now.

Told them both £800. If anyone else asks, ill up the price maybe.
Hassen
First off, great move not using the Megane anymore. It's an awful car and a total money pit. I had a 1.4 petrol and it was just a heap of trouble. Sell it and never look back.
The Focus is a nice, reliable car. Plus its good fun to drive.
Like others have said, the battery and service. Welcome to the forums and plenty of information here to get you going :)
FOCA

Thats nasty and very expensive to fix i have 3 rules of car buying from experience and having fixed cars 1.dont buy a renault 2.dont buy a citreoen 3.dont buy a pugeot ive never known one yet not to be a nightmare after that vauxhall and alfa romeo

 

 

Thats one of the wisest things ive heard on this forum (exept Alfas can sometimes be worth the hassle if you are an enthusiast)

btmaldon

Thats one of the wisest things ive heard on this forum (exept Alfas can sometimes be worth the hassle if you are an enthusiast)

I loved my Alfa, although it drank oil. I bought my missus a Clio a few months ago. It drives ok and is very economical, but I'm not impressed with the build quality.

Fastfordman
My mum and dad had an 07 plate Clio from new and the interior build quality was shocking.


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