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  1. Safetyman

    Megane GT220 Wagon - Smells of garlic and cheese

    I'm guessing the difference in wheel bolts is also due to the steel wheels themselves. The shorter bolts don't have the alloy collars. Could it be matching the different rates of heat expansion between alloy collared bolts matched to steel wheels? Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Megane GT220 Wagon - Smells of garlic and cheese

    Thanks guys, I'd forgotten the reason why I'd ditched the steel wheel and gone to the 18" spare wheel. I have a Mazda rx8 18" wheel as a spare so I don't have to fiddle with front to rear exchanges on a country road. Same pcd, centre bore and offset. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Megane GT220 Wagon - Smells of garlic and cheese

    Ours is a beast. I can't pry my wifes hands off it. I can drive it just a hard as my 265 and have almost as much fun. It just requires correct technique which can be ignored in the 250\265\275 etc due to their having lsd and different front hubs. Front brake discs are the same as Clio IV RS, rears same as all the megs. Start/stop function is annoying but can be switched off after every start up. Unfortunately, there's no provision to switch off permanently like in the later meg RSs. It may contribute to the 4 year life span of the original battery whereas my 265 managed 5. Wheels can be shared with clio IV rs, not the megs due to similar offset. Engine is the detuned RS motor (via the ecu) and there haven't been many issues with megs which is why I moved across to the 2 megs. I'm very confident with their reliability. Interior is the same as meg rs although only sore point is the gt220 radio software for some unknown reason disables the front tweeters. Thankfully, it's a semi easy fix which just requires a matching radio from the same spec RS Meg. Door pulls should outlast the RSs as the door is smaller and lighter and the leverage is greater. I've upped the standard tyres to the 18" size fitted to the meg RSs. It's cheaper and lifts the profile which is better for gravel roads that we've smashed her along on camping trips. She's no track monster (although at some point I will get her out there) but she's definitely a very capable and comfortable GT cruiser, which is why I can't get rid of her. We had a Skoda RS before her and we still prefer the GT220. Also good, now that my son has pipped me with height (not hard) having the extra leg room in the rear as they have a longer wheelbase than the hatch. Oh, only mod I've done was adding a proper full size spare so trips aren't interrupted by flats. The standard is a different sized steel wheel which can screw around with front diffs. There's plenty of room under the bum for a full size. And a recent repair from a rear ender had the smash repairer praising renault for the way in which the rear plastic tub is fitted along with the material used. Same design principle as the VF commodore plastic tub but simply bolted in instead of being permanently glued, necessitating longer repair times. It also uses a more ductile material that doesn't crack like it does on all the VFs from any impact, leading to flooded boot floor wells. I think that about covers it. Anything I've missed, just ask [emoji4] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Howdy guys 👋

    Don't you have a set of Recaros you can throw in there Chuck?
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    Howdy guys 👋

    Hiya Nick! Great to meet you there at Eastern Creek yesterday! How did your Little Miss go? Has she been bitten by the bug?
  6. Great meeting you yday bro & boy was it awesome 👏🏽 to see yr son driving a manual at 12!!! 

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    Megane 3 service cost + Brake pads

    Sorry, that was at the 60k too. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Megane 3 service cost + Brake pads

    Belts are 4 years or 100k (not 60k) whichever comes first. 60k service is a major one though with all fluids (engine oil, gearbox oil, brake fluid, coolant), air filters, pollen filter and spark plugs. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    2013 Renault Megane R.s. 265 - R-Link Monitor

    Ditto!! Something tells me you really, really wanted that RB8 setup.... Nice work mate!
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    What Should I buy RS 265 or 275 ???

    I love my Recaros From my experience, it's such an awesome all rounder. He'll happily do lap after lap at the track and then toddle home and be the shopping trolley. I've also had him filled to the brim with camping gear with my son. The stereo sucks but it's easily fixed with an amplifier upgrade as the basic unit and speakers do provide decent quality sound up to a point. And for a car that steers so well, it doesn't have a ride that will require a visit to the dentist for new fillings after very outing. The French know their shit when it comes to finding the perfect compromise without resorting to electronic trickery. If your budget goes to a 275, go for it! If you're in the mood to tinker and personalise, go the cheaper 265 and use the change to stick some bits on it that will take it beyond a 275.
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    Rs275 aircon relays/fuse location

    I'd assume the fuses are located in the same spot as the 265/GT220, which is in 2 locations. One is behind the glovebox and second is under the bonnet, to the right of the battery. 6 torx screws to remove the glovebox and for under the bonnet, 2 x 10mm sockets to loosen and lift the fuse box. The fuses are conveniently located underneath.... Then a test light to check both sides of each fuse in situ. Learnt the hard way recently and ended up at renotech after removing and visually checking all the fuses and not finding the culprit. Jules used the test light and found one to be out which fixed my issue.
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    GT220 Premium

    Just saw this Dave. Yes it does. Just be sure Renault don't update the firmware on it. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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    About To Take The Dive Into Rs Ownership

    I had a full size spare in there but I've put the space saver back in. I'll keep working on the sat nav problem. Fingers crossed. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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    About To Take The Dive Into Rs Ownership

    Part of the reduced height looks to be the extra thick floor sound deadening. Removing some of that could give about 40mm increase in clearance. I'm going to try my alpine sub mounted upside down and firing into the spare with the amps mounted on a panel beside it. This lifts the boot floor level up by about 30mm which I can live with. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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    About To Take The Dive Into Rs Ownership

    ^^^ Do you have a cross bar front and rear on your recaros? The cross bars stop my seat sliding forward and back for rear seat access. I'm already have a small alpine boxed sub that's relatively unobtrusive and I'll put my two amps in the spare wheel well, in an "upright slot/cassette" type of arrangement. Otherwise there's the access panel to the tail lights on either side where I've seen small D amps hidden away in. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk