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Fays last won the day on 16 November 2018

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    ORANGINA - Megane Phase I RS 225

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  1. Welcome aboard. I like the silver highlights on the side mirrors.
  2. Thanks Sam! Good thinking. The boot latch works fine but that doesn't necessarily meant its not the culprit.
  3. Thanks! Just posted a bunch of photos.
  4. Yes indeed. The connections between Renault and Lotus just clicked! - Renault took over the Lotus F1 team a few years ago.
  5. Welcome aboard Marcus. I like the clean look of your car and the subtle touches of debadging and rear spoiler. Ah the joys its going to bring!
  6. Thanks for the welcome Faeros. Interesting tyre pressure setup. It makes sense. I'll try it but maybe gradually change the pressure first. How has dropping the front tyre pressure to 29 psi affected your tread wear?
  7. Again good advice Bingle! Glad that 11.4 liters seems to be bout right. I have some time this weekend to look into the rattles and will test the tailgate. And yeah, I always let the car cool down by driving gently for the last few minutes. I don't ever drive the car very hard anyway. Besides its not easy to access good twisty roads in Melbourne.
  8. Thanks for the advice Bingle. Yes, I've considered donor suspension from a Cup if I decide to keep the car longer term. The car is still very impressive and I feel it just needs some damping improvement and reduced roll in the front. Agreed LSD isn't worth the cost benefit.
  9. Merci Détraqué! It was one of those Elans that were licensed to Kia. So it had a 1,8 liter Kia engine. The car was far from stock though - suspension, engine tuning, exhaust and sound system mods to name a few. Handling was other level! One of the most fun cars I've owned. I have seen some of the Isuzu powered Elans in Australia - mostly in stock condition. I'm curious. What is the connection with Hethel?
  10. Here are a few photos. Also some of the alcantara interior work. The dash console cover plastic is very reflective and annoying - the alcantara cover really helped.
  11. I’ve considered a muffler chop. Because the car is a bit quiet even though mine had the some mods done to the center exhaust which allows the car to burble at idle. Don’t hear much though when on the go. How much does the mod cost? And is it the sound droney at cruising speeds though?
  12. Great to see such a big community for ‘niche’ French sports cars. And darn just missed the event a few days ago! I’ll look for the photos. I bought my first RS last year from a dealer (Bright orange RS 225 Phase I - called Orangina) - always loved Renaults since first seeing the Renault 5 Turbo in France and the 6 wheel Renault F1 car at Charles De Gaulle Airport in the 80’s. A little bit about my RS 225: The car didn’t feel stock and Auto Paris in Melbourne confirmed that its had a few mods including intake, suspension, exhaust and ECU. I took it for a spin to Great Ocean Road last year and wow does it come alive in the curves. Although would prefer less front body roll and under steer (welcome any ideas? Beef up from anti-roll bars?). Mechanically good and reliable so far but looking a bit shabby inside - I dont know how the previous owner managed to put sticky residue all over the center console (covered it in black alcantara, painful job!) and stained all the orange seatbelts (fixed with elbow grease and warm soap water). Also the leather looks like it has never been cared for. Overall its a fun little car, won’t depreciate much more, seems to be reliable but handling could be improved - maybe I was too spoilt as my last performance cars were a modified Lotus Elan and modified Daihatsu Copen. RECENT MODIFICATIONS Added a new model audio head unit and a ultra compact 10” subwoofer - the audio is now fantastic. You don’t even need to upgrade the speakers as the head unit improves their sound. Makes driving even more enjoyable. I got the head unit and sub for $220 on gumtree in excellent condition. It connects to my phone via bluetooth. Highly recommended. Black plasti dipped logo, side mirrors and tired black plastic. Easy job if you have a dust free and well lit garage. My car is an ‘04 so it really brought it back to life. CHALLENGES The dealer also did a good job concealing the broken RH side mirror with black paint - it needs to be replaced so I’ll look out for the part on here. I should have tested the side mirror functions when I was at the dealership! I’ve been getting intermittent injector warning lately but couldn’t get an error code when plugging to a VAG. Tried injector cleaner which helped for a few days but the lights are back on again. It seems to not rev as freely when the injector lights are on. Fuel consumption is not good when driving economically - not sure if this is related to injectors or because of the performance mods. 11.4 l/km gentle city driving. Gear lever is sometimes a bit sticky in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Loud rattles in the back of the car - still trying to isolate where. Very annoying on bumpy surfaces. ADVICE I thought that turbo timers and cooling turbos are just for older cars. But I learned from experts that its best to let the car idle for a couple of minutes after hard driving before switching off. It lets the turbo internals cool. Look forward to connecting with the community! Fays
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