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  1. And to add, Cup models (which is pretty much all except the Sport Limited Edition as @speedfiend41 mentioned), also have red Brembo brake calipers where the Sport has silver calipers. Of course this could be easily changed, but is another point to look for. Only a few of the pre-facelift (and none of the post facelift) Meganes have bi-xenon lights. The Trophy 8.08, Red Bull LEs and a few others have the xenons. Most don't. The xenons are useful if you like seeing where the front of the car is going at night... Good luck in your search, the Megane is amazing value as a used perfor
  2. Sounds like a cheap fix... well done. Truly one of the best model Megs in definitely the best colour for them!
  3. I'd agree with this. Having tried both PSC2 and PS4S tyres (in 19s), I rate the PS4S tyres very highly as a performance road tyre. They have at least 95% of the grip when warm compared to the PCS2s (and probably 200% of the grip when cold), and last waaaay longer than the PSC2 tyres. I know there are other brands and models of tyre that are really good, but the Michelins are hard to beat.
  4. There is a definitive list on the forum here somewhere of what was and was not included in the very confusing list of model attributes that is the Megane 3 specifications. So very French in that way - I’m not skilled at the search and link but someone not doubt will be able to post that. I’m pretty sure all Trophy variants of the Meg 3 265 had the Recaros, 19 inch wheels and the xenon lights. If it’s missing these it was likely a specced up Cup and not a Trophy. Wheels could have been changed to 18s (I agree with @Matt205 by the way, go 19s as the steering performance benefits outwei
  5. It would be worth calling Qld Transport as they would be able to talk you through the process and would likely email the correct form to you. I agree with @PerthRS that it should be no issue with the power to weight ratio limit (which in Qld is 130 kW per Tonne as noted). I was reading about this point last year when looking at what I could "get away with" as a car for our daughter to be driving as a learner and then on her P plates, and can't recall now exactly where I read it. There is a moderately powered vehicle process for pre 2010 with a 125kW per Tonne limit, so you still should
  6. Prices in Brisbane are not quite as reasonable as Sydney I think but order of cost is true plus relative to a set of tyres the belt will last considerably longer than the tyres before needing replacement too... 👍
  7. Thanks Matt I stand corrected on the R Link. Agreed about the negative belt disease. If the car is a keeper, it's not a huge financial impost to change the belt which means it's good again for years to come, and they are amazing performance cars for the price. Few if any alternatives in the price range. That's what I was trying to say (apologies if it didn't come across that way). It could still be an awesome car to buy.
  8. The issue with the belts on these vehicles are two fold, and it is a risk thing: 1. It is a separate item in the service book so the car can have a great service history otherwise apart from the belt change, so it may still be a great thing to buy. 2. Preventative belt change is a risk mitigation thing. From the risk perspective, there are many stories of cars that have been operated well beyond the recommended interval for the belt replacement (both in terms of time and or kms) with no adverse impact. The risk is, however, if the belt fails, you have lunched your engine. Catastr
  9. Yes it was. It was an attempt to strip out some stuff from the higher specced cars to bring a lower price point, basing it on the French Police version, which also eliminated the push button start and there was also a separate button to turn off the stop/start mechanism I believe and dial rather than climate control aircon I understand (all based on the French Police requirements, which were lower spec). In Europe they may well have had different mixes of the Cup versus Sport suspension acrtoss the models whereas in Australia we received only the Cup suspension (excepy for the French Pol
  10. I can believe this. Plus if you happen to buy a LY Meg, it’s really hard to be incognito. And of course there is no “I’m sorry officer it wasn’t me. It was one of the other 6 white/silver/grey/black Golf/Polos immediately near me” defence... 🤔
  11. That is a pretty subjective question for sure as one person’s fun could be meh to another and great roads will be fun at any speed in a great car. That said, I found the Meg to be a very fine road driving compromise with substantial urge from low to mid range giving satisfaction at both above and below legal speeds. Plus the sublime handling means twisties are great fun at all speeds (and the more wicked you take the corners, the more wickedly exciting the fun). The turbo urge is a big part and the LSD another. Great balance and huge fun even at legal speeds, but also if you nudge above t
  12. Quick mods, capture this moment - @speedfiend41 being the voice of reason... 😱 Back to the OP. The biggest differences between the cars are age and price between a 250 and a 275 (kinda obvious, because they span the gap of selling new from pre 2012 to 2017 ishh) That said, there are compelling reasons for a pre-facelift (250 or 265). Firstly, only the pre facelift has bi-xenon lighting options in some variants - typically the higher specced ones that also have the Recaros and some other fruity bits. The lights on the facelift ones are woeful. And I mean woeful... Secondly, be
  13. No152

    Unlikely Choice?

    Hey @RedFrog welcome to the forum, congrats on the new Rat Shit and a great intro post. You will definitely fit in around here. Like some others here, i managed to bypass the RWD Alfa thing - partly because they seemed to rust away faster than I could save up for them, and partly because watching mates with them suffer financial and emotional pain I thought better them than me... I recently bought a 147 for my daughter to learn on and so she can say for ever more her first car was an Alfa. Cruel, I know... I loved the rationale upon which the Meg arrived, so enjoy. I look f
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    New to forum

    I can vouch for this... 😳
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