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Newbie here,

 

I've only just started looking for a Renault Sport model car in the last week or so, actually went and had a look at my first RS250 yesterday and fell in love with the car. the model I saw was a 2011 with 70K on the odometer, RS yellow with 265 rims had a few small dints on the roof. I was surprised how cheap some of the cars are for sale on Car Sales & Gumtree being 2011 models and above. 

 

I have done some research on problems and cant find much other than one guy saying he had an engine mount that had broken and another guy saying he had some tyre wear and a sore jaw from grinning too much. I'm sure I'm in the right place to ask, 'What long term reliability problems are there and what would you guys/girls look for when purchasing a RS250 or 265?" 

 

Feel free to throw thoughts of models & whatever comes to mind that may be useful to me.

 

BTW i'm looking at spending anywhere fro 20k - 25k.

 

Thanks,

Alex!

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Hi and welcome!

I've got an rs265 trophy+, no issues, I've had it for about 2 years now

I've been on the forum since before then and the only real issue has been a couple people having problems with clutch wear. In regards to numbers it's very low - best to have a nice feel of the great box and clutch etc when test driving. I don't really know enough about the mechanics behind it to make much of a comment

Otherwise it's only bits and pieces like the rubber lining "rabbit ear"-ing at the tail end of the rear windows. Maybe some issues with the radio, but basically nothing.

The body work/panels don't seem to fit that great, which was something I used to care about until i bought one!!

Just bear in mind there are 2013 and pre-facelift 2014 models that were sold after July 2014 which come with 5 year warranty (well, the balance of it now) so it's worth asking about this. I only just found out that my warranty doesn't expire until 2019! Amazing ...

Check out the classifieds section in the forum, as the people on here tend to over service their cars and get them looked after by people like Paul V and renotech who are always going to be far better than dealers at taking care of these beauties.

 

If you're in Sydney or if you're buying from Sydney definitely get the above-mentioned mechanics to do a once over on the car you're about to buy.

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Good advice. I have nothing to add except welcome to the forum

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Ditto. Welcome to the forum. For the top end of your budget you could get a newer model than 2011 in all probability and potentially fully loaded one.

 

Good luck with your search. Start those jaw exercises now to prepare for extended grinning...

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Dont shy away from high K's.

 

You could save a pretty penny and will be running fine.

 

Had my 250 for 2 years and at 105k's now going strong.

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Thanks for the advice,

I have heard of newer models offering 5 year warranty so I'll keep an eye out for one. Also thanks for advice on Sydney mechanics like renotech that would do a proper job.

 

I'm still a little gobsmacked on some of the prices, compared to something like a Gof GTI it's an easy choice!

 

Looking forward to some track fun :)

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Not so much a longevity perspective as a value perspective. Difference on orice between a low km example and high km is not too great.

 

They are indeed robust and capable of handling lots of km's with good basic servicing.

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I am really suprised that the little difference in price between a high km compared to a low km. Still my mind would be at ease to know that the car has only traveled 40k compared to 105k. Would you say timing belt should be done at 4 years or 100k?? What if the car only has 40k and its a 2011 model?

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I am really suprised that the little difference in price between a high km compared to a low km. Still my mind would be at ease to know that the car has only traveled 40k compared to 105k. Would you say timing belt should be done at 4 years or 100k?? What if the car only has 40k and its a 2011 model?

Welcome to the forum. I have had my MY 2012 265 for 3 years/75K km now and love every time I get to drive it. With regard to the belts the manual says '4 years or 100K km' whichever comes first. Which obviously means the belts should have been done in 2015. Logic tells you, that if the car hasn't done, or isn't near the 100K km mark, you should be able to to extend the time frame a bit, especially as the cost of changing them is significant. The thing to consider though, is it more costly to repair/replace a motor if the belt fails. Like a lot of things in life it's a gamble and some people are lucky and some aren't. Chances are you may get away with not doing them until 100K km but then it is your decision/responsibility. A word to Julian or Miles at Renotech (who have a great reputation on this forum) will provide an insight to the issues. Hope that helps. Good luck with your search. You won't regret buying one once you find one that suits.

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Factory specs are very clear. If km's are low it goes on time. Don't risk lunching your motor to take such a gamble.

 

Remember the belts are both under tension and losing elasticity whether the engine is running or not hence why there is a time limit as well as a km limit.

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Just to add to the belts thing, there's just no point in not doing them on time.

 

Firstly you have to drive around scared that they will break - which is generally depressing, secondly the car will run sub-optimally and you won't enjoy it as much.

 

At $250 per year, it's not a huge operating cost. It's just a few hundred bucks to add a nice running motor to your enjoyment.

 

Hardly a deal breaker on running-costs.

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how much do timing belts usually cost to replace in Sydney?

 

Talk to Renotech they'll look after you, belts are cheaper than you think on a Meg 3, cheaper than a Clio 2 anyway.

 

Belts are probably the most crucial maintenance item so either look for a car that's had them done or negotiate away the cost of belts if they haven't been done. There are many Meg 3s out there now needing belts. Don't get the base spec Cup, its horrible compared to the Trophee. Keyless entry, keyless locking, keyless start, Xenons, Recaros, leather, its just so much fat for such a small price difference you will regret not going for the best spec and getting a slightly older car :wink: 

 

I bought a Cup recently which gives me the sh!t$ compared to the Trophee I used to own, but I'm not fussed because I intend to strip it out as a track car eventually, but until then I'll remain annoyed every time I have to press the button on the remote or put it in the fricking key slot to start the car....

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Was 800ish including the tensioners (no water pump) from memory! 

 

Good luck with the hunt. As what Ace said - there's little price difference between a Cup and a Cup Trophee. Get the latter and it has so much kit for the cash! 

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More kit = more good.  Except with the Trophy R, where less = more good...  :mrgreen:

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Haha, 

 

I was wondering what the difference was from the Cup & Trophee, I've only inspected a 2011 Trophee so far. I wont be steering away from those recaro seats and the keyless everything option is pretty awesome.

 

Is there any difference between the 2011 - 2013 model Trophee?? I noticed small things like seat belt colours and GPS/coloured display unit.

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Haha,

 

I was wondering what the difference was from the Cup & Trophee, I've only inspected a 2011 Trophee so far. I wont be steering away from those recaro seats and the keyless everything option is pretty awesome.

 

Is there any difference between the 2011 - 2013 model Trophee?? I noticed small things like seat belt colours and GPS/coloured display unit.

That era of model naming and options is the most confusing thing known to humankind - this is not an understatement!! Last count there were 7 model names and I think almost all of the non-special editions had options. Needless to say, I can't answer your question, but if someone can they are an absolute genius.

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Newbie here,

 

Ok so I am trying to make up my mind on an rs250 i recently inspected. Revs check says that it was origianlly bought in VIC and last year ran out of NSW rego around august. Car is a yellow 2011 with old rego plates being REN250. Does anyone know of this car? 72000ks on the odometer currently on carsales. Would love to hear some past stories if anyone knows of it:)

 

Cheers,

Alex

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Did that belong to mothman?

 

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Good advice. I have nothing to add except welcome to the forum

I concour with Deb ! Welcome

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I'm from the U.K. & there are a lot of 225s, r26s & rs250 getting around quite happily with 160.000 + MILES on the clock. Don't be put off by Kms, just go for a spot on service history.

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Newbie here,

 

Ok so I am trying to make up my mind on an rs250 i recently inspected. Revs check says that it was origianlly bought in VIC and last year ran out of NSW rego around august. Car is a yellow 2011 with old rego plates being REN250. Does anyone know of this car? 72000ks on the odometer currently on carsales. Would love to hear some past stories if anyone knows of it:)

 

Cheers,

Alex

Sound like the one mentioned in the first post in this thread...

I reckon the silence means no one knows it.

Put up a link in the RS cars for sale (non-member) thread and see if there are any bights

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Picked up my 2012 RS265 Trophy in Luna Grey last night from a gentleman in woollarah, only 33k's on the clock!pics to come real soon!

 

Anyone know of AP Automotive in Carlton NSW for a good service?

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Picked up my 2012 RS265 Trophy in Luna Grey last night from a gentleman in woollarah, only 33k's on the clock!pics to come real soon!

 

Anyone know of AP Automotive in Carlton NSW for a good service?

Congrats!!

The names that get thrown around here are Renotech and Paul V at i think AP automotive, so I'd imagine that's the same place (have no idea if it's in Carlton or not).

If there's a Paul V there, then he comes highly recommended!

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Sounds good!

 

Service is due in the next 5000 but just to be 100% I think I'll drop off for a quick service plus the pads are a little squeeky so they're warning me for a change.

 

The car has been really well looked after and after a long search, I think I found the right one.

 

Any meetups happening soon?

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Hi folks, I hope it’s not frowned upon commenting a slightly different topic in this thread but I think it’s somewhat relevant.

I noticed quite a few people in this thread mention Renotech in Sydney for servicing repair needs but unfortunately I am up on the Gold Coast. I’ve searched Renotech for the Gold Coast and Brisbane with no luck and I’ve done some searches for Renault workshops up here with some results coming up but obviously I have no idea if the workshops are reputable or not...all the google reviews for them are split down the middle saying they are amazing or absolutely horrible haha. 

Can anyone on here that has had first hand experience recommend a reputable workshop either on the Gold Coast or Brisbane? 

I am new to the forum and a new Renault owner. I pick up my 2014 Renault Megane RS 265 Cup on Monday. Very excited!

any info is greatly appreciated.

cheers

Aaron 

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43 minutes ago, Azza37 said:

Hi folks, I hope it’s not frowned upon commenting a slightly different topic in this thread but I think it’s somewhat relevant.

I noticed quite a few people in this thread mention Renotech in Sydney for servicing repair needs but unfortunately I am up on the Gold Coast. I’ve searched Renotech for the Gold Coast and Brisbane with no luck and I’ve done some searches for Renault workshops up here with some results coming up but obviously I have no idea if the workshops are reputable or not...all the google reviews for them are split down the middle saying they are amazing or absolutely horrible haha. 

Can anyone on here that has had first hand experience recommend a reputable workshop either on the Gold Coast or Brisbane? 

I am new to the forum and a new Renault owner. I pick up my 2014 Renault Megane RS 265 Cup on Monday. Very excited!

any info is greatly appreciated.

cheers

Aaron 

Hi Aaron,

I use Le French Motor in Woolloongabba and have found their service and knowledge exceptional. A French guy trained in France to work on French cars makes sense to me ....

Some here will certainly disagree but since you're after opinions based on experience you'll have to try one and see for yourself.

Cheers.

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Hi there, that’s great, thanks very much.

Yes a French mechanic that specifies in French cars sounds like a winning formula to me. I will put this workshop down on my list of places to try out. I definitely don’t mind travelling up to Brissy from the coast either if it means leaving my car with  a quality mechanic that knows his way around it. 

Cheers

Aaron 

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