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Hey everyone. I'm a Newbie so ill give as much info as possible. 

I'm need of some advice about buying this:

http://www.carsales.com.au/dealer/details/Renault-Megane-2006/OAG-AD-13664220/?Cr=1

Test drove it, wasn't as 'fast' as i thought it would be (would want to remap it) but it was sooooo smooth, no lag and the leather seats were really nice (happily surprised), plus i love the shape (looks tough and aggressive).

The VIN is:

VF1BM0M0660638411

 

1 - It says a sport cup? but is it?? 

 

2 - Should the 180k on the clock worry me?'

 

There is a load of servicing paper work and invoices with parts etc with their dates but no actual book with the servicing stamp... and the dealer didn't know if and when the belts were actually changed.. which worried me. 

Dealer has replaced loads of things for a RWC, (brakes, engine and gear box mounts).

 

I will be getting a 5 year warranty from "Sentinel".

--- So engine/electrical/turbo/mechanical things will hopefully be covered :) anyone know anything about this company?? 

 

There was no rattling on idle or weird noises when driving. No ticking, gears shifted smoothly etc. 

So pretty much I'd love any advice on what you would do, because I'm in the mindset of.... give it to me now! 

 

Got a super cheap price drive away, but rego is due in Jan and I'm banking on doing a belt change for piece of mind and a remap so thats going to be about $2000ish.

very keen to hear your opinions and advice. I could pick this up literally tomorrow. 

 



 

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Is that a 225 Phase 1 or 2? Avoid Phase 1.

 

The lack of service history (read: when the belts were last done) is more of a concern than the distance travelled.

The belts let go without any warning. There is no "belts need changing soon" sound, just a bang and the sound of broken valves bouncing around inside the cylinders, and a broken belt usually wrecks the engine enough to make repair uneconomical. An engine swap is cheaper to do. So change the belts on time or distance strictly as per the service schedule. If neither are known, change the belts immediately. On my last Clio purchase I made the sale conditional on the owner getting the car to the workshop without the belts breaking, and I only handed over the cash after the belts had been changed.

 

Having said that -- they are truely great cars. Their "fast" is all about handling -- breaking and cornering -- not straight line grunt. Get a V8 Commodore for that.

 

I have a Clio II not a Megane (the RSM has basically the same 2.0 litre engine as the Clio II but with a turbo) and on track, most other cars pull away on the straights (even the Meganes). Get to the corners though they are breaking earlier and are slower through the bends so I generally catch them up again (even the Meganes -- except maybe DOOOOK's Phase 1).

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It's a phase 2 but I have a phase 1 and I think it goes OK. Would you agree Vaughan?

 

You'll need to investigate that warranty provider. Some are not worth the paper they're written on. Having said that it did work for me with an Audi 90 I once drove off a used car lot.

 

I don't care for stamps in a book but invoices with parts used and work performed tells me a whole lot more about its service history.

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I believe this one is a Phase 2 non cup.

 

- bumpers and tail lights clearly phase 2

- 17" silver wheels

- mirror caps aren't anthracite

- plain rotors

 

the wheels are 18inch. I looked at the tyres to see what size and i remember seeing xxx/xx/R18..

 

I mentioned to the dealer that the mirrors were meant to be a grey colour.. he said people can easily paint over them. haha

 

Should I be looking for a cup model then? 

 

It's a phase 2 but I have a phase 1 and I think it goes OK. Would you agree Vaughan?

 

You'll need to investigate that warranty provider. Some are not worth the paper they're written on. Having said that it did work for me with an Audi 90 I once drove off a used car lot.

 

I don't care for stamps in a book but invoices with parts used and work performed tells me a whole lot more about its service history.

thanks mate.

 

yer I'm going to go back over all the Invoices again tomorrow. 

 

Any advice on who i go to to get the belts done? 

 

Would be ideal to get belts, service and remap all in one.

 

The dealer said he'd put another 3 months reg on it.. so I'm even more keen.

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this is another one, better service history but still would be due for a belt (and remap). 

 

https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Renault-Megane-2008/SSE-AD-4210653/?Cr=5

 

looks exactly the same to be honest, but has the grey mirrors but still no slotted rotors? Do all cups have slotted rotors? 

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