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New to Renault - 275 Cup Premium Owner


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G'day Team,

Bought a 275 cup premium, have never owned a Renault before or anything French so definitely some 'niggles' to get used to.

My plan with the car is to use it just for weekend blasts, I have a boring daily for the commute to the office.

Am planning on doing some light track days with it also (I'm in Melbourne so COVID permitting).

Anything I should do to the car right now? I have just over the weekend updated the FANTASTIC...(ha) R-Link software via USB, but any other advice on small upgrades would be great!

When I go for track days, plan will be just pads, fluid maybe braided lines if I can be bothered but not really going for lap records just for the fun.

Any advice is welcome! 

Cheers,

Toby

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Nice! For gentle track days the stock pads are just fine, just change the fluid to decent quality, I run penrite race fluid and have had no problems.

If you have an android phone I would thoroughly recommend having android auto enabled on the R-Link, takes it from a bit pointless/gimicky to very usable. If you are an Apple fanboi you'll already be basking in your own sense of self supremacy so disregard me entirely.

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Hi Toby and welcome to the crazy world of French vehicle ownership. You won't be dissapointed 🏁

1st thing with any RS Megane is make sure the maintenance schedule is up to date. Biggy here is the timing belt. 2 of Melbourne's top Renault specialists are Alpine Affaire and Virage Motors. Nobody takes an older RS back to the Dealer.

Other then that as soon as restrictions permit fill the tank with some 98 and head up the Spurs. Reefton to Marysville for lunch then home via Black Spur. You can thank me later  :headbang:

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15 hours ago, Matt205 said:

Nice! For gentle track days the stock pads are just fine, just change the fluid to decent quality, I run penrite race fluid and have had no problems.

If you have an android phone I would thoroughly recommend having android auto enabled on the R-Link, takes it from a bit pointless/gimicky to very usable. If you are an Apple fanboi you'll already be basking in your own sense of self supremacy so disregard me entirely.

Awesome, less work! I'll definitely just try it out on track this way first if I feel I need to upgrade I will at a later date.

I did read the thread on Android auto, yes Iphone is my weapon of choice too stuck in my ways to change now but I did see a company making it work https://www.naviplus.com.au/online-store/Renault-Megane-2013-2017-Apple-CarPlay-%26-Android-Auto-Integration-for-R-Link-p178588058 anyone given this a go? $900 seems steep though.

 

 

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11 hours ago, MM-RS250 said:

Hi Toby and welcome to the crazy world of French vehicle ownership. You won't be dissapointed 🏁

1st thing with any RS Megane is make sure the maintenance schedule is up to date. Biggy here is the timing belt. 2 of Melbourne's top Renault specialists are Alpine Affaire and Virage Motors. Nobody takes an older RS back to the Dealer.

Other then that as soon as restrictions permit fill the tank with some 98 and head up the Spurs. Reefton to Marysville for lunch then home via Black Spur. You can thank me later  :headbang:

Thanks for the tip on Mechanics - I've chatted to Carl at Virage (it's closest to me) will send it to determine if the timing belt has been done and for him to have a look, sounds like an absolute gun! 

I've been doing some research on great roads around the area so I'll have to check it out - have you seen/used the App "Roads by Porsche" it's a mapping app exclusively used to get you to great driving roads, worth checking out! 

Also the pops and bangs are the best part of ownership so far, even the girls in the office love it!

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Nice! For gentle track days the stock pads are just fine, just change the fluid to decent quality, I run penrite race fluid and have had no problems.
If you have an android phone I would thoroughly recommend having android auto enabled on the R-Link, takes it from a bit pointless/gimicky to very usable. If you are an Apple fanboi you'll already be basking in your own sense of self supremacy so disregard me entirely.

Now now... tell me more about this android and apple car play jazz ?

Very interested in this ....


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Are you asking for more commentary on Android v Apple? 🤣

R-Link, I can only speak to my experience with Android Auto, yet to see anyone confirm that CarPlay works and I see you are an iPhone user.

There's many threads already on the topic but effectively it allows the use of phone based navigation and media apps on the stock setup. With AA it will also read and allow you to respond to sms and make calls via voice command.

I have a thing about phones in cars, hate seeing things stuck to windscreens (think it should be banned) and cables running everywhere so my phone lives in my centre console connected via a hidden usb cable to the R-Link.

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Are you asking for more commentary on Android v Apple? [emoji1787]
R-Link, I can only speak to my experience with Android Auto, yet to see anyone confirm that CarPlay works and I see you are an iPhone user.
There's many threads already on the topic but effectively it allows the use of phone based navigation and media apps on the stock setup. With AA it will also read and allow you to respond to sms and make calls via voice command.
I have a thing about phones in cars, hate seeing things stuck to windscreens (think it should be banned) and cables running everywhere so my phone lives in my centre console connected via a hidden usb cable to the R-Link.

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the update. I think regardless of phone manufacturer (I actually have both) I was curious how the install went, price etc?

I’m quite keen on getting it if it works?


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It's potentially a free upgrade assuming you have R-Link already. You just need the compatible OBDII cable and a copy of DDT4ALL which can be downloaded.

Or a friendly forum member with the above to help you out.

I guess you could ask a dealer to enable, but as far as I know it's not an "official" option.

The reality is the MFD unit is somewhat generic and used by many manufacturers which would explain why it's there but perhaps not offered as an option by some.

It definitely works on AA, I use it everytime I'm in the car.

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