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Offline Robert  
#1 Posted : 20 March 2017 20:37:47(UTC)
Robert


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Location: Prague

Hello, I'm planing to buy a 2010 Megane RS 250 from some independent dealer. The car has around 68.000 miles on the dash. I drove already the car, but couldn't really push it, didn't have the place for it.

My question is, what should I check before buying. This is not a usual car and there is a possibility the previous owner abused it.

From my drive I notice that the steering is heavy when taking a corner, but I would expect its normal (I really dont know). Also noticed that the steering wheel its not exactly in the center when the wheels are strait, but that I mean, it seems to be on the left side by 2-3 degrees. I tried to do the start without the hands on the steering wheel and they don't seem to pull on left or right. The same I did for stop, from 20 mph, hands off the steering wheel and brake, and again didn't seem to pull left or right.

Another issue I saw is the tire pressure sensors on the right side of the car, were complaining, like it cant read or issue with the pressure, don't remember exactly.

Should I worry? The car is not that expensive and overall seems to drive nicely, but don't wanna spend and then need to spend more, at least for one or two years.

Also, off-topic, would CHIP tuning the engine to 260-270 bhp would decrease fuel consumption? I know that the 265 and 270 versions have been fuel economy.

Any tips or info would be greatly appreciated!
Offline Buffalo Girls  
#2 Posted : 20 March 2017 20:51:10(UTC)
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Any service history?
Offline Robert  
#3 Posted : 20 March 2017 20:55:28(UTC)
Robert


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Location: Prague

We didn't ask, as we just test drove the car. Lets say it doesn't, but it should.
Offline John_walker74  
#4 Posted : 20 March 2017 21:22:56(UTC)
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Location: Buckingham

Warn swivel hubs are quite common on these. Make a horrible creaking noise at low speed e.g. when parking.

Front pads can seize in the calipers and bind, wearing the disc and pads unevenly.

Generally they are quite reliable cars if they are serviced properly.

Do you have a link to the advert?
Offline Robert  
#5 Posted : 20 March 2017 21:24:41(UTC)
Robert


Posts: 5
Location: Prague

Yes, but not in a language you can understand :)

https://www.sauto.cz/oso.../renault/megane/17076473
Offline John_walker74  
#6 Posted : 21 March 2017 07:10:28(UTC)
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Posts: 784
Location: Buckingham

Google translate helps out, but yes my Czech is no way near as good as your English!
Offline Robert  
#7 Posted : 21 March 2017 08:22:36(UTC)
Robert


Posts: 5
Location: Prague

So I called today and found out that it doesn't have a services history. Is that bad? Should I buy it?
Offline Georgeski  
#8 Posted : 21 March 2017 08:34:23(UTC)
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I personally wouldn't buy a car without service history.
Offline Buffalo Girls  
#9 Posted : 21 March 2017 09:08:21(UTC)
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Nor me. There must be some history at least. If not, I would avoid it
Offline ray ban  
#10 Posted : 21 March 2017 10:25:14(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Buffalo Girls Go to Quoted Post
Nor me. There must be some history at least. If not, I would avoid it

Nor me...
Cambelt change a ££££££££
1.5 days of a job, so look at the labour charge thereCry Cry
Offline eccentric1  
#11 Posted : 21 March 2017 14:26:39(UTC)
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Location: In exile in Bavaria

No service history means you can't verify what essential maintenance or repairs have been done, therefore you have no idea what needs to be done. As others have said, just the cam belt change will be a money pit.

If there's no official service history are there at least any receipts for repairs or maintenance carried out?
Admittedly it was a 16 year old car with 270,000km that I'd had repaired at a local garage for the last few years so they couldn't stamp the service booklet, but when I sold my previous Alfa it had receipts for all work done. This sometimes helps.
Offline Robert  
#12 Posted : 23 March 2017 12:24:26(UTC)
Robert


Posts: 5
Location: Prague

Thanks guys for the answers. But when you guys say that the cambelt can be a lot of money to replace, what does that exactly means? I mean how much could it be? I know you guys can't tell me exactly, but an approximation maybe.
Offline ray ban  
#13 Posted : 23 March 2017 17:31:54(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Robert Go to Quoted Post
Thanks guys for the answers. But when you guys say that the cambelt can be a lot of money to replace, what does that exactly means? I mean how much could it be? I know you guys can't tell me exactly, but an approximation maybe.


Ring a Renault Dealer up & ask!

Make sure you are sitting down tho!Cry Cry

Offline Black225  
#14 Posted : 23 March 2017 22:15:58(UTC)
Black225


Posts: 1,015
Location: On The Edge

Renaultsport specialist (not Renault dealer):- http://k-tecracing.com/w...itted_parts.asp?catid=90

I paid just short of £1000 for a 5 year service including cam belt, but not water pump, using a Renault dealer on my old 225. And that was nearly 7 years ago.
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