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After reading much about the MPG of Antaras, I have to say, I'm not too worried (Mine should be here mid June, manual SE nav)<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Here's why-
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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Currently we have a 2005 Renault Megane 1.4 petrol. It's small, the interior & boot are tiny. It's fraught with electronic issues, the inner door pockets fill with water, the boot lid drips water on you when you open it, it decides whether it will tick over or not, the headlight bulbs are almost impossible to change, it has no go in it whatsoever- in fact, it couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!! Double everything I've just wrote for the things that don't spring immediately to mind too, THEN.......... add to that, it does 38MPG with a VERY light right foot & on a good day!!!!!!!!
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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">So, if I can get 30-odd MPG with all the luxury & benefits that come with it, I'll be well happy!!

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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Even if you take a look at Ford's ecoboost technology, to me it's anything but impressive!
 

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♠ChumBucket♠ said:
<span style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">After reading much about the MPG of Antaras, I have to say, I'm not too worried (Mine should be here mid June, manual SE nav)</span><div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Here's why-
<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Currently we have a 2005 Renault Megane 1.4 petrol. It's small, the interior & boot are tiny. It's fraught with electronic issues, the inner door pockets fill with water, the boot lid drips water on you when you open it, it decides whether it will tick over or not, the headlight bulbs are almost impossible to change, it has no go in it whatsoever- in fact, it couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!! Double everything I've just wrote for the things that don't spring immediately to mind too, THEN.......... add to that, it does 38MPG with a VERY light right foot & on a good day!!!!!!!!
<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">So, if I can get 30-odd MPG with all the luxury & benefits that come with it, I'll be well happy!!

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<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Even if you take a look at Ford's ecoboost technology, to me it's anything but impressive!
Don't you just hate it when someone talks logically.
 

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â™ ChumBucketâ™  said:
<span style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">After reading much about the MPG of Antaras, I have to say, I'm not too worried (Mine should be here mid June, manual SE nav)</span><div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Here's why-
<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Currently we have a 2005 Renault Megane 1.4 petrol. It's small, the interior & boot are tiny. It's fraught with electronic issues, the inner door pockets fill with water, the boot lid drips water on you when you open it, it decides whether it will tick over or not, the headlight bulbs are almost impossible to change, it has no go in it whatsoever- in fact, it couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!! Double everything I've just wrote for the things that don't spring immediately to mind too, THEN.......... add to that, it does 38MPG with a VERY light right foot & on a good day!!!!!!!!
<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">So, if I can get 30-odd MPG with all the luxury & benefits that come with it, I'll be well happy!!

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Even if you take a look at Ford's ecoboost technology, to me it's anything but impressive!
Don't you just hate it when someone talks logically.
anything is better than those French cars believe you me, I had a Peugeot 807 for a year and had to spend £1000 to get bloody rid of it because the mother board had went rubbish cars. I forgot about the 807 until you mentioned French cars, dame you man lol
 

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anything is better than those French cars believe you me, I had a Peugeot 807 for a year and had to spend £1000 to get bloody rid of it because the mother board had went rubbish cars. I forgot about the 807 until you mentioned French cars, dame you man lol

Oh no Wilma



Why oh why oh why did you have to write that ?



Our good friend Grumps is a lover of all things "French", especially their motor cars and when he reads what you have written, he'll just "kick off".


I think that I will just take a 24 hour sabitical
 

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Now that you've brought it up John, Grumps didn't mention about magpie's Renault as he was too busy falling for the shine.
 

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â™ ChumBucketâ™  said:
After reading much about the MPG of Antaras, I have to say, I'm not too worried (Mine should be here mid June, manual SE nav)<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Here's why-
<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Currently we have a 2005 Renault Megane 1.4 petrol. It's small, the interior & boot are tiny. It's fraught with electronic issues, the inner door pockets fill with water, the boot lid drips water on you when you open it, it decides whether it will tick over or not, the headlight bulbs are almost impossible to change, it has no go in it whatsoever- in fact, it couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!! Double everything I've just wrote for the things that don't spring immediately to mind too, THEN.......... add to that, it does 38MPG with a VERY light right foot & on a good day!!!!!!!!
<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">So, if I can get 30-odd MPG with all the luxury & benefits that come with it, I'll be well happy!!

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Even if you take a look at Ford's ecoboost technology, to me it's anything but impressive!

Isn't it strange how different people have different experiences with particular motor cars. In the months leading up to me collecting my Antara, I had the "loan" of a 2008 Mk11 Renault Megane which had a 1600 petrol engine and I have to say that I was quite impressed for what it was.


My son owns a similar car and that is why I chose that model as my loan car as I had a good idea what to expect. My son has had his car for nearly three years and in that time he had to replace two tyres, a brake light bulb and the electric window regulator (drivers side) which was done under warranty.


I agree that there seems to be a problem with some of the electrics but in my experience, it is only to do with the electric window regulators which get corroded due to water dripping onto them down inside the rubber. Just last month my son took the car to the Renault garage because the regulator on the passengers side had packed in but there is a program in place where Renault pay the vast majority of the cost of supplying and fitting these regulators. I reckon that if it is a design fault they should be paying for it all but despite arguing the cause on behalf of my son, he had too splash out £30.
 

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Now that you've brought it up John, Grumps didn't mention about magpie's Renault as he was too busy falling for the shine.

Andy, you and I both know my friend, that a well polished car will leave Grumps salivating, irrespective of the make and model.
 

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Personally although he was impressed with Magpie's body work, I think the clincher was the plane

 

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Dilligaf said:
Now that you've brought it up John, Grumps didn't mention about magpie's Renault as he was too busy falling for the shine.

Andy, you and I both know my friend, that a well polished car will leave Grumps salivating, irrespective of the make and model. 
I can't argue with that

Off to get some beauty sleep (god knows I need it).Back to wotk tomorrow.
 

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Wilma for a woman you talk some sense when it comes to cars


I am saying nothing about French cars other than I'm not surprised you had problems it says it all really.

Now I know why you liked your Renault John when the pockets filled with water you probably thought it was a water feature and put a few fish in them.. Could come in handy for transporting them. Tbh that's about all the car would be good for.Edited by: Grumps
 

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â™ ChumBucketâ™  said:
After reading much about the MPG of Antaras, I have to say, I'm not too worried (Mine should be here mid June, manual SE nav)<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Here's why-
<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Currently we have a 2005 Renault Megane 1.4 petrol. It's small, the interior & boot are tiny. It's fraught with electronic issues, the inner door pockets fill with water, the boot lid drips water on you when you open it, it decides whether it will tick over or not, the headlight bulbs are almost impossible to change, it has no go in it whatsoever- in fact, it couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!! Double everything I've just wrote for the things that don't spring immediately to mind too, THEN.......... add to that, it does 38MPG with a VERY light right foot & on a good day!!!!!!!!
<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">So, if I can get 30-odd MPG with all the luxury & benefits that come with it, I'll be well happy!!

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">

<div style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Even if you take a look at Ford's ecoboost technology, to me it's anything but impressive!

Isn't it strange how different people have different experiences with particular motor cars. In the months leading up to me collecting my Antara, I had the "loan" of a 2008 Mk11 Renault Megane which had a 1600 petrol engine and I have to say that I was quite impressed for what it was.


My son owns a similar car and that is why I chose that model as my loan car as I had a good idea what to expect. My son has had his car for nearly three years and in that time he had to replace two tyres, a brake light bulb and the electric window regulator (drivers side) which was done under warranty.


I agree that there seems to be a problem with some of the electrics but in my experience, it is only to do with the electric window regulators which get corroded due to water dripping onto them down inside the rubber. Just last month my son took the car to the Renault garage because the regulator on the passengers side had packed in but there is a program in place where Renault pay the vast majority of the cost of supplying and fitting these regulators. I reckon that if it is a design fault they should be paying for it all but despite arguing the cause on behalf of my son, he had too splash out £30.

I reckon your son must be "lucky"!!!

You should have a read of the Megane II owners forum- if I had I would never have bought it!
All 4 window regulators have been done on mine, the last one costing me £100. Ignition coils are another common problem. It's main problem is the amount of throttle it needs to "cruise" along on the flat. You can't just slightly depress it & coast along with the momentum (like you can with any other car) or it kangaroos, only depressing the throttle a good half way cures it!! I've tried everything to get to the bottom of this (makes for a miserable drive) & the outcome seems to be that it's just acharacteristicof this car!
On tick-over the whole car wobbles sometimes when at a standstill- again apparently anothercharacteristicof this car. The list goes on I'm afraid.
 

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Wilma for a woman you talk some sense when it comes to cars


I am saying nothing about French cars other than I'm not surprised you had problems it says it all really.

Now I know why you liked your Renault John when the pockets filled with water you probably thought it was a water feature and put a few fish in them.. Could come in handy for transporting them. Tbh that's about all the car would be good for.
Thank you Mr Grumps you like me like to see a well polished car, this means it is well looked after.
Unfortunately I have had 5 French cars that have had problems and I would never purchase again but it also goes for the 4 Nissans we have had we have also had 2 VW Scerroco's old style I think the new style does nothing for the car as curves and shape the VX GTS looks better, we have had a Honda CRX, Ford Explorer now that was a 4x4 I do not understand why Ford in the Uk never continued with that range of car, then lastly we have had Vauxhalls, I had a Vauxhall Astra (D) plate that car I adored even loved it had done 100025 miles when it gave up the ghost I cried that day the scrapy took it away, My husband had a Opal Manta with big fog light attached to it when I met him a some 20+years ago know i have come full circle and have a Vauxhall for the 4th time as I have had 2 Vectras 2.2 or 2.4 SRI.
On my last word my husband feels that the Antara has a firmer ride than the Captiva which I prefere he does not, as I feel this help's to soak up the bumps better in the roads,
I also agree with my husband ( and I can assure you not very often) that GM and Opal are the same sister company so why such a price difference between cars with such good Speck, so than comes into question does it not as the Antara has the same engine as the Captiva.
And that you can only compaire the Antara with the Captiva and not I repeat not the others soft SUV's such as Honda, Nissan,Citron, Peugeot etc. so what are the car magazine's comparing them with comes into question does it not, apart from top gear who are a bunch of upper class twats who would not be able to compare a bee from a wasp.
as you see I could go on but I won't although there is, room for discussion I feel? Edited by: wilma08
 

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I reckon your son must be "lucky"!!!
You should have a read of the Megane II owners forum- if I had I would never have bought it!
All 4 window regulators have been done on mine, the last one costing me £100. Ignition coils are another common problem. It's main problem is the amount of throttle it needs to "cruise" along on the flat. You can't just slightly depress it & coast along with the momentum (like you can with any other car) or it kangaroos, only depressing the throttle a good half way cures it!! I've tried everything to get to the bottom of this (makes for a miserable drive) & the outcome seems to be that it's just acharacteristicof this car!
On tick-over the whole car wobbles sometimes when at a standstill- again apparently anothercharacteristicof this car. The list goes on I'm afraid.

I hope that my son continues to be "lucky" but like most material things, your own personal evaluations form the overall opinion.


Prior to me getting the Ford Kuga, I had a Renault Scenic for 8 years and once more it was great. No major problems, the odd tyre here and there and I changed the timing belt at 60k were the biggest outlay that I had for the car.


At the time of purchase I was looking for a car that could be used to easily transport two growing boys but still be able to use to go on holiday etc and again the Scenic fitted the bill.


The worst car that I have ever owned and I have had over twenty over the years was a Ford Escort XR3, I bought it from a local dealership (second hand) and it spent longer in the garage than I ever had it to drive.


Six months later I came to an arrangement that I could "swap" the XR3 for another car and it just happened there was a slightly older Golf GTI, which I willingly accepted.


Now that was a car
 

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â™ ChumBucketâ™  said:
I reckon your son must be "lucky"!!!
You should have a read of the Megane II owners forum- if I had I would never have bought it!
All 4 window regulators have been done on mine, the last one costing me £100. Ignition coils are another common problem. It's main problem is the amount of throttle it needs to "cruise" along on the flat. You can't just slightly depress it & coast along with the momentum (like you can with any other car) or it kangaroos, only depressing the throttle a good half way cures it!! I've tried everything to get to the bottom of this (makes for a miserable drive) & the outcome seems to be that it's just acharacteristicof this car!
On tick-over the whole car wobbles sometimes when at a standstill- again apparently anothercharacteristicof this car. The list goes on I'm afraid.

I hope that my son continues to be "lucky" but like most material things, your own personal evaluations form the overall opinion.


Prior to me getting the Ford Kuga, I had a Renault Scenic for 8 years and once more it was great. No major problems, the odd tyre here and there and I changed the timing belt at 60k were the biggest outlay that I had for the car.


At the time of purchase I was looking for a car that could be used to easily transport two growing boys but still be able to use to go on holiday etc and again the Scenic fitted the bill.


The worst car that I have ever owned and I have had over twenty over the years was a Ford Escort XR3, I bought it from a local dealership (second hand) and it spent longer in the garage than I ever had it to drive.


Six months later I came to an arrangement that I could "swap" the XR3 for another car and it just happened there was a slightly older Golf GTI, which I willingly accepted.


Now that was a car

I did have aRenaultKangoo van for 6 years & it never missed a beat, it was a greatworkhorse! It finally gave up the ghost with an electronic problem (key/ignition/immobiliser issue) that was going to cost more to repair than the van was worth. The van didn't owe me a penny & so I let it be towed away for £150. It was replaced by a Fiat Doblo 1.3 multijet- & in the 3yearsof ownershiphas been brilliant also.


You have been fortunate with the Megane, ours has been a pain & the net is full of disgruntled owners- more so than any other vehicle I've researched!!
There will always be bad eggs but when the numbers mount up it's usually down to more entrenched issues IMO.
 

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My only French experience - well, as far as cars are concerned - was with a Citroën GS Club in the 70's. It was a lovely car to drive and the hydropneumatic was fantastic as long as you stopped well short of the car in front because the body kept going after the wheels were still.
However, the down side was maintenance. Just to change the clutch you had to take the from end off and then take the engine out or, at least move it forwards. What a pain in the butt!

Like may cars French, it was a marvel of engineering but required a team of professional engineers to look after it. Of course, we have moved on since then and all vehicles are complex now but I think it says a whole lot about the French attitude to cars and it certainly is not following the KISS concept.
 

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My antara is currently averaging 35.7 mpg since I bought it -I'm very happy with this and if it gets better so be it.

I never believe the figures published in any of the books, I usually knock 10 to 15% off and feel you will be somewhere about near.

My last car Megane Coupe GT struggled to do 30mpg and was like that from new despite renault figures being way over, they looked at it but based on average mph and said it was low but that's the way the car is!!! I also had a Laguna coupe and I personally think that was one of the bet looking cars I have owned, I think got mid 40s from that. I didnt have any major problems with the Renault but certainly wouldn't keep one out of the warranty.

My Leon FR tdi did around 40mpg, but the front tyres need replacing every 6,000 to 8,000 miles at £150 a piece hit the pocket but not many cars will wheel spin in 3rd!!
 
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