Any new Megane RS 280/300 owners?

Any new Megane RS 280/300 owners?

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sorrento205

2,838 posts

200 months

Saturday 6th February
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Ant RS said:
Thanks for your input much appreciated, I know the M2 would be a slightly better car, but then you are paying 50k plus?

I still have to ferry my children around is there still enough room in the back? As I say haven't had a chance to drive or have a look at the car. I know the interior looks better now with the new updated system, i have a kadjar as the family car and I am trading that in with the Rs? One thing I do like is the look of the rs.

Anyway thanks for your comments.
Space in the back is a let down in my opinion. I have standard seats which look very deep and eat up precious legroom. I dont know if option seats are better. I came from a mk7.5 Golf GTI which felt like a more spacious cabin and even like a smaller body.

likesachange

2,359 posts

158 months

Saturday 6th February
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sorrento205 said:
Space in the back is a let down in my opinion. I have standard seats which look very deep and eat up precious legroom. I dont know if option seats are better. I came from a mk7.5 Golf GTI which felt like a more spacious cabin and even like a smaller body.
Am surprised there’s much difference between the two.

I had a mk7.5 golf R and have Recaros in the Megane and certainly the front doesn’t seem less roomy and my 3 yr old sits in back and can’t reach the back of the Recaros with her feet when my wife is in the front

resolve10

246 posts

9 months

Saturday 6th February
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Ant RS said:
Thanks for your input much appreciated, I know the M2 would be a slightly better car, but then you are paying 50k plus?

I still have to ferry my children around is there still enough room in the back?
Yeah exactly. To give some perspective, I got my M2 at 18 months old for £37k. The Megane was 12 months old and cost me under £25k. I don't want to come down on the M2 because it was brilliant, but in terms of value for money the Megane wins out. You just need to adjust your expectations accordingly as it isn't as well designed or well put together as the BMW, but it definitley has more flair and character. I don't think you'll be dissapointed.

Rear space is fine, I have a tall 10 year old and she fits in the back fine even with the seat adjusted for me (6ft, long legs). I would say the Recaro's definitely offer more rear space though by virtue of being slimmer. I do wish I had them in mine and I keep checking Ebay for a set, as they do lift the interior up a level. I couldn't find a Recaro equipped car for under £27k at the time I was looking. If you have the standard seats with alcantara that's a nice compromise (I have the basic cloth seats).




Ant RS

12 posts

2 months

Saturday 6th February
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Great thanks, I do believe the facelift has better interior now with the new dash ect. This is the first rs model i am buying but I still think the rs Mégane looks great!!

We have just bought my son's first car which is a rs twingo!!!

likesachange

2,359 posts

158 months

Saturday 6th February
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Ant RS said:
Great thanks, I do believe the facelift has better interior now with the new dash ect. This is the first rs model i am buying but I still think the rs Mégane looks great!!

We have just bought my son's first car which is a rs twingo!!!
Your first RS and you get two! Nice. Love the little twingo RS almost forgot about those tbh.

resolve10

246 posts

9 months

Saturday 6th February
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The RS Twingo is a brilliant little car, I really wanted one when they were new but the arrival of the aforementioned 10 year old ruled it out (boot nowhere near big enough for pushchair!)

Luke.

9,499 posts

214 months

Saturday 6th February
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I leased our 300 RS Trophy without seeing one before and absolutely love it. Reminds me of being a teenager again hurtling around in my old Mini Cooper. Totally different to drive, but just makes you smile and is huge fun. Had a Golf R a couple of years back which bored me to bits, but this is a whole different league of character. Enjoy.

Ant RS

12 posts

2 months

Saturday 6th February
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Cheers, was seriously considering the trophy and had a chance of a pre reg one with the recaro seats which look great, but found a brand new rs 300 EDC facelift which as I mentioned before has the upgraded seats but not the recaros?

But as it is a daily I just think the sport chassis would be better suited for our needs.

Think if I was going to track the car I would have gone with the trophy? It is just a shame you can't order the recaros on the facelift rs 300 EDC as you can only order with the trophy model now.

likesachange

2,359 posts

158 months

Saturday 6th February
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Ant RS said:
Cheers, was seriously considering the trophy and had a chance of a pre reg one with the recaro seats which look great, but found a brand new rs 300 EDC facelift which as I mentioned before has the upgraded seats but not the recaros?

But as it is a daily I just think the sport chassis would be better suited for our needs.

Think if I was going to track the car I would have gone with the trophy? It is just a shame you can't order the recaros on the facelift rs 300 EDC as you can only order with the trophy model now.
I think you’ve made the right decision tbh. Even I’m suprised at how firm the trophy is and I’ve had some pretty track orientated cars

Luke.

9,499 posts

214 months

Saturday 6th February
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No idea why, but don't find it that firm really. Just handles nicely and feels taught.

Wonderman

568 posts

159 months

Sunday 7th February
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likesachange said:
I will try and remember to post in here when time comes biggrin
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Wonderman

568 posts

159 months

Sunday 7th February
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likesachange said:
I think you’ve made the right decision tbh. Even I’m suprised at how firm the trophy is and I’ve had some pretty track orientated cars
What pressures are you running on the tyres, mine was delivered with high 30s PSI and I didn't think it was that bad tbh, will have a play with pressures once lockdown is over (I work from home at present), so looking for recommendations for base settings (std wheels, std SC2 tyres).

Quickmick

65 posts

36 months

Sunday 7th February
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Has anyone experienced issues on their Trophy 300 with juddering steering when on lock at slow speed. It tended to be just when cold when I first noticed it but now does it all the time and with not much lock applied. Beginning to think the diff has broken as torque steer is getting quite violent and wheelspins in 3rd quite easily now even with traction control on. Car is 6 months old and done 2000 miles.

Luke.

9,499 posts

214 months

Sunday 7th February
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Quickmick said:
Has anyone experienced issues on their Trophy 300 with juddering steering when on lock at slow speed. It tended to be just when cold when I first noticed it but now does it all the time and with not much lock applied. Beginning to think the diff has broken as torque steer is getting quite violent and wheelspins in 3rd quite easily now even with traction control on. Car is 6 months old and done 2000 miles.
I do.

Also get a random squeak from mine.

Plus, had the battery issue.

And, no washer fluid getting the rear wash wipe.

Bloody love the car though.

Just remembered, I had new windscreen put in too after it picked up a chip.

The car's only done 1600 miles...

Edited by Luke. on Sunday 7th February 13:02

resolve10

246 posts

9 months

Sunday 7th February
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Quickmick said:
Has anyone experienced issues on their Trophy 300 with juddering steering when on lock at slow speed. It tended to be just when cold when I first noticed it but now does it all the time and with not much lock applied. Beginning to think the diff has broken as torque steer is getting quite violent and wheelspins in 3rd quite easily now even with traction control on. Car is 6 months old and done 2000 miles.
Any car with a diff will do that to some extent. The inside wheel is taking a shorter path but both front wheels want to spin at the same speed, hence the juddering. I can't say I notice mine on anything other than full lock so might be worth having it checked over.

Quickmick

65 posts

36 months

Sunday 7th February
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Thanks for the replies. Yeah a bit of juddering to be expected but a bit worrying that its got significantly worse recently. Best to get it checked as suggested.

notfub

21 posts

150 months

Sunday 7th February
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resolve10 said:
you'll have proper climate control switches rather than a daft touch screen system you can't safely use on the move.
I control my climate with the two rotary dials underneath the touchscreen. They are just plain dials on the original whereas the facelift/phase 2 has the temp readout led's in the centre of the dials.

I readily admit using the touchscreen is a pita.

For those contacting their dealer for the battery software update, quote "actis solution 60533".

resolve10

246 posts

9 months

Sunday 7th February
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notfub said:
I control my climate with the two rotary dials underneath the touchscreen. They are just plain dials on the original whereas the facelift/phase 2 has the temp readout led's in the centre of the dials.

I readily admit using the touchscreen is a pita.

For those contacting their dealer for the battery software update, quote "actis solution 60533".
Sorry yes you're right I do have physical temperature knobs, but if I want to change the fan speed or direction it can only be done through the touch screen. I've noticed more cars going down this direction and it's absolutely stupid.

The facelift ones have proper buttons for fan speed etc from what I've seen.

Thanks for the advice on the actis - if I call a dealer and mention this is it something they will do under warranty or does it have to be causing regular faults before they will look at it?

gutbobs

62 posts

138 months

Sunday 7th February
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Quickmick said:
Thanks for the replies. Yeah a bit of juddering to be expected but a bit worrying that its got significantly worse recently. Best to get it checked as suggested.
That'll be a combination of the cold weather and tyre wear

Turbojuice

540 posts

53 months

Monday 8th February
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Quickmick said:
Thanks for the replies. Yeah a bit of juddering to be expected but a bit worrying that its got significantly worse recently. Best to get it checked as suggested.
Don't know about the current RS but I assume it's the same. The previous gen's juddering was due to the steering geometry which has a low ackerman angle. This means high speed handling is improved but when cold and at maneuvering speeds the front tyres skip. It's completely normal and once the car is warmed up the skipping no longer happens.

Everyone assumes it's the diff but it's actually not, proven by the fact it happens in non-diff equipped cars.