Any new Megane RS 280/300 owners?

Any new Megane RS 280/300 owners?

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resolve10

263 posts

10 months

Wednesday 17th March
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likesachange said:
Funnily enough that’s not true as the previous owner has been in touch with me via FB and there’s a little story behind mine. So clearly salesperson told you a lie redface
That is interesting - I did think it was a bit odd that someone would change for exactly the same car so soon. Would be interested to hear the story if you are happy to share by PM!

Quickmick said:
I nearly went with silver but hadnt seen one in the flesh so went for black in the end. Here's a pic anyway.
I was looking for 3 months and never saw a Silver one for sale in the UK! I've seen photos on Instagram (they seem more popular in mainland Europe) and they look really classy in Silver. It's actually called something like Highland Grey but to my eyes it's silver!

Quickmick

65 posts

37 months

Wednesday 17th March
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I've never seen a 280 or trophy on the road at all. Ive only ever seen them in the dealerships.

likesachange

2,368 posts

159 months

Wednesday 17th March
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Quickmick said:
I nearly went with silver but hadnt seen one in the flesh so went for black in the end. Here's a pic anyway.
Lovely Mick!

Quickmick

65 posts

37 months

Wednesday 17th March
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likesachange said:
Lovely Mick!
Cheers. As they are such a rare sight this forum needs more pics!

resolve10

263 posts

10 months

Monday 22nd March
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Quickmick said:
Cheers. As they are such a rare sight this forum needs more pics!
Here's a nice shot of my Trophy just now, along with an indication as to perhaps why they are so rare on the road...



Battery totally flat, won't even respond to jump starting (I did earth the negative after this pic before anyone points out the obvious)

Time to see how useful Renault assist are...

Quickmick

65 posts

37 months

Monday 22nd March
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resolve10 said:
Quickmick said:
Cheers. As they are such a rare sight this forum needs more pics!
Here's a nice shot of my Trophy just now, along with an indication as to perhaps why they are so rare on the road...



Battery totally flat, won't even respond to jump starting (I did earth the negative after this pic before anyone points out the obvious)

Time to see how useful Renault assist are...
Mine did the same on saturday. Had been using it earlier in the day too so not as if it had been stood. Called renault assist, who were actually RAC. They got it started in 2 mins but he said battery was totally flat. Lots of error messages on dash afterwards so thought would need a trip to the dealers but next day all errors had cleared and car totally fine now.


Edited by Quickmick on Monday 22 March 20:42

resolve10

263 posts

10 months

Monday 22nd March
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Quickmick said:
Mine did the same on saturday. Had been using it earlier in the day too so not as if it had been stood. Called renault assist, who were actually RAC. They got it started in 2 mins but he said battery was totally flat. Lots of error messages on dash afterwards so thought would need a trip to the dealers but next day all errors had cleared and car totally fine now.


Edited by Quickmick on Monday 22 March 20:42
That's good to know, glad they got you sorted. Mine ended up fixing itself after an hour and started on its own accord, and I completed a 100 mile round trip for work with no issues. When it was having the episode, it kept saying 'rear electric windows unlocked' !!

I'm reluctant to take it to Renault. There isn't a fix available, they just replace the battery which doesn't solve the core issue.

I've just ordered a Ctek trickle charger to hopefully help keep the battery well conditioned. If it ever lets me down away from home and I need assistance, the car will be going. I use it for work and I had to let down a customer today which was embarassing.

Quickmick

65 posts

37 months

Monday 22nd March
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Mine kept saying "place key card near symbol" when it was playing up. Then the headlights started flashing like a disco, then dash went off, then car wouldn't even unlock. Had to use emergency key. I have now given it a full charge with the ctek and it seems fine. Those cteks are really good, I use it for my other car which isn't used frequently and it maintains the battery well.

Edited by Quickmick on Monday 22 March 23:11

pjdj

10 posts

87 months

Tuesday 23rd March
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resolve10 said:
That's good to know, glad they got you sorted. Mine ended up fixing itself after an hour and started on its own accord, and I completed a 100 mile round trip for work with no issues. When it was having the episode, it kept saying 'rear electric windows unlocked' !!

I'm reluctant to take it to Renault. There isn't a fix available, they just replace the battery which doesn't solve the core issue.

I've just ordered a Ctek trickle charger to hopefully help keep the battery well conditioned. If it ever lets me down away from home and I need assistance, the car will be going. I use it for work and I had to let down a customer today which was embarassing.
Actually I think there might be some sort of software fix available

Do a google search for 'actis solution 60533'

resolve10

263 posts

10 months

Tuesday 23rd March
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pjdj said:
Actually I think there might be some sort of software fix available

Do a google search for 'actis solution 60533'
Sorry yes I should have mentioned that - my car has had the Actis solution applied by the supplying dealer. It also had a replacement battery under warranty at the same time. It doesn't appear to be a satisfactory fix.

It takes very little to drain the battery. I'm not talking about leaving the radio or lights on for 10 minutes, I'm talking about opening the drivers door a couple of times whilst washing the car or walking past it too many times with the keys in your pocket! I've actually disabled the keyless entry now in an attempt to preserve the battery.

irish boy

2,763 posts

201 months

Tuesday 23rd March
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If it was me I think I'd chuck the battery and replace it with a standard one.

pjdj

10 posts

87 months

Wednesday 24th March
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resolve10 said:
Sorry yes I should have mentioned that - my car has had the Actis solution applied by the supplying dealer. It also had a replacement battery under warranty at the same time. It doesn't appear to be a satisfactory fix.

It takes very little to drain the battery. I'm not talking about leaving the radio or lights on for 10 minutes, I'm talking about opening the drivers door a couple of times whilst washing the car or walking past it too many times with the keys in your pocket! I've actually disabled the keyless entry now in an attempt to preserve the battery.
OK - have to say that does sound odd.

I have been pretty brutal with mine over COVID/Winter, I.e. not driving it for a while and then only doing a short journey in it and I have never had an issue. Probably even worse now as I got myself a Clio RS200 and I have to move the Megane out of the way to access it.

Could you have another defective battery? Or even one that's been sat on the shelf for a while. Is there any date stamps?

Turbojuice

542 posts

54 months

Wednesday 24th March
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irish boy said:
If it was me I think I'd chuck the battery and replace it with a standard one.
Not possible with these sadly. Due to the battery management system you are stuck with this golf buggy style battery for life.

damolong

96 posts

172 months

Wednesday 24th March
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Another battery issue here. It was flat after 2 weeks of not driving. Renault assist (RAC) came out, got it going and I took it for a long drive. All seemed well but 6 days later it was flat again. It’s gone to the dealer today and they’ve diagnosed a faulty alternator and battery. All under warranty but they said the battery alone is £700.

likesachange

2,368 posts

159 months

Thursday 25th March
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Do you think maybe they are working on a proper fix and will do a recall.. seems to common to ignore

jimPH

1,940 posts

45 months

Monday 29th March
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Aye they not selling well? Seem to be heavily discounted, 8k off on carwow. Unfortunately I can't convince the wife to have one, but to be honest, if the battery issue is that common i'm not sure I would trust the car to be reliable for her and the kids.

Zarco

13,761 posts

174 months

Monday 29th March
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jimPH said:
Aye they not selling well? Seem to be heavily discounted, 8k off on carwow. Unfortunately I can't convince the wife to have one, but to be honest, if the battery issue is that common i'm not sure I would trust the car to be reliable for her and the kids.
It’s only the Trophy that has the smaller lightweight battery I believe.

I’m considering getting a Mk4 to replace my Mk3 next year but it won’t be a Trophy as it stands due to this issue.

SykesAJ

33 posts

104 months

Monday 29th March
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A shame the Trophy battery seems so delicate and ridiculous that it can't be swapped for a regular one.

The Cup with the standard battery seems absolutely fine. It does occasionally display "battery low start engine" but it hasn't failed to start (yet) and it's had very little use lately.

+1 for the CTEK trickle/conditioner thing. That's kept my other car's battery tip top through winter no problems, they're good bits of kit.

resolve10

263 posts

10 months

Monday 29th March
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Since buying my CTEK charger and running a full charge cycle on my Trophy it has been totally transformed, even the stop start has started to kick in at traffic lights. It makes me a little nervous given its history, but I haven't been beached at any junctions yet so fingers crossed. Also no error messages or low battery warnings since the charge.

I think I'll hook it up every couple of weeks to keep it topped up.

Not making any excuses for Renault as it's pretty poor that you need to do this with a modern car, and there's no way it should have been signed off as it is, but I do think the lockdown periods haven't helped. Nearly everyone is running lower mileage than normal and it's clear these batteries need to be used regularly to be reliable.

resolve10

263 posts

10 months

Monday 29th March
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Also, despite the issues I'm still very glad I went for a Trophy over a 280. I don't know how much difference the extra 20bhp makes, but the exhaust is fantastic and I wouldn't have one without the front diff (though I think the 280 with Cup chassis gets this too?)