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Driving school Megane - worth the buy?

Hey everyone, I'm a driving instructor and i've been teaching on a 1.9 dci megane since it was bought for the school. Since they're looking to buy some new cars and sell a few old ones, I was thinking of buying this car and using it as my own personal car cause of the low sale prices driving school cars tend to have. Although the engine's running fine and doesn't eat oil , I'm a little worried because of all the violent stallings and choppy gear changes students do all the time. There's no visible gearbox damage either, it moves into gear smoothly, but you never know when it will fail and I know gearbox repairs are costly. The only thing running bad at the moment are the engine mounts. I want to know what are the chances of a gearbox / other transmission / engine parts failure any time soon. To put matters into perspective, here's what the car gets on a regular basis: sudden clutch engagement from stand still with lots of bogging and shuddering, second gear engagement is again pretty bad and abrupt; I've even had one student who downshifted from 3rd to second a couple of times and abruptly released the clutch into a loud bang that made me die a little inside. What's your opinion on this? The car is a 6+1 speed manual and 80k miles.
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Re: Driving school Megane - worth the buy?

The PK6 gearbox is not without it's weaknesses and are expensive to repair - even getting a decent second hand one can be difficult. Plus if the dual mass flywheel will have been punished but hey if it's cheap enough it may pay you to drive it until it's no longer economical to repair.

Apart from ex-driving school cars being cheap Renaults also don't fetch much second hand.
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Re: Driving school Megane - worth the buy?

Hello and wellcome,
Dare I say "youre clutching at straws"..groan.

depends on the price I suppose and you know the car.

I dont suppose renault transmissions are any worse/better than any other make,but diesels have more torque comparatively for engine size compared to petrol so any transmission shocks could be more stressfull.

Also if youve had a few scary moments in the car,what about others?

also the 1.9dci is no longer being sold as new by renault,1.6 replacement.

As above tho you would know more about the car and price than us here,I think.

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Re: Driving school Megane - worth the buy?

On the other hand, been out every day with heater on, therefore NO soggy electrics. Been serviced regularly (perhaps), not thrashed so turbo in good nick. Dog bone probably absorbed the shocks.
It's better that you know & buy accordingly, than buy summat unknown with similar history that's gone to auction with only 1 owner & 3000 drivers.

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Re: Driving school Megane - worth the buy?

80,000 miles of harsh treatment....not so good
But if the car is driving smoothly without any nasty rumbles, whines, rattles, etc then it should continue driving ok for a long time in your careful hands. If any learners had broken something I'm sure it would be apparent by now.
It should be sold at a giveaway price though....factor in clutch change and cambelt change and other pricey servicing consumables.
Don't forget that if you trade it at a future date, two careful owners....you and the School of Motoring....won't enhance its resale value.

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