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Re: Buying my first french car!
Based on hanging around here for a few years, the 1.5dCi is not a problematic donk. Most of the horror stories you'll hear about Renault diesel engines pertain to the 1.9dCi and (to a lesser extent) the 2.2 . The 1.5 and 2.0 diesels seem to be every bit as reliable as everyone else's.
Some of the petrol engines can be problematic too, but that's not really relevant if you're buying a diesel.
I do recall that the Megane II suffered from excessive rear tyre wear, and I don't think they ever sorted that out (I'm all too happy to be corrected.)
Currently in Horatio's garage:
2010 Laguna III Initiale.