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I've just upgraded from a crappy broken down R reg Punto (first car) to a Renault Megane Authentique 1.4 55plate.

Some of my queries might just simply be answered by saying "that's what new cars do!" so I will try to be as quick and to the point as possible:

1. Brakes squeal (done 10k miles when bought) is this ok?
2. Radio turns off after 20mins (beeps, flashes and turns off completely - seem to have turned off all traffic things and still happens)
3. Window washers don't spray! Went to Renault and they said probably fuse as AC and heated windows not working either (but can't fit us in til 7th June!) is this a known issue?
4. Where can you buy fitted car mats (preferably official)?

It's all really annoying seeing as we thought we'd left all this car worries behind, although they're not major. Other than these it is a beautiful car - just irritating.

Thank you in advance.
 

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Hello & Welcome to the Forums Rsjg80.

Brake squeal is a common problem, A fix is available cick the link I have posted below for further info.

http://www.renaultforums.co.uk/megane/13192-common-problem-breaks-squealing-5.html

The radio does turn off after 20 minutes if engine is not running, I believe this feature cannot be disabled.

The aircon, rear window problem could indeed be fuse linked but what caused the fuse to blow ?.

If your car came with an extensive warranty hopefully this will cover all the items listed,.I would put pressure on your selling agent to rectify these fauts immediately.

Enjoy your new car.

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The radio does turn off after 20 minutes if engine is not running, I believe this feature cannot be disabled. [/QUOTE]

Unforunately it does this all the time, even when driving...
 

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The radio does turn off after 20 minutes if engine is not running, I believe this feature cannot be disabled.
Unforunately it does this all the time, even when driving...[/QUOTE]

Not sure how to resolve this, I would add this to your list for repair, What head unit is fitted Tunerlist or Updatelist this will be written on bottm right on the unit.

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I think it's Updatelist, but we're going to change it anyway as we want a CD/ MP3 player (it still surprises me that cars these days are still fitted with tape decks - where can you buy a tape?!)

Just wondered if it's likely to be actual radio or a fuse type thing. Do you still get all the speed volume changes and display on the clock dash board if you alter the radio?

Thanks for all your help by the way.
 

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I think it's Updatelist, but we're going to change it anyway as we want a CD/ MP3 player (it still surprises me that cars these days are still fitted with tape decks - where can you buy a tape?!)

Just wondered if it's likely to be actual radio or a fuse type thing. Do you still get all the speed volume changes and display on the clock dash board if you alter the radio?

Thanks for all your help by the way.
Unfortunately not some models of players are plug and play and retain the stalk controls/display others you need to buy an adaptor which can be quite expensive, Tunerlist is easier than Updatelist Have a search of the forums electronic section you should find some usefull info there .

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I think all the wee electrical gremlins are tied in to the one problem ...... a fuse. My Scenic did the very same thing and it was a 10 amp fuse on an auxiliary circuit that had blown. The garage sorted it in about 5 mins.
I wouldn't accept they are unable to help until June :steam: tell them you were stopped by a traffic cop and he pointed out it's illegal to drive without operational windscreen washers ........ it worked for me ;) It's funny how their mind will change :rofl:
All the brakes seem to squeal on these cars, but I do believe there have been some modified pads available if it's really bad. You'll just have to argue this one out I'm afraid.
I bought the Renault mats for mine and was pleasantly surprised how reasonably priced they were. Ask at the parts desk the next time you're at the dealers, they also usually keep these in stock.
 

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I would agree with Gonescenile here on the fuse, It is pretty poor show for a dealer to release a car that is not road worthy as in non functioning washers as this is a moving road traffic offence plus an MOT failure.

On the interior mats, For the Renault supplied mats for the Scenic II and (about £20 a set ) they are superb, for the Meg II I would say they are a danger and should not be used, on a number of Megane IIs I have driven with these fitted they have rolled up and do not remain flat I have heard of them jamming under the pedals.

I would expect the dealer to make some good will gesture to you if asked to do so for your hassle, If you don't ask you don't get, I would also contact Renault Customer Services and politely register your complaint.

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The radio's pointing to a blown fuse too if you ask me. It sounds like the ignition live feed isn't getting through, and so the radio's behaving as it should if the ignition is turned off. If I'm right, you'll be having to switch the radio on and off manually at the start of each journey. It should just come on with the ignition.

If you have the time and inclination, check all of the fuses in the fuse box, including ones that don't have any obvious connection to the bits that don't work. Sometimes a blown fuse on one circuit can have a knock-on effect on others. Ultimately, as Otto says, the car's under warranty, so you always have the option of just letting the dealer sort it.

You'll probably find that the CD player is standard on the higher models (probably Dynamique and upwards.) The Authentique is one of the entry level ones, so they do cut corners on spec :(. Though believe it or not, I miss having a cassette player in my car. Audiobooks are much better on cassette, because cassettes 'remember' where they were up to, even if you take them out and listen to something else.

The best approach for adding a CD player may well be to add a CD changer to the existing head unit. This will retain the factory look and keep the display and controls, and may well work out cheaper than buying a half-decent replacement head unit.
 

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Thanks for all your replies.

Just to clarify the window washers do work it's just the actual spray side of it that doesn't work - i.e. no water (but yes I did check it was full!)

The radio is just bizarre. I turn it on when I start the car it then plays for about 20mins (possibly exactly every time) and then beeps/ flashes and turns off completely. I can then just turn it on again... so wierd.

I spoke to Renault again today on the phone and they just said they'll check all the things we list for them when we drop the car off - in June. They've been quite helpful just disappointed it's so long away - it was another garage that were useless!

Just one new thing, quite possibly a newer car thing: when changing gear (pressing the clutch) there is a strange whirring noise just before it kicks into the higher gear. This is only apparent going up gears and not down - any ideas? There are no noises when pressing the clutch during stand still.
 
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