Up for the Cup?

AMDphoto_4d9b35e2da3e5-lightboxThis is to be my second sporting Renault, the first being a phase one Clio 172 which left a favourable impression on me five years ago.
This time around, my preference was for forced induction, meaning a Renaulsport Megane was the target.
A detailed search of the second-hand classifieds revealed this Cup model to be the best value car available, many others seeming to be over priced according to the guide books.
Offered for sale through P&K Autos, trader Paul Carter even agreed to change the overdue cam belt prior to purchase and still offered a fair price for my Focus in part exchange. Excellent!
Upon collection the freshly valeted car looked as good as new. The only dampener being poor weather ready to ruin his fine prep work.
So far the car has lived up to expectations, performing as I hoped it would and feeling better built than I expected, interior plastics aside!
Having run the car for a couple of months now, all seems in good order. However, this hasn’t stopped money being spent in the interest of ongoing maintenance.
First up was a 4-wheel alignment at AMD Essex, revealing worn track rods and explaining the slightly ‘soft’ feel through the steering. With these changed and the alignment complete it was easy to feel the improvement. The cost, at £247.82 didn’t feel quite so nice however, but at least some sharpness had been restored.
Only days later, a stone chip I picked up manifested into a deep crack in the windscreen, leading to a replacement. The AA Auto Windshields fitter was required to make a return visit to replace a faulty rain sensor, despite my request to do this first time around and assurances it had been done. Annoying.
However total costs here were only the insurance excess of £80.00.
Most recently, I booked the car in to independent Renault specialists ren7oaks.co.uk to service the underperforming air conditioning. A couple of hours and £60.00 later, it was reset and re-gassed ready for summer.
I have to say I was impressed at the help and knowledge on offer here and will be using them again come service time – 10,000 miles away and counting…




Russell Brewis