Megane some, lose some
From the day I bought it new, my 2008 Renault Megane sedan has given a cough whenever I suddenly want some power, for example when starting off from a difficult intersection in traffic. It happens about three times a week but I can’t convince the dealer that it exists. They did 40km in it one day but I could do 1000km steadily with no trouble. I have been increasing the revs a bit to, say, 1200rpm when waiting in a likely problem area, with my foot on the brake, then I can get power without the lurch that upsets the passengers. I asked about the fuel pump but they checked the pressure in the fuel line and couldn’t fault it. I have given up asking about it at the dealers but it drives me nuts. If my wife drives it, she drives me nuts about it. What should I do?
John Healy, email As it’s out of warranty I would suggest you talk to a Renault service specialist about it. It sounds as though the fuel mixture could be going lean when you give it a sudden burst of throttle. I would be cleaning the throttle body.
I should be the proud owner of the latest model Triton dualcab 4x4 ute. Instead I have a ute that is not capable of doing the job I bought it to do and that Mitsubishi claimed it would was designed to do. First, at my own cost of $510 I had to replace the rear leaf springs as the vehicle was sagging so badly the tow bar was only 175mm from the ground and bottomed out on every speed hump. This also explained the constant flashing of high beams from the opposite direction as my headlights were pointing directly in the drivers’ eyes. Mitsubishi told me I was overloading the ute, so I had it weighed and to my disbelief I found my load over the tare weight was just 352kg. Mitsubishi would do nothing. Then I had to replace the shockers as they failed, at my own cost again. The most annoying problem I have is the constant surging and spluttering when driving at constant speeds. I had the computer remapped, a temporarily fix as it starts over again. As this is a work vehicle the cost of being off the road for repairs is mounting significantly. Then there are the servicing costs, fixed they say. A minor services, which entails oil and filter, clean the air filter, fill the window washer and a visual check, took about 1 1/ hours, cost more
2 than $550 and left a very bitter taste in my mouth. Finally the fuel consumption, about 15.7L/100km, is atrocious. Dissatisfied Tradie, email Yours is the second report of sagging Triton rear springs we have had. We went to Mitsubishi with the previous report and asked them to check the vehicle, one of five the owner had, and the response was that there was nothing wrong with it. But it seems the fix is to fit heavy-duty rear springs, and in your case also shock absorbers, which backs up your question of its fitness for the job it is said to be designed to do. Contact the dealer again and express your dissatisfaction. If you you want to go further contact Mitsubishi direct.
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Run the gauntlet: AMegane coughs and lurches when revs are required