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Not sure if this is in the right place, but here goes. I'm a motorhomer but picked this info up from my niece who lives in France.

My son has a Megane and recently suffered a headlight bulb failure. He could not change the bulb! It went to Renault and they charge ?75 to change the bulb because they have to remove the bumper!

I know a lot of you tow in France and it is the law to carry spare bulbs whilst there. If you are stopped by the Police for a bulb out they expect you to change it at the side of the road.

Talking about this with my niece she says that the French Police call out a Renault dealer and make them change the bulb with no charge to the car owner because it is a safety related matter. In fact Renault are not allowed to charge for changing headlight bulbs in France. The bumper is designed to get the 5 star ENCAP rating, that is why the bulb changing is affected.

I took the information at face value and perhaps you know differently.

Hope this is of some use

regards

Geoff

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Not sure if this is in the right place, but here goes. I'm a motorhomer but picked this info up from my niece who lives in France.

My son has a Megane and recently suffered a headlight bulb failure. He could not change the bulb! It went to Renault and they charge ?75 to change the bulb because they have to remove the bumper!

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Don't you get at the headlight bulbs through the hatch under the front wheel arch? (A 4" hole covered by a twist off plastic cover?)

I've not had to change a headlight but you can certainly change the indicator buldbs from this position and I'm sure the headlight bulb is next to it - sounds like a ?75 bill for something that takes about 10 minutes - easier to put the wheels on full lock and use a trolley jack to give extra clearance but after a few attempts it's not that hard.

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from a renault forum site:

"On the other side of the coin, I had to return the car to the dealer within 3 months. I noticed that the clutch start had never worked, and the car had started to cut out when driving (not due to my driving I hasten to add). Changing the headlight bulbs can also be rather a challenge. I would strongly advise that you get some assistance from the dealer the first few times as they are quite a challange. The access panel is though the wheel arch (messy hand time). I would also suggest that one of the mechanics rather than a helpful sales person changes it for you. The first sales person that helped me ended up droping the bulb into no mans land in the bumper. The result was my car on the ramp with the mechanic pulling my bumper apart. Its actually one of the more frustrating elements of owning the car. Having to take the car to a dealer everytime one of the bulbs blows is not much fun."

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Don't you get at the headlight bulbs through the hatch under the front wheel arch? (A 4" hole covered by a twist off plastic cover?)

I've not had to change a headlight but you can certainly change the indicator buldbs from this position and I'm sure the headlight bulb is next to it - sounds like a ?75 bill for something that takes about 10 minutes - easier to put the wheels on full lock and use a trolley jack to give extra clearance but after a few attempts it's not that hard.

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Procedure on most of the Renaults seems to be that you either drop the bumper or lose the skin off your knuckles trying to wrestle with the bulb holder via limited access.

It may be worth asking the question here: http://www.renaultforums.co.uk (with apologies for being a forum-plugging tart - that's my other main haunt besides this one. For what it's worth, I've linked to T&T from there before now.) I recall they've had a number of discussions along these lines with regard to various models (the Laguna and Modus spring to mind) though I don't ever recall seeing one for the Megane. Their search function seems to be playing up right now and returning mostly irrelevant stuff ::(: - I'll have a word with the boss.

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I can agree with the skinning of knuckles but the renault dealer quoted me ?35 for changing the indicator bulb!!! It took me less than 10 minutes and lots of swearing about french car desgn.... Another reason for never owning another one - can't wait to be shot of our one.

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I've got to admit that I like them. Then again, I don't have to work on them myself of pay the bill when they go wrong. Well that's the case with the Laguna - we've taken out the extended warranty on the wife's Clio so that's not our problem if it breaks either.

If I'm honest, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable owning one if I was liable for repairing it. Then again, by all accounts, the PSA group cars are worse.

(Ducks and runs away as another war starts ::P:)

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I think that the pertinent bits are

1 you are at the side of the motorway in France with the police who won't let you proceed without changing the bulb

2 If its free in France, why not the UK?

Geoff

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Only problem - other than the bulbs - is the ignition coils - had them all replaced this year - other than that and various electrical gremlins when its VERY wet - the car has been mostly fine. We bought it purely for the 5* NCAP and I'm still gald we did having seen them drive one into another car on an old top gear the other night. Just have the nagging feeling when I drive it that we're not going to arrive without greenflag's help.....

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My Volvo dealer fits all bulbs it supplies free (except Xenons). Given that the brake light bulbs on my car need you to have 3 bends in your fingers rather than the standard 2 I find it's worth paying the extra ?1 for the bulb and getting them to fit it.

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Never really have given this any thought till now -- Mary has a Megane car - which she loves (apart from being the wrong colour) it is going in for its first service on Monday (half term)..

Should we get them to check the lights -- or change the bulbs?

The point about the Volvo -- it is the same with mine -- they provide the bulb and fit at no extra cost if it is required during a service.

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My daughter has an Alfa-Romeo that started blowing bulbs and was charged for changing them...we bought some from Halfords and with 2 people and an invented long distance screwdriver managed to get round the problem........yes also skinned knuckles!

In France this year I met up with someone with an American saloon, not Chrysler, who had to take the front wheels off to change bulbs...somewhat extreme!

rgds

geoff

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With regards as to whether the bumper is fastened as it is for the 5* Encap - my nieces husband used to work for Renault and he was in charge of parts of the design systems on the new Laguna/Vel Satis. He says the bumper is as it is to achieve the 5* rating.

But whatever the reason, its a ridiculous situation to be in when you cant easily change a light bulb

Geoff

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With regards as to whether the bumper is fastened as it is for the 5* Encap - my nieces husband used to work for Renault and he was in charge of parts of the design systems on the new Laguna/Vel Satis. He says the bumper is as it is to achieve the 5* rating.

But whatever the reason, its a ridiculous situation to be in when you cant easily change a light bulb

Geoff

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Wouldn't have another PSA car if they gave them away - utter utter rubbish in my experience (Citroen) and my dads (peugeot).

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Just got Mary's Maegan back from being serviced (?300+ ouch) 20,000 km or two years..(got to maintain the warranty!!!)

looking at some of the things on the bill

--- Fuel filter ?36.50 --- ???!

--- Oil Filter ?6.09 -- OK

--- cabin filter ?18.81 --- ???!

--- Filter?? ?11.29 --- what is this one ??????

Screen wash --- went in with it full -- because I checked it -- ?2.45

I asked about the headlamps - and they smiled -- like that chap in the bank advert --and said that it was best that they do it!!

How much? said I ---- ?56 per head light !!! said they :fear::no:

Went to Halfords and spoke to them and asked them if they fitted headlamps on Renaults -- OH yes !! :yes:

What about Maegan's -- N o problem they are a bit of a bu***r but we still do them --

How much to fit --- ?5.00 per headlight...:yes:

Now who is kidding who !!!!!

Maurice

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Once you have it stripped out this far changing the lamp (you plant bulbs!!) is a piece of cake!!

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I took my Volvo for service with a full washer bottle and queried the ?1 charge for fluid. Immediately I was told that they put a special fluid in that stops the jets from gunking up. Apparently they use a sucker to draw off a few hundred ml and then top it up. He offered to show me the empty little bottle, refund the money and place a note on my car's record to stop it being done in future. For the sake of a quid I'm happy to let them carry on. If I'm honest, I can believe that Volvo, BMW, Mercedes etc would do this but having owned 2 Renaults previously I would be prepared to bet that they wouldn't.

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--- Filter?? ?11.29 --- what is this one ??????

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Air -------------- probably?

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I took my Volvo for service with a full washer bottle and queried the ?1 charge for fluid. Immediately I was told that they put a special fluid in that stops the jets from gunking up. Apparently they use a sucker to draw off a few hundred ml and then top it up. He offered to show me the empty little bottle, refund the money and place a note on my car's record to stop it being done in future. For the sake of a quid I'm happy to let them carry on. If I'm honest, I can believe that Volvo, BMW, Mercedes etc would do this but having owned 2 Renaults previously I would be prepared to bet that they wouldn't.

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I query this charge (washer fluid) every time because, I too, keep it topped up. Answer " we use a service pack for each vehicle which includes all the items required"! I now supply my own engine oil a) because I prefer a certain brand (included in the manufacturer's list of approved oils) and b) with some earlier cars , I had an unsuitable viscosity used on several occasions, which was NOT an approved lubricant which I made them drain and refill at their expense.

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Hi All,

Back to changing bulbs, I watched Mike Brewer on Deals on Wheels or some such other programme and he told the potential buyer of a Clio that if a dashboard bulb blows then the whole dash needs to be removed for replacement! If it's true there's going to be some very unhappy people,

Regards,

Ian.

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Hi All,

Back to changing bulbs, I watched Mike Brewer on Deals on Wheels or some such other programme and he told the potential buyer of a Clio that if a dashboard bulb blows then the whole dash needs to be removed for replacement! If it's true there's going to be some very unhappy people,

Regards,

Ian.

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