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Chris that's the exact same model and mileage as mine! Wow, looks like I did get a bargain.

Once MOTd I'd be happy with £500. Perhaps I should try selling for more? All depends on whether or not I want it to stick around for a while.

Your figures are correct. I just had a look in the handbook and it's true. Obviously made of lesser stuff than Volvos of old!

Wow, the Megane weighs more :shock:
I suppose it's all the tech and the 8 airbags...

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That 440 is a 1.8, so your 2.0 might be even more desirable!

Yes, there is always a balance between getting a good price and having the car too long. Id say ask around £650?

Wow, that is light, most mid sized cars weigh quite a bit more than that!

I think my C5 is getting on for 1500kg ... though it is quite big. Cant quite believe how much the 1007 weighs, over 1200 im sure!

Yup, cars are getting heavier and heavier, spec, safety features and extra strength.

Are you back in your Megane yet Luke?


P.S, I see someone has kindly put my link into a code word thing, how do i go about doing that when i include a web link? PM? :lol:

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Well each door on the 1007 must be half a ton? :lol:

Yep £650 sounds good. Should be easy enough to shift on.

I'm back in the Mégane on Wednesday at 5pm and to be honest, I can't wait. I've gone back to seeing them on the road and thinking "wow, that looks fantastic" like I did before I had one! Took it to the petrol station yesterday to brim it with my 5p off per litre coupon before it expired. The power, the luxury, the looks... really is my PERFECT car. I think a little break from each other is what I needed, I've fallen back in love with it (who says marriage counselling doesn't work!?)

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They are extremely heavy doors yep, though it doesn't seem to blunt performance from its 1.6 too badly. Its had a 'good' blast today! Its an interesting thing to throw around :shock:

Yeah, id say you should get £650 for it no problem, if you dont get much interest within the first week you can always reduce it. Seems quite a bit of car for that though, especially if your going to put it through its MOT. If it has no MOT then it will be worth less, harder to shift too.

I bet your counting down the seconds until you drive your Mégane again in that case.

I was having a nosy at some car dealers this afternoon and ive got to say the Méganes looked appealing, such a nicely designed exterior. There were a few nice examples in the Renault dealer, one early shape in the nice lighter blue colour, looked great. The facelifted ones don't look as good as the earlier cars.

A break from your daily car is always a good thing i think, as you usually get back to it remembering how much you liked it in the first place. I sometimes swap around with our cars to give my C5 a break, when i go back to it I love it even more!

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Just like this Megane, nice colour.

Yey, I can do it :lol:

Thanks Steve!

I think this thread could use some pictures of your Megane Luke, you can never have enough pictures in your blogs threads :lol:

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Citroenmad wrote:I think this thread could use some pictures of your Megane Luke, you can never have enough pictures in your blogs threads :lol:
I think you are absolutely right! Thing is, I have a real lack of pictures of it. Awful. A sign of taking it for granted. The only good set I have was from last year before the heated seats and tyre pressure sensors were fitted. Tell you what, sometime between now and Wednesday and I'll give her the going over she deserves and get some good snaps :)

It's true about driving other cars. "You don't know what you have til it's gone". Something you quickly realise when driving another car for a while. Even that range topping first Vel Satis of mine spent plenty of time in the driveway because I enjoyed driving the Meg so much. And that was when my driving other cars was perfectly legal! It's true though, makes you realise the love for the car you've chosen.

That Mégane is the best colour. It's the colour I originally wanted, Ottoman Blue. Ink Blue is much more rare to see on the roads.

I agree with the pre-facelift car looking better. It seems to be the case with most Renaults. I think they lose a bit of character during a facelift. In saying that, that facelift of yours did the C5 the world of good; produced a much more distinctive, confident looking car.

I really am counting the seconds. It's not having to turn my lights on, or having to insert the card that bothers me... it's the heating!! I actually have to adjust the fan speed, work out ideal demisting position and wait for it to warm up in the morning before starting the fan. Such a pain, I totally took climate control for granted. In the early days with the Laguna, I was arriving at uni wondering why the hell the car wasn't warm... I hadn't turned the fan on ](*,)

Has your time with the Laguna III come to an end, Chris?

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Looking forward to the pictures :)

The worst thing is when you sell a car you really like, then nothing aftwerwards comes close to replacing it. I had that for a while and went through a few cars, ive finally settled with C5s and id hate to be without one now. Id also hate to be without an Xm to drive too.

When my parents got their ScenicII i wanted them to get the Ottoman blue, it was such a nice colour and looks great with the silver trim inserts. Instead we also ended up with an Ink blue car.

I was saying to Robert last night, i think im of the small minority which like most S2 cars better than the S1, with Citroens anyway. The only exception I can think of is the Xantia and Xsara, both cars i prefer better as a S1, the others i much prefer S2.

I know what you mean about getting used to the climate! My C5 is set to auto and 24 most of the time at the moment. Auto on the C5II also adjusts where the air is directed too - C5Is dont do this. The II also has an air quality sensor which automatically adjusts between recirculate and open, quite nice! If i get into the Peugeot or C1 in always fiddling with the control, thats after thinging im too hot or scold and realising i need to manually adjust everything! :lol:

Yes, the Laguna III went back earlier this week, Just after i discovered what the little black window thing are for behind the door handles :lol: A nice car but not something that could ever replace the C5 estate.

Unfortunately the repairs to the C5 estate are not good :( Something funny going on as the work has not cost anywhere near the £4300 that the garage was given for the repairs. So that is going to be a hassle to get the work redone to a standard that it should have been done in the first place. It looks ok and you have to look closely to find faults, but they have only replaced one door, which i think is a door skim not a door. They said they would replace both doors, the wing and the sill. Instead its packed with filler. Really dissapointing and it WILL have to go back and get the repairs it should have had.

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Citroenmad wrote:I was saying to Robert last night, i think im of the small minority which like most S2 cars better than the S1, with Citroëns anyway. The only exception I can think of is the Xantia and Xsara, both cars i prefer better as a S1, the others i much prefer S2.
I share the same opinion. They both look much better pre-facelift.

Oh dear, that's not good that the repairs haven't gone as well as hoped. Hope you get it all sorted soon, sounds like they've bodged it to save costs.

I was reading the manual and service docs for the Mégane recently and apparenty it has this auto air recycling as well. I've never noticed it, does your C5 bring up the little symbol on the screen or just do it behind the scenes? Must try driving behind a smokey truck :D

Got the 440 home today, as the 740 has finally fecked off. It's a truely excellent car, I really, really like it. Now I need a day of nice weather to wash and picture it. Oh and I need to book the MOT as well. Looking through the glove box and I found a print off of a Google route planner from Glasgow to Stranraer, and a piece of paper with the number for Colin at "Auto Recycling LTD". Looks like it had a close shave!

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Yes they do, especially the S1 Xantia with the 2.1/Activa/V6 nose and wings - wider track.

We have been onto the insurance people who say we need to make the first move and then they will push to resolve the problem. Ill no doubt detail it a bit more in my blogs thread as the repairs to the repairs are carried out, hopefully at another body shop.

Oh really, I didn't know the Megane had that, well I didnt know the C5 did until i pushed the button and it came up with automatic air quality sensing or something like that. No, the lights don't come on the re-circ. it just does it itself.

Good to hear you liking the 440! :lol: Obviously something of an underrated car ...
Hmm, maybe it was saved from the crusher, it does look too good to be at the end of its life. I wonder how well they sell?

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I wonder how well they sell?
I don't think Luke should try and find out :lol: :lol:

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robert_e_smart wrote:
I wonder how well they sell?
I don't think Luke should try and find out :lol: :lol:
Hahaha! Everyone is saying this. My dad even said so today. With such low mileage, one owner from new and it owing me such a small amount of money it's very tempting... but it's not french.

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but it's not french.
Its the next best thing.... Cheap!

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robert_e_smart wrote:
I wonder how well they sell?
I don't think Luke should try and find out :lol: :lol:
Yes, i might be tempted to keep that too, not a lot of cars you can get for that little money Luke paid and it seems to be a good car. Always handy having a car to fall back on too!

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Well a successful weekend draws to an end.

The Laguna and the 740 have moved on and left a nice empty space in the driveway. Sad to see the Laguna go, overjoyed to see the back of the Volvo.

The guy seemed really impressed by the Laguna, especially the key card system. He arrived in a P reg Primera so I'm not surprised he was impressed. Loved it on the test drive, even made a comment at how he thought the engine had died at the traffic lights it was that quiet.

So I'll probably drive the 440 until Wednesday. What a car this is. Everytime I drive it I'm more impressed, the engine is BRILLIANT.

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Congratulations on the two sales Luke :D

Are you going to fill one of those spaces with something wearing the double chevrons? I hope so 8-)

This looks good, C5 V6 with 17" C4 alloys. The third pic looks suspiciously like a Volvo though :lol:

Or a nice diesel Xantia.

8-)

Or maybe one of these