Long term tests

Renaultsport Mégane dCi 175

There had to be a catch to all the economical motoring our diesel Renaultsport Mégane provides

Renaultsport Megane dCi 175

There had to be a catch to all the economical motoring our diesel Renaultsport Mégane provides, and I’ve found it: servicing costs. The petrol-powered Mégane Trophy Andy Morgan ran on our fleet a couple of years ago had its first service at 18,000 miles, at a cost of £188, yet our dCi 175 has just had its first service at a mere 12,000 miles with a bill of £266. So, mile-for-mile, servicing costs are doubled with the diesel. Mind you, it’s not that big a deal when you’re seeing the right side of 40mpg on a regular basis – you’ll still be around 700 quid better off every 18,000 miles.

It was West’s Garage Cambridge who looked after Andy’s Trophy and it was there that I took our 175, leaving it with them for a couple of hours during which they agreed they could carry out the service. In fact they hadn’t quite finished when I returned on time, but at least they had a good excuse: refilling the dCi engine with oil is a slow process because it has to be poured down the small hole used by the dipstick. No, I didn’t believe it either – until I checked the handbook and looked under the bonnet myself. Weird.

Running Costs

Date acquiredApril 2008
Total mileage12,323
Costs this month£266.61 (service)
Mileage this month682
MPG this month41.2

Most Popular

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022 review – a sports utility vehicle done right
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo – front cornering
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022 review – a sports utility vehicle done right

A convincing play at being the ultimate everyday driver of the future. It’s heavy and doesn’t have enough range, but there’s lots here to like
2 Jul 2022
A car wash loophole in an MGF – evo Archive
Car wash loophole in an MGF
MG

A car wash loophole in an MGF – evo Archive

How the drop-tops Grand Challenge got some of the evo team in a lather
21 Jun 2022
GMA T.33 specs, prices and rivals – the tricky second album to the T.50
T.33
GMA

GMA T.33 specs, prices and rivals – the tricky second album to the T.50

Brother to the T.50 and different in spirit, if not layout, the T.33 is the car Murray’s been wanting to build for 25 years
30 Jun 2022