GW 250

Discussion in 'Megane Projects' started by Aldo, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. So after a decent amount of searching and a few missed opportunities, I secured a GW 250 Lux (I think...). Thanks to @jamesbeaumont spotting this on a facebook group and firing over a PM .

    Spec wise,
    Cup pack, vis pack, arkamys stereo, leather recaros and additions being KWV3s, Royal steering wheel trim, centre silencer removed and a map from "P Torque".

    I was a little sceptical of the map as I couldn't find much info about the company or their reputation. However, it's been on the the for 5 years and on first impressions, it drives really nice. I may revisit the software at some point.


    Slightly unfortunate number plate...
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  2. Looks great and glad you found a good one in the end. People say Megane RS’s aren’t selling but good ones go fast!

    You say you think it’s a Lux? Does it have keyless entry and start?

    How is the ride on the coilovers?

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  3. Yeah keyless. I've had a good search online but struggling to find model specs etc.

    The coilovers are really compliant and ride well. Not had a chance to make them work a bit yet. They've also been on the car for 5 years.
  4. That’s defo a Lux then. From what the chap said, it had everything except the RS monitor, which can easily be added on.

    There is a Renault app that you can enter your VIN no and it tells you your factory spec.

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  5. Does keyless entry and start make it a lux? Or combination of extras?
  6. Keyless entry and start, climate, auto lights and wipers (possibly), grey/silver door handles, and leather most notably. I’m sure there’s more.

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  7. Yeah seems that way. Hoping to pick up a RS Monitor for it at some point.

    Ah ideal, I'll have a look for it.
  8. Wellcome to the Club Aldo! Just like mine, same specs and color. Now time for enjoy it!
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  9. Welcome to the club mate.

    Congrats on finding the spec you wanted, definitely worth waiting for the right one.
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  10. Not too much planned for it at the moment other than some serviceables for peace of mind.

    Titan SuperSyn, oil filter and some Elf Tranself NFP is in the post. New gearbox mount bolt also.

    A random one, the silver model ID sticker on the driver door shut has been peeled off or cleaned with a strong enough chemical to remove the font. Can these be reissued from a dealer?
  11. Around the 70mph area, I've noticed the faintest of whines which was the reason for ordering new transmission oil.

    When I drained the oil it was filthy and possibly hasn't been done before. Passed through it with a magnet and found nothing. Fresh oil in and out for a test run and the noise seems to have gone. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
  12. Was the gearbox oil and easy job? 2.5L?

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  13. It was one of the easiest I've come across. The filling point is on the nearside of the gear box, behind the arch liner.

    Yeah, the manual says 2.4l, but with mine flat on the ground it took a bit more before overflowing from the filling point.
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  14. Tex


  15. There was one for sale on here, however I've got some other things I want to sort out that are more of a priority.

    I'm interested in the possibility of coding it in though? What's required?
  16. Tex


    A trip to someone who can code it, <20 mins to complete the work and whatever they charge for the service (mine was £80)
  17. Couple of other little bits tidied up on the car over the last week. Steering wheel was needing a clean to try and bring the alcantara back up, used a suede shoe cleaner and a brush, turned out okay. 50/50 pic.

    Also cleaned up and dyed the worn bits on the drivers side outer bolster. Quite pleased with the results. Before and after.
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    Got Mintex 1144s and ATE typ200 coming this week too. Hopefully have the oil and filter, gearbox bolt and brakes sorted by the friday.
  18. Tex


    That leather looks great, what dye did you use?
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  19. Was wondering the same thing myself... looks great!

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  20. The scratch doctor leather colourant.

    Passed on to me from a mate. Used a tiny amount on a sponge and dabbed it on.

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  21. Been at a few little things over the last week. Mintex 1144's arrived from RTR, their service is superb, can't fault it. Got them fitted and bed in.

    Picked up a BMC panel filter from ECP, who were the cheapest around surprisingly.

    New mats and thermostat from RPD arrived yesterday. Car doesn't seem to be getting up to working temp.
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  22. Got to wonder how many 250’s are going around with knackered thermostats! So common.

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  23. I like those carpets! Mines start to be a bit used, maybe can be the next buy:wink:
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  24. I have the same carpets. Are excellent for the price.
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  25. Agreed, £36 I think they were. The same carpets with "Renaultsport" in red were over £70.
  26. I had been keeping my eye on it, then went for a drive over the Dukes Pass at Aberfoyle and it was only past the 1st mark on gauge when I got to the other side. Defo not right.
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  27. Tex


    I also have the same carpets and did my thermostat straight away!

    Mind if I ask the ECP part number for the BMC? and any discount codes?
  28. ECP Part no: 909740171
    BMC Part no: FB57520

    I used the recent "sale60" code. However, I've just had a look online and its not being listed on their website.
  29. Tex


    Yeah looks out of stock/discontinued from ECP!
  30. Finally set aside time to rebuild the gearbox. It got quite bad in the end, very noisy in 3rd and 4th.

    Sourced bearings from onestopgearboxshop after being recommended in another thread. All 8 bearings, 2 diff seals, input shaft seal and 2 plastic oil baffles.

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    The Renault workshop manuals are really handy to have up on a screen for reference. Also got a hold of a PK5 gearbox workshop manual, which has been helpful, seems very similar to the PK4.

    I bought a collet style blind hole puller and a 3 leg internal puller, both with slide hammers. Fairly cheap ebay chinese made things. But for what they cost, they've worked well.

    Outer casing bearing races weren't easy to remove, had to modify one of the collet pullers to get a hold. Bit of heat with a heat gun and they started to move. Diff race punched out no bother. I've marked and individuallly boxed each removed race, related shim and new bearing to keep myself right, hopefully save any confusion when it comes to reassembly.

    The bell housing side was easier, 3 leg puller got under 3 of the races and removed them, again with some heat. Input shaft race was punched out.



    As expected, the bearings on the short secondary shaft, where 3rd and 4th are mounted were in a state.


    And further bad news, damage to the 4th gear assembly where the hub engages the gear.


    Thats as far as I've got. Hopefully change the other 7 bearings tomorrow which will leave the 4th gear assembly and outer bearing to swap.

    Do I replace the slave cyl while I'm here?
  31. Holly shit! Is the 3rd bearing that I see in that condition in this forum. Whats the problem? Maybe must to fit better quality from factory? The damage in 4th gear can be for hard use, I don´t know, but bearings are always in oil bath:confused:
    Cheers up Aldo!
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  32. I suspect the damage to 4th has led to bits of metal being suspended in the oil and damaged the bearings.

    A pic of the magnet...


    Lock ring/circlips on the end of the shafts were a pig to remove. But got all the bearings off the shafts and diff today. Need to get on to RPD tomorrow.

  33. New 4th gear, the associated roller bearing and lock ring arrived quicker than expected.

    Shaft split down fairly easy. Reverse hub off, reverse gear assembly and bearing off. Then pulled the reverse gear support ring and 4th off as one. Checked the synchro which was fine, new 4th and new bearing on and then pressed the washer and reverse gear support ring back on. Reverse assembly and bearing on followed by pressing the reverse hub on.

    Then it started on replacing the bearings. Seven on, one to go. Then get the races fitted.


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  34. What beautiful look the mechanical parts when are news and recently fitted, and what little time stay like that!:weary::weary:
  35. Finally finished the gearbox rebuild. Managed to use the press to fit all the races to the casing which was a result.

    Reassembly is fairly straight forward, just took my time making sure the gear selector setup operated as expected.

    Used the engine crane to sling the box into place and got it back on its mounts. Then it was just a case of putting the rest of the car back together.

    Thanks to @ianplymouth and @Barnett for answering a couple of questions towards the end of the job.

    Covered about 110miles so far, taking things relatively easy for now. Everything feels smooth and no odd noises.

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  36. Have you ever rebuilt a gearbox before or was it your first
  37. I've given a mate a hand fitting a LSD to a Honda NPQ3 box but that's the extent of my car gearbox experience. I'm a marine eng to trade though.
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  38. thanks for the mention Aldo
    Glad its all gone well
    I really need to finish mine off :pensive:
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  39. Car has covered around 3000 miles since the gearbox was rebuilt and it's still running good.

    I found there were two driveshaft spacers fitted to the car when I was stripping it for the gearbox repair. I've decided not to run them and lift the coilovers up a little. The lack of thread engagement with the hub nut and shaft didn't fill me with confidence.

    However, in true Renault fashion, she has delivered another issue. A worn lower ball joint on the nearside, its been squeaking like mad and wandering all over the road under acceleration. After reading the positive feedback about the heavy duty version supplied on here by another forum member, I've ordered 4 new ones.

    At least now I've got a press to do them...

  40. @Aldo
    That was my old Megane sold it in 2015.
    I can confirm it had every extra except the RS Monitor
    Still looks in good condition when I sold it there was not a mark on it
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