Have some pictures of the first Megane RS I had:
Yes the tail lights were heavily tinted, I bought it like that, and apparently the TÜV didn’t have a problem with it, so neither did I. The light was still bright by the way.
I bought this one in September 2013, it was from 2005 and had 67.500 km when I bought it.
The previous owners girlfriend was highly pregnant and their other car was a smart Fortwo, so the Mégane had to move, quickly.
I never really liked the Megane II designwise, but I found it while browsing the classifieds in my lunch break, it was about 5 km away from my workplace and nicely priced, so I gave it a shot.
I had just bought my RX-8 a few weeks earlier, So I didn’t really have a need for it, but the price was too good not to buy it, and I could easily flip in once it got french papers.
I bought the car for 6500€. To make it french, I needed a Certificate Of Conformity (200€) and a technical inspection (50€) to get french papers (normally 500€, in that case 200€*). With French papers, it was now worth about 8500€.
*The clerk made an error while doing the papers, and the RS became a DCi, which was 300€ cheaper to registrate. The correction was free, but required a second run to the prefecture.
The look of it is special. It sure looks better than the standard Mégane, but it still has this odd shape in the back. I was never a fan of this (though it kind of grew on me while I had it), but as long as you drive it, you don’t have to look at it.
The dash is not that nice either, but the aftermarket double din radio helped in making it more appealing, at least to me.
Before I was able to sell it, I had an accident with the RX-8, and spent a few months in hospital. When I got out, to my mother dismay, I drove the Mégane, since it was easier to get in and out thanks to it’s huge doors.
In the end, to calm my family down, I put up an ad to sell it, somebody offered me a black 2006 Audi A4 for it, which was worth around 9500€ at the time I think, so I took it. Put up the Audi for sale 2 months later for 9000€, sold it within 3 days.
In hindsight, this was a great buy 10/10 would do again.