PLEASE NOTE: ALL THE INFORMATION FOLLOWING RELATES TO STANDARD MANUFACTURED MODELS
Roy's Matra Enthusiasts pages
FAQ's: Frequently Asked Questions
Since these pages have now grown considerably, I have made an index with links to take you straight to the relevant page and answer. If you have a query that is not answered here, email me and I will see if I can provide an answer for you. I will then include it here for others. The questions and answers are in no particular order, simply as they came to mind!
If you have a modified car, then some of the details may differ. e.g. engine size or type may have changed.
Buying a Murena (page updated April '18)
First FAQ page (page updated July '18)
Second FAQ page (page updated July '16)
Third FAQ page (page updated August '17)
- Bagheera or Murena, LHD or RHD? Which should I choose? LHD or RHD?
Fourth FAQ page (page updated January '17)
- I have an M530. What were the original colours?
- I have one of the UK officially imported Bagheera. What were the original colours? Bagheera colours
- I want to respray my Murena. What were the original colours? Murena colours
- What were the original colours and paint codes for the first Renault Espace? Espace I colours
- Can I use a Tagora 2.2 engine in a Murena 2.2? Alternative engine
- Important points when working on a 2.2 engine Important facts
- Can I fit a 2.2 engine in a Murena 1.6? Upgrading a 1.6 Murena
Fifth FAQ page (page updated July '16)
- What should my cars weight be, for the M.o.T. annual test?
- The rear brakes of my Bagheera/Murena/Espace are sticking. What can I do? Sticking brakes
- The hand brake of my Bagheera/Murena or Espace (with discs at rear) is very poor
and/or has no reserve travel. What can I do? Poor hand brake
- What are the brake pad part numbers for my Djet/M530/Bagheera/Murena/Espace? Brake pad numbers
Sixth FAQ page (page updated July '16)
- If I drain the Murena 2.2 cooling system, how do I refill it and get all the air out?
- 2.2 Cooling System Improvements
- My Murena 2.2 seems to have problems staying cool or
cooling down when in traffic. What is wrong?
Seventh FAQ page (page updated March '18)
- I need a new battery for my Murena. What type do I want?
- My Murena 2.2 sump gasket is leaking. How do I change it?
Eighth FAQ page (page updated July '16)
Ninth FAQ page (page updated January '17)
Tenth FAQ page (page updated February '17)
- My Bagheera/Murena headlamps are very slow to come up or won't lift at all; or
Both my dip and main beam come on together. What is wrong?
- The car/engine seems to struggle to reach the higher speeds/revs. What is wrong? Engine holding back
- I have various electrical problems. Where do I start? Electrical problems
- My Murena oil level warning light flashes all the time even though the level is correct.
Why is this? Oil level light flashing
- My wipers have slow and fast speeds plus a 'flick wipe' operation but no intermittent setting.
I have noted other Murena have an intermittent operation. Why doesn't mine? Wiper intermittent
- The air from the Murena interior vents is always warm even when I select full cold.
How can I rectify this? Heater won't switch off
Eleventh FAQ page (page updated April '18)
- My Murena electric window(s) doesn't work, or only lifts very slowly. What can I do?
- My gear lever has broken and I can't get gears. What should I do? Broken gear lever
- I cannot get 5th and reverse gears; or I cannot get 1st and 2nd gears.
Should I adjust the linkage? 'L' shaped bracket too tight?
- I have changed the clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder (or both) and now I cannot bleed all the air out of the system.
Is there a special procedure? Bleeding clutch (new)
Twelfth FAQ page (page updated July '16)
- What carburettors were fitted to the Murena models? How do I adjust the 34CIC on the 2.2?
- My Murena Weber/Solex downdraught carburettor is worn out. What can I do? Worn carburettors
- Can I fit twin side-draught carbs. to my standard Murena 2.2? Fitting twin side-draught carbs.
Thirteenth FAQ page (page updated July '16)
- I have a (Matra) Espace (series 1, 2 or 3) and the remote central locking doesn't work
with one or both keys (plips). Can I have my keys (plips) re-programmed?
- My infra-red plip doesn't work. Is there anything I can do? Repairing Espace remote controls
Fourteenth FAQ page (page updated November '16)
- I have a Matra Djet, 530, Bagheera, Rancho or Murena. What fuel do I use?
- The fuel pump on my 2.2 Murena is leaking. Where can I get another? Murena 2.2 fuel pump
Fifteenth FAQ page (page updated November '17)
- What are the Bagheera and Murena wheel and tyre sizes, pressures, fixing hole specifications, and bolt torques?
- What current tyres are available?
Sixteenth FAQ page (page updated September '17)
- My engine is difficult to start and/or runs poorly. What should I look for?
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- My car wanders and needs constant correction to keep it running straight. What should I look for?
or... The steering on my Murena seems very stiff or heavy. Should it be like this?
- My Murena has the 'S' sills. How do I fasten the bottom of the front wings?
- I need to remove the rear semi-trailing arms. Any tips?
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This was last updated 1st July '18