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I am on my third Renault Clio and I wouldn't have any other car. The three that I have had the privilege of owning have all been top class and have never given me any trouble. They all started first time, have wonderful road holding, are easy to drive and have all passed their MOTs with out any problems. My first Clio was bought new and after five years I passed it on to my daughter who drove it for five years and then traded it in for another car. My second also bought new I drove for 8 years before trading it in for the Clio I now have. I drive my car every day and also drive to the highlands on holiday and have always found it to be comfortable even on a long journey. For a small car it is surprisingly roomy inside and whilst not luxurious it is certainly comfortable enough. I find it to be good on fuel economy, really easy to park and very nippy in traffic.
I had a renault clio about 7 months ago. I only had the car for around 5 months and it was a great little run around which is what I used it for. It basically did the old A - B job. I would not recommend this car if you are planning on using it for regular long distance driving as I found it was not brilliant on fuel economy. The standard radio system in the car is also very poor. I had to upgrade the radio when I bought the car. I dont know if this was because of the previous owner but the sound system was terrible and had to spend in excess of 50 pound to upgrade.
I would have this car again if I needed a cheap runaround car but I would not purchase this car if i wanted to use it alot and frequently as I found it just could not handle long distances.
I've had my little Clio for about 6 years now and it is still in great condition. The car was issued in 1999 but it is reliable, compact and easy to drive. It's only used as a little run around and will only do a few miles every day but it does the job perfectly.
I have had issues in the past but that is to be expected with an old car. I had a couple of instances where it hasn't started. Usually when it is cold. But after further research it turned out to be a connection near the battery which will need a clean every few years. Aside from this problem, the car has never had any major issues. Although it never passes the MOT first time this is usually due to very minor issues for example a new tyre, wiper blade etc.
The car has no power steering so some people could assume it is hard to drive. Luckily it's small so there are not many issues with parking. But whilst driving the handling is fantastic. It drives around corners with ease and the lack of power steering you wouldn't notice. With a good set of tyres the car grips to the road nicely.
Although the car is small it still has a deceptively large amount of room inside. It has just a big enough boot for a couple of sets of golf clubs. For extra room the back seats fold down if not needed. I am also able to have baby seat in the back although having a 3 door car makes it difficult to get in and out at times.
Road tax is about £140 a year. Insurance is also cheap. It is perfect as a little run around although it may struggle on long journeys. I love the car and I hope I will have it for many years to come!
Last December I replaced my VW Polo 1.4 2002, with this Clio Campus Sport, at first I was a little put off by the size of the car, being a 3 door I thought that I might struggle to get some of my friends in it, many of them over 6 foot tall, I'm 5 foot 11 myself and I can comfortably sit myself and 3 others in the car. After doing nearly 16,000 miles so far in my clio this year, other than a dodgy coil pack and replacing some spark plugs and a pair of tyres I have had no problems so far (touch wood), being a smaller engine than my previous Polo I was suprised to find the Clio very pokey, and I often do a fair bit of motorway/ dual carriage way driving. What fun to drive, averaging realistically 42mpg and paying around £135 a year road tax, 19 male from Cambridge no years no claims insurance is £880 per year fully comp, I feel this would make a brilliant first car for any young person or new driver.
When I passed my driving test I was looking for a cheap and easy to drive car. The Clio 1.2 is both of those things and a lot more. Iv found it to be a great first car and wouldn't hesitate in choosing it again.
To start with the engine, its a 1.2 16V lump (there's also a 8V version, which is a bit slower) and produces 75bhp. You're not going to be beating any Ferraris in it, but its plentiful for around town and on country roads. Its main downside (probably not a problem with the 8V version) is that low end torque is pretty poor and it doesn't really come alive until you go above 3K RPM. Not a major, but the engine does need to be worked to get the most from it. On motorways its fine cruising at 70, but any overtakes needs good planning.
For me the engine has been pretty reliable, only issues iv had is with the throttle body, but that only needed a clean. The car is very easy to service and parts for it are pretty cheap so anything that does need replacing, usual wear and tear parts won't cost too much. If anyone is looking to buy one of these, ensure the cam belt has been done before you purchase the car or use it to lower the price if it hasn't because its not something you want to fail on you!
MPG isn't too bad either whilst not brilliant compared to its diesel counterparts, it'll easily do 38mpg around town and 40-45 cruising on the motorway, the 50 liter fuel tank helps a lot and makes fill ups less frequent.
By far one of the best bits about this car is the handling and is always a blast to drive on twisty back roads. The car weighs just under a tonne making it very light compared to other cars of the same class. Its very agile around corners and the steering wheel provides good feedback. The car grips well and if you treat it to a set of good tyres (running Michellin Pilot Exolto 2s) itll be even better and you can take corners confidently.
The outside style of the car might not be to everyones taste, but car the looks very nice in most colours. Subtle mods can improve the look of the car, Renault Sport front grill, clear indicators etc.
The inside, whilst lacking in that German build quality is fine. There are a lot of cheap plastics, but nothing too bad. The dashboard is pretty basic and provides the basic functionality you expect. One of the great things about this is even though its cheap, its packed with features (depending on spec) bar a from models the best ones to go for are the extreme and dynamique. These give you the comfier seats, some have A/C, auto lights, auto wipers and a trip computer.
I'm 6ft1 and have no problem getting in and out of the car, the seats are especially comfy and hold you well as theyre bucket styled. Whilst I have no problem getting in the front the back is a different story, just about have enough head room, but its diffidently not the most comfortable car if you have 3 fully grown people sitting in the back. This hasnt been a major issue for me as I rarely use the rear seats.
Iv found the boot to be plenty big enough and have never required anything bigger, the back seats are very easy to fold down should you need the extra room.
This car is a great choice for anyone look at a first car buy or someone who just needs a cheap run around. Its cheap to run, insurance is cheap and compared to some of its rivals at the time you get a lot more for you money. With that said, if you're a person doing a lot of motoway miles but still looking for a cheap run about id recommend the DCi 65 or 80 Clios. They're £30 to tax a year, do more MPG and a nicer placed to be if you spend most of your time on motorways and A roads.
I have had my Clio for ages and have had very few problems with her. I was the third person to own her, the person before me being my father.
The car is quite good on petrol and only need to top her up once of every two weeks unless I am making a several long trips.
When I was in university I made the 150 mile trip regularly and never had any problems with it.
I have had some difficulties with the car as it is now nearly 15 yrs old now. There have been some eletric faults which have been easily and cheaply resolved including issues with the dash lights and gauges and my lights. There has been some problems with the car not starting due to the immoboliser, however baring in the mind the age of the car these problems have not been major and it has "held up" pretty well. Also spare pairs have always seemed pretty reasonably priced and easy to get hold of.
It can fit 2 adults in and 3 children quiet easily for short trips however I wouldn't like to take a car full a long way esp not with all adults. As a tall person I am able to sit comfortably in the front seat however when I have sat in the back I have felt a bit clastrophobic.
The boot has also been more than adequate for my storage needs and my father was able to fit his golf clubs in comfortably when needed. I have also been camping and to several festivals as well as moved from university and been able to fit almost everything in in one trip. Larger items including furniture where a no go though.
I have always found the insurance on the car very reasonable and have been able to get some good deals.
Some of the other reviews have mentioned the bonnet opening up unexpectedly, I have been very lucky not to experience this however Renault did send me a letter and I got this fault fixed for free, the only issue it ever caused me was that it needed two people to open the bonnet, one to pull the lever and one to open the bonnet, which could be difficult if you are alone and need to get a look at the engine.
I am able to do some very simple things under the bonnet including fill the screenwash and check the oil, as a huge carphobic this is testimony to the easy of those tasks which are clearly marked.
I bought and currently own a 2003 1.2 renault clio extreme 2. As my first car it cost little over 2000 but exceptional value for money. After a yearof owning, I have had no issues with it (except the odd bump and scratch, which is my fault!) It is much better for insurance than any other small cars of the same spec, with mine being less than half of the national average for my age. It does aprox 40 miles to the gallon, which I believe to be average for this age and engine size.
Surprisingly spacious inside, with a good sized boot and unbeliveably easy to park (even for me!) as the back is completely straight down, meaning even the tightest of parking spaces can be squeezed into!
The only issue I have found with ALL clios of this age (2001-2004) is that there seems to be an issue with the headlight covering, where it starts to go slightly discoloured and almost scratched. This has never affected the performance or safety of using my headlights, however, it was something I observed in aprox 10+ models of the car, and I belive it is general wear and tear of clios as they age.
We got our wee Clio in June 2010, it was a standard 3 door 1.2 renault clio extreme, a sort of smoky blue/grey colour and looked very small on the outside. We were pleasantly surprised when we got in as it is actually rather spacious and has a great size boot for such a small car. Our Clio managed around 44MPG on average and we enjoyed driving it massively as it was very quick around corners and maintained a good speed on straights.
The clio could feel a bit cramped if all 5 seats were occupied but when it was just me, the OH and the dog we had more than enough space, our large dog could easily lie down in the boot and move around if he needed to, there was a ton of room in the back seats for shopping/luggage etc and plenty of room in the footwell and front area for me to be comfy.
When my parents got their clio back in 2000 I loved it then at the age of 11 years old. When my parents got their Suzuki Swift and offered me the Clio I jumped at the chance to gain my own independance and finally have my own car after a year of passing my test and not being able to afford running a car.
Obviously when first insuring the car I was paying a high price however as time has passed insurance has lowered. Petrol has also been affordable to top up my little run around car.
My particular Clio is a Navy blue three door Liberte and is a gorgeous car to drive. Without power steering this car could be difficult to drive if you are used to power steering however after learning to drive in a car with power steering and having my Dad teach me to drive in the Clio I found the switch between the two different cars very easy to undertake.
The basic driving of the car is great, gears change easily and the car manages to travel in speed driving without any glitches.
The upholstery is Navy blue with a maroon pattern on the seats matches with light grey leather backing the drivers seat.
The boot is spacious with a removable tray which makes travelling with dogs easier as they have their own section to travel in. A spare tyre can be located underneath the bottom boot panel. The back seats of the car can be removed and the back seat support laid down to create a bigger loading space or a more spacious area for dogs to travel on.
I would say that the Renault Clio is a perfect little first car for a run around and I have been impressed with how well it has done for a 11 year old car.
I have ofcourse had my ups and downs with the car my only major one being a break down on the A1 back in January this year when my timing belt snapped on the way back from the Metro Centre, luckily quick thinking and being infront of a lorry driver stopped any trouble that may have been caused otherwise. Back in December during the extremely heavy snow after finally getting my car out from under it's igloo of snow my Dad and I found that the heater had broken, however this hasnt been a problem over summer and will need to be fixed this year.
All problems with the car have been after 11 years and have never occured previously.
Normal Use Front 2.0 Full Load 2.2
Rear 2.0 2.1
Emergency Spare Wheel Identical to the 4 wheels 2.2
For temp use: 4.2
My car has manual locking which sometimes can be a pain but only takes a couple of extra seconds than it would to have central locking.
The dash board holds a passenger air bag with a compartment which is handy for holding small items (I use it to hold my CD box a pen, paper and some antibacterial handwash. In the central part of the dash there is two air con vents, a CD player (this was installed by myself) which was previously a cassette player and beneath that are the heating controls. Below this part of the dash board is a small compartment which I use for small change, a cigarette lighter and the hazard lights button.
Above the steering wheel you are able to view the petrol gauge, the speed and water levels of the car, other lights such as the indicators and oil lights are located on this part of the dash board. The clock is directly behind the steering wheel and can be changed manually, this is also where you would see the mileage on the car.
The headrests on the car are manually adjustable and can be moved up and down to suit the driver and passenger. There are no headrests for passengers in the back seats of the car.
The front seats are adjustable and can be moved backwards and forwards allowing for more or less leg room (or being able to reach the pedals in my case!) The seats also have adjustable back rests allowing maximum comfort for the journey.
In my three door Clio handles are located on the front seats to allow passengers to get into the car. Simply lifting up the handles means the front chair backrest can be pushed forward and the seat which is on runners slides forward allowing passengers to get into the car.
Seat belts are installed for all five spaces in the car. The driver and passenger seats in the car have seatbelts next to the door on the car which pull across the person sitting in the seat. The two main seats in the rear of the car have seatbelts located at the sides of the seat with a fifth seatbelt being located in the roof above the third passenger seat which can be pulled down and then across the passenger for safety.
To be able to look under the bonnet of the car a handle can be pulled up to lift the bonnet. This can be located on the passenger side and takes a small tug. To lift the bonnet, underneath the renault sign on the front of the car theres a small clasp which you can pull forward and helps you pull the bonnet up. A stand is available to keep the bonnet up on the right hand side of the bonnet lid.
There is a left stalk on the left of the steering wheel which hold the indicators, external lighting, front and rear fog lights and the horn. On the right side the stalk holds windscreen and rear screen wash and wipe.
To fill up a tank of petrol it costs around £40 at the moment. There is a flap on the drivers side of the car which opens up. To remove the cap the drivers key must be placed into the cap and turned, this isn't a magnetic one you can stick to some pumps (I would personally love to see this).
Above the driver and passenger seats there are two sun visors both which hold two small vanity mirrors. There is also space to slot in a small piece of paper such as directions or a letter.
The steering wheel is adjustable and can be moved up and down. I find that having the steering wheel lower is alot more comfertable for myself. However I have driven with my steering wheel in the higher position and it's just as easy to drive. There is an airbag installed into the wheel. In the doors there are two wells to keep bottles and other goods in if wanted.
There was a fault with the bonnet clips back when this car was bought however my parents (the previous owners) were concerned and made sure that the bonnet clips were checked to be whether they would be faulty or not. Fortunately they were not faulty. If going to purchase this car I would reccommend asking the seller if they know if the bonnet clips were checked and if they are safe.
I bought an 06 plate Renault Clio from new as I wanted a small and relatively economical car. Had I been writing this review last year I'd have been singing the praises of this car and wondering why French cars get such a bad reputation. That was until I fell victim to what I now know to be a relatively common problem (not that Renault has at any point sent me any warning or advice regarding this issue). I was on the motorway, driving at the speed limit, when a faulty bonnet catch allowed the bonnet to open of it own accord, smashing into the windscreen and completely blocking my vision. Luckily I managed to get the car over to the side of the road, but I dread to think how it could have turned out. A truly terrifying experience. The car was towed and a few weeks in the garage and £1900 of repairs later (replacement bonnet, windscreen and roof) it was returned to me. Not that I felt happy driving it. A quick Google search revealed plenty of documented cases of this happening, the matter has even been on Watchdog. Looks as though Renault take no responsibility for this, stating that if the catch is regularly greased (does anyone do that on their cars, regardless of make or model?), then there shouldn't be a problem. Just sounds like a severe case of sloping sholders to me.
I also had a friend who had a Clio 6 months older than mine that has just recently been blighted with electrical problems, fails to start and will often cut out when driving. He spent nearly £900 in the Renault garage trying to get it fixed, but it is still suffering with the same problems. It sounds as though these issues are also quite common.
However, in the interests of a fair review, I will highlight the good points about this car but I would never recommend that someone buys one first or second hand.
The car is very comfortable and quite nice to drive, even on longer trips. Although, as mine is a 1.2 engine it isn't fast or exciting, but that's to be expected with this sized engine. To buy either first or second hand they are quite cheap and mine has passed every MOT to date first time round (but it is only 5 years old). For a petrol car it is quite economical, I think I get about 45 mpg on average. There are many cars out there that are much cheaper to tax, but this one isn't so bad, about £130 for 12 months and it is also ok to insure.
For a small three door car I find that mine is quite roomy and the boot space is large enough to actually be of some use. However, this car is still small.
I have had my Clio (my second car since passing my test) for nearly six months and I must say I think he (Louis) is fantastic! I have a 1.2 16v Dynamique (55 Plate).
This car was a replacement for my beloved Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 litre. Now I must say that the 0.2 litre difference must be noted! I find this car to be very nippy. I use it to commute 45 miles daily and the journey is a pleasure. Very responsive car with some good features - nice interior and very 'stylish'.
My journey involves 'Snake Pass' and even for a 1.2 car Louis can get me over it very efficiently.
Fuel consumption averaging at 39.6 mpg - Petrol. Perfect for me! Very comfortable to drive.
My only criticism would be that lights on the dashboard can often appear. My uncle being a mechanic checks the car regularly and it has been serviced at Renault with no faults being noted. The only explanation I have recieved is that in this type of car dash lights appearing are not uncommon.
I would say a Clio is a perfect first car but is also fantastic for use regularly even by a commuter like myself.
There are two Renault Clios in our household; the beast (Clio 197 Cup) and the baby (1.2) and I am fond of them both. The 1.2 has been a bargain from start to finish, an 05 plate bought as a tonic to the hideous fuel costs of the Cup and in this regard it hasn't failed to too astound. On open country roads I have experience mpg figures approaching 50mpg! This was allied to smooth driving, but it adds another string to its bow of discount motoring.
Despite my 'other car' being a monster in comparison, the little Clio does not let itself down in the handling stakes and this is big praise indeed. The car is very nimble and predicatble, everything a small hatchback should be and dare I say it fun! To be fair, I have driven a lot of cars and I have never driven a poor handling Renault, regardless of cost, so I shouldn't be so suprised.
Now, the engine is never going to set the world alight in performance, but in some instances such as hills and motorways, it can feel slightly underpowered. Around town you never feel this because it has been optimised for this type of driving and it is ideal, this is however what you get for the excellent fuel economy.
A further positive is servicing; the parts are very cheap when sourced from the correct places (discs and pads £42) and the long 15000 mile service interval leaves cash in your wallet for longer.
As this is a mk2 Clio, there are several things to be aware of, the famous bonnet catch should have been changed and the steering wheel is susceptible to melting. Random rattles have surafced in the cabin, but they are all minor and will be fixed at its next service.
All in all, a cracking little car that I would recommend to anyone.
The 3 door clio is cheap to run and cheap to maintain. After 32k miles I have only just had to change the break pads and disks for the first time. Other than that, it has just been a case of regular services. Taxing the car is cheap (£125 for a year- prices at February 2011)
Very low insurance group also helps this car to be a cheap option.
This car is full of mod-cons: authomatic wipers, automatic lights and remote locking.
In all, I love driving around in the Clio, as it serves as a small, yet stylish run around. The back is extremelly spacious, with the hatch back, which folds down to create a spacious area (fits at least 2 bikes in at the same time- 1st hand experience.)
The car in inexpensive to purchase in the first place and I persoanlly feel is well worth the money.
I bought my Clio January '09 and it was a fantastic car!! For a three door small car there was plenty of leg room in the back, especially compared to my sister's 1.4 Clio which has virtually no leg room. My Clio was an "S" reg but drove as if i had driven it straight out the factory. Makes the ideal first car for anyone. The only problem that i found was theat the clutch was heavy, made it so much easier to find the biting point but you do really feel how heavy it is on any long journey. Such a cheap car to run, sips at the petrol so will last you a good while. Makes an ideal about town car and a quick dash to the shop car. Insurance is very reasonable and cheap tax too. This car never let me down no matter how could the weather got.
One of the features on this model was the stereo controls on a stalk with the sterring wheel. Was such a simple feature but was very convenient. The sound system is the best i had heard in you average small car, even though it did only have a cassette stereo it was easy to take it out and put in a cd player without any hassle or altering the sound quality.
A very easy to manage car whether it be cleaning inside or out, driving on short journeys or long ones. It is a small car without feeling like a small car for all the room you get in it. I would HIGHLY recommend this model to anybody.
This is my current and second car. The first car I drove after passing my test was an 03 Audi A3 which belonged to my father, it was a beautuful car but nothing but expensive problems. After the final straw, and an argument with my father I went out and bought the first car I could. I used all of my money to buy a Renault Clio 03 1.2 Dynamique. I dont know whether its because I drove an Audi Sport or just becausem but I cant say that I am very impressed. Although the car is the same age as the Audi, the underneath of the seats, the metal is rusty, the engine looks rusty, and if I knock a wire under the seat the airbag light comes on.
Good points however are that its quite a smooth little runner, a nice first car, low insurance and its quite cheap to run, both on tax and fuel. The engine size is both a blessing and a curse. Its low so it causes low insurance however its so low, I put my foot down and nothing happened.
Although its a small car, its does have a sizeable boot and rear.
Overall a nice 'first car' and cheap 'run-around'.