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      23.01.2012 18:42
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      1.4 car which is nippy around town

      I didnt have the one that was in the picture i had the new shape one 2006 16v expression. Mine was a grey colour 5 door hatchback.
      The brakes are reallllllyyyyyyy sharp , took a while getting used to as my old saxo were not responsive at all. It drives really well you turn the wheel and it actually responds to you and the suspension is good you dont feel every stone and bump in the road like high performance cars.
      The big one we all want to know about ........
      Fuel consumption is brilliant put in £20 and you got half a tank driving sensible of corse and mpg is average 40-50mpg depending if your on the motorway or drving around a busy city centre like where i live.
      To buy them now in 2012 i think they are around £4000 i didnt really want another one after the accident so havent really done much research into them, however the safety is brilliant because well im here now :)Tax and insurance i found was cheap for my age group of 18-21 and i was able to afford the tax which i think was 180 pound.
      What was useful was the trip computer it told you how many miles you had left and obviously how many miles you had done and also the mpg.
      The lights you can set to automatic which is useful because when you open the drivers door they turn off which means you dont have that annoying beep when you have forgotten to turn them off and also when you return to your car it actually starts because you havent drained the battery.

      Features

      It comes with electric mirrors and windows. front and rear wipers with a variety of settings to suit your needs which is useful because if its not raining hard you do not want them whizzing across the screen.
      -rev counter
      -trip computer with multiple functions
      -abs braking system
      - some of them have take me home lights
      -grap rails for passengers
      -cup holders
      -pockets in the front doors
      -isofix as well for child seats which is important i put one in a couple of times to ship the nephew around in and it was easy to put it in as well as him :)
      -seatbelts and airbags for safety as well as an alarm for door open just in case and an intruder alarm and central locking via remote and in case of emergancy a spare wheel

      performance wise it does 0-60 in 13.4 secs
      emission wise 139g/km

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        19.10.2010 12:55
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        Good build quality and nippy

        Renault Clio 1.4 16V Dymanique 5door

        I bought the top of the range Dymanique model for my son new on 2004 at a cost of just over £10,000 and he has been driving it since.

        It came very well equipped as you would expect from the Dymanique with rain sensitive wipers and light sensitive headlights, interior security locks, air conditioning and alloy wheels. The computer states it has delivered 34Mpg over the last 64,000 miles and I have no reason to doubt this. I had to replace a window due to a heavy stone chip which the insurance covered, but the Autoglass man informed me that the list price of the windscreen was well over £650 due to the rain sensor, so it is worth having windscreen cover if your vehicle is like this. He also managed to bend an alloy in a slight accident which cost £180 +VAT to replace from Renault. I thought that was steep for a 15 inch wheel.

        Other than that he has kept it in good order and as such it is still a pleasure, nippy little number to drive. There is plenty of room for three mates in the back and the interior is finished well with slate grey fabric with silver flashes. The standard stereo system is fine and even with him being a dance tune freak he hasn't felt the need to upgrade.

        I often take his Clio if I am going on long runs, it being substantially easier on the fuel than my TypeR. The only recurring problem I have had with the Clio is starter plugs, which I have had to replace three of, at a cost of £40 each. Other than that standard servicing has sufficed which I guess is good for a 6 year old motor.

        We did consider changing after three years but found the value had fallen to just £3000, which is a big three year loss so this is something to think about if you change vehicles often.

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          23.04.2009 11:16
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          buyer beware

          I bought a brand spanking new reanult clio in Jan 2007 and (to cut a very long story short) it was rubbish. i bought the 1.4 5 door model in gunmetal grey, and when i first recieved the car i thought it was great, until i tried to put fuel in it. everytime i tried to put petrol in the pump kept clicking off (like when the tank is full). it would take me about 20 minutes to fill the tank. i took the car back to renault and they said there was nothing wrong and to wiggle the pump around next time. i tried this and it didn';t work. so i took the car back again, in total it took 3 trips to renault before they would even look at it, and even then i forced the mechanic to come to the garage with me and try to put it in himself. The nice man at the service centre even asked me if i was sure i was putting the pump in the right hole, so i said "yes, but i'm sure if i tried i could find another hole i could shove it in..." The next thing to happen was a lea, it rained heavily and i came outside to find an inch of water in the back, so i took the car in to renault, that took 3 trips to fix. then my dash lights stopped working, then it wouldn't start, then the brakes played up (and didn't work, sending me straight out across a busy roundabout!), i had problems with the windows, the stereo and even the boot catch. in total the garage had the car 14 times in 6 months, they had the car more than i did! eventually i told them to keep the car. and after much arguing and fighting with renault, and only after i had put the case in court, they agreed to change the car to a megane, which i also hate!

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            17.02.2009 14:08
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            For the price a lovely little car to drive

            I have owned the 2001 model of this car now for 2 years with my NAN being the only previous owner. Best part about the car is its fuel economy and for the most part reliability. There is also ample amounts of boot space.

            Fuel economy:

            I drive the petrol version and a single tank costs under £30 which is enough to get me from the outskirts of London to Swansea in South Wales and back (just). The diesel version has one of the best fuel economies of any car in its class.

            Handling:

            The Clio is a nice little car and comes with decent handling. I only have the peughot 306, mercades a class and toyota yaris to compare it too but apart from the yaris I feel it could compete with the others quite well. Tough the mercades a class driving position is much nicer than any of the other cars mentioned.

            Reliabilty:

            For the most part it is very reliable but like all cars has some faults. Im very sorry for not being able to remeber the part name (will edit this when i find out) but under the bonnet there are what I think are pistons on the engine? these are known for breaking on the clio and cause the engine to vibrate, it is still drivable but makes you feel liek you are driving a tumble drier. The part cost me £40 to replace though this will vary from garage to garage significantly. It has gone twice on my car so far.
            Also dont be an idiot like me and decided to take it over speed bumps very fast, I have damaged the constant velocity joint by doing so and costs a lot of money in labour to replace. I am stil lgetting quotes on that part but they are approximately £40-100 for the part plus labour costs which are huge.

            Practicality:

            For a single or two member family (or young kids aswell) this car is highly practical. For 5 adults on a camping trip you will struggle ^_^.
            For those of you that liek surfing with the seadt down you can fit a 6ft - 6ft 5 inch board in there without problem (boot closed) and with the boot open i have take two of us and a long board each for a short trip to the beach.
            Bike racks also secure on well.

            Acceleration:

            I have heard from another review this is good, I have to disagree. Its not poor but out of all the cars I have driven this has the least acceleration.

            Accelerator and clutch sensitivity:

            I found this car very easy to adapt to, the hardest part to adapt to overall was the steering which im not used to but compared to the mercades a class I drove before it is quite heavy.

            Brakes:

            The stock brakes on this car are very good and reliable.

            Icy conditions:

            Im not sure if all cars of this size are the same but this thing skids on ice, gritted roads are fine but any black ice and you will skid im sure of it though its fairly easy to get back under control.

            Tape vs CD:

            Not sure if the newer models come with this option but tape is better imo ^_^ you can play your old classics and hook up an mp3 player with an adapter that costs just £2 on ebay.

            Driving comfort:

            Longest journeys I do are four hours, this hasnt been a problem for me

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              16.09.2001 04:59
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              I have been the proud owner a 1.4, 5 door Renault Clio for six months now and have never been so impressed with a car. As an accountant I know not to buy a brand new car and bought my W reg car when it had just passed its first birthday. Of course I benefited from the fact that the car had depreciated by about 25% on the original purchase price of approximately £10,000 in that short spell. SAFETY FEATURES * both the driver and passenger have airbags fitted as standard * the rear seat has three proper seatbelts - the middle belt is not just a lap belt * it has anti-locking breaks SECURITY FEATURES * the car comes fitted with central locking as standard. * a Thatcham immobiliser is fitted as standard and has lights to warn when it is operation. * locking alloy wheels OTHER FEATURES * my version has only a radio cassette but the sound quality is quite impressive * adjustable steering wheel height * adjustable seat height * a central computer system with dashboard display showing mileage, oil level, and other security checks that the computer makes * air conditioning - and contrary to popular opinion, it doesn't use too much petrol - at least not on the country roads I use everyday * power steering * electric front windows * split rear seat * alloy wheels * quite a spacious interior SPEED, ETC The car proves to be very nippy in and around town. It can leave many other cars standing at lights and going up hills. The 5 speed gear box helps in making the car very quick up hill - especially when you need to overtake going up hills. WHAT I LIKE BEST * the radio is controlled from the steering column so you don't have to take your hands off the wheel to change channels or adjust the volume. * the ability to zip along the winding country roads that I have to negotiate daily. * the fact that the car runs equally well on the motorway. * relatively good fuel consumption WHAT I DON'T LIKE * having to carry the locking wheel nut in my handbag all of the time * the fact that the spare tyre is really only to get you to a garage to have your proper tyre repaired SUMMARY All in all, this is one of the best cars that I have ever driven in the 'super mini' category. The car is very reliable and has reasonably low maintenance costs. It falls into about group 6 insurance and is also now in the lower road fund tax category.

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                20.11.2000 01:21
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                Having learnt for my driving test in the Renault Clio I noticed several points about it. The acceleration is very quick for a small(ish) engine. There is no problem in the car coping at high speeds, and it was a generally comfy ride. The power steering means there was little work to do, even in the tightest of turns and that can only be an advantage as it saves your arms. It is also hard to find someone who doesn't like the look of the Clio and so you won't get embarrased when driving in front of your friends. What I didn't like about the car is the clutch is far from the best of the cars I have driven. It feels to ridgid, doesn't move smoothly at all, and this can cause problems when driving in traffic jam situations. There is also far less room than the fiesta and so your more likely to get a claustrophobic feeling. I'm also rather undecided on the reverse gear that involves lifting up a button in an awkward position on the gear stick which is far more complicated than most cars. The drive however is good overall, it really is a pity that the clutch isn't better as that is a major downfall in the car.

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                  07.08.2000 18:34

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                  Ive owned my Clio now for just over one year, and overall Im pleased with the car. The cars first service was around £100 which wasnt bad considering I had done just under 14000miles (I'm sure Renault will make up for it on the next service!) The running costs are not bad: I expect to get around 350miles to a full tank, which costs around £35. The performance is not amazing but it is smooth, Ive had Clio courtesy cars which have been considerably quicker then my own. The car is comfortable and well equiped. I would recommend the Clio to a friend, but warn them to stay away from lamp-posts as they seem to crumple quite easily :( On this note- I found the apres-sale from Renault to be poor.

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                  01.07.2000 21:16

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                  Renault Clio This is a bubble car but shaped very well and is very attractive as well. The car has a classy interior and trimming as well. It drive's really well and is very comfortable. Your get a lot of features along with the car as well as driver and passenger airbags, alarm, immobiliser, power steering, central locking and remote also front electric windows, radio cassette and sunroof which is a good selection of features. It does 0-60 mph in 11.00 seconds and a maximum speed of 107.9 mph. It costs £11,00 on the road and carries group 6 insurance and a 1yr warranty. It also has got a five-speed transmission to top it all of with a wonderful car to drive.

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