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My first car has been a lovely little Renault Clio 1.2. I had the car bought for me as a present in 2010 and to be honest, I can't fault the car on a lot!
Inside, with it being an old car manufactured in 2000, the inside is a little dated now, but none the less there is still everything you need!! Although you can replace the old radio/cassette player with a shiny new CD player with all the gadgets, I have chosen to keep the original stereo. The 2 main reasons for this is due the the fact that I think it looks better as it matches the rest of the dash, and there's also a set of buttons on the right hand side of the steering wheel to adjust volume, searcha nd change radio channels! This little bit of convenience is a novelty to me!
Apart from the general wear and tear issues my Clio has never let me down. Even in her old age! I've had to change the brake pads and a couple of wheel bearings; but nothing major! All cars needthis kind of work doing to it after a while I suppose. The parts to repace have also been easy to get hold of and cheap enough too!
My insuramce as a young driver is also very cheap and affordable!
The only bad side is the tax costing now at £77 for 6 months. However, there are more expensive tax brackets that this!
This is my second clio that I've bought and I can't really complain too much. the interior does have a slightly cheap and hastily put together feel to it but you get the quality that you pay for, so if you want a car with a nicer interior and build quality spend more money. It is a fairly cheap car to run, though even when trying to conserve fuel consumption I can barely get 37mpg in built up areas as well as on the motorway. Road tax is fairly cheap at around £120 per year and insurance (My Clio is 1.1 litre 58 campus) is low also. Being fairly short at 5'4, I really appreciate the position of the seat and being able to raise it a little higher. It has ample boot space and quality space in the back for kids (or small people like myself, not to great for taller people), and a sometimes confusing but sturdy central rear seatbelt. Although this is my second clio and I've enjoyed both cars i've had I think I'll be getting something with a bit more quality next time.
Hello, this is the review of the renault clio 1.2 My version is a 2005 expression 5 door, and this is the review (I have now owned the car for little over 2 weeks, so this review will be more centred around the car design, I cannot comment on the reliability of the car). The car i have has around 50k on the clock, and was bought for £1500ish
Design: I think the car is very cool compared with other cars of the era. If like me you are a bit broke, and your insurance is a bit high because you are a student, you are really looking at this car, an old vauxhall corsa, peugeot 206, toyota yaris, vw polo or a ford ka/ old fiesta. I think this car is either the best looking, or the second best looking in terms of external design alone.
Size, this car is small, but it has a very small backpassenger space. I have been in corsa, fiestas etc, and the clio does badly for its external size in this part. My friends yaris, which although is a smaller car, feels like it has more rear passenger space. I cant comment on the others except the ford ka, and the two are about on par.
Economy: This is great, with this car i average around 50-60 mpg. To be fair I am not a fast driver, but i feel that this car has very low running costs, which is great. My friend in the yaris doesnt get mpg that good (more around the 40 mark), but he does drive a lot faster than me, so this may be a factor. But to be fair, my engine is a 1.2, whereas his is a 1l so how much an influence the speed is i am not sure.
Feel: The car inside feels like in places that the plastic is a bit cheap. Epecially the indicators stalks. This car has a lot more gadgets that competitors, and at a cheaper price (electric windows, AC, electric mirrors, sunroof, radio wheel controls). BUT in the yaris my friend has, they feel of way inferior quality. THe indicator stalks feel like they are made of the plastic you would normally buy milk in. To be fair it doesnt bother me that much personally, but if you think this is going to be a BMW with leather seats, IT AINT!
Also the car has a "cheeky feel" to it. FOr example, becaue the car is french, and they drive LHD, the key to entry the car if you are not using it remotely is on the left door. In the uk we drive in the right. It might never be a problem for me, but its just a funny little quirk of the car that if the battery ever died on my keys, I would have to go round to the passenger side, unlock the car, then walk back around to the driver side. But it doesnt make the car feel badly well, as its overridden by the driving experience and the cheekiness of it all.
Another thing about this car is the drive. THe drive feels very involving, but not to the point where it is wearysome. Unlike other cars I have driven, it feels well engage, and very light, like a go kart. WIth a 1.2, (12 valves), the engine is very responsive (but the gear changes I found are a bit bumpy, but then i might just still be getting used to the gearbox and clutch). The ride is no where near as good a that in the yaris (sorry i wish i had driven some other similar cars, or been in other similar cars, but sadly none that i see as a direct rival to this car). But then this car is more exciting to be in, which means the ride doesnt matter so much. ALso this car has a HUGE boot for its size. It sort of explains why the rear passengers must amputate their legs to even get in the back.
The all round visibility of the car is fair. It has small wingmirror to make it more city friendly, but overall its very acceptable levels of vision around the car. Another side note is that the clio has a very high NCAP rating for a car of this class. I have not tried this out personally though...
The driving comfort in all fairness isnt that good, although it has full adjustable seats, the suspesion and eat do not rival the japanese or germans, or maybe even the americans in terms of comfort. But they add a sporty feel. For me personally I couldn't give 2 figs about the comfort during driving, but then I am fairly young and these things become more of an issue as you age i guess.
In summary then?
A cheeky car, with a sporty feel (for only a 1.2), but probably isnt actualy all that fast in the real world. Good fun to look and drive, with a big boot and lots of gadgets, but not as refined, well made, or practical as japansese competion (yaris has fold down rear seat, I have no idea how to do this on the clio). I would really recommend giving this car a test drive if you are thinking of getting something in this catogory, but again i cannot say it will be reliable, i haven't had ti long enough to have bad experiences, and even if I had, it doesn't mean that yours will have same or no problems.
I first went about getting a renault clio due to the fact my car developed a fault and needed imminent replacement and my wife and I saw a 1.2RN sitting in the forecourt.
I have to say I was skeptical about its age as it was registered in sep99 but I thought I would take it for a test drive and am I pleased I did.
First turn of the key it started but... you could not tell this as there was no sound of the engine and the rev counter hardly moved from its original starting point, so for me this was already turning out to be a great car.
I took it on a 60Mph road and no problems at all good gradual speed on acceleration no judders or bangs and nice smooth drive, and boy could I feel the suspension my Brava must have had none with the feel of this.
Whats more this little runner even has power steering, something which I had forgotten about it seemed so easy and light to handle.
If you would like a laugh this car with a really quiet engine even had over 200k on the clock when I purchased it and it sounded better than some new cars.
Good fuel consumption only have to fill the tank twice a month and I do at least 1000Miles per month
Only thing that I have noticed are the front lights have gone off white to a yellowish glased colour I have been advised that you can remove this with some wet/dry sand paper
I bought this as my second car and can say it was an alright car, for the period I had it, it was not to bad, obviously it lacked power but I was used to a 1.8 litre MG BGT prior to it.
I had the standard model so it came with a radio/cd, electric front windows and not much else.
The experience of the car is mixed, the economy was not to bad in the town and on the motorway for fuel consumption. The handling was good and it is quite an affordable car. However you then come to the main issues its expensive to replace parts, I also had a electrical fault which resulted in the car revving between 1500 and 3500 revs to get home, no input from the throttle would change this. Took it to Renault and apparently its common and it is a fried throttle motor, as I found out the accelerator is not connected like old cars by a cable it is all linked by a electric sensor.
My experience of Renaults has gone down hill and I will not be buying anymore , they maybe cheap, however, they are expensive to maintain and run which defeats the purpose.
The car comes with either a 3 door or 5 door choice, the model I had was a 5 door which was nice when having people in the back as easier for them to get in, also putting in a car seat for the baby. The leg room in the back is adequate but for long distances for any tall people I would say it would be very uncomfortable.
The car has five seats as standard, rear headrests that slide into the seats when not required.
The boot is adequate enough to get a reasonable size buggy into, however, you would not get much more in after that. As most cars there is a hatch in the boot with the spare tyre being below (full size, which is a novelty these days if you even get a spare/space saver). You can if you have no passengers lower the back seats to create a deck, this enlarges the space a lot so moving big things is not to difficult.
This is the first car i've ever owned but it greatly exceeds my first expecations of performance. It's quite neutral shape and body work renders it much more practical than it's small car counterparts, space was clearly a prominent feature in the design of the car and there is plently of room for all 5 passenges, a surprisingly overlooked factor in the desgin of other cars in the same market.
Engine capacity is also another pleasantly surprising feature, the responsiveness of the acceleration and speed is very acceptable considering the 1.2 litre engine size, even when the car is filled with people. One downfall I have found though is the acceleration slows considerably around 60mph, this though i suppose can be forgiven, I rarely get out of the city, and the renault is perfect for going around town, and on the motorway it cruises quite nicely when up to speed, even fuel conservation is quite good.
One of my first cars was a Renault Clio black 1.2, 5 door car. It's so easy and fun to drive and it is also very fuel efficient. I would highly recommend this car to everyone, especially new drivers due to it being so simple and cheap to drive. I can safely say this car is very reliable and I made many of journeys in it, including lots of motorway trips and the everyday trips to work and back.
If you are a experienced driver and can afford something a bit nicer I suggest you go for the sports model with the 2.0 litre engine.
To sum it up this car gets you from point a to b and does the job it needs too. The car is also very safe and tidy looking. Another plus is it is cost efficient.
it does however lack certain luxuries and in car entrainment but it depends how important that is to you.
If you want a cheap car that easy on the eye and does the job to a high standard then buy this car!
I spent over a year driving a Renault Clio, and it is the car which i learnt to drive in. I spent many hours driving it around towns and round country lanes leanring to drive and thought it was a fantastic little car.
Once i passed i did many long drives on motorways, through traffic jams on the M25, and i was never uncomfortable, never out of room and never felt the urge to get out of the car.
For the 5-door hatchback that it is, there is a fair amount of room, even enough for people to sit behind me when i had the seat all the way back. There is a large spacious boot, which was great for me because i fit a large amplifier in the back. On the long trips i did there was plenty of room for luggage, which was also tested when i dropped a family off at the airport when they were on their way on holiday carrying large suitcases.
Although it is only a 1.2 litre, the car does go when you put your foot down, and is a speedy small car useful for darting around during busy times.
I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a first, decent car, or anyone who does lots of commuting through busy city centres and such. Though the car is fairly spacious, my head was close to the roof when driving and sitting in the back, so anyone taller than me (6ft) would have difficulty.
My mum bought her Renault Clio in 2000 brand new from Arnold Clark. It has run okay since then and in 2009, my dad bought her a new car as a birthday present. As I was starting a new job and had just graduated from university, I was lucky enough to be handed down her Clio so that I had a vehicle to get to work everyday.
Now, in the time my mum has had the car, she did go on about the indicators not working properly, but my mum is a bit of a techniphobe, and in all this time I just thought maybe this was something that she was not doing right! This is not the case. I am not sure if this is a problem with every Clio but it is certainly a major flaw. Basically the wiring for the indicators is located under the glove box on the passenger side of the car. Whenever someone sits in the passenger side and moves their feet roughly where the wiring is, the whole fuse box dislocates out of place and the indicators suddenly stop working.
Some may say, simply warn your passengers not to put their feet near the wiring. However, I have gone over speed bumps or small pot holes in the road when I was in the car completely by myself and the indicators have suddenly failed to work. Can be very frustrating at critical times such as when your driving along the motorway and they suddenly fail!
Apart from this major flaw the car has never caused any problems, it runs well and is a good little starter car. Just be prepared to have to pull over at regular intervals to shake the fuse box back into place!
** Detailed Information **
The model that I have is:
Number of doors: 5
Registration Year: 2000
Engine Size: 1149
Body Type: Hatchback
Fuel Type: Petrol
** Price **
The Clio is widely available to buy. You can get this model second hand for between £1,000-£2,000.
The Renault clio 1.2 is a reliable car that could best be described as a town car rather than for long journeys.
The car is much smaller than the latest model of the Clio, as it is thinner and narrower, thus putting the car in the same category as the Ford Fiesta. The shape of the car could be said to be uninspiring, but of the price, it is what one would expect.
In terms of performance, the 1.2 engine is never going to set the world alight, as while it is nippy around towns and city centres, you do feel the lack of performance on places like by passes and motorways and it can take a while for the car to reach 70 MPH. Another problem that I have found is when one approaches a hill you need to build up speed before going up hill or the engine will struggle to keep speed, quite comparatively with other cars, such as the equivalent Fiesta.
In terms of the interior it is the standard that one would expect to find in a car with such a specifications, but does seem rather drab and dreary, when compared to other cars.
Overall the Clio 1.2 is not one of the worst cars that I have owned and drive but it is by no means the best. While the engine may be economical, which can be a deciding factor when buying a car, it is sluggish and needs that extra bit more to give it some oomph. Due to this the car really does not stand out in the market and really I would recommend the Ford Fiesta over the Clio.
This car is perfect first car its been brilliant for me. It feels like a quality well made car and feels safe. You can clearly tell that its not going to crumble like a ford ka would if you crash. Its a timeless car no matter how old the model they all look and drive pretty much the same. I would say that the gearbox seems stiff on all models and it can be sluggish, but over all a great car.
The car has a great suspension and drives well with as much weight as you can have. The sun roof is much better than the old tyle clios and the clip opener rather than a spinny handle stop the leaking that the old clios have. The sleek curved design make it easy to clean but it does seem to get dirty very easily. The speaker system isn't great but its not tinnish which is good.
The Renault Clio Dynamique was bought as our second small car because of its reputation for safety. It feels like a qualiity built car (rather than a bottom of the range car) both when travelling as a pasenger and as the driver.
The exteriror of the car still looks good, even after 60,000 miles maybe its because it seems to be made of plastic rather than metal pannels - there are no chips or scratches in the paintwork.
Unfortunately our little clio has a fault that 2 different garages have failed to recitify - it is underpowered for some reason to do with the engine and this also means the fuel consumption is rubbish - we don't get nearly as many miles to the gallon as we should.
One other word of warning, the dynamique has a rain sensor (amongst other things) as an extra to set it aside from ordinary clio models. If your windscreen needs replacing the windscreen for the dynamique is nearly twice as expensive as for the ordinary clio - it all adds up.
Oh, and i forgot there was a recall to mend the catch on the bonnet because it had a habit of flying open when people were driving and causing accidents.
The renault clio 1.2 5 door is my first car, for now over 4 years and I have loved every moment driving it.
Variant: 1.2 Dynamique 16v 5dr
Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Adjustable Steering Column, Remote Central Locking, Immobiliser, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Abs, Child Locks, Side Air Bags, Twin Air Bags, Air Conditioning, Folding Rear Seats, Rear Headrests, Cd Player, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork and Alloy Wheels
I can't think of any more to mention!
The renault clio has been a lovely drive from the day I bought it. At a modest 1.2L engine, its light bodywork has meant it has not detracted from its acceleration. The car drives extremely smooth and despite its compact size it is extremely spacious inside.
My car has only driven approximately 25000 miles, so I guess it has not had the time on the road to deteriorate, even so, the car still feels as if I have just bought it.
In terms of the car's aesthetic appearance, everyone would be familiar with the car's extremely sexy look, especially whilst sweeping through the narrow french roads in the adverts, and I personally think it is one of the prettiest cars you will see.
The car is not perfect however. I have been lucky enough not to be in any major car accidents, but I am always slightly wary driving the small car over long distances. My only experience so far of in contact with my car was within the first month of passing my test, backing into a bollard. Though the contact was only slight, the damage on my car was not. With only a little impact, there was a very noticable amount of damage on the bodywork which cost a hefty fee of £300 to fix! For this reason I would raise concerns about the safety of the car.
Overall, for a first car or a second family car, I would never want a different car other than the renault clio (well maybe a mini..but that is all!).
Worst auto experience of my life
My American drivers licence doesn't transfer into an English one so after a year I had to take the English test. Once I had past I began shopping around for a car. I had until then been driving my mum's car. I wanted something economical and little, but still big enough for a child's car seat and buggy. My mum had a Clio and after looking at a few other cars I thought it was quite a good choice to make. I went to Renault West London to have a test drive of one. The test drive went rather well and it was just like my mum's model. I spoke to the guy and told him I was interested. My only problem was the price tag. There was no way I could afford it. Renault made me a deal. They said that they would slice £2000 off the price tag if I was ok with a year old Clio that had only ever been used for test drives. My uncle looked over the paperwork for me and assured me that it was all ok and above board and that so a week later the Clio was mine to drive away.
To be perfectly honest for the first year and a bit the car was really good to me. Everything fit inside it, it was good on petrol, easy to drive, and looked nice. What more could I want really.
It was about a year and a half to two years into ownership that my little car began to treat me like dirt. Suddenly one day the car started acting as if it were running out of petrol. I had half a tank so I couldn't suss the problem. I pulled the car off the road and rang my boyfriend for assistance. Neither of us could think what the problem was so he agreed to follow me home. I started the car in a huge puff of black smoke. I stupidly thought maybe it was a one off and once I started moving it would stop! I put my foot on the pedal and more smoke puffed out. Obviously at this point I knew it wasn't going to stop and called the AA for roadside assistance. Thankfully they didn't take very long getting to me. The car couldn't be sorted then and there and was towed to my local garage. There had been an electrical fault which was caused trouble. The problem was sorted and my little car was back on the road by the following week.
I am one of those girls who changes her own tyres and head lights so when a head light was out I went to the shops and bought the bulb. I had changed the passenger side bulb on two occasions so I knew which bulb to get. I opened the bonnet to find that the drivers' side was a completely different shape to the other. My rather slender hands were just able to fit into the gap but there was no room for me to manoeuvre the bulb. I took the car into Halfords and asked if they could lend me a hand. The lad working told me that my model Clio (51 reg) they have some times had to remove the entire light section to enable them to put a new bulb in. This is exactly what they ended up doing. A lot of fuss but it was done now and hopefully the bulb wouldn't need changing for a while.
It's now about 5-6 months later and I turned onto a main road after another car letting me go. I tapped my hazard lights to say thank you and then when I tapped it again to turn it off nothing happened! My first thought was the person behind me was going to think I was silly for not turning it off. I held the button in as I drove a bit further down the road and turned down a side road. No matter what I did it just wouldn't go off! I ended up popping the button top off and pressing the button in with a pen which turned it off finally. I was lazy and didn't do anything about it and two months later it was due for MOT. They told me it wouldn't pass without a fully functioning hazards button so I got them to fix it. This was at a Renault garage mind you. I drove off thinking the car was now ok. It was roughly a week or so later that I said thank you via the hazard lights and again it was stuck in on mode. I took it that day back to the garage and they said it was possibly a bigger problem such as something to do with the wiring and thus I should take it to the bigger Renault garage. I did take it there but told them I didn't think it was wiring as when I was able to get the button off I could turn the lights off. They spent an hour or so playing with the car and then told me they had a tinker and thought it was now ok. They couldn't say what exactly the problem was but they didn't charge me so I wasn't overly fussed.
Over the next year the dashboard would randomly light up that there was something wrong and yet it would either the next day be gone or the garage would hook it up to their machine and find that it was merely a wiring fault. After this problem had happened 5 times I started getting a bit pissy to say the least.
I was driving around a rather large ring road in a local town centre when the black smoke happened again and this time the car came to a bouncing stop. Oh joy! This time I had to wait a little while for a tow truck. My son was with my mum so at least I didn't have to deal with a bored kid! For some reason I thought it was a good time to clean the dash. I ran a cloth over the hazard light button and off it popped to expose the Blutack underneath! I couldn't believe my eyes.
The Clio spent the next week at the garage being fixed.
I went through a car wash as I had done many times before but this time the aerial popped off. I was a bit pissed off at myself but oh well. I took it into the garage to have it fixed. They called me a few hours later to say it would have to stay in a few days. I couldn't understand why it was going to take so long. Apparently the wires had been run along the top of the car and not along the sides of the doors and also the top fabric had been glued on so they had to take the whole lot off!
In the following 6 months I kept having the wiring issues but nothing major. I received a letter in the post from Renault telling me that my model Clio had been on Watch Dog television show and that contrary to what was said they had the Clio bonnet catch investigated by an outside company and it would be fine. I was a bit confused as I hadn't seen the show, but the letter said as long as you look after you car and do the weekly checks then nothing should go wrong. I checked the Haynes Book for my model Clio and the weekly checks. There was nothing there about the bonnet catch. I looked at it and besides a tiny bit of rust it looked fine to me. I looked my mum's Clio and although the catch was slightly different it was in the same condition so I was happy with it.
I was travelling down a dual carriageway after getting off the motor way. Going about 50-55 miles per hour. Try and get the picture if you can ... Seven month pregnant woman, boyfriend, 5 year old son in the back chatting away to each other when suddenly the bonnet flew up into the windscreen! The screen cracked all over, the wipers were bent, the top panel was dented in, the sunroof caved in on us, and obviously there was quite a bit of damage to the bonnet! I am very proud of my reaction to be honest. I was really calm. The hazards were put on and I started pulling off to the side whilst slowing the car all the time staying in my lane. Two cars stopped to check we were ok. One was a driving instructor who told me to call Watch Dog as he'd seen a report about Renault Clio bonnet problems. I got my son and boyfriend to stand off to the side whilst I directed people around my car. My boyfriend took over and as we were just past a bend in the road I first called the police as I thought we were likely to cause a crash if some one came round the bend too fast or not looking. Best part of my day was the police interceptor turning up! Those cars are so cool. The policeman used his baton and bashed my bonnet down. He gave us the ok to drive it home. £1520.76 worth of damage! EEK! Thank the lord for insurance.
It was at this point I contacted Renault and told them my story. They weren't overly fussed and said I must have not been looking after the car properly. I was livid to be honest as I look after my cars better then anyone I know! I'm one of those seriously anal people who actually do the weekly car checks. I read a few experiences on the internet of people taking on Renault regarding their Clio bonnet problems and no one had gotten anywhere. It seemed to be a you said I said argument and I couldn't be bothered. New baby on the way I was looking at bigger cars anyway so I sold the Renault and moved on.
It is now June. I sold the Renault in July so almost a year has gone by and I got a letter in the post from Renault saying that they are now acknowledging that there is a problem and officially recalling the bonnet catches. They are replacing them with the new model ones. My whole argument before had been if they changed the ctach on the Clio model directly after mine then they must have already known there was a problem. All over the internet people have been saying they are angry and taking their claims back to Renault. I should really do the same as it cost me a lot of money amd hassle. As I was seven months pregnant at the time I'd probably have a good case but honestly I'm just too lazy to deal with all that again. No one has gotten compensation out of them yet.
I know people with older Clio's and newer ones and they have also had the wiring problems but thankfully for them nothing more.
Update - Forgot to add in ... There is a plastic shield bit under the engine which has a sole purposs of protecting the engine. I think it just basically stops things bring the road getting in there. Unforfutnetly on a trip to Bluewater shopping centre it caught fire with the heat of the engine. It was raining heavily so it was put out quite quickly. I pulled over to look and found parts of it had melted. To be honest I wasn't gunna risk it so I pulled it off and took it to the garage the following day.
Can't believe I left this stuff out but the clutch also had some issues. I don't know very much about the clutch except how to work it so could I guess have been my driving but I'm not sure. The car was only 3 years old and the clutch needed replacing.
Should also tell you which Renault I had ... It was a 51 reg (2002), silver, 5-door, and 1.2 engine.
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What a great little car! I bought my 2004 clio second hand two years ago almost to the day and I can safely say I have had absolutely no problems with it at all.
I paid £4000 for mine, got a really good deal as there was only 27000 miles on it. Everything was in great nick, no problems with the engine. Now I was not able to tell this, as I would not know where to start but a mechanic friend gave the car the once over and said it was perfect! And it has been extremely reliable for me.
Now it is obviously not the most powerful of motors out there, but it does the job for me. To be honest I do not need to be racing around the place, as I live in a city and is surprisingly nippy off the blocks.
One rgeat thing about it is the fuel consumption. When I fill up a tank, which thankfully has gone down in price and now only costs about £30 - £35, I get about 400 miles, sometimes more, which I think is very good.
The interior is plain enough on my model, but then I am not mad into cars and was not looking for something really fancy - run of the mill interior suited me.
There is surprisingly decent enough space in both the back seats and the boot. Easily fit 4 people, can get 5 in at a push.
It is comfortable for driving, not the softest seats in the world, but ok.
Ok, so maybe the design is not the prettiest car in the world, but it is fine by me! It has a kind of bubble shape, but I like it.
It may not be everyones cup of tea, but suits me down to the ground.