I'm writing a review for the Clio 1.4 16v Dynamique I have had for over 3 years.
Overall the car has had a few problems some of which minor some not so minor. So far the fault sheet since had it (since it was 2 years old) only counting things that I didn't have some blame.
On the third throttle body, second accelerator and 2 wiring harness - all relating to the throttle just stops working and the engine just screams. Only restarting the car clears this - not fun on the motorway at night!
A rear bearing fail at about 30k on the clock.
One shock absorber again at about 35k
Leaking sunroof (fixed twice) and it rattles like a snake.
The leather gaiter around the gearstick snapped because the plastic for reserve wears out and moves too much.
Two passenger seat belts (passenger seat is rarely used!)
One battery just failing overnight, just gave up, working fine and the next day so dead it wouldn't even do the doors and no longer hold a charge.
Despite all this the Clio is a good car, very reliable, never had a problem starting even on the coldest day, the ride is on the hard side but not jaw breaking, handles well even when dodging animals running in the road.
It a pretty nippy engine that is happy doing 60mpg at 60mph on the motorway or 90mph on a private road the handling is a bit removed and the driving position makes you sit a strange sideways feel but you get used to quickly.
Renault dealers are in my experience hard work and not helpful, unless its obvious fault they want to go back to the garage to show them, even when its simple to reproduce. I quickly gave up on them and went to a local specialist instead.
I'm reviewing the car I've owned for five years: (Update: another 3 years now) a Y reg Renault clio elize, 1.4 3 door hatchback. I'm not going into technical info; you can find that anywhere, so I'm just sticking to my personal experience.
So what are they really like? They get dismissed as a 'girls' car - that blooming Nichol/Papa campaign has a lot to answer for - but even the chaps have had a pleasant surprise when I've forced one behind the wheel.
What I love about my Clios
Space - tardis cars. Small on the outside so simple to find parking spaces etc, but big on the inside. Passengers get plenty of space and comfort (in the front anyway, adults may find their legs a bit short of space in the back). I had to take a colleague out in mine, he was a big burly 6 footer, stopped aghast when he saw my car, then started laughing and saying he'd never fit. Really. Get in there boy! He was amazed that he fit with plenty of space, lots of headroom, lots of legroom, and by the end of the trip he was talking about getting a Clio!
It also has a boot that swallows heaps of stuff and you can fold down the back seats for extra space.
Stuff I have got in the back of my Clio (at different times lol): 2 adults bicycles (yes, inside);2 weeks camping holiday stuff for 3 people including tents, bedding, airbeds, clothes, bbqs, folding chairs etc; a garden table and 4 garden chairs; 3 of those big office chairs with arms and high backs; a double mattress (squashed up). And a partridge in a pear treeeeeeee.
Economical: not greedy for petrol or oil - a tank lasts me ages. Low tax, low insurance. Both have gone through MOTs with no real problem, just the odd replacement worn tyre for example. Spares and bits are cheap and easily available.
Good to drive: Nippy wee things these. OK, they start to struggle if you have a lot of weight in them. 4 adults and you are gonna feel sorry for it going up hill. But if there's only normal load --------weeeeeeeeeeee. Well, of course, ahem, I would never break the law but I hear it's not unheard of for drivers of these to easily top a ton at times. Acceleration is fantastic - just what you need for motorway overtaking or zipping away at roundabouts. Power steering takes the strain. The noise and vibration starts to build up a bit past about 85mph (so I understand) but never gets unbearable.
Goes anywhere: Literally. I drive in all sorts of weird places (last time I got back off holiday I didn't have time to wash my car before returning to work, and my colleagues kept asking me if I'd been rally-driving! No) and have never got stuck once, even when other cars are floundering. My little Clio thinks its a 4WD and has never let me down.
Example: the bad snow last winter. I had to drive a stranded colleague home. He didn't tell me he lived at the dead-end bottom of a really steep hill in the middle of a tiny village. Great. Loads of cars stuck all over the place at the bottom and people hiding out in the pub. They all came out to watch me. Said I'd never get back up the icy hill. Offered to help push my car over to the side and invited me into pub. Let me try I said. So my little car tried, and slid, and skidded, and slid, and whipped while the people watched. And then...it caught. It got a little traction. We inched forwards. We inched again, and then we were off and slowly slowly creeping our way up this hill that had cars 4 times the value stuck and stranded all night!
It's also driven me through deep slippery mud where lots of other vehicles were stuck, and through quite deep water. I trust it to go pretty much anywhere!
What I don't like about my Clio
The bonnet release is hidden in a stupid place in the passenger side footwell and I forget where it is every time. It's really embarrassing to have to get your owners' handbook out just to top up the oil or screenwash. Some models have had a recall because of a problem with the bonnet release.
I love Clio's. I was playing that 'what if we won the lottery' game with my other half and I only wanted a top of the range Clio instead of something poncy, and he looked at me in that funny way. But to me, a car is something to reliably get me from A to B, not cost me too much to run, have a bit of zip to it, fit what I need in it, and that's enough. And the Clio ticks all those boxes for me. This is actually the 2nd Clio I've owned and I'm planning on making the next one a Clio too.
X REG RENAULT CLIO 1.4i Sport Interior
I have had mine since august 2007, brilliant little car, can be quite nippy when its only you in the car, cheap to insure, cheap tax and cheap to service.
With an in built cd changer, good heating (very quick), electric windows, heated seats, good boot size and great vision what more can you want.
I bought mine from 84000 Miles it is now at 100000, took it for a service and turns out the cam belt hasn't been changed since new, incredibly enough the original french manufactured cam belt stayed in tact HOW LUCKY.
The parts are cheap which is another good factor.
BAD POINTS - poor turning circle, side mirrors are manual, mirror in the driving side visor (technically making it a girls car ha ha).
All in all a perfect little run around JC may not agree but we don't have the money that he does
Both myself and my wife have the Clio Dynamic 1.4. My wifes is 6 months older than mine and was one of the first with the new engine an body (reg 51) and has had a few problems ... which the garage have fixed no argument. Mine is 6 months newer (reg 02) and is has had hardly any problems. I think that for the features on a small car you'd find it hard to beat. A good way of getting the cheapest deal is decide what you want and then fax as many dealers that you can get numbers for telling them what you have to trade. Then just sit back and let them ring you back with offers. I saved about £1000 by doing this. A nice thing about Renault at the moment is that they are giving 3 year warrentee on thier cars. This means that I have been able to know pretty much exactly what it is going to cost to run the car for the first 3 years. (And as I replace mine and my wifes cars every 3 years, its very useful). The 18000 mile / 2 year service interval is very nice as well, means that with the number of miles that we do we get them services after 1.5 years, and the service wasn't hugely expensive either (about £150 I think). Renault never seem to disappoing me with their customer service either, I can't recall being called sir so many times in a 2 minute conversation, and they do get problems resolved. As for fuel economy, it seems to vary between 43mpg (51 reg) and 47mpg (02 reg), but this might be the way my wife and I drive. The interior is solid (but as you would expect, plastic features heavily) the only rattle that I have had so far is from the CDs I put in the glovebox.
Excellant-I've always drove big cars,so i decided i wanted a smaller car. The Renault Clio is very reliable,it's good on petrol,the tax is lower because of the engine size. I've had the car for over a year and have had no problems with the car. The only problem i have with the car is,that it only has two doors,and i find it difficult to scrap my to cousons in their car seats. The car has central locking, electic windows, sunroof,and you can operate the radio from the steering wheel.
Well I was really suprised to find that noone had actually writen an op on this fantastic car. So I will be honoured to be the first. Well, I have never owned this car, neither do I plan to (unless I win a little bit of cash, I am only a skint student myself you know), but I was given one of these by Reg Vardy when I was having some minor repairs to my citroen AX done (see my review of that too :)) Anyway, I foudn this car fantastic. I was pleasentlky suprised by the speed and acceleration it offered. But to look at it, well , its nothing special. I loved the old 'squarish' bodykit of the pre 90's model but the newish one looks, well more like a bubble car, a stley that too many car manufacturers are opting for. Bring back the angles, thats what I say. Ok, foot on the gas, and here we go! Engine. This has a well sexy 1.4 engine that will do 0-62 in 10.4 seconds. That beats even a corsa 1.4SRi with much less insurance, however you dont get any spoiler though. Shame. The fuel consumption is your typical 1.4i about 38-40mpg depending on how you drive. The engine is very willing though. Even with the car full of clothes and stuff(taking it all down to my student flat) it flys up hils with ease. At 90MPH on the motorway it wanted to give more, and gave those annoying Volvo drivers that sit 2inches away from your rear bumper the shock of their lives. The engine itself is really quiet too, even at moderate speeds, but above about 85ish is starts to get a bit noisy. Still very quiet compared to other 1.4s i've been in. Looks Erm, very girliie. I didnt really like the look of it. The front end is ok but the back end looks like a cows bum. Not nice. The front visability is good but out of the rear, well put it this way, you would see more at a Robbie Williams concert with the entire Buckingham Palace guards begrade infront of you. Inside Inside the trim is nice, it looks and
feels rather expensive. The radio is good too, 6 speakers if I reamember rightly and a stawlk on the right of the steering wheel so you can change station on the move. There is a litlefoot rest next to the clutch, which I thought was a nice toutch. Ride. Sturdy and conmfortabnle, no roll mon corners. Nice, but you do feel the bumps. Cheers All Alex