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My first proper car was a renault clio, just like this one, just in black! A car like this is ideal for someone who is either on a tight, low budget and needs an old run around, or it is also ideal for any first time drivers that need a decent vehicle. Like many small cars, the features are limited, particularly the interior. But on the other hand, everything is neat, tidy and the seating is relatively comfortable which is all you need really. This type of car is fully customizable and has a variety of modification parts that can be put onto the car for greater visual effect. However a car of this size doesnt generally have much speed, it can be quite nippy on flat or downhill surfaces but going uphill can be a struggle depending on the gradient and how much speed you build up first. Overall this is a great car for a young driver or someone who needs a nice, cheap, reliable car
My car is 54 plate ive have had it 6 months, so far it has cut out on me twice at traffic lights and wont start afterwards just ticks over. Took it to a garage they said that they cant find anything wrong with it ummmm! Hissy fit i dont think so. When i reach over 50mph it screams at me for another gear, it doesnt like the cold weather either as it wont start.
ok, brought one in pretty bad nick (have spent just over £1900 on it, i mean bad condition, mostly bodywork) and now i wouldnt change it for the world. 0-60 in around 5 seconds, 0-110 in around 14 seconds, no problems with nothing. no sunroof leakage. VERY comfortable inside. fully working alarm, plus more.make sure body work is mint. they known to rust around arches..IN MY OPINION, GET ONE.there is a thing with french cars fall apart. ok most of it is fixable by DIY and a scrappy. £5- £10 a time if that.Got MOT due on sunday on mine and it going to pass with no problems. :) and best thing about it, Volvo 440 1.7 turbo engine fits straight in with no mods :)LOVE IT!!!!!!
I think that the Renault Clio is probably the best car an 18 year old could possibly buy. It has probably the fastest acceleration that people my age could insure, and is very cheap to buy at the moment. The car has a top speed of about 126 mph I and feels steadier going along between 75 and 80 mph for some reason. The engine seems to be very reliable and starts first time. The Rsi has an excellent compliment of mod cons electric wins/mirrors/sunroof, ABS, PAS immobiliser and seat belt pretensioners etc which all adds to the appeal of the car. I've owned the car about 7 months and the only real problems with it have been the exhaust system, the back box went recently and it blowing somewhere aswell but that applies to any car I suppose. The bad thing about the car is the brakes are not really that great for stopping from any speeds so you have to make sure you're breaking in plenty of time. I've noticed a bit of rust on the rear arches so I’ve touched them up a bit. Another nice thing about the car is that it looks fairly good as standard with is alloys and bodykit so if you did want to fit a different bodykit it shouldn't be too difficult to do so. The car is very spacious inside in comparison to the Peugeot 106 and Nissan Micra etc which are a little cramped for a six footer. If you are planning on buying a Clio Rsi then i would advise buying one with a full service history and with its original logbook, this helps to avoid any future trouble with the car. Another thing is to get one with few previous owners and low mileage these combine to make the car hold its price better. I hope this review has helped anybody thinking of buying a great car :-)
I wanted somebody else to have written a review on this car, preferably before I bought mine! But seeing as nobody has, I thought I should start the ball rolling. I would be interested to hear anybody else's view on this car. I'll update it when I've owned it for longer than a couple of weeks, but these are my first impressions of my phase 3 Clio RSi. It's an 'old shape' Clio with a 1.8 engine, 8 valves and lots of extra features that I didn't reckon on when I bought it. I like superminis and was after something with lots of performance and fun for about £2,000. (Quite a tall order!) I like Citroen Saxos, but obviously VTR and VTS were out of my price range. The next obvious choice was Peugeot 106s. I considered the 106 XSi, XS and Rallye as possible contenders. I didn't want a car older than 9/10 years really, and I found my choice fairly limited. Most performance cars within my price range seemed to be too old. It looked like I was going to have to up my price limit. Then a 1993 Clio RSi caught my eye, it was less than £2,000, and the garage was round the corner from my house! I'd never considered a Clio before, but I convinced myself that this was MY car and even got an insurance quote. So, I took along a 'bloke who knows about cars,' who pointed out that it was okay, but had obviously been owned by a 'boy racer.' I agreed that I didn't want to buy a car that had had its suspension lowered already. I still took it for a test drive, and liked its power, but at the end of the day, I wanted a standard non-modified car. That's not to say I wouldn't do any modifications later, I just want to be in control of what they are and I didn't want a car that had been thrashed in the past. However, I had decided the Clio RSi was the one for me. So, back to daily internet searches for my perfect one. I finally found two within 50 miles of my home, both of which were fo
r sale at around £2,600. (Okay, so my price limit was going up!) One was in a dealership, a 1994 M reg, which sadly had engine trouble. The second was a private sale 1996 N reg. After getting the all-clear from my all-knowledgeable car friend, I settled on the 1996 one for £2,500. This was more than I had initially wanted to pay, but newer than I imagined I would be able to afford. The car had done more than average miles, but seems to have been looked after service-wise as it was once run as a demonstrator for a dealership. Also, it's Williams blue, so I can pretend I have the more expensive, 150bhp Clio Williams instead! My first impressions of my Clio RSi are that it is a fast car with the added benefit of reasonable fuel economy. It does 110bhp, (although I haven't been able to find out what its 0-60 time is as yet.) I think my fuel tank holds about 40-45 litres and that will do me 300 miles on average. Inside, the car has sporty style front seats, which are much more comfortable than the ones in the older Phase 2 Clio RSi's I looked at. The rear seats are comfortable enough, but there's not much legroom. It's got a fairly plastic-filled interior, the dash having all the usual dial displays plus things like ABS warning lights, but it does have the following additional features inside: *electric sunroof *electric mirrors *electric windows *remote central door locking *airbag *stereo volume control on the steering wheel In my opinion, the electric mirrors and the remote central door locking are the best features. The wing mirrors can be moved using a little joystick in the driver?s side door. I find this invaluable when parking on a road as you can get near to the kerb, but without scraping the wheels! I can't comment on the volume control on the steering wheel because it only works with Renault stereos. The stereo that came with this car originally was stolen before I bou
ght it. As I haven't been able to find a tech spec of this car anywhere, I don't know whether or not the immobiliser I have was fitted as standard or not, but I thought I'd mention it anyway, in case anyone knows. Driving the Clio RSi is fun, as it responds well, and the gearbox is good. A 1.8 engine is a lot of power for such a small car and I've been enjoying it so far. The ride isn't too comfortable as I don't think the suspension is all that great. The car squeaks and rattles a lot on bumpy roads and I don't think it corners as well as some cars, although that could be because I take corners faster now! To be honest, I love driving this car on my own, but I don't like throwing passengers around in it. I quite enjoy the rough ride! Externally, the car has metallic paint and alloy wheels. Being six years old, the paint is very, very scratched, perhaps more than is usual for a car of its age though. However, being used as a garage demonstrator, people may have been less careful getting in and out. The 14" alloy wheels that came as standard were quite badly corroded around the edge. I think the plastic coating on them was damaged. I could have had them reconditioned, as they were okay looks wise, but instead I opted for new 15" alloys. (I know, I know, I've gone over budget already with this car!) The boot space isn't really worth mentioning! As you'd expect from a small car, the boot space is tiny. I'd say it has smaller boot space than a Peugeot 106/ Citroen Saxo. I've replaced the standard air box with a Pipercross induction kit to give it a bit more noise! Can I just point out here that it's a good idea to check with your insurers before carrying out any modifications, no matter how insignificant you think they are? My insurance broker said that my original insurer would not insure my non-standard alloys. They found a company who would insure me, but
they wanted £2,300 for the privilege. Sadly, I had already bought my new alloys and so had to switch to a performance car insurer, which was an added expense I didn't reckon on in the beginning. I have test driven a few Clios and I have a friend with a diesel Clio and it seems to be a common feature that the clutch is incredibly heavy on these cars. You practically have to stamp on it. You get used to it, but sitting in traffic and doing a lot of stop/starting can get really tiring. This is the only thing I really don't like about my car. So far, I am impressed with the performance of my Clio RSi. Around town, it has the power I need to make my journeys more fun. This is not a motorway car, however, although it does okay, the acceleration at higher speeds is quite poor. Also, because it's not really a 'comfortable' car, you probably wouldn't really want to take it on long journeys anyway. It's great for short journeys and outracing people at traffic lights, and that's all I really wanted. As far as reliability is concerned, it starts first time, and I don't feel as though things are about to start breaking on me. Everything 'feels' reliable and solid, if that's anything to go by! I'll keep you posted as to whether my female intuition was incorrect and major things start going wrong! In the meantime, I do recommend this car as a cheap performer, that's also fairly economical to run. However, it's in insurance group 11 and as I live in a high risk postcode area, have no no claims bonuses, am young, and have modified my car, my premium is high (£800 TPF&T). I haven't had it serviced yet, so I can?t comment on that, but I hope to update this review when I can give you a better idea of costs.