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the best car ive ever owned!
Renault Clio (1991-98)
Member Name: rocky_jay
Renault Clio (1991-98)
Date: 01/09/11, updated on 01/09/11 (95 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap on petrol, reliable
Disadvantages: big wing mirrors that can easily be knocked off
After having 3 unreliable cars, I had the chance to buy a 3-door renault clio biarritz 1998 from a friend of one of my relatives for £500. I done my research on it first before buying it and I must say, in the 6 months I have had it, I have not been dissapointed and I love it!
The Clio is Renaults best selling model and they say that their cars are not just uniquely interesting cars, they are uniquely safe ones. They need to be with my driving!
It is so reliable and starts first time everyday which is excellent for me because of my job and I also love to travel. During the last 6 weeks, I have drove it over 140 miles to Minehead and last week, I travelled over 200 miles up North and back and felt so comfortable and at ease in it - something I could never do in my last car.
It has some excellent features which I've never had in my previous cars. It has remote door locking and an engine immobiliser which means it will not start if left for 30 seconds, unless you use the remote key fob and lock/unlock the doors again. Brilliant! It also has a little alarm sounding device which sounds if Ive left the lights on and leave the car (habit of mine!). The petrol light comes on when I'm low on petrol and gives me just about 20 miles before it will run out. Excellent!
The seats are comfortable and the heating doesnt take long to heat up once I start the car. Its also excellent on petrol which is a bonus considering the price of fuel these days. Its a 1.2 so does really well and when I travelled just over 200 miles on the motorway, I had put in £25 to get it to half a tank of petrol and it used just half of that - about £12.50!
Now a few little issues - the wing mirrors are a little too big so if I'm parked near a busy road, I have to bend them in just in case someone knocks into them, which happened once as someone drove too near to the drivers door. Also, the boot has to be banged right down to make sure it shuts as it came open when I was driving, not long after buying the car. Embarrassing! And one final problem which I had heard about - sometimes, a part of the sunroof can leak in heavy rain and it can run into the remote sensor which is above the rear view mirror in the roof of the car. So far (touch wood!), mine hasnt, even though Its been out in really heavy rain on a number of occasions. The engine doesnt sound bad at all; sounds just right but not exactly quiet but I can't grumble for a car thats 13 years old! It just runs so smoothly!
So, to sum this up - a great, safe, reliable car, cheap on petrol, economical and enjoyable to drive! Yes, I love it!!!!
Summary: A safe, reliable car and one of the best from Renault.