1997 Renault Clio 1.2 petrol
Reliable, watertight (now) and cheap to run. Insurance not too dear
Roof window and leakage, but properly fixed by recognized dealers in just such problems from Renault Clios, due to the immobilizer being positioned badly in the first place... otherwise as the first owner was a careful driver, and I have a very good car mechanic, my car has been a joy to drive and I go miles around the country with minimal problems.
The immobilizer can be a pain if the click for the central locking button loses its pressability and 'bounce', but I've had the car for 7 years and there is a replacement I've just begun to use.
No rust because the sills are plastic and no garage so it's out in all weathers - always has been.
Manual window windows are a bit heavy, but one can get used to that and the car does take a while to demist in cold frosty weather. I like to keep the speed to 65-68 max, but only overtaking. A comfortable 60 keeps the revs below 3000 and so saves petrol.
Terrific runner for around town. Keep the tyres checked and balanced. All round checks before going on a long journey are a wise precaution. If you use a local garage, they will always do this at a very low cost and it saves pounds if something under the bonnet needs tweaking.
Don't wait till the petrol is almost empty, as the gauge is not overly reliable. I fill up when it goes below half way.
Gadget wise it is a car without silly unnecessary tech, but is comfortable, affordable, and parks easily. Just be aware of its age. Mine is 19 years old, and like all old models, needs a little TLC
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd January, 2017