1991 Renault Clio Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1991 Renault Clio RT 1.2 carburettor from Portugal

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.2 carburettor Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance117231 kilometres
Previous carFiat 128

Summary:

A cheap option for low budgets

Faults:

New rear axle and front struts, previous owner used the hand brake for U turns.

New disk brakes, the left disk brake was cracked.

The fascia vents are worthless, fragile plastics.

Power windows buttons fail quite often.

A water pipe died, ALL the cooling fluid disappeared in few seconds.

Some dash plastics have poor quality.

Starter lever broke recently.

General Comments:

Good comfort.

Quite nice in turns.

Reasonable in performance.

Many gadgets.

It does not rust away easily.

Very good engine and gear box.

However, be aware of neglected Clios, a careless owner makes the difference between a nice french compact and a piece of french garbage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th July, 2001

1991 Renault Clio RN 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carVolvo V40

Summary:

Good economical car with suspect build quality

Faults:

Needed to replace the door catch mechanism, as the door wouldn't stay shut properly.

Thermostat rusted to pieces and this was preventing the engine from reaching operating temperature on cold days.

Alternator drive belt has a habit of coming loose.

Carpets and seat fabric are starting to wear.

Needed to replace near-side brake hose and calliper due to wear and rust.

General Comments:

Car is always a first time starter, but is poor to drive when cold. Once the car reaches operating temperature it drives like a dream, having a quiet engine and good fuel economy.

When the brakes are cold they make a horrible grinding noise.

The ride is harsh on bumpy roads, but quiet on smooth ones.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2001

1991 Renault Clio RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired33609 miles
Most recent distance66109 miles
Previous carPeugeot 309

Summary:

Reliable warm hatch

Faults:

Nothing for 30,000 miles. Just had a new clutch fitted as the mechanism seized.

General Comments:

This has to be the most reliable car you could ever own. It has been serviced every 6000 / 6 months and hasn't given me any mechanical trouble. Never broken down & will take all the flogging in the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2000

1991 Renault Clio 1.4 RN 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Starter motor, two clutch cables in the last year.

General Comments:

It's one of the best all round cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1991 Renault Clio RT Auto 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Needed new brakes every 6000 miles, gearbox (auto) was always going wrong and not changing gear.

General Comments:

Nice car apart from faults which were ironed out on newer versions, seats only reclined to 130 degrees (not all the way back) which was very annoying, brakes were a nightmare.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews