1994 Renault Clio Reviews

1994 Renault Clio BeBop 1.2 from Portugal

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 kilometres
Most recent distance153000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Best car in the world! Peace!

Faults:

Nothing went wrong, this car is a WIN!

General Comments:

Certainly the best car I've ever had! Drives really fast, wonderful steering, and the best thing: very low fuel consumption!

Oh my God, this car is a blast!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2011

1994 Renault Clio RT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Comfortable and nice to drive, but only has a 12 year lifespan before everything breaks

Faults:

Nearside central locking mechanism never worked.

Sunroof seriously leaked after a month or so, soaking me and shorting out the central locking electrics and the internal light.

Rev counter started not working sometimes, and made a ticking noise when not working.

Passenger electric window controls stopped working, and kept failing even after I took the door apart; removed the junction box and fixed them another 2 times.

Brake pads melted and started smoking, then the front brake pads and discs needed to be replaced at the first MOT.

Indicator went double speed, then slowed down when brakes were applied, turns out the bulb holder unit had melted and fused together.

Drivers side door wouldn't shut properly - I'm told this is because they used the same hinges on the 3 door as they did on the 5 door, and this happens because 3 door models have heavier doors and wear the hinges quicker.

Brake master cylinder failed at about 92500 miles - very scary to drive and £120 to replace.

Just after that it started sucking all the water out of the coolant reservoir and releasing it when the cap was undone. Also left a white gunge around the reservoir cap and went very sluggish. (no white stuff in the oil though).

Got the oil and filter changed, also got the coolant system flushed through, still sucking in water.

Priced up a head gasket change and got a friend to agree to do the work, then the battery light came on - ran OK for a week or so then died. Just about managed to get it home, now it won't start. Tested the battery at work, found it to be OK so must be the alternator or the belt. Found that this is a tricky one to change, so the car is now parked up and I'm on the bus.

General Comments:

Renault can obviously make cars, but not ones that work properly for more than 12 years or can easily be fixed. All the internal fittings use star keys and most things that break are difficult to get at. Plus the electric windows are mind numbingly slow when closing.

Having said that, the 1.4 1994 Clio RT is a lovely car to drive, has very efficient heaters, holds the road nicely, has really comfortable seats (not the back ones tho), and has loads of extras such as lumber support, fog lights, heated wing mirrors, and remote stereo controls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2009

20th Jul 2010, 05:51

I have a 1.4 Clio RT, and although it has been a lovely car to drive, I have experienced many of the same problems and am unfortunately having to scrap the Clio as it is no longer worth paying out for it! Shame though as it was a comfortable little car!

1994 Renault Clio 1.8 16v 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Fast, fun, but expensive to run!

Faults:

The power steering on my Clio 16v makes a slightly straining sound when turning at low speeds - the response is fine, but it's a little irritating to listen to.

I was unlucky in that my Clio did not have a catalytic converter installed on it when I bought it, but unfortunately it needed one to pass the MOT, that was £300.

I have just had the gearbox replaced as the old one had totally had it, and the diff went at the same time - meaning that the whole job cost me £1185! This was not great! There is also a bearing problem on the near side front wheel, which means there is noise while driving. However whilst my wallet is recovering from the gearbox / diff episode I can put up with a little noise for a while before the bearing gets repaired!

General Comments:

Although the car is rather highly strung (as you can see all the things that have gone wrong with mine!) it is an absolute pleasure to drive!

It looks really great - exactly the same as a Clio Williams - but without those naff gold alloys. Mine is in metallic gunmetal grey and looks aggressive, but not over the top. That air intake bulge in the bonnet lets people know you mean business!

The acceleration is fantastic, and with an induction kit and performance exhaust it sounds more like a hurricane than a little Clio - and that is never a bad thing. Standard the 1.8 16v has 137 bhp and with some simple mods such as induction kit and exhaust it can be brought up over 140, this is great performance when you consider that the 16v is group 12 insurance and the Williams is group 17 and that only has 150 bhp!

It is really comfortable to drive, the seats really hold you in place, but if you're in there for a few hours the noise from the engine can give you a bit of a headache!

The interior is really nice, LOADS of dials to keep you busy - and a handy thermometer too! You'll never wonder how cold it is outside again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2006

18th Apr 2007, 06:27

Hi There,

I got a Gunmetal Grey 1993 Clio 16v last May, had done 125,000 miles. Has been no bother except for needing a new speedo cable to fix the over rev problem. Has covered 141,000miles now and still pulls like a good un. Everything still works, the odd noise from the exhaust catching at the back, but all it needs is mounting rubbers replaced. Engine will also be coming out this year for a complete rebuild.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 34 reviews