1994 Renault Clio RSi 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Wolf in sheep's clothing
Few things have gone wrong with the car in the year I owned it!
Alternator went, although I think this is because I drove through a massive puddle and got the poor thing wet!
Clutch cable snapped.
Wheel bearings replaced once.
Brake pads on front changed twice.
CV boot left and right.
Had to replace a few water hoses due to them leaking.
Watch out for rust, both rear wheel arches became a cropper.
Although may sound bad these were all just little niggles with the car!! Nothing major let me down at all!!
I managed to fix all of these things myself as well so most of the repairs cost me next to nothing and were very simple to do!!!
The RSi is often overlooked in the Clio range, but I was impressed with the acceleration and top end on this car!!Not as quick as the 16v, but not that far behind!!Could do with a bit more go once you hit about 5,500rpm, but pulls all the way there!!!
Handling on this car is ridiculous!! You actually feel like your driving on rails!!I put 15" alloys on the car and slammed it 40mm, but even before that it was very good on handling!! Took everything I threw at it!!
Main problem with the car was I am quite tall 6"3 and if I was on long journeys I did start to feel the pain!! I wasn't a big fan of the driving position!!!
Can be quite economical if driven sensibly... once you get a bit happy with the right foot you can almost watch the petrol gauge go down!!!
In general I absolutely loved the car! Fast, fun and looks really nice with the right mods!! Sad to see it go!!!
Rough performance about 7.8 0-60 and a top speed of 126mph!! That's the kind of performance I found it was capable of!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th September, 2005