1996 Renault Clio Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1996 Renault Clio RL 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance72007 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

Pretty good run around/st/2nd car

Faults:

Wheel bearing.

Spring snapped (driver)

Passenger seat reclining mechanism broke.

Thermostat seized.

Radiator cracked.

Starter motor broke.

Driver side head light glass came off.

Sunroof/aeriel leaks.

General Comments:

Once full service had been done car seems to be fine

Had to get new wheels because the 3 spokes looked rubbish so a got rt wheels for £15 looks so much better.

Put extra head rests in the back when a replaced the front seats.

Car look s quite good inside and out when washed and polished good 1st car all round

Cheap and economical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2006

1996 Renault Clio Oasis RL 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance71500 miles

Summary:

Clio is a fun car

Faults:

Oil leak at 69000.

Problem with pistons at about 70000 (which was fixed)

Exhaust was blown when I got the car.

Brakes had started to squeak in the last few months.

General Comments:

I bought the car for £600 at an auction in Glasgow for my first car. There were a few little problems at the start that got fixed, but it was half-expected as it was an old car. it has cost me a fair amount to fix, but it is a fun and comfortable car to drive.

However, though the Clio was a good car, the time had come where I had to move on and find myself something a bit more modern, safer and reliable (I have written a review on my new Fiesta).

As a first car or to be used as a little runaround, I would highly recommend it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2006

1996 Renault Clio OASIS RL 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

Good quality car I've ever drove

Faults:

Wheel bearing at 80,000.

Poor quality of seats.

General Comments:

This car is a good quality wee car with very little faults.

I would buy this car again, reguardless of it being 9 years old, but unfortunitly I crashed it.

It is a quick wee car, and very economical and handles very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2005

1996 Renault Clio rsi 1.8 8v from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 8v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired79500 miles
Most recent distance82699 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

It`s a great car to drive and good fun

Faults:

I have problems sometimes with the immobiliser it seems to go of then the car won't start for a few minutes.

The seats have worn quite a lot on the sides nearest the doors.

General Comments:

It`s very comfortable to drive especially on long distances.

It has lots of power when it`s needed and is very easy to manouvre.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2005

1996 Renault Clio RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

Great town car, but look for a good one

Faults:

Nothing so far, just vandalism. Passenger door lock has had to be glued back into place (looks slightly off, but still works; much cheaper than replacement at £150 with a different key)

General Comments:

Brilliant little car around town, if you can find one that has been well maintained. The model does suffer from reliability issues, but if you are looking for a 90s model, those left are now either obviously on their last legs or look half-decent. Mostly owned by women (make of that what you will, but tend to have not been driven into the ground) so some weird colours and dodgy special editions out there. I've only given it a 6 for performance, based on the fact it screams above 70mph or 4000 revs, so is useless on motorways. It would benefit from a sixth gear really, all the gears are too low. I'm usually in 4th as soon as I hit 30mph. Overall, a neat, comfortable and nippy town/medium distance car.

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

Review Date: 25th September, 2005

26th Sep 2005, 15:55

My rt was never particularly noisy. got a 16v now and can do 60mph in 2nd. that's noisy :D.

1996 Renault Clio RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Sundance

Summary:

Looks great, but it's a money pit

Faults:

Since Purchase, and only 1000 miles covered. The radiator thermostat has failed.

The Hose between the manifold and the air filter has had to be replaced.

Two rear brake lights. (both on the same side!!!)

And now just to cap it all, the head gasket has blown.

General Comments:

This car is great looking.

The car performs well when it wants to.

Don't use the Sport mode on the automatic gearbox unless you have money to burn, as it eats petrol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2005

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 33 reviews