1997 Renault Clio 16v 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Keen Hot Hatch Renault should be proud
When I purchased the car it had the following faults.
Faulty speedometer reading. £80 main dealer to correct.
Oil temperature gauge inoperative. £40 main dealer to correct.
The computer is stuck on external temperature. £40 per hour to investigate fault.
Having to down size from a VolksWagen turbo with 210bhp I looking carefully for my next car that would offer me thrills for little money.
Having owned a 1916v 4 years previously I searched long and hard for a good condition Clio or 1916v.
Found a last of the line Clio with Full Dealer Service History in great cosmetic condition for £3600 and thought I'd take my chance.
Great car with basic driving thrills.
Never had a car that pops and splutters like a real racer on the down changing.
Overall I found it not the most comfortable of cars, but I've been spoiled by VW.
Feels fast, but still not sure how fast as nothing ever lines up with me at the lights.
I must continue to keep the Old School hot hatches alive and kicking, not many good ones left. I know, I saw enough dogs before I purchased this one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2005