1997 Renault Clio Reviews - Page 7 of 8

1997 Renault Clio RN 1.4 injection from Finland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 injection Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Small OK car for a woman

Faults:

Valve cover leaked oil, did not stop until I changed it to the "aftermarket" type.

Front bearings went from both sides around 50 000km.

Exhaust system rusted out from the catalyst to back.

Wiper relay went broken -02. new one costs 110 euros! aftermarket model is ten time cheaper, but does not work so well (wipers do not stop always to "down" position).

General Comments:

Gas consumption high in city driving (8 to 9 litres/100km) but I drive with hard foot. lowest I have reached is 6,1 litres/100km.

OK for a everyday drivin. no special feelings.

Seats are really poor and hard, I can't drive anywhere further than 200km without a pillow behind my back. (i am quite tall)

RN-equipment level means "no accessories" not even the glove box light!

1.4 engine is not a race engine. I recommend some hot rodding for the engine.

The cargo space can take quite much.

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

Review Date: 20th February, 2003

1997 Renault Clio RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired26500 miles
Most recent distance30500 miles

Summary:

An ideal first buy and I love it

Faults:

Petrol filter had a block.

Front right tire lost tyre pressure at a very fast rate.

Speedometer wavers at < 30mph.

General Comments:

This is my first car and I find it a very good buy.

It's got good visibility, driving position and dashboard layout.

For an automatic it is very quick and compares well with manual cars. This helps a lot in intersections and roundabouts (a unique UK feature!) where you need to move away fast.

Having RT trim does help in terms of comfort as the seats are very comfortable.

Though it is a small car, it is quite spacious. I have a toddler and I'm able to pack her stuff like push chair and other accessories easily.

Would recommend it to a first time buyer. Especially if it comes with a low mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2003

4th Mar 2003, 16:54

I think the speedo problem affects the majority of clios.

Nothing really to worry about although I have heard of people fixing this by replacing the speedo cable, which apparently is not too much of a difficult job.

1997 Renault Clio RL 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carCitroen Saxo

Summary:

Ideal 1st car - stylish, affordable and quite nippy!

Faults:

Large split in exhaust 47,000 miles.

Gear knob comes of in hand when changing gear(!)

Brake disc's worn at 53,000 miles.

General Comments:

Despite the trouble I've had with my Clio, I've become rather fond of it.

I bought my Clio expecting very little from it (in terms of performance and driver involvement) but I was pleasantly surprised by the car. I believe the Mk 1 Clio is the best looking of the other small engined superminis produced around the same time (such as the 106, AX, Corsa and the Mk 3 Fiesta).

I fitted the new 15 inch Renault Sport Alloy wheels to the car and they make a great difference to the car's looks, without affecting the performance.

The exterior needs little modification to look attractive, but the interior is very bland and basic to say the least! The cabin is Grey and dated. The seats are very comfy though!

The car is quicker than the listed times for its 0-60 and top speed. The car excels when pushed hard, and overtaking is no trouble as long as you drop down a gear!

If you are buying a small engined used car, then buy a Clio. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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

Review Date: 24th November, 2002

14th Feb 2004, 13:26

Hey. I just purchased a renault clio 1.4 maxim. It was an insurance right off. 38000 miles, R Reg, full spec as standard and is immaculate. Needs new rear quarter n drivers door repairing slightly. Cost me £500 :). Ill get it back on the road for less than £900. Bargain or what!

Ide just like to know if anyone knows a site where I can find a lot of technical info about the maxim as it's a pretty rare car to find. Thanks for your help.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 23 reviews