1998 Renault Clio from Argentina


Dangerous sack of over-ripe potatoes


Exhaust pipe leaks.

The dashboard is falling apart because the plastic is embarrassingly low-quality.

The valves have started to click, and the engine is starting to sound like a diesel after about 900 kms.

Horrible smell of gasoline in the car.

Seats don't adjust well, they stick on their rails, so it's almost impossible to move them back or forwards.

The driver's side door sticks, and it's very difficult to open from the inside.

The hood lock has broken loose from its housing, so half of the time, we are unsure whether the hood is properly locked in place or not.

Both rear-view mirrors (on the doors) have broken off their base, but seem to stay in place due to the power of gravity.

The clutch is jumpy and over-sensitive.

General Comments:

The car is powerful and fast, but has neither the weight distribution nor the suspension to support such power.

It's dangerous around corners, and looks like it's going to flip over if you push it too hard.

Anonymous styling and boring to drive.

Small and uncomfortable overall. Plush seats, but zero legroom.

The dashboard looks like it was designed by someone with a severe back injury. Nothing is easy to reach, nor has it the slightest sense of ergonomics.

The horn is on a stick on the turn-signal switch... What??!!

No power steering... feels like you are driving a dead elephant. The handling is equally stodgy.

Tiny narrow tires make the car feel like it's going to swerve out of control any time.

Too dangerous or unsafe to go above 80 kms/h, unstable. The high center of gravity, and lack of proper suspension make this an accident waiting to happen.

If you have a chance to buy this car...

... DON'T!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st October, 2010

1998 Renault Clio RN/RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Good value for money


Leaking sun roof.

My solution to this problem was simple, this is an old trick that works a treat. Open the sunroof, thoroughly clean the seal where it meets the glass. If it has hard residue on it, scrape it off with a knife, taking care not to cut or tear the seal. Do this all around the seal, clean the glass where it meets the seal. Same thing if hard residue on glass; clean it off, then comes the highly technical bit, smear a liberal amount of grease all around the seal again where it touches the glass.

Result; dry interior, but never go through a car wash or use a power washer near the sunroof or ever open it, or you will have to grease it again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2010

1998 Renault Clio Grande 1.2 from UK and Ireland


A nice car ruined by a dreadful design fault


Infuriating leak-seems to come from sunroof seal. Drips from r/h. trim, and now also from sensor near windscreen mirror.

General Comments:

If I can't solve this I'll sell the car, it's so annoying. Ruins what is otherwise a lovely car, but I can't stand having damp inside the car.

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

Review Date: 29th May, 2008

1998 Renault Clio RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland


A little cracker


Since I have had it has had the following.

Full exhaust

Collector (under the manifold)

CV joints

CV boots

Shock absorbers.

I have driven this car for the last 64000 miles all over Europe and it has done me well. Has carried 2 bikes and a 420 litre roofbox over the mountains in France and Italy.

It is a little workhorse, but I would say getting a little tired now.

General Comments:

Economical, nippy, and most of reliable (hope that continues).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2008

1998 Renault Clio Provence 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Perfect first car


Leaking roof.

TDC sensor packed in creating intermittent starting problem.

Electric window motors are on the way out.

General Comments:

Very good little runner. Its stood up to everything I have thrown at it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2007

1998 Renault Clio 5d RXE 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Great little car, that's fun to drive and overall very reliable


Front Coil Springs replaced 44,500 miles.

Front Wheel Bearing replaced 44,000 miles.

Catalytic Converter and exhaust flex-pipe replaced due to corrosion (expensive). 43,400 miles.

Coolant leak on hose connector. 43,400 miles.

General Comments:

I really enjoyed driving this little car.

It was fun to drive and had great equipment levels, including Air-con, fog-lights, sun-roof, alarm system and computerised trip counter/fuel consumption etc.

The cabin is nicely presented, with generally good visibility, and it feels 'big' in the front seats, with lots of leg room available.

Rear seats are quite cramped especially if a tall person is in the front though.

Was very reliable, although did hit a rough patch at around the 43-45k miles mark (see above). Up until then - and indeed since then everything has been perfect.

Great for a single person or couple, and the five doors are good if you have occasional passengers, but isn't really a family car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2005