1998 Renault Clio Biarittz 1.2 from UK and Ireland
A nice very reliable car
Leaky sunroof, was the seals, and as the C/L sensor is in the roof, water got in and this didn't work for a few months, fine now though, fixed by replacing seal into runner.
Bit of a rattle from driver door.
I find changing down to 2 and 1, it's a bit tough to slip in.
My mate has the same car and his is fine, but, my accelerator pedal is awful, its really stiff and I have tried everything to fix this, but nothing works, though after a couple of months I got used to it and it really doesn't bother me any more.
Apart from that, a very good car.
This is quite possibly the most comfortable car I have been in (of similar small hatches), with loads of room (3 of my mates who are over 6 foot fit in the back just fine... well nearly)
Bit sluggish off the lights, especially when loaded, well in my personal view, though most people tell me its much better than their car of the same size.
Despite the above, I leave all my mates (106, 309, Fiesta, etc) for dead at the lights, acceleration is much better than similar cars of this size, and a top end speed of 110mph.
How reliable is this car? well in two years I have not had one problem, needed new brake pads to pass the MOT, and I did get a puncture the other day, but I guess I can't blame Renault for that one.
All in all, a superb car, especially for a first time buyer. I'm upgrading to the Saxo VTR now, but my Clio has served me well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th March, 2005