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

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.

General Comments:

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