1998 Renault Clio Manager 1.9 diesel from Portugal

Summary:

A very good deal

Faults:

Rear pump brake, at around 80.000 km.

General Comments:

The car served the purpose. Very economical and extremely reliable.

The power steering really helps a lot.

No major problems, exhaust was never changed, and oil consumption was almost null. The same applies for the fuel (about 6 L/100 km).

Maintenance costs are very low, and the performance is reasonable.

I did a lot of long trips with it, and always found it comfortable.

I bought a new one, after this!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

1998 Renault Clio RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Well equipped performance machine

Faults:

The car suffered from a lot of brake squeal, but this was rectified easily by greasing the backplate of the brake pad.

Driver's side electric window judders half way through its movement.

General Comments:

The car is very well equipped and the simple internal layout is very appealing.

The car has excellent performance for its small engine, and has little trouble overtaking.

For a small car, there is plenty of boot space, although the rear legroom is a little cramped.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2001

1998 Renault Clio Grande 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good city car, you could do worse

Faults:

Rattling sunroof! Underpowered, fine for the city, not great for the motorway (unstable above 80 mph, when you manage to get above 80 mph, excellent safety feature!). Rear wiper needed replacing soon after purchase, apart from that nothing else.

General Comments:

Excellent city car. Good value for the money. Comfortable, easy to drive/responsive. If you can afford it go for the 1.4 or above. Handling, OK. Excellent all round visibility for parking etc. V economical. Great first car. Good looks (better than the second 'new' clio).

Due for a service now, got a quote, they (main Renalut dealer) didn't sound too expensive in comparison.

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

Review Date: 3rd August, 2001

1998 Renault Clio Biaritz 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A reliable and responsive little car

Faults:

Brakes have not always been responsive at all times and have been the reason for a few fairly bad accidents.

General Comments:

This car holds it's own on the roads, it is fairly quick, the handling is pretty good but the brakes on the Clio are rather questionable and have caused a few accidents to occur.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th February, 2001

1998 Renault Clio Grande RN 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

You get what you pay for!

Faults:

Sunroof rattle as soon as got it out of the showroom. Returned and got the dealer to replace the handle, but it still rattles.

Smells of petrol when the tank is full. Dealer when servicing suggested that the petrol seals had gone, dealer now says I require a whole new petrol tank, stood my ground on costs, dealer is now forking out 60% of the costs.

General Comments:

Overall more than happy. Cheap to run and cheap to insure..!!!!!

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

Review Date: 26th November, 2000

26th Nov 2000, 13:32

Depending on mileage, the dealer should replace the tank at no cost. Say that you can see the fuel dripping when filling up and that will scare them.

1998 Renault Clio Grande 1.2i from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Pretty good for the money

Faults:

Sunroof began rattling nearly as soon as I drove it out the showroom. Took it back but the dealer was not able (or perhaps didn't want to) fix the problem.

Central locking also packed in - had to pay 120 quid for a new system.

The passenger chair rattles.

General Comments:

A very comfy car for the money and very smooth motorway driving. A bit slow around town though.

Factory fitted CD system is great - the ability of the speaker coverings to rattle is not so great.

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

Review Date: 14th November, 2000

14th Apr 2004, 07:48

The sunroof on the Clio-what can I say-the rattle is really annoying! I bought my s reg Clio last sept and it was the rattle from the sunroof that really irritated me!

To disguise the rattle I would increase the volume of the radio, it kinda works, but then another irritating rattle can be heard, this is the vibration of the speaker covers -you just can't win however in the end I took matters in to my own hands and bought a sponge and stuck it between the handle and the glass, since then the irritating noise has vanished. (the sponge has to be replaced quite often as it goes flat and the noise re-occurs)

I also find that the gear box is very stiff especially when changing from 5th gear to 3rd-the gear will not go in and I end up coasting! the problem is easily resolved by greasing it, but this is a very short term fix as the grease drys up after a few days!

Even though there are these slight faults with the car I wouldn't hesitate in buying another one as the ride is comfortable, the driving position is good, its good on fuel economy and is relatively cheap to maintain and I wouldn't let these faults put you off buying one yourself as it's a fun car to drive!

1998 Renault Clio Biarritz 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

On delivery, fuse blown for wipers.

Otherwise nothing.

General Comments:

Great small car.

Limited headroom for tall drivers if car is fitted with sunroof because of lower interior ceiling.

Lookout for damage to headlight glass lenses which are expensive to replace whole headlamp units; plastic covers are available (99 models have plastic lenses as standard).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 1999