1999 Renault Clio RN 1.2 petrol from Poland
Endearing little car, great engine
Front wheel bearings were getting very noisy at 40,000 km, and were replaced.
Driver's seat catch broke, causing the seat to roll back and forwards freely, during the first year.
Apart from the two relatively minor faults, the car has been much more reliable than I had expected from Renault. The faults I mentioned above were the only things that went wrong over two years and 60,000 km.
The 1.2 litre engine (8v) is brilliant for what it is. It has loads of torque low down and is brilliant around town (quicker in relaxed driving than a 1.4 (8v) Clio I hired recently on holiday). It only gets left behind by the bigger engine once you rev the cobblers off them! It is smoother, and quieter too, and very economical. Even driving at near to top speed for a couple of hours only increased the fuel consumption a little.
I was hesitant about buying a Renault before I got this one, but without reason it appears. The dealers in Poland have also been great, and much better than those I experienced in England. Very helpful and honest, and not too expensive.
The front seats could be better, as they get a bit uncomfortable on long journeys. I have no other complaints though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th October, 2001