2000 Renault Clio Grande 1.2 8V from UK and Ireland


A very popular car, with generally good reliability. A bit of a shopping car though


The car was purchased because of a recommendation of our family mechanic:

The radio and clock displays sometimes flickers for no apparent reason, getting a bit better after spraying WD-40 on all electricals under bonnet each week. The fault has rarely come back.

The rear wheel arches had rusted, even though the car had been washed and polished once a week all its life, and was kept in a garage. Fixed by sanding, priming and painting with thicker paint.

Driveshaft needs replaced at 66,000 miles due to a leaking driveshaft boot going unnoticed for years.

General Comments:

The car is quite nippy, but not a scratch on MK1 Clios.

The car had done barely anything for the last 5 years or so, and had just been doing local runs.

So when the car was purchased, the car ran rich and consumed a bit of oil, even after a full service.

A full bottle of Redex and half a tank of fuel, and a good long hard run, revving quite high, cleared all the junk out.

May just be a fluke, but the car runs a whole lot better now.

After a little TLC, this car has proved quite reliable so far, and most of its problems are down to human error.

However this car is much more modern and upmarket than the MK1 Renault Clios, but it has less character and does not give you a cheeky smile when you drive it.

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

Review Date: 30th July, 2013

17th Sep 2013, 17:32

An update to my earlier review.

After a few months of owning the car, quite a lot of things have gone wrong.

The handles of the seats have a mind of their own.

The engine is tappety, despite being serviced all its life.

There is a leak somewhere, causing the passenger footwell to be completely filled with water, and you could keep fish under the passenger seat.

The car just feels cheaply made and has no charm in my opinion. Disappointing in comparison to mk1 Clios, and the Clios that followed this. Where they went wrong, I do not know.

2000 Renault Clio 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Cheap little runner


My boyfriend has a Renault Clio mark 2, and is constantly moaning about things that are wrong with it.

- Firstly, he has the rattling of the roof, which is really annoying. If he opens it, the sound seems to go away for a little while.

- His speedo plays up a lot; it either works, doesn't work at all, or shakes up and down.

- His back left lights has started to play up, his indicator won't work when he brakes, and his side light will flash if he puts it into reverse.

- The rear right side door will not open at all, he's had the panel off and fiddled around for hours, still nothing.

- He has recently blown this amplifier, which wasn't due to using it too much, as it hasn't been in use since before Christmas.

- The electrical fault light always comes on, but nothing seems to be wrong.

The passenger's side window cannot be opened on the passenger's side, but can be opened on the driver's side.

General Comments:

It's a lovely little runner when it wants to be. It was cheap for him until all these things started going wrong.

He has recently tried to put his car in for the MoT, but one garage refused to do it because of his door. But the garage he has gone to now has said they can open the door.

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

Review Date: 24th January, 2011

2000 Renault Clio Elise 1.4 from South Africa


I will never buy another one because of the after sales "service"!!


Gearbox problems.

Brake problems.

Starting problems.

Central locking problems,

General Comments:

The Clio is really attractive and comfortable.

It has plenty of power, it's nippy and easy to park.

When things start to go wrong, they really go wrong. The servicing at Renault is worse than disgusting, and they seem unable to fix anything.

When my car was stolen a month ago, it was a relief to get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st April, 2009