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.
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
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.