2000 Renault Clio Sport 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Performance OK, but now doubt it's longevity
Initially waited over four months for the car to come off the production line and then it came without the ordered assisted braking system. the dealer swapped the one ordered for me for one he had ordered personally.
Exhaust has had to be replaced (within the last four months - approx 26,000 miles)
The driver's window mechanism has broken (at current mileage.
Exhaust replacement - thought it was a bit early, considering the mileage, but accepted it.
The window mechanism has proved very expensive. There is a design fault in that if the wire within it breaks, the whole mechanism has to be replaced, rather than just the wire. (Leaving out the cost of labour, this makes a difference of around £170!)
Overall, the local dealer has been excellent - but Renault themselves are extremely poor.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th April, 2004
24th Nov 2004, 07:11
Interesting comment about the window. I had the exact same problem, 6 weeks after the warranty expired! I barely use the car, and was a bit surprised to have this kind of mechanical failure after only 12k miles.
7th Feb 2005, 15:03
My son wound the electric window down to clear the frozen snow from the window (new driver). Needless to say there was a right mess inside the door when I removed the panel; kinked cable everywhere. Was horrified at the price of unit at Renault, £187 + VAT. Got one online for £87 including VAT and next day delivery. Not a difficult job; the hardest part is removing the door panel, which is glued on with Mastic.
3rd Oct 2005, 10:21
I too have had a full new exhaust a few weeks outside the warranty. Again I have also just fitted a new assembly unit in driver's window, but managed to purchase part for approx £80. I have just discovered it also needs what looks like a new head gasket!