2001 Renault Clio Dynamic 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland


The air bag light comes on when it feels like it. to get it to go off you have to play with the wires under the front seats.

Also I have a engine problem I think. When I pull away in 1st. as I release the clutch I hear a noise. the only way I can describe this noise is a CLUNK. This also happens when pulling away on a hill, but it seems to be louder.

Has any one else had these problems.

General Comments:

This car handles good.

But is very slow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2006

7th Mar 2006, 21:50

With regard to the airbag light, it is the connectors under the seat which cause the airbag to keep blinking. I had the same problem with my Berlingo. My mechanic replaced the connectors and it solved the problem. He didn't even charge me for the connectors.

Haven't had any experience on the other problem of the gearbox though.

2001 Renault Clio Si 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland


Roomy, unreliable super mini


Thing that connects the right front wheel to the axle broke at 51,000 miles - cost £350 to repair at independent garage.

Microchip in key stopped working after 58,000 miles - cost £150 to get replacement from Renault in France.

Driver side electric window motor broke at 62,000 miles - cost £250 to replace at independent garage.

All this within 12 months!!!

General Comments:

Handles pretty well, with nice ride in town and pretty firm on motorway.

Engine performs well, though sounds like its straining at 5,000 RPM on motorway, its pretty capable in most situations.

The throttle is a bit spongy, and third gear catches a bit, but apart form that the transmission seems to be fine (fingers crossed).

This car is very roomy for its size/class, and passengers seem very comfortable. Front seats are quite wide and spongy, and after about 1.5 hours I get back pain from the seat.

I'm 5 foot 11 inches and my knees get caught under the steering wheel despite an adjustable steering wheel and seat - very uncomfortable.

Sound insulation is alright, though you get a very deep rumble on bumpy local roads - kind of cool really. People outside can hear your stereo really easily - even if you're just listening to Radio 4!

Interior trim is very low quality - it was already starting to come away from doors and windows when I bought it, and I've noticed this on loads of other Clio's of the same age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th February, 2006

2001 Renault Clio 172 Exclusive 2.0 16v VVT from UK and Ireland


Everything I hoped it would be!


None -Yet! However at last service was warned that one of the rear struts was leaking and would probably need replacing sooner rather than later.

General Comments:

Have absolutely loved the car from the moment I bought it. It's quite happy to plod about town, yet when you want that power, -drop a gear, let the rev needle rise up to 4,500rpm (the VVT kicks in) and bang you're off!!!

Because it's a rarer mk1, and an exclusive (limited ed. full leather, dark met green, standard BBS alloys, no. 118) people who know what it is will turn to stare, -especially boy racers.

Sounds wicked when being pushed, and gives supposedly more 'superior' hot hatches a good run for their money.

Down points... there aren't any real ones. Driving position could be better, tends to lean in bends (-yet grips superbly!), a little cramped in the back for passengers.

Dealer was appalling! Wilson of Epsom (Avoid!), however the Renault servicing since has been excellent.

The car is VERY reliable, I've not spent a penny on it in the 1.5 years I've had it. (Except basic servicing charges).

Would recommend one to anybody who wants real performance and value for money. Check insurance tho' all you young boy racers!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2006