2001 Renault Clio Dynamique 1.2 16 V from UK and Ireland




It's been a good car.

I've experienced the electrical warning light coming on and the engine stalling. To get rid of it, you need to rev it at 2000rpm and it will go. Also put the higher grade or unleaded and the problem does go away.

General Comments:

Good car for price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2008

2001 Renault Clio Sport 172 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


Va va voom!


Rear discs at 60K. Not in itself that bad for a performance car, only annoying that (probably to save manufacturing cost) the hub bearing is integral so they're much pricier than normal.

Front spring cracked around the same time. Not something you'd expect to fail ever, but I've read elsewhere comments on Renault spring unreliability.

Front drive-shaft replaced at 70K (check for strong vibration when accelerating).

Spat a spark plug out one time which was bizarre. Was on holiday so stuck with the dealer fix, which although efficient included plugs @£17.50 each!

Recently cabin quality issues to the fore. Rubberized lacquer on door inserts comes away like a skin problem (although can be carefully removed to just leave the base paint). 'Leather' steering wheel is only leather on the bottom spoke you never touch, the rest is low grade synthetic which crumbles and falls away to look rancid. Better and much cheaper to re-trim rather than same again from Renault.

General Comments:

Good looking hot hatch, which has the performance, although you need max revs/noise to get it.

Reasonable economy (35-40mpg) on motorway and with medium speed driving.

I've got back issues, which I now partly attribute to the terrible seat (soft and lacking in lumbar support).

Quite tight in the back for passengers/luggage for a car in its class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2008

2001 Renault Clio 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Extraordinary good looking fast little car


Ten ignition coils replaced in 7 years.

General Comments:

Renault Clio 1.4 Dynamic.

A very compact cool little car and for its price and engine size, it’s probably one of the best cars out there even after seven years. It’s not the most dependable car in the world but it was my first car and until I can afford a big German saloon, I'm not going to get rid of it for anything.

When you think about it, the Clio with its cheap running costs is a fantastic little thing.

Performance wise, its 1.4L engine inside such a small car goes fine when you’re driving normally and amazingly fast when you push it hard for such a small engine, very nippy at the lights and handles well round corners.

The bucket seats can get a bit uncomfortable during a long drive but nothing unbearable.

Overall, for being a fast, good handling, good looking car with low running costs, the Renault Clio 1.4 is a very good car and I love it to bits.

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

Review Date: 17th October, 2008

24th Oct 2008, 11:49

I would agree it offers economy motoring, and is nippy enough for a first car, but it isn't a fast car and certainly nothing special in the looks department either, just another Clio. Reliability wise these cars are pretty dire, and most of the people I know who have had one have also had a small pond appear under the driver's seat.

30th Oct 2008, 15:26

I agree with the last person, it's not fast or particularly attractive! You will realise this once you have had more experience with other cars.

I have had a 1.2 and now have a Sport 172, and have had nothing but problems. You may love the car now, but give it time and you will hate it! It's not got low running cost when you get a £500 bill when the exhaust drops off! Or a £3,000 bill to fix the wires under the seat!I must have spent £1000s over the years.

My advice is get rid before you regret it!