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!

2001 Renault Clio 172 2.0 16v 'F4R-736' from Australia and New Zealand


Incredible, awesome, fantastic!


The rubber thumb-grip on the right side of the steering wheel was peeling.

The hazard light switch was broken (you could turn them on, but not back off).

The engine blew when I had the timing belt done (poorly done job), so I had it replaced.

General Comments:

The car is awesome to drive! At first you think it's small and the pedals are offset, but after about 10 minutes this isn't an issue.

It is unbelievably fast, especially when you consider it only makes 124kW of power. It's easily got enough grunt to stomp any pre-03 WRX, for example.

It is the best handling FWD car in the world in my opinion. Into a corner, on the power, don't lift, keep your foot in it, it lifts the outside rear wheel, and goes round like it's on rails, no under or over steer, just perfect line cornering.

And it can out-brake a 360 Modena 100-0km/h. As Clarkson put it in his review, "Impossible to go faster for less."

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2008

2001 Renault Clio Dynamic 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Disappointingly unreliable for a modern car


Hi Clio owners.

We have 2, both 2001 Dynamics. The 1st one has recently had the electronic light/preheat light staying on, which prevents the engine from starting. Had it on the computer; no obvious faults. Having checked the wiring in the black box, put a new relay in and cleaned the jet throttle bodies, for 30 pounds at a local garage. Problem sorted.

2nd Clio is occasionally cutting out at junctions, but it still has the black box on. Best left off again. I need to check the wiring and get the throttle bodies cleaned; will post results.

General Comments:

Great looking car, has a lot of toys, but poor design faults let it down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th June, 2008