2002 Renault Clio Expression 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

I would not buy a Renault new again

Faults:

In 2002.

The car was pulling to the left hand side of the road.

The central locking did not work.

The cheap interior began to creek.

In 2003.

The brakes began to squeal when turning left / right at 70mph.

The water pump began to leak.

In 2004.

The bonnet catch had corroded open, so unable to close the bonnet.

The central locking stopped working again.

The engine has begun to tap.

General Comments:

The car is a good little car, but has the initial faults introduced from build. It handles very well, but does suffer from the poor quality of the parts used. The warranty is well used, but when you return it to the garage for rectifying work, they are unhappy that you have a problem. Initial price was £6995 as a previous registered owned car. I test drove the car with 7 miles on the car, bought it their and then. 2 1/2 years on, the car is worth £3200 if I'm lucky. Maybe even less against a new car. I'm not bitter, I've had the usage of the car and it's been reliable to a level, but when you need to ring the AA each month, you do get sick of it.

Ask yourself is it worth it? Should I buy a BMW or a Merc in the first place?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th December, 2004

2002 Renault Clio 172 sport 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Pocket Rocket!

Faults:

My spot lights started to fill with water.

Rattle from the back near the exhaust.

Handbrake light and stop sign remained on when handbrake was fully off.

General Comments:

The car is quick, thought 1,2,3. But when you get upto 70 theres no power in 4th gear what I would have expected, you have to put it in third.

The car is very comfortable at the front, but not that comfortable if you're a tall person in the back.

The lights are great!

Be warned the insurance is high! Group 16!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2004

2002 Renault Clio Expression + 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Very happy with car as it has done everything you can expect of it

Faults:

A PDC sensor had to be replaced at 16,000 miles as the car was sometimes reluctant to start. This was carried out under warranty.

General Comments:

A good buy as the dealer was offering very good deals at time of purchase.

Will trade it in at 3 years and expect to get a reasonable resale on it.

It could use a bit more space as the rear is quite cramped.

The car has far more equipment on it than comparable small cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2004

2002 Renault Clio Sport 172 2.0 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

A Honey that Handles!

Faults:

A minor issue with an electrical connection under the front passenger seat (Left side). There is a loose wire (s) in the connector causing the airbag warning lamp to alight.

General Comments:

This car has me smiling every time I drive! I cannot believe just how fantastic a drive it is. I seem to find myself making excuses to go for a drive now or taking the long way home.

The engine is a cracker. It purrs and has even more potential than the car comes with in standard form. I have upgraded mine with a "Powerchip" ECU remap and it makes the honey even sweeter.

The cabin is a really comfy place to be. The seats are not overly plush, but have great support and are comfortable over distance.

The steering is pinpoint accurate and the handling is progressive, sporty and gives you bags of feedback.

It is really a gem and I cannot praise the people at Renault more highly for building a true drivers car without cutting corners. For the money it is a league above the competition IMHO.

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

Review Date: 16th September, 2004

2002 Renault Clio expression plus 1.5 dci turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A great economical small family car

Faults:

Seat back adjusting handle snapped at 300miles

Sun roof (electric) has always rattled

Air bag light sometimes illuminates

Alternator failed at 92000miles.

General Comments:

I use car as driving school car and as such I feel it is ideal.

Running costs are very low. It averages 60mpg on lesson! Service interval is 18000 miles!

Pupils like the car and tend to buy a Clio themselves as 1st car.

Pick dealer carefully, but car is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2004