2003 Renault Clio 172 Sport 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Excellent car, let down by poor Renault after sales
Engine bangs against the subframe under hard acceleration. Renault don't seem to think it's a fault, but it pulls out of 1st gear on bumpy roads.
Warning to anyone contemplating buying a new or used Clio (of any engine size); get the clearance from the subframe and engine checked, otherwise first gear is useless. Get a written guarantee that the car is okay in this regard, and it will be replaced if not, otherwise if you have the problem, Renault's solution is not to drive it fast (which is just pathetic with a car like this).
Best car I have ever owned. Handles like a dream. Goes like a rocket. Only let down is Renault; they don't honour warranties.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th January, 2004
14th Dec 2004, 15:57
Totally agree I have a clio 172, lovely car, only thing letting them down is the after service.
7th Oct 2005, 15:47
I work at a Renault dealership and drive a 172 myself - I cannot believe how bad you lot say the dealers are! while I cannot speak for other dealerships I would have hoped that they try to help, I would always do anything I can to resolve any issues with customer vehicles however old as its my job! the Clio IS a good car!!