2003 Renault Clio Reviews - Page 3 of 18

2003 Renault Clio Dynamique Billabong 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance18500 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 100

Summary:

Nice car, shame about dealer service

Faults:

Spurious Alarm activation.

Central locking failure.

From 12,000 miles a lack of power from the engine. Renault dealer's response was to welly it up to 5,000 rpm for every gear change (!?!).

General Comments:

A very smart and neat car.

Excellent colour scheme due to it being a special edition.

Very quick and precise handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2008

2003 Renault Clio Billabong 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles

Summary:

Not very good

Faults:

Squiggle light on dash kept coming on with loss in power.

Bad missing around 2-3000 rpm when under load.

General Comments:

Would not buy another, in the 2 years it's rapidly lost its newness, squeaks from trim and rattles from rest of thecar.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th May, 2008

11th May 2008, 02:42

What on earth is a squiggle light?

2003 Renault Clio Dynamique 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.2 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance46500 miles
Previous carCitroen Saxo

Summary:

Good until an inevitable problem occurs

Faults:

Good up until recently.

Electrical fault light comes up quite often whether I'm already driving the car or just starting it, and although this is quite common, nothing comes up on the diagnostic check.

Car sometimes won't start and the coolant temp light starts flashing, whether it be night day, hot or cold.

General Comments:

Good car apart from the obvious faults that most Clio owners will know about, which get annoying and frustrating after a while. Would never buy a Renault again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th May, 2008

2003 Renault Clio Sport 172 cup 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Most recent distance28150 miles
Previous carToyota MR2

Faults:

ECU reset needed x2:

The car cut out when I ragged it down a slip road but a simple 35 quid to reset the ECU solved the problem. The ECU is possibly remapped from the previous owner, but you can't tell as it's all software.

The second ECU reset was needed as it failed it MOT emmissions tests, badly. Once again a reset solved the problem which I reckon was an "air fuel mix" issue.

General Maintenance:

Rear brakes and pads

Cam belt change (5 years old was due).

General Comments:

These are cars designed for driving/ pleasure through a combination of; light weight, vvti engine and cheap running costs.

I intended to use mine every day but also go on the track a couple of times a year.

In view of the cars purpose I stripped my inside down to the bear metal and took it to the Nurburg Ring. I went in August 2007 with 16,00 miles on the clock. The 400 mile drive there and back was fine, and economy 38mpg. Only thing I missed air con a bit, but when does he weather really get that hot? Hardly ever in this country :O).

In addition to the stripped interior, the car has a modified performance exhaust, piperX panel filter and a DIY air induction kit (sounds rubbish, but some metal flexi-pipe (used in heating systems and easy to come by) can genuinely help the engine breath, increasing performance whilst not affecting economy.

The standard car will not be embarrassed by 250bhp cars. On roundabouts, once you are confident with over steer, it can really shine.

It is advertised as a "track car", if you genuinely want to buy this car to take on the track, you will need to uprate the front brakes. This is easy enough to do, it really is. On the track I noticed it quite easy to ride the power band a bit too far, and hit 8000 rpm, which is as far as the dial goes. However, once the power band kicks in at about 4200rpm the fun starts. They wheel spin in 3rd at 70 in the wet, which always puts a smile on my face as cheap French cars are not supposed to do this, (with the exception of the 5Turbo).

Mine has now done 28,000, and with the interior put back in it looks like new. It runs fine, and is a great all round performer.

You can get nearly 50 mpg combined if you are skint a few days before pay day, but I never do.

There were 2,200 imported to the UK, so they will hold their value. With 35k on the clock I plan to part with mine for 5K. I might keep it...under-steer can be fun :O).

BTW all my insane driving was on the track, I am not impressed by 'tools' that put people’s lives at risk by driving as if they are on a track on public roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2008

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 59 reviews