2003 Renault Clio Reviews - Page 9 of 18

2003 Renault Clio Dynamique 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 16v Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Would not recommend at all!!!

Faults:

Rumbling sensation goes through the car when you are stationary - dealer can't find fault, but can feel it?!?

Spark plugs faulty - repaired 3 times!! airbag lights keeps coming evry month or two.

General Comments:

Very plasticy dull look inside, not much room unless you sit in the boot and doesn't handle too good round windy roads unless in 2nd gear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th April, 2005

2003 Renault Clio 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles

Summary:

Will NEVER buy the same car

Faults:

My car was bought fron new. after 6 months of ownership (6,000 miles) brokedown with throttle sensor fault.

Plus the ECU had to be replaced.

After one year of ownership car breaks down, this time injection sensor fault.

3 weeks later car breaks down again.

This time the trottle sensor has gone again, and also the oxygen sensor.

General Comments:

Disappointed the car broke down within the first 6 months. took 5 days to be repaired.

Even more disappointed one year later when faults appear again. Unable to drive the car into a safe place as the engine died completely.

Car was towed to the garage. took 5 days to repair. they were unwilling to provide me with a courtesy car.

3 weeks later, the car has broken down once again with the fault mentioned above.

This time a repeat fault was recorded and my car was fixed within 24 hours. The customer service was awful. I had to keep ringing them.

To top it off when I got the car back there was a huge dent in the side of the drivers door. which they denied.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

17th Dec 2005, 12:06

I can totally sympathise, we live in France and have also suffered from the 'wonderful' Renault after service. Non committal, denial of faults and an almost complete inability to repair a reoccurring starting fault. Get rid of it and get something else!!!

7th Jun 2006, 19:11

I got 1.4 Clio with Auto transmission, it got the same problems, the car did 30000 Km only and tell now I changed the flywheel sensor twice, water temp. sensor, 4 coils and the car, and the kick-down function hardly work.

2003 Renault Clio Expression 1.6 16v from Peru

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance11000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Happy camper

Faults:

My Clio has, unfortunately, high gas consumption. It has a 1.6 liter engine, fairly powerful and fun, but compared to my previous car (which had the same size engine) it's not as fuel efficient.

Floor mat has a hole in it right below the gas pedal.

Rear suspension is rather soft and unstable. I hit a pot hole (something which is pretty common in Peru (and my left rear tire blew causing the car to slide an do a 180ยบ. It could handle better too.

Right front power window stopped working the second week of ownership.

General Comments:

For starters, my Clio was built in Brazil.

It was a pretty good buy overall.

I live in Peru, and new cars are rather expensive, even bare bone models.

Yet the Clio was cheap with a good level of equipment, including two airbags, a Cd player, automatic doors and a couple of little things which would normally jack up the prize in other models.

I don't drive much, but I do like to get away from the grind of the city and it tackles difficult roads with ease. It could use better suspension, but then again the roads don't help.

I have to say that I'm pleased with the car.

The service, although a bit expensive, is very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2005

22nd Nov 2005, 11:26

Hi, I am Miguel from Lima Peru too. I am thinking to buy a new Renault Clio. I will like to talk to you before that to share your experiences.

MCL.

2003 Renault Clio saloon 1.2 petrol 16v from Egypt

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance44000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W123

Summary:

Very reliable, fast, good to handle!

Faults:

Splitter has gone bad and replaced in warranty, speed sensor was replaced in warranty.

General Comments:

Small and handling is great.

Great acceleration and brakes.

Small cabin and not very good seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2005

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