2004 Renault Clio 182 2.0 from UK and Ireland
That'll do me nicely thank you!
It's ironic really, all the faults listed on previous reviews of the Clio range occurred with mine.
Passenger seat rattles if no-one is sat in it, thanks to it not sitting correctly on its runners.
The rear left speaker is blown.
It hunts for its tick over speed when cold, and is lumpy at tick over.
The most astounding problem is that the leading edge of the O/S/F wing has not been painted fully! The edge nearest the headlight has primer showing. How this got past 'quality control' I have no idea!
All of the above does not matter really, after all, it's a cheap car.
The usual comments like 'the performance makes up for it' apply.
Took it out for a run against a mate's 4 litre Chimera and another mate's Elise, and it had no problems keeping up. Round the bends, the TVR was struggling, and the Elise driver and I called it a draw.
Unless you're up against someone who can drive like Richard Burns, there is not much out there that can give you any competition on A, B or C roads. In a flat out motorway chase, anything with more than 200 bhp (apart from an Audi TT 225 Ha! Ha!) would win, but how many times can you do that?
All in all, pleased with the car, I would not spend the extra cash for a Mini or Civic Type R. What's the point; they are slower and heavier, and there are loads on the road!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th May, 2004
28th May 2004, 18:29
If the wing hasn't been painted properly at the factory you should have rejected the car there and then. Cheap car or not, this kind of thing isn't on. Neither come to mention it, are the other faults on such a new car.
Sounds like your typical French car - fantastic to drive, but built and assembled by morons using parts made out of old yogurt cartons. I've owned two Peugeots which were similar. You'll soon get sick of it.