2005 Renault Clio Reviews

2005 Renault Clio Campus 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles

Summary:

A very good, would buy another one within a heartbeat

Faults:

Generally a very good drive.

At its 5 year service, I had to have the cam belt changed, which set me back about £230.

It has also developed some kind of tick/rattle; it seems to be a constant issue whilst driving, and can be extremely annoying. I don't think it is anything that I should worry about, as it went in for its MOT after it developed the tick, and nothing showed up. I would however like to know if anyone has any thoughts on what this could be, or has something similar happening to theirs?

Another problem that seems to have come up, is that the connector for the airbag light under the drivers seat comes loose after the seat is either pulled forth to let someone into the back, or adjusted back and forth. This can be annoying, as the first time it happened was when it was in for a service; this set me back about £30 to reconnect it at the Renault garage.

In the past year, the engine turns over more before it decides to start up. It seems to be worse in cold weather than it is in warm weather. As this is my first car, I am not entirely sure whether this is something that just happens with age or not.

General Comments:

Very good car, not the best around corners, however I can't really knock it; the little problems I have listed are the things that give the car character. It makes the car very specifically mine, a little bit like the scratches it has received in the 3 years I have owned it! I would recommend this car to anyone.

Although a friend who has a Megane has said he doesn't feel safe when I drive my car over 60 miles per hour, however I think the fact the car feels like it could fall apart at any second makes it more exciting to drive.

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

Review Date: 24th August, 2011

2005 Renault Clio Expression from Mexico

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 kilometres
Most recent distance73000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Super FRAGILE and high maintenance

Faults:

The engine cooling fan broke down.

Transmission box started failing, and it never worked properly again. Now the car sometimes shifts, sometimes doesn't.

The suspension sucks... every bump makes it squeak.

The "engine support" was about to break!

Handles and knobs broke into pieces.

General Comments:

Expensive repairs and spare parts.

I've only heard negative comments about the automatic version. If you really want it, get the manual one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th December, 2010

2005 Renault Clio impression 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 307

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

Heater boost not working on full power, OK on reduced though.

General Comments:

To cure the heater fault is expensive at a garage. Do it this way yourself.

Remove glove box, lift the front black trim up, remove 3 screws and one near catch inside. Remove side trim from the clips gently and remove the screw, pull out the glove box.

A multiplug goes into the heater body with a yellow and black wire. Unscrew the 2 self tapping screws and out comes the resister. The connections will be burned, clean up and refit, refit in reverse order.

Time taken, half an hour.

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

Review Date: 19th July, 2010

2005 Renault Clio Extreme 1.5 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 diesel Manual

Summary:

Don't buy it!

Faults:

Another new member to the leaky Clio club!

I've just had to pay out loads of money to get the ECH replaced, as water has been getting into mine and blown it, which caused the car to immobilise itself!

I've noticed that when I park on my drive (which is on slope) and park facing the house, rainwater collects up to a depth of 3 or 4 inches in the rear passenger footwell. I tried parking it round the other way so the car is facing the road, but the water collects in the driver's footwell instead.

Renault are attempting to find out how it's getting in, but no joy so far. They have said however, that unless I can discover the source of the leak, the electrics will keep blowing!

Mine is a relatively new Clio - 2005 - you would think that they could have found a solution to what appears to be a very common problem!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st January, 2009

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews