13th Sep 2007, 21:53

I too have an 52 plate Clio Extreme 1.2 16v and I have had similar issues to the rest of you. I had the power failure whilst driving on a motorway and took it to the local dealership where it was fixed (under warranty). The sunroof is a complete pain in the Ass, has anyone actually found a fix for this?

Also the temperature gauge has gone from nuts to none existant. Anyone know how to fix this?

Finally the Drivers side window has broken after the cheap and nasty looking guide broke whilst I was raising it the other day. My local garage has quoted me a stupid price to fix it.

I have to sympathise with moist of the users on here as the way Renault have treated all these issues is an absolute disgrace. if they know there is a common fault on the car then it's their obligation to fix this problem, otherwise surely they are breaking the T+C's of selling you this product??

I would advise everyone to visit the BBC's Watchdog website and file the same complaint about Renault, as they recently had success with the Bonnet catch saga.

I will be doing so now with a link to this thread. All support would be appreciated.

17th Sep 2007, 10:28

I have a Clio Dynamique 03 plate. Nothing but trouble. Within a year of purchase they replaced the throttle body. I went to collect it and it still didn't work, so they then replaced the computer. The throttle body was replaced again within a year and in the last week I have just lost the power again, it goes normally and then all of a sudden (generally in rush hour traffic) the car just slows to 15 mph at its top speed. Renault have just charged me £112 for replacing a spark plug - I could have purchased at Halfords for £5! I doubt very much this is the cause of the problem, but Renault get paid in the knowledge that I will be backk again within the year. Selling up now before this car slows to 15mph in the outside lane of the motorway! Potential buyers stay clear!

18th Sep 2007, 03:28

My daughter owns a 03 plate diesel Clio which she has had from new. It has run fine until about 3 months ago when she started experiencing starting problems. She would turn the key and there would be absolutely no response. A new relay has been fitted which seemed to solve the problem, but now there is an intermittent fault with starting. The engine turns, but not firing. It is almost like the immobiliser has stuck, but it happens even when the car hasn't been locked. Garage had it for 2 weeks, but it started first time every day. I have had it in my garage for 1 night and I can't start it again this morning. Any ideas?

24th Sep 2007, 14:21

Hi my speedometer is falling to zero when I'm driving and the electrical fault light has been coming on intermittantly whilst reversing. has anyone had these problems?

29th Sep 2007, 03:00

Hi everyone.

1.2 Expression 52 plate.

Same problems as everyone else; I managed to fix the 'limp-home mode' problem (cutting out/limited revs and speed) by re-insulating the wires that had been worn down by the black metal box at the back of the engine.

Can't get to the bottom of lumpy idling. Mine starts off at about 1250 revs, but drops to 500 and nearly stalls after about a minute! Have changed TDC sensor and cleaned coils/plug interface.

I too have written to Renault/Watchdog & VOSA about this issue and ask everyone to do the same; the more vigorously this issue is brought to light, the more chance we all have of finding a solution.

3rd Oct 2007, 19:15


1.4 16v 2001 Y dynamic +. revs at 500 rpm. sounds like it might stall, but hasn`t yet. any ides?

4th Oct 2007, 08:20

2002 Renault Clio 1.6lt Privilege

Hi, After reading the multitude of comments/complaints on the Clio, I realize I have probably made a mistake buying one two weeks ago. However, I have one glimmer of hope, are all these problems only related to the 1.2lt models? I have not seen any complaints relating to the 1.6lt Privilege. Any comments?

5th Oct 2007, 02:34

Me too, 2001 Y 1.4 dynamic plus, low revs around 450-500, sluggish pull away etc. £45 each time to have it tested is ridiculous - what is the problem, sound like it could be any of 4-5 things - no-one seems to know - esp garages!

I bet renault do!!!

12th Oct 2007, 10:17


I have the same problems as a few of you. my electrical fault light comes on at junctions and the revs bounce around, sometimes it will stall other times it is OK. I had my car on the diagnostics machine and its coming up 'map circuit sensor fault' - could this be anything to do with it? I have heard if the map sensor is dirty/has water in it could be causing this. Not sure where the map sensor is though on my Y reg 1.2 16v clio sport.

14th Oct 2007, 03:41

Hi everyone.

Oh dear! I seem to have become an unwilling member of the "my Clio doesn't run properly" crew; not good...dough.

My wife's T reg clio RXE auto just decided to start running on only 2 cylinders yesterday. After a couple of tests swapping leads and plugs, one of the ignition wiring plug connectors seem not to functioning..but after trying the car the next day, it ran like nothing had ever happened...what so now am I supposed to forget crawling home by the skin of my teeth, with clio stalling at at every traffic light, I'd be interested to know if any of you guys had the misfortune to have had this fault? and what you did to remedy this what seems to be an intermittent fault....I'm daring to drive it again tonight, I can't wait!!.. (sarcasm in abundance)..!!!


17th Oct 2007, 14:53

Has anyone contacted watchdog?

18th Oct 2007, 13:22

Clio Dynamique 1.6 54 plate.

Had my Clio now for three years, and it has run very smoothly with no problems, until I was driving home last week in particularly heavy traffic! The car starting to vibrate and then a few minutes later the toxic fume warning light came on. Initially assumed it just didn’t like the traffic conditions, but the following day it did the same thing on a traffic free drive. Continued to shake and make a loud knocking noise, felt like one of the pistons wasn’t firing properly.

I took the car to my local Renault dealers who plugged it into the computer and diagnosed a broken coil. When I came to pay the bill it turned out they had charged me for the broken coil & diagnostics, but also replaced the other 3 at the same time at their cost despite the car being out of warranty. I was unaware there was a problem with coils on Clio’s, but when asked the dealer acknowledged that there had been a bad batch. Clearly Renault has now recognised there is a problem, and acted appropriately. Still working well a week later.

21st Oct 2007, 08:04

Re: Clio 1.2 16v (05) plate

Had just been surfing net trying to ascertain why my service light and airbag light had both come on simultaneously, and found this site, seems like I'm not alone...

Does anyone have a quick fix for this? or is it going to be a trip to dealership and large amounts of cash down the pan?