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    Hi AF'ers. I have a question for the group. Looking to buy a mid 2000's Clio, I test drove one today which is good except its Air Conditioner is "not working". Fan blows but no cooling. That's all I know. Car is a 2007 Campus manual 1.4, with low mileage. It's on the pricier side at $5.5K, but negotiable.

    I may make a reduced offer, and factor in the repair or replacement of A/C. Problem is I have no idea what it may cost. I definitely cannot live without A/C.

    What would you guys say is the *worst case* total cost of having a Melbourne repairer fix or replace this Clio's air con?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry921 View Post
    Problem is I have no idea what it may cost.
    Problem is from that description it could be anything. From something like a simple switch to needing a new condenser, evaporator or compressor (all of which have been known to go). It really needs someone to have a look and diagnose the problem. Cost? From hundreds to possibly the purchase price of the car in the worst case scenario using franchised dealer labour and parts prices.

    What other delayed maintenance issues are there? When was the timing belt/tensioners/water pump changed? They are all done as a set every four years or 100K km, at a cost of circa $1K.

    Also check the build date of the car, which is on the VIN label in the RHF door pillar as it won't be a 2007 build car.
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    Is that the blue one with 84,000km? I've seen that one online, and was surprised at the mileage and condition. But they certainly are asking the upper end of its price. I've checked on Vicroads and it says that var was complianced in January 2007. Be interesting to check the build date. Renault did have some cars sitting around for a while. A friend of mine bought a 2003 Clio Priviledge brand new in 2005.

    As Simon says, definitely check maintenance, especially the timing belt. Everything I've read indicates they are the weakest link in the car. Not just for km, but for time as well.

    I bought a Clio Privilege as a parts car at the beginning of last year. The extra power of the 1.6 made me consider having that as a daily, especially given it had 120,000km on the clock, it was 100,000km less than my car. But the air con doesn't blow cold air, and the timing belt was 4 years old and due for replacement, even though it had only done 20,000km in that 4 years. I decided those two issues were enough to keep driving the one I knew, and that had only recently had the timing belt done on.

    I bought my 2003 Clio just over 5 years ago and have done over 100,000km since. My two biggest regrets have always been now knowing how good they are, I wish I'd taken my time and hunted out a really good well kept Privilege model, or knowing just how fantastic they are, that I'd bought a brand new one ten years earlier.

    Given the price of that one, it's probably worth taking to a specialist mechanic for a once over to see what might need doing shortly, and to look at the AC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielBendigo View Post
    Is that the blue one with 84,000km? ...
    As Simon says, definitely check maintenance ...
    Yep that's it. Timing belt etc done 2 years/30,000 km ago. Other issues all trivial. Saw the RWC assessment. AC is not working, that's all.

    Trying to get a handle on potential worst case AC *replace*. I can't imagine that even replacing a whole AC system could run to $5000+ as someone suggested. (Unfortunately, I don't have time to arrange mechanical assessment of the car).

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    Walk away, and look for another vehicle. There are enough Clios around to let you do that.

    Buying a used car always entails an element of risk and buying a car with known fault and unknown repair cost doesn't make logical sense.

    Another vehicle will turn up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry921 View Post
    Yep that's it. Timing belt etc done 2 years/30,000 km ago. Other issues all trivial. Saw the RWC assessment. AC is not working, that's all.

    Trying to get a handle on potential worst case AC *replace*. I can't imagine that even replacing a whole AC system could run to $5000+ as someone suggested. (Unfortunately, I don't have time to arrange mechanical assessment of the car).
    Your other option is just to make an offer with the vendor fixing the AC. If they've got to get the RWC, they're already running around. Could be as simple as regassing, could be dearer. You could offer say $500 above what you were going to with them fixing it.

    There's plenty of Clio's around, and sadly they don't hold their value too well. Although with the price the owner is asking, this one has. Only you can decide whether the low k's and condition are worth the $2-$3k above other Clio's not as good. There does seem to be the odd Clio come up with well under 100,000km. There's a 2005 Privilege with only 37,000km in NSW. I wonder why some people even own a car when they drive it so little.

    My biggest regret on my Clio is not buying a better one. Although it's been fine, I bought it to be temporary for 12 months or so, and still have it over 5 years later. I also wish I'd gotten a Privilege for the bigger 1.6 engine (only in the manual).

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    Walk away, and look for another vehicle. There are enough Clios around to let you do that
    Agreed. Sensible advice, thanks.

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    $5500, why not get a Sport?
    I'm selling my 182 at the moment and my asking is $6800, but the rego is due next month and the A/C doesn't work (common problem) so I'm negotiable. Come over and test drive the Sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 63-1092 View Post
    $5500, why not get a Sport?
    I'm selling my 182 at the moment and my asking is $6800, but the rego is due next month and the A/C doesn't work (common problem) so I'm negotiable. Come over and test drive the Sport.
    Thanks for the offer. 2 maun problems for me - two doors a pain, and your AC also doesn't work. Thanks though.

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    Might I suggest to all fans of the Renault brand, buy a 2000+ 172/182 Clio Sport and fall in love. Although a Mitsubishi AWD stalwart (but having owned R10, R16 and Fuego), I bought a tatty 2002RS with 210000km on it for $2500 to do a 3000km outback rally in SA; I enjoyed the car so much it has since done the Southern Cross Golden Anniversary Rally and the recent Southern Mountains Trial (1960) revisited. Once some work had been done to make it suitable for gravel, it is a revelation (with the ABS turned off), capable of a pace and response you only ever dreamed of. I swear it will take 20 years off your life, but be prepared to learn how to do everything yourself or cost will crush you.

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