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    Hi all,
    I just wanted to know if 4,500 is a good price to pay for a 2002 Clio sport 172 P2, it's in pretty great condition, iceberg silver, nothing aftermarket done. 100,000kms done.
    Thanks guys any advice is appreciated.

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    Timing belt, brakes, tyres ..even radiator replacements can all add to the cost once you buy it.
    "Pretty good condition" is too vague a description to give any definitive advice on price.

    If you are serious about knowing what may lie ahead, get a pre purchase inspection at somewhere like Colliers or Renault tech.
    Maybe the car has been serviced at these places already???


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    What you will need to ascertain is which side of the expense curve the car is on. Brakes will require the pads and discs to be replaced at the same time, a timing belt change (every 4 years OR 100,000km, whichever comes first, without fail) involves replacing the water pump, timing belt idler pulleys (which are the bits that go), tensioners, harmonic balancer and accessory belt – the timing belt job is a circa $1.5K job, only for the talented, even dealers have come a cropper.

    They also are now old cars, so suffer from old car problems, seized A/C compressors, duff alternators, and occasional hydro assist power steering issues – factor in delayed maintenance with things like coolant and aluminium radiators, "filled for life" transmissions etc, and any low odo reading is just a number in the absence of decent servicing.

    Then there are the other generic old car things, interior trim deterioration, external plastics deterioration, hazed head lights and rubber things like driveshaft boots which happen to any car regardless of marque.

    I'd say they are cars which you would prefer to take to someone who knows what they are, rather than a generic service outlet – so you want to be close to that specialist if you are not going to DIY.

    As Jo says, it doesn't take a lot to turn a $4.5K Clio into an $8K Clio if there has been delayed maintenance.
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    I'm an idiot and was able to change the belt myself - Depends how dirty you want to get. It's a easy process, just take your time.

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    The timing belt was done 20,000 kms ago. New yokohama tyres are on it. New exhaust mount. Not sure about radiator or brakes. They look fine though. Went for test drive, brakes felt good. No weird noise from radiator. Air con works perfectly fine. Mechanically he said its great no issues. The test drive felt fine didnt seem to have any mechanical issues. Downsides about it are, there are some paint scuffs around the body. The wheels have okay gutter rash. the drivers seat has a little (5cm) rip, but owner said $40 to fix he got quoted for it. Hes owned numerous clio sports before so yeah. Hope that helps u guys help me out. Cheers

    p.s. Owner has taken the clio to autosport engineering, the past few services.
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    Also, Colliers is about a 20 minute drive so i'd be taking it there for servicing.

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    If paint scuffs are a worry, walk away. At least those are easy to spot and know how bad they are.That said. I would be curious what car has no paint scuffs in Sydney if it doesn't live in a garage?

    Mechanical bits are not that straightforward to assess. The fact that the owner has had a number of these cars might be indicative of usage hence give you some idea if the car has been driven hard, in which case good maintenance is a must. Have a chat with the guys who serviced the car if possible and see what has been done and how regularly.

    Beyond that, if the car drives well and everything works as it should, I don't think you can ask for much more at that price point.
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    Thanks for your help guys, I really appreciate it.

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