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    Default Love The Idea of Owning a Clio However...

    Hi i'm Allan and i'm a newby
    i'm a uni student with 3 years (hopefully) to go. my next car will be with me for at least 3 years and all i can afford is clio sport with at most 1 years warranty left on it. what i'm worried about is being without warranty and having a problem every 1 - 2 months. Is this view realistic or am i exaggerating the clios quirks?i have done a lot of research on the clio 172 eg i have read the kills thread twice ( all 30 pages) and have read every review i could find so any experience with somone owning a clio sport myo2 out of warranty would be grearly appreciated.

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    Modern French cars are pretty reliable. If you're buying second hand, I recommend you get it checked over by your local RAC(V,Q,etc)/NRMA.

    Look at the owner's manual. It should be stamped for the regular services and that's it. If there's any more work in there, particularly if you notice any additional worksheets in there, I'd be looking at the car a bit more carefully.

    All modern OHV engines need timing chain work towards the 60,000 - 80,000 km mark (the manual will have the exact km / years), and this can be expensive and it is not a warranty item. Make sure you know how much that service is going to be - it's usually the most expensive service the car will ever have. Most others will be ~ $300 odd if you let a dealer do it, about $150 if you go to Repco or Ultratune. You will need to see a dealer or a Froggy specialist if you need something with the on board electronics attended to. These are basically ultra reliable these days, so I doubt you'll need to do that.

    If you're still worried about the costs, go see a dealer on how expensive the extended warranty is and what it covers. You can also buy extended warranties from other companies. If you are buying the car from a dealer, you should ask them to throw in a couple of year's worth of extended warranty as a sign of good faith.

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    There is also the extended warranty available (at a cost) for those vehicles that are coming up to the end of their initial warranty period.

    http://www.renault.com.au/renault/af...edWarranty.asp

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    the car i am looking at has about 1.3 years on it including the extended warranty. i am worried about things like the cam belt that has already been changed snapping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8can
    the car i am looking at has about 1.3 years on it including the extended warranty. i am worried about things like the cam belt that has already been changed snapping.
    How many k's has it got on the car if it has already been changed? Also if the car has been ramped and stamped in accordance with manufacturer instructions, and all work has been carried out by a Renault dealer, premature breakage of the belt would (or should) be covered by a parts and service warranty in the absence of thrashing by the owner. I've never heard of a cambelt breaking prematurely though. As Vanderaj mentioned earlier, check and verify all service documentation with the car.

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    If it's already been replaced at the right time, it's good until it's ready to be replaced again. These items don't break that easy and the (say 80,000 km) life of the item is designed to have a bit of leeway in case the owner is sloppy.

    I know my parents haven't replaced this item on either of their Mazdas, both of which have done more than twice the life of the cam belt (Dad's car has done 230,000 km, and Mum's 190,000 km.) My Mum's car is just now being replaced now after 15 years on the road.

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    It appears as though you have a few misconceptions...

    How many people whinged about problems?
    How many said they had none?
    People only generally voice an opinion when there's a problem... so it'll be a bit biased...

    Then there's how people treat the cars!!!

    There has only ever been MINOR cosmetic problems with all the Clios, i've never heard of any serious mechanical or safety issue.

    I cant understand why people pay $30k for a car that goes like the clappers with every feature under the sun, then expect the build quality of a $250,000 German car...

    There's also a lot the dealers have to answer for, as their technical expertise in the servicing departments can be lacking at times!!!

    As for the kill thread... ummm yeah, sorta demonstrates the lack of care some cars get!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate
    It appears as though you have a few misconceptions...

    How many people whinged about problems?
    How many said they had none?
    People only generally voice an opinion when there's a problem... so it'll be a bit biased...

    Then there's how people treat the cars!!!

    There has only ever been MINOR cosmetic problems with all the Clios, i've never heard of any serious mechanical or safety issue.

    I cant understand why people pay $30k for a car that goes like the clappers with every feature under the sun, then expect the build quality of a $250,000 German car...

    There's also a lot the dealers have to answer for, as their technical expertise in the servicing departments can be lacking at times!!!

    As for the kill thread... ummm yeah, sorta demonstrates the lack of care some cars get!
    Come on, there have been a few mechanical problems Nate...

    But thats what a warranty is for, even the $250k Kraut cars have their problems.

    If buying 2nd hand, most major problems would have surfaced during the warranty period if there were any... If there is a full service history then I wouldn't be worried at all.

    The only issue would be living with the quality of the interior... Its not for everyone (mainly rattles, but apparently Minis have lot of rattles too) but honestly the Clio is a ripper car that will bring a smile to your face every time you drive it. If you love driving I can't think of a better car to own in the same price range as the Clio... I couldn't live without mine
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    I cant understand why people pay $30k for a car that goes like the clappers with every feature under the sun, then expect the build quality of a $250,000 German car...
    I agree on this point people do expect too much and that is the fault of car dealers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8can
    Hi i'm Allan and i'm a newby
    i'm a uni student with 3 years (hopefully) to go. my next car will be with me for at least 3 years and all i can afford is clio sport with at most 1 years warranty left on it. what i'm worried about is being without warranty and having a problem every 1 - 2 months. Is this view realistic or am i exaggerating the clios quirks?i have done a lot of research on the clio 172 eg i have read the kills thread twice ( all 30 pages) and have read every review i could find so any experience with somone owning a clio sport myo2 out of warranty would be grearly appreciated.
    the rsc172 is a gr8 car 4 the performance vs cost of ownership. its a 3yo car. as indicated by the above threads: current service books, previous owner etc all need 2 b considered. i purchased my 02 rsc172 with the renault extended warranty option til 03/07. no real issues, just typical rsc quirks ie buzzing fr centre/instrument cluster, relay switch sound with int wipers, clunk fr rear of car after take-off (abs) etc...

    consider all ur other options: insurance (how old r u, had ins b 4, how long have u had ur licence), service costs (call some dealers - check the service books - who serviced the car last - call them all) the more info u can get the better u ll b informed...

    check out: www.ozrenaultsport.com 4 more info re ur concerns...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ClioF1
    Come on, there have been a few mechanical problems Nate...
    I was talking along the lines of serious mechanical... i.e. BMW X5, going round a corner & loosing all steering... type of thing...

    Mechanical... leaky strut & a strut tower knocking noise is all i've had...
    Both rectified & not able to cause serious harm or damage/loss of control...

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    I've had an 02 Clio (but only 1.6 engine) for a few months. One ignition coil went on it, fixed in 15 mins at a delaership, a dodgy batch apparently, no hassles.

    Rattles? What rattles? There's not a single one on my Clio (unlike my one-month old Scenic).

    It's a fun car, goes like the clappers (and brakes powerful enough to keep me from running up the back of a new hot Falcon with spoiler when hurtling through the Otway hills last weekend!) and, on the rare occasions when i act my age and drive gently it uses approximately zero petrol. Even when i thrash it I can't get it to use more than 10 l/100 km.

    Don't worry, you're only young once, buy the car, it will make you look sexy and will be great fun. If something breaks on it so what? things break on boring cars too.
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    Yeah I forgot to add Renaults have freak fuel consumption and are very cheap on insurance
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    if buying privately, u cld look at the service books, see which dealer's been working on it, and see if they can tell you what non-standard work they've done on it.

    Then you get to decide if any extra work is good news cos it's somethign you won't have to pay for or it's bad news cos the car's a lemon.

    or you could quit reading this and just go out and buy it
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