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Things to check on a Clio Sport

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Drake, 2 Aug 2006.

  1. Drake


    Joined: 14 May 2006

    Posts: 186

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    Hi im looking at getting a Clio Sport 172 soon and Ive seen 2 close by to me im interested in both 53 plate ones 24,000 miles the other 32,000.

    I was just wondering if theres anything in particular I should check for on them which goes wrong on these cars in particular once I get around to going to the dealership?
  2. Lowe


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,168

    Location: Newcastle Under Lyme

    Engine mounts, gearbox, cat rattle - those are the real weak points. Apart from that usual common sense..
  3. Havana_UK


    Joined: 14 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,938

    Location: location, location

    I used to have an 02 172, and had only three problems with it.

    1. The automatic headlamps stopped working (quick trip to the dealer to reprogramme the EEPROM sorted it)
    2. It developed a faulty ABS sensor, which, scarily enough, had a tendency to jam on the rear brakes at the most inopportune moments (took the dealer 4 weeks, a lot of moaning and a threat to call Renault direct to get it fixed, but fixed it was)
    3. It bent in half a bit when someone tried to wedge their motorbike under the car :)

    I doubt the problems I had were typical of the car. All in all I was very pleased with it and loved it to bits.

  4. Trojan


    Joined: 19 Sep 2003

    Posts: 5,319

    Location: Adelaide, Australia

    The 2 main things that went on mine within the first 6 months were the exhaust, and the gearbox. Exhaust is £300 for a cat back aftermarket system, more for a direct Renault replacement. Gearbox is £400 ish for a 2nd hand, but good luck finding one. £710 for a recon unit from Renault.

    So yeah, make sure that there are no issues with either of those two things whatsoever as you'll be left with a hefty bill if they go wrong.