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“Renault Clio 1.8 16V are awsome, fast, and reliable...”

★★★★★

written by on 09/07/2009

Renault Clio 1.8 16V are awsome, fast, and reliable cars.....

if its not fast enough for you, theres always the option of dropping a 172 engine straight in to it.

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“The Renault Clio 1.8 16V is a quick car, cheap to run...”

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written by on 13/04/2009

The Renault Clio 1.8 16V is a quick car, cheap to run and to insure

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“Bought my Renault Clio 8 months ago just for a bit of...”

★★★★☆

written by on 08/09/2008

Bought my Renault Clio 8 months ago just for a bit of fun having driven a diesel peugeot for a year. What a motor! its had a bit of work done to it cams, manifold, chip, flywheel, induction kit, lowered, big brakes and strut brace. Will see off modern 'hot hatches' no probs even some serious stuff just goes until it pops the limiter @ 140. Loads of fun in the bends put the power down and it drags itself round any bend let of and it drifts round (loads of fun) can be a bit off a handful in the wet you just dont realise how fast your going. Love it to bits cant wait to make it go even faster.

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“Good little cars and well worth investing in. Smooth...”

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written by on 24/04/2008

Good little cars and well worth investing in. Smooth ride, firm handling and sporty suspension setup and loads of power with bags of torque, fun, nippy little French car with the potential for much more!

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“I have a 1995 1.8 16valve for last 8years...full devil...”

★★★★☆

written by VALVERNUT on 17/04/2008

I have a 1995 1.8 16valve for last 8years...full devil exhaust inc cat pipe,k+n 57i,ported+polished head. fully rebuilt by tti motorsport....rally mechanics. lowered to max. uprated suspension,tarox g88discs front,greenstuff pads all round,strut braces,sparco steerwheel. car now goes upto limiter in 5gear....146mph on clock when looked last.

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“Great cars but if your to own one its best to know a...”

★★★★★

written by Andyvalver16 on 06/04/2008

Great cars but if your to own one its best to know a bit about cars first and be able to fix things yourself. Things on the clio can be costly to repair in the engine department because there is no room to do anything which makes labour costs shoot up.
All in all, its one of the best cars ive had and the most fun. Put a smile on my face everytime I drove it. The good points of driving it outweighed the bad bits for me.

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“Overall the Renault Clio has provided me hours of fun...”

★★★★★

written by handsworthwoodman on 01/08/2007

Overall the Renault Clio has provided me hours of fun filled driving, and it never fails to impress. I've spent £1000s keeping it at it's peak and I wouldn't change a thing.

Unfortunately, due to an expanding family, it's time to let me precious pocket rocket go on to someone else, who hopefully will cherish it as did I.

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“Generally, the car isn't the most reliable, but if...”

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written by 16vavler on 15/10/2006

Generally, the car isn't the most reliable, but if maintained properly it will just keep going. Although reading these kind of reviews may put people off, but once you jump into the lovely bucket style drivers seat and drive the Renault Clio, the smile that you can't wipe off your face is priceless. I love driving this car. I've spent 1000's of pounds servicing and keeping it on the road, and I would not change a thing. It's been quoted as a Citroen Saxo VTS, and will leave all hot hatches of its time as a little speck in your rear view mirror.

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“With induction kit from Pipercross straight through...”

★★★★★

written by lee webster on 26/05/2006

With induction kit from Pipercross straight through exhaust my Renault Clio 1.8 16v is capable of speeds of 145mph proven. A good car for money and fast if you don't get a dogger that's been thrashed all it's life

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“I baught my 1994 Renault Clio 1.8 16v in October with...”

★★★★★

written by jim smith on 22/01/2006

I baught my 1994 Renault Clio 1.8 16v in October with a siezed engine for £400. It is metallic silver, superchipped and came with lowering springs on the front. I bought another engine for £100 with 53k on the clock to replace the busted engine.
Luckily a friend of my dad used to work for Citroen so he agreed to do the job. the guy I bought it off assured me the siezed engine was the only problem with the car, and as I found out over the next month and a half this was far from the truth!
One thing after another was discovered by the mechanic who was working on it in his spare time, some idiot had 2 rubber suspension bushes on one side and none on the other, to balance it up and make up for the fact the wrong nut was used to fix the top of the suspension on! So I had to buy a whole new front suspension set up along with all the usual service items- oil etc.
Then the new engine was finally fixed in and I thought great it's ready - but no! It turned out that a power steering hose had also been bodged and was leaking fluid everywhere. Renault wants £90 for the part so we decided to get it from a scrappy. Next day delivery was agreed with the total coming to £35- it took over a week! During this time I sold my 1991 AX GT which I loved to bits! Finally the car was ready and I could bring it home. The car cost me a bomb to sort out, and as you can imagine I'm pretty naffed off with the person that sold me it. But the car now runs like a dream and is brilliant! The acceleration is more than a match for cars like 205 GTi's! The handling is brilliant around corners both in wet and dry and the ride is very comfortable. The look of the car from the front with the vent is gorgeous and must be very intimidating if all you can see is that in your rear view mirror! Overall the car stil needs a few little things on the interior to make it mint, and if anyone is thinking of buying one do! The insurance is only group 12 which is good value considering it will beat an XR2i easily in a race and that is insurance group 14! beware of the costs of problems though! Make sure if you buy one you get one with lots of history and in good overall condition!

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287653_Ali G 29's Response to 226504_jim smith's Review

Written on: 02/05/2007

I agree mine came with lots of history and bills but still costing me lots but hey the fun makes up for it I'm currently running 160 bhp and it leaves most hot hatches in its wake its all worth it in the end trust me.

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“I bought my 1992 K Renault Clio 16v a few months ago...”

★★★★★

written by nottsclio16v on 01/01/2006

I bought my 1992 K Renault Clio 16v a few months ago having owned one previously. They are great cars they handle like go carts and will show up any other car in same sort of engine group.
If you're thinking of buying one make sure you buy a good one as they are known for going though gearboxes. When you go to look at one make sure you can select every gear when not started then try it. With the car started it should be smooth and easy to select every gear, also make sure the clutch isn't on its way out as this is a very expensive repair. Most places charge around £500+ as it's an engine out job. Also it's common for the rear arches to rust as most of all Clios go there 1st. If you buy a good one you won't regret it these cars sound awesome with an induction kit on and a performance exhaust. They'll do 0-62 in around 7.7secs and go on to around 140mph.

Please make sure if you have any engine work done like clutch or anything else take it to some where that speacialise in this type of car as it will be cheaper and u know its goin to be done properly people like BB performance tuning, K-tec racing and Hillpower R to name a few.

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“This concerns a Williams Renault Clio. Very similar to...”

★★★★☆

written by MrBojangles on 26/11/2005

This concerns a Williams Renault Clio. Very similar to 16v. Great car. Unfortunately it has two problems. 1: It's very difficult to select any gear when the car is stationary. Only half the time though, the other half it's okay. When being driven it's fine.
2: It has a very unsettled ride, especially under moderate acceleration at about 45mph.

I'm sure a new clutch will solve the 1st problem.
Can anyone advise on the second pls?

My review ratings are based on 2 days ownership only.

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“I bought my Renault Clio 1.8 16v 6 months ago. I...”

★★★★☆

written by kift on 16/10/2005

I bought my Renault Clio 1.8 16v 6 months ago. I haven't had any major problems YET! It has been super-chipped, had a boost valve, ECU re-map, green induction kit, and de-cat, and it is running at 173bhp.

They are a good car for the money, and see off a lot of cars old, and even new. I didn't mind the rust as my brother sprayed it for me for nothing. I love it, but like every car when you get it you want to get a faster one again. I would recommend this car to anyone.

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“I bought a Renault Clio 1.8 16V in 2003, I love it,...”

★★★★★

written by tracymarie on 21/06/2005

I bought a Renault Clio 1.8 16V in 2003, I love it, although 9 months ago had £1600 worth of work done on it including new power steering, brakes and pads...now the clutch has gone! Did I pick a baddy or are they all expensive to fix and frequently have probelms?

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Gym Boy's Response to tracymarie's Review

Written on: 05/07/2005

It doesn't matter what make of car you buy you can always get a baddie. That said things will need replacing on cars when they approach and get beyond 10 years old anyway. So if the rest of the car is sound and your happy with it get the clutch done, shop arround though garage prices vary massively. Alternatively I'm always happy to check under the hood of girl racers to make sure they don't get ripped off by garages!

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223181_Nottsclio16V's Response to tracymarie's Review

Written on: 01/01/2006

Its hard to pick a good one although all clio 16v are known for going through clutches, also alot of gearboxes go on them most common 3rd and 5th gear, and all of them are very expensive to work on due to the lack of space under the bonnet. My gearbox and clutch went on mine its about £500+ for a new clutch to be fitted and you should only let someone who has worked on these types of car to fit a new clutch!!!!!!!

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Tracymarie's Response to tracymarie's Review

Written on: 29/09/2005

Well I had my clutch done and now....its failed the MOT on brakes and needs welding at sills....costing me over £400 to fix!! Costs alot to look cool!

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Jony3Uk's Response to tracymarie's Review

Written on: 14/09/2005

HI ive got a renault clio 1.8 16v and ive had it about a year and nothing has gone wrong with it till now, im not exactly sure what it is, could be that it needs a new clutch? clutch cable? driveshaft & cv joint im not sure, anyone help me decifer what the problem is, thanks very much, jon

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Gym Boy's Response to tracymarie's Review

Written on: 06/07/2005

...You can't really put a time on clutches, depends on how well they were fitted, whether it is a pattern part, whether it was brand new and of course how much it has been 'ragged' since. £290 is definitely a good price for fitting. Just check that the clutch going in is brand new, who manufactures it and what guarantees you get. Glad to hear you'll be back to your girl racer status soon. Maybe could get a photo of you in your newly Reinstated car!

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Tracymarie's Response to tracymarie's Review

Written on: 05/07/2005

my usual garage quoted me £320 just for labour and i shopped around and found one that will do it for £290 all in...being fixed this week, i'll be back to my usual racer girl self. i looked through the service history and found it had a new clutch in 99.....should it have died already??

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“I picked up a Renault Clio 1.8 16V in December, the...”

★★★★☆

written by james16v on 12/05/2005

I picked up a Renault Clio 1.8 16V in December, the car drives great. However it is not as quick as I was expecting especially in the low revs. The problem was getting it through an MOT... everything was fine except the emissions they were playing up and it cost £300 for a lambda sensor and 150 for the down pipe... apart from that it is a great car and stands out from all the saxos, pugs and corsas a treat.... Sticking an induction kit and decat pipe with a full stainless makes a HUGE difference to the tork.... looks great on 17'' but do slow it right down.. Definately recommend it to anyone...

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“I had a j reg Renault Clio 1.8 16V for around 3...”

★★★★☆

written by spliff1star on 12/05/2005

I had a j reg Renault Clio 1.8 16V for around 3 months. It is/was a fast little car and could see off a few newer cars in the market. Complete diferent car to a nova gsi or corsa gsi. It has 137bhp the clio williams has 150bhp from its 2.0 16v but there is a big diference between both these cars. I recomend the clio williams as they are usualy better looked after, faster, rarer and hold there value more. Clio 16v's have come down a bit in price now and you can get the phase 2 16vs from £1500 which have nicer alloys, clear fogs and no crome bumper strips. A better interior than the phase 1 16v. The Renault 5 GTT is a lot faster but not as well built.

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“I've just bought an L plate Renault Clio 1.8 16V....”

★★★★★

written by ryda81 on 04/04/2005

I've just bought an L plate Renault Clio 1.8 16V. Performance is much better than expected, I have previously owned a Megane coupe 2.0 16v and wasn't expecting the Clio to be so much quicker. The engine pulls well through the whole rev range. Gear box has to be worked quite hard to get the most out of the engine.
The interiors nice although if you're a bit of the larger side then its advisable to buy some wider seats, I'm 6'3" and 16 st and the seats do hug you very well to say the least when you are a bit on the bigger side. That said though this can be a God send when going round corners in the dry in this thing. It sticks to the road like nothing this side of a Scooby.
My only complaint was the thing broke down 10 miles after purchase, it turns out the water hadn't been filled and the engine was over heating......a quick water fill up and let the engine cool down and that problem was fixed. I've no doubt that I will have to get a few bits and bobs repaired soon (Its been recommended I change the Cambelt soon just to be on the safe side)

Over all I'm very very pleased with my purchase.

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Klappy2222's Response to ryda81's Review

Written on: 22/04/2005

How's the head room in the car? I wanted to get one of these but people kept on saying if your 6 foot or taller its a bit rubbish... Is it ok for you??

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Speedy84's Response to ryda81's Review

Written on: 05/05/2005

I'm about to purchase a J reg valver, thing is its done 120k miles, it has got a brand new gear box and clutch though, anybody know if the valvers are any good with high miles. I also like to thrash it a bit, what are these things like on juice. If any body can help with these it'll be great.Cheers

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Ryda81's Response to ryda81's Review

Written on: 26/04/2005

I've had no problems at all with the head room I've got a good inch or 2 to play with I suppose it just depends on your build......your friends must have long body's !!!

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“This Renault Clio 1.8 16V car is a lot faster than...”

★★★★☆

written by jimbo22 on 02/11/2004

This Renault Clio 1.8 16V car is a lot faster than expected, beating a lot more expensive machinery including BMW 325i and keeping up with my friends renault clio 172. The oil pump went recently followed by the bottom end, expensive to fix but worth it, with a few minor engine modifications you can make this car a lot faster. The handling of this car is very good although in the wet the backend will slip out. Overall this car is a very good very fast car.

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“I have had my Renault Clio 1.8 16V one year and I am...”

★★★★★

written by Barda on 21/09/2004

I have had my Renault Clio 1.8 16V one year and I am very satisfied with it. So far it hasn't broken down once! The gearbox is very soft. My friend has a Peugeot 406 3.0 V6 and he sad that the clio gearbox is much better than his and his car is just 3 years old...I can't say anything bad about my clio not because it is mine, but because it is reliable. The engine has worked excellently for more than 100000 kilometers. I would recommend this car to anyone who likes fast and reliable cars. Enjoy it because I do!

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“I got my Clio 1.8 16v in Oct just after my Punto GT...”

★★★★☆

written by RyanGT on 28/06/2004

I got my Clio 1.8 16v in Oct just after my Punto GT got stacked into by an old man on a roundabout. I'm not too bothered about that now beacuse the Punto is poo compared to the Clio. It is 1996 N Reg with only 47,000 miles on the clock. I have performance plugs and leads, piperx induction kit and a powerflow exhaust system and it sounds 100% amazing. Standard this car has 137bhp, 0-60mph in 7.7secs (stats from Renault themselves). Not sure what mine is now after the mods would like to find out at some point.
I'm thinking about getting the engine gas flowed and chipped cos I always want to go faster. (If anyone has done this then let me know the outcome, cheers).
Driving the car is great fun, realy invovling, helped by the sporty seats and handling, although in the wet the back end does skip out a little.
It is dark metallic red in colour, I am yet to do any mods to the outside, bodykit etc as i'm more interested in sorting the engine. Whats the point in a phat looking car that don't go as fast as it looks??!?!?!
Cheers for taking the time to read this, any comments then please post them as I am always interested to hear from other Clio 16v owners.

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Jenwhite's Response to RyanGT's Review

Written on: 15/07/2004

iv got clio16v had it while now its t reg and its mt baby drives like a dream real great pulling away

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Ryangt's Response to RyanGT's Review

Written on: 16/07/2004

Yeah, it is a great little car. Have you done anything to yours? got any pics? send them over if you have. [email protected].

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