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#1 nissky

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 08:51 PM

Long time lurker here ... no more...
Just picked up a mint Clio Gordini.
Sounds like little fatty in Portuguese so thats what I'm calling it.
Plus it looks fat from the rear which is the best angle.

Nice drive home, had to take a longer way. :)
Feels nice and solid, with chunky steering feel.
Gearbox and clutch perfectly weighted, I haven't driven a manual in 2 years, but felt natural after a couple of mins.

It has a cold start roughness for about 15secs, sounds like it's pretty normal here... and I need to get the belts done soon. Otherwise it's perfect, even the tyres are still original!

Pretty happy 👍
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:19 AM

Post a few pics - congrats!


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:43 AM

Congrats mate! A Clio 182 ?

#4 nissky

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:39 AM

A few pics

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Looks tiny in the garage :D
Probably not drive too much until the belts are done, just in case, as its way overdue based on time.
Theres a recent service receipt that goes for three pages from AP renault guys; coolant flush, brake fluid, driveshaft seal leak fix (i think), diagnostics and checks,  subframe tightening, diagonal tyre rotation, throttle body clean, etc etc but no mention of the major service. It would have been time!
Maybe they let it pass due to the low kms?
Got a big discount on purchase price factored in, so all good.
 
With tyres, 2mm above the markers should be no problem for a rego check right? 

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 11:04 AM

Looks very nice in white. :nod:

Try different RON fuel (95 or 98) and brands until you find the one your car likes. This will depend on the time of year too.

Welcome to the world of RS :!:   8)



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 02:37 PM

Welcome and congrats on the purchase!



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 03:49 PM

Congrats, looks great! I would also be looking at new tyres because they are at least 5-6 years old and definitely past their best

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:23 AM

Yeh the tyres will be done at some point in the next 12months, but need to do the other things first.



#9 nissky

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 08:20 AM

Just went for a first proper drive this early morning.
What a hoot, was just cruising around mostly cause the roads were a little damp.
But even so plenty of fun.
I have had an mx5 a few years ago, and a turbo mr2 so making some comparisons, obviously heaps more power than the mx5 and a lot more grip, and quite a bit more brakes.
Much more planted than the mr2, that one had stiff suspension so always felt nervous, was quicker but I could never really drive it hard with confidence.

I'm over braking everywhere and turning in too much :)
Mid range torque is nice, can leave it in 3rd, 4th or 5th gear and just cruise around.
I was expecting it be a bit harsher but it's actually pretty good, definitely feel road surface changes, but quite acceptable for me.
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 05:58 PM

Will be interested to see what you say after a "proper" dry road drive... :news:

Didn't you take one for a spin before buying?


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#11 nissky

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:22 AM

Will be interested to see what you say after a "proper" dry road drive... :news:
Didn't you take one for a spin before buying?


Yeh of course, but that was just checking everything worked etc and ogling the rear diffuser :)




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