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  1. hamstrung

    2005 megane 225 sport cup

    It's not a Cup though, is it? As others have said, best to get a Renault specialist to do an inspection - Virage or Alpine Affaire are the main ones in Melbourne, I believe. I can't comment on the engine upgrades, though they do sound extensive so I'd be surprised if it wasn't originally a member on here! New clutch / brakes / timing belt / pump - definite positives in my book. These are wearing parts and need to be replaced at some point, the fact they've been done is good. Timing belt is 4 yrs / 100K kms, whichever comes sooner according to owner's manual. K-tec mounts - mixed reviews of these. The stock mounts disintegrate around 40-50K kms, hence some people go for uprated (solid) mounts - better longevity and handling. But these bring their own problems, with more vibration through the car and drivetrain. It's a personal preference, but I'm happy to replace my OEM mounts every few years at a cost of a few hundred bucks. AFAIK, pod filters don't pass roadworthy checks in Victoria so you'd need to have a closed filter to pass RWC, then you can put the pod back on...
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    Are these wheels too big ?. 17" 40 profile.

    They look good. I had 17s on my Clio 172 too, back in the day. Btw, if you do get Koni Yellows and Eibach springs per above (the typical Clio aftermarket setup), you will find there's slight rubbing at full lock in one direction, right hand turns from memory...
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    Looks mint!
  4. I would recommend chopping the rear muffler if you want bangs and pops, and want to keep the turbo whistle (but see below). Chopping the muffler does cause drone at a certain engine speed but it's not really an issue. From memory it was in third gear at about 70kph (when normally you'd be accelerating or changing to fourth anyhow, not just letting it overrun). My aftermarket K-tec system drones much worse as it's 1800-1900rpm in all gears, so driving quietly is not really an option for me!
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    Potential owner ✋🏼

    OMG your profile pic @tfdpny!!! Adding my 2c to the reliability question: - any car is unreliable if not looked after. Belts and scheduled servicing are the key - I like the fact RS seems to attract "enthusiast" owners - to my mind, this means they will be reliable due to being looked after - as others have pointed out above, the F4R and F4RT are well proven over long periods - and many on here have tunes / mods pushing much more power than stock through the internals - I owned a Clio 2 for seven years and now a Meg 2 for three - never any major issues. Minor ones, sure... a loose wiring loom on Clio headlight, a bit of water in the manifold, a squeaky thrust bearing. About what you would expect for ten year old cars. But I modded both and they are magnificent, reliable drives... have never, ever missed an appointment or been late to anything due to a breakdown
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    Bought my first Renault! Sport 225

    ^^ twins
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    Bought my first Renault! Sport 225

    Welcome... looks great!
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    Difference Between Phase 1 225 Cup And Non Cup

    Looks like a Cup to me and I think it's been posted on the forum somewhere before too. Anthracite wheels and mirrors, Red cross-drilled brembos. Check the ESP trick and Eibach stamp to be sure.
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    Hello with 2007 Megane Sport 225 Cup

    Welcome! Exhausts - here are your options for noise: - Cut the back-box out if you haven't already (you get to keep the whistle and get a nice deep sound with some pops and bangs) - cheapest option - Milltek - good compromise between nice sound and not attracting unwanted attention - Ktec 3" - have not heard in person but others have it and swear by it - note the system is made by Piper - Ktec 2.75" - is the Milltek system with a smaller muffler, loudest of the lot. I have this, sounds beans but is quite loud in the car on overrun For performance you will definitely want a turbo-back, pricy though.
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    Long Term Owner First Time Poster

    Best car, best colour!
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    Do's And Don'ts With Your Car (Mechanically)

    I don't think spanners are the metal things helmets are meant to protect against...
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    Melbourne To Brisbane Plus A Renault Clio Sport

    It's a smallish tank... I found that the uphill sections it would indicate 12-13L/100km, then downhill much less, and normal driving around 8. Hopefully that gives you a guide. Obviously depends on lots of things, not least how you drive it!
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    Melbourne To Brisbane Plus A Renault Clio Sport

    Would have to be the opposite way, no?
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    Advice On Purchasing Clio Rs 3

    Did no one pick up the fact that Andrew drove from Tassie to Vic? I didn't know Clio 3s were amphibious! To the OP - good luck with the purchase! You'll be a convert in no time
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    2006 Megane Sport Cup

    Jason's advice is good - search the forums first, topic has been well covered. Only thing to add is engine mounts - the running joke is that they are approximately the same as French cheese, so need to be replaced every 50 thousand k's or so. You can tell by the vibrations through the cabin. Ph 1 Cup is worth marrying. Ph 1 Non-Cup can be married if you're happy to send her to the gym (i.e. mod the handling). Or excellent for just tootling around. Ph 2 is the one to look for. Beware scraping the front spoiler on Cup model! It sits mega low. Always use angles on driveways etc...