I've been scouring Renault forums for a little while now as I have been looking for a new car to replace my ageing Civic Ek4.
I've pretty much upgraded most of the civic suspension - Buddyclub N+ coilovers, new bushes, engine mounts, camber/caster kits, rear swaybar, light weight wheels and sticky tyres + type r recaros, which makes it an absolute ball to drive in the twisties and on the track but now a little tiresome day to day.
I've always had a soft spot for the Renaults as for me they are great little hot hatches that can handle. I've finally decided to upgrade the civic and want to jump into the RS realm of cars. I plan to keep the car for a long time.
I've only had the pleasure of driving the new Clio IV RS200 cup but i'm a big fan of the Clio III RS200. Something that rings true to my Honda.
I'm looking for some help from you good people to give me an idea of how the Renaults and how they are on a day to day basis.
I've get a budget of about 30K. Less the better. I've narrowed down my selection to an Clio IV RS200 EDC Cup, Clio III RS200 Cup, Ford Fiesta ST and possibly a Megane RS250 Cup.
Is anyone able to provide their thoughts on the cars above for use as a day to day drive, long drives and occasional track?
I do a little bit of camping as well so there are some roads that the car will see that are pretty bad ( I know that these are the cars you would typically do this with but I love going to the track so I make do ).
Things I would like to keep in mind are ease of serviceability, on-going maintenance, cost of on-going maintenance i.e. brake pads, discs, oil filters, spare parts etc. and above all ride quality.
Thanks for all your help