Been lurking on this forum for a while now. I live Eastern suburbs of Adelaide at the moment, although this may change soon, and may end up in Townsville or Sydney mid year for work. I love my cars, currently own an Alfa 156 GTA and a Mercedes C32 AMG. Have been a massive fan of the Renault Clio since I went for a ride in a mate’s standard Clio 1.6, many years ago. Am considering down sizing the number of cars I own, and moving onto a cheaper to run hatchback. My research has brought me back to the Renault Clio 172.
I’m hoping to run just a Clio as my daily to and from work (about 60kms each day, mix of stop start through Adelaide and freeway up north). Hoping the fuel bill will come down a bit, along with insurance and basic maintenance! Although I am familiar with quirky cars and appreciate that with something like the Clio, basic maintenance may be a bit more expensive. I’m not an idiot on the roads, but have always appreciated having some performance. The Clio seems to tick all my performance boxes. Yes the car isn’t going to perform as well as the Alfa and Merc, but I don’t care much these days for straight line raw power. From the reviews I’ve read, the Clio seems to drive quite well!
Guys, am I going to be disappointed in the Clio 172? I haven’t had the chance to look at any in person yet. I have seen a couple are up for sale in the forum, this one in particular has me interested: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=26219
Can anyone offer thoughts on it? It appears that the guy looks after his cars, which I like. Also, he's a member here, which I like! My biggest worry is its sitting at 208,000km. That’s getting quite high. Is this going to be a big issue soon? Is the engine going to blow up in another 10,000kms? Can anyone offer some advice on this one?
Thanks in advance guys, looking forward to hopefully becoming a contributing member soon!