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About japarn

OzRS Supporter 2021
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    FRB 182 Clio Cup

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  1. Good points. Automatic transmission criterion narrows the field a lot. And anecdotally I’m not convinced that the ownership proposition of VWs and Minis is great (and apparently early years of 208 Gtis are a bit sketchy too).
  2. VW Scirocco is the only thing that comes to mind. The Clio IV is regarded as having a sharp chassis and the auto makes it a bit more of an all rounder. Also very tuneable if you want to go down that path and turn it into a giant killer on track I'd say that RS purists go for Clio 2s, 3s and Meg 3s
  3. Good point. If you’re “trading up” it might be best to hold off for a while
  4. Yeah especially as Renaults are famous for their depreciation curves!
  5. japarn

    Bonjour all

    Trust Germanic orderliness to sort this out!
  6. I agree with all of this on the Clio 2. However I think they’ll be more like a 205 GTi down the line. It will be hard to find a good one, but they won’t be crazy expensive. They’re just not pretty enough, like an Alfa GTA, to fetch big money across the board. However a good Trophy will appreciate, but that’s becoming a collector’s car not a driver’s car (and not relevant to Australia - yet)
  7. If you want a cheap-as-chips Clio then a 172 is the way to go. They start from around $2,500 and are sound cars mechanically, although electrics can be finicky. There are some cherished examples out there that are well looked after. I’ve got a 182 and I love it. Had it for over 2 years now and see no reason to sell it. Very fun at an speed. Yes I get that a 197/200 would be a more rounded car, but I wasn’t going for that. If I wanted a more rounded car I’d get something else (albeit a much greater cost). So I don’t think you’ll go wrong with a 172 and values won’t go down much f
  8. japarn

    Decision time...

    Yes this is the best advice. There’s loads of aftermarket stuff available for RS products, especially Clio II and Meg 3. So find the character of the car you want and modify accordingly. For example, turbo-ing or supercharging a Clio II is a well worn path if you need the extra horses.
  9. That’s a lot of notches in your belt! If you had to have one back, which would it be?
  10. japarn

    Clio Sport 182 Cup

    Yeah the engine needs to be running.
  11. japarn

    Clio Sport 182 Cup

    Hi my muffler is original and I’m on 130k km. My experience is pretty standard for Australia, as far as I can tell. Remember that we don’t salt our roads like the UK, which would explain the differences here. Anyway if you’re rust patch is excuse enough for an aftermarket exhaust, go for it! There are heaps to choose from and it’s something that I want to get around to myself.
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    Clio Sport 182 Cup

    Hi Ben Welcome aboard! I’m a fellow 182 Cup, er, fellow myself! Your car looks super clean! In regards to the electric window, if you do the shortest of pulls up (or pushes down) you will invoke the auto-up/ down. If you keep your finger on the button for too long it won’t do this. Hops this helps!
  13. Great wheels! Now you just need to lower the suspension to match... Then get new dampers to match the springs... Then get a roll centre adjustment kit... Then change the final drive ratio to adjust the gearing... Well that’s how I think! p.s. I’m full of it! I’ve got so many ideas for my car and haven’t done one!
  14. Thanks for this. Yes I have a driving course at Phillip island coming up in March! No point having a capable car but no driving capabilities.
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