It's such a joyous occasion to be reunited with this supremely exciting and wonderful marque.
A long time ago, as a 19 year old I joined this forum as 'Swish' with a black Clio 182. I loved that car. It had a Miltek system, a bmc cda and focal speakers. It was so exciting. Drive days, learning and camaraderie followed. The community was so good.
Alas as time passed and the daily grind set in I sold the clio to a good friend who took on my forum account for a little while until the gearbox finished and the car went the way many old loved things do only you can't remember or fathom why.
Years passed along with a manual 645ci with an AC Schnitzer bodykit, 2 kids and a diesel 4wd. I sold the BMW when child number 2/2 arrived. I don't miss it one bit. But I miss the clio.
I yearned to reunite with the marque I had a passion for. I had coveted a megane 3 rs for a long time but never found a car specced the way I wanted or could afford - facelift, recaros, oyster grey, low ks and well maintained.
Until I found it. And literally within a day bought it. And here she is. 2014 Oyster Grey RS 265 Cup Premium. Fresh from new belts at Alpine Affaire and a new engine mount from Virage. 60k on the clock.
The day I brought her home the Tom Tom stuck on 'loading map permanently after being reset You see? Day one and a little niggle. Perfect. This is love. Perfectly imperfect. Who cares, I've consigned the sd card to the sin bin until further notice so I can enjoy the rs monitor. She's bluetoothed to the phone and waiting until this Saturday to be registered.
I am.so happy to be back. In touch with the team at koya works about some little enhancements but I'm so so so thrilled to get into these recaros and drive. An akrapovic system and koya works downpipe is on the wishlist. Very keen to hear from anyone who's tried 245s with the 19s and/or 20mm spacers. For now, the honeymoon has started.
How can I describe it compared to the 182? It's spiritually the same, but pumped up like a supercar and the clio had a love child. At 33 I feel like I'm 18 again.
Hope you enjoy.