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Hi all,

 

I thought i'd just duck in and say hello, as I am a new member of the Forum!

 

My name's Ben, and I've been keeping my eye on RSCs ever since Motor crowned one the BFYB champion a few years ago. Now I am finally in a position where I can get my hands on one, and would love to do so in the coming months.

 

Did anybody see this ad in the trading post and on carsales in the last few days?

 

http://www.tradingpost.com.au/Automotiv ... e&AdOnTop=

 

In case the ad has disappeared, it was a 2005 RSC Cup, Black, 90,000kms, full service record, great condition. sold for 12990 this morning from the holden dealer in cheltenham, vic. I wonder who the lucky guy or girl is that got it, because it sounds like a freaking awesome deal!

 

I'll have to keep my eye out for something similar to pop up on the market, because having cruise control is pretty high on my priority list. Does that make me a nut? I travel OS a fair bit to work, so i have to be mega vigilant when I'm home to take advantage of any good deals that pop up!

 

Anyway, looking forward to contributing to the forum more in the future :)

 

Cheers,

Ben

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I hope so too. The enthusiasm that everybody has for these little beasts here on the forum is amazing. The bug bit for me after driving my friend's NA Pulsar SSS with about 105fwkw and a bunch of other mods. I then started looking around to see what my options were, and then realised that the Renaults were staring me in the face the whole time :)

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Welcome Eraser,

Had an NX-R all tuned and i find the Clio is a very different world to it.

Goo luck on your hunt, many a times i JUST missed out on some great deals too... got to stay on top of it and pounce nowadays.

Question: you have driven a Clio Sport, yes? (ok either way, just thought i'd ask)

Anyways, we're all happy to help with questions and info you may have.

Cheers,

WOLF

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Hi Wolf,

 

How was the NX-R different? Different in terms of handling, or the overall experience of modding a car compared to something that is already well fettled from the factory?

 

I haven't actually driven a sport before. I drove a mildly modded 1.6 in Spain a couple of years ago, and was impressed with how nimble and planted it was. I have done a lot of reading about them though, and think i have a good understanding of what the compromises are in owning a car like this. I am guessing it can be tiring on really long drives (hence why i want cruise control), the seating position is a little compromised, and they generally develop rattles and squeaks after a few years.

 

Am I being overly ignorant in your opinion? Of course I wouldn't buy one unless I had a chance to punt around in it first.

 

In any case, the reason i want to buy one is because i have been a car fan for an eternity, and have never indulged myself in having a decent car. Put it this way, my current car is a dead stock R31 Skyline Ti, lol. I have plenty of friends who mod their cars (R31s, Z31s, N15 SSS), but i want something that is all ready well sorted from the factory.

 

Anyway, enough of my blathering for now!

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If registration is still open, get your butt down to Sandown on March 25. Lots of the active Melbourne crew will be there (if you see groups of people there, it'll more than likely be OzRS members as opposed to those who found their way via other means)

 

Check this out: http://www.renault.com.au/renaultsport/f1-team-day/

 

Oh, and welcome aboard! (how'd you find us?)

 

Cheers, Dish.

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I have done a lot of reading about them though, and think i have a good understanding of what the compromises are in owning a car like this. I am guessing it can be tiring on really long drives (hence why i want cruise control), the seating position is a little compromised, and they generally develop rattles and squeaks after a few years.

 

 

Welcome. :D

 

They're actually quite good on long trips because they handle so well and are so well planted on the road (it feels like you're driving a lot larger vehicle.) The seating position is actually not bad at all and you'll quickly get used to it, it's just a case of sitting higher than some other vehicles- it is also possible to lower the seats by around 15mm quite easily (there's a thread on here showing how.)

 

The rattles and squeaks can be fixed, it's just a matter of working out where they are. The interior and dash is very easy to remove compared to Jap vehicles so it isn't too hard to do some investigating.

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What Murcod said above, as well as the others.

To answer some of your specific questions, i too drove the 1.6 and went wow! found it or par (in a way) with a stock NX (pulsar SSS) except that it was already firmer to drive. Then i added to my budget, drove a RS Clio 172 and said "oh....my....God!"

The differences are so many, but the biggest one is - So WELL planted. Like the 1.6 but sooo much more.

As above, long trips are fine... if i'm right, you are worried that because this is tuned from factory it will be bumpy or rough or...that tuner feeling you get from long trips in heavily modded cars.

If i'm close and that is the case...then that is NOT the case.

My NX-R was fun, top off, lowered, hard ride. But rough etc like i wrote above. Hell, the thing blew an engine while i was just cruising to Rainbow beach (SE QLD - beautiful place - talk another day).

It was tuned by GSA suspension, with ASA 17' rims (large on an NX), this that the other. Tuned by different people.

RSC - tuned by a european sporting devision. Done right. No matter what i did, nor the power this, suspension that... the Clio has a chassis that simply eats all that up. :booty:

It is a very, VERY confident ride.

And like you said...for the price nowadays, nothing comes close. Hence why i'm on my 3rd one.

Drive it, love it, get it...done = happy you.

Cheers,

WOLF

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I find the seats very comfortable because they are so soft, so they soak up the bumps nicely. I've sat in other cars which have harder seats but softer suspension (eg Pug 306 gti6) but they aren't anywhere near as comfy. Well that's what I have found, anyways. I actually like the seats so much, I have one sitting in my loungeroom... :) Obviously bucket seats would be better especially on the track, but that's just difficult/expensive to organise.

 

ps Welcome!

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Wow, I can't keep up with all of the replies people are sending. My mate's dad is a Renault nut, so I knew about the team day on the 25th through him. Unfortunately I'll still be in Singapore then, so I'll miss out on both that and the GP itself, which is a damn shame.

 

I'll try to answer the questions/points made above point by point:

 

"how'd you find us?"

I did some hard googling and this finally came up. I'm not sure exactly what search terms i used, but it was harder than finding the renault clubs, that's for sure. I was worried there wasn't a group of renault people who were internetz savvy for a while.

 

"The interior and dash is very easy to remove compared to Jap vehicles so it isn't too hard to do some investigating."

Having never owned a euro car, i was quite surprised to hear this. My perhaps mistaken perception is that most cars are made to be put together, but never taken apart. A good example of this perhaps is the famous Megane headlight bulb change story from Fifth Gear...

 

"They're actually quite good on long trips because they handle so well and are so well planted on the road"

Good! Aren't they doing around 3000RPM at 100km/h though?

 

I guess that the terrifying thing is the potential servicing costs etc. As an owner of an extremely cheap to fix runabout (R31 skyline grandpamobile), and not being great with my hands myself (IT nerd), it's the only thing that deters me a little from the idea of buying one.

 

However, there's such a depth of knowledge here, and everybody's been so friendly just on this first day, that i think i might just have to get over it and get my hands on one of these little terrors asap.

 

On an unrelated note, there are some interesting cars flying around here in Singapore, such as:

 

- Hot Pink Mazda RX-8

- Full body kitted Nissan Tiida, done Japanese racer style

- Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (nothing weird, just pure car porn)

- Sexy minivans (Honda Stream: http://www.google.com.sg/imglanding?q=h ... GM&start=0)

- Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Wagon

 

Anyway, enough from me!

 

Ben

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Good point murcod! I'm used to driving inline sixes, that's all. interestingly enough i really remember being surprised when i was in dubai, and the 4 cyl toyota camry taxis there were sitting there ticking over at just over 2000RPM at 120km/h. i think it was very market specific gearing, but surprising nonetheless

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