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Newbie contemplating a Clio 182


wentworthmeister
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Hi all,

 

Nice community you've got going here!

 

After driving my VN bommodore for 4 years, it's time to move on to something newer. My criteria is something small and light, but without giving up too much power on the VN (~130kw). I looked at the WRX and Golf GTi, but neither really do it for me. I recently happened upon an article about the Peugeot 206 GTi 180, which led to the discovery of the Clio Sport 182. They both fit my criteria perfectly, and seem to be within my budget too.

 

I'm not sold on either just yet, but I'm sure you'll all have something to say about that :)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to hanging around and maybe owning a clio in the near future.

 

Tom

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Find yourself a 182 Cup that suits you criteria and budget.... buy it...drive it.... and then simply smile.

Be prepared for maintainence costs more than anything else... tune only if reeeally keen, but stock if terrific to start and keep as is.

What else would an true RS enthusiast say.

Every car can have its quibbles, aside from that, you're golden.

Cheers if you get one...lament if you don't.

WOLF

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Cool :P Where are you based, and have you test driven one yet?

 

Melbourne, SE suburbs. I haven't driven anything yet, except my sister's vanilla Pug 206 which I struggle to fit in (I'm 6'2"). There's a few of each for sale in Melb, but the Clios seem to be priced quite high compared to the 206 ($14k+ vs ~$12k).

 

Mate, put a 5L in the VN. Done!!

 

Haha, the engine would torque itself out of the bay. The mounts are nearly gone as it is. The thing has been brilliant for the money, but it's falling to bits.

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Hahaha love that comment stew.

 

Wentworthmeister, my 1st Car was a 1995 Falcon EF 5 speed manual 160 or so kW and it was rubbish. When you say you dont want to drop power, it's confusing because yeah, A clio has 131kW but weighs a tonne and will do 0-100 dash in 7 secs give or take a couple tenths. They're quick.

 

A falling (to quote your good self) apart VN will be struggling to be making 100kw nowadays I'd imagine, so in your case, I'd definitely say that a 110kW Fiesta XR4 would be an improvement so I guess what I am trying to say is, if you are looking for a hot hatch, then dont limit youself to only those that have more power than your VN did when new, because you could shut a lot of doors on some well pwerfoming little cars.

 

That said, the 182 IS the best hot hatch of that era for the money, have a read of the reviews and you'll sell the car to yourself. I had one, and it was WORLDS better than any 90's era Commodore or Falcon, hands down mate you will not regret it!

 

Welcome anyway! If I still had mine, I'd offer you a test run :D

 

-Dan

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Welcome anyway! If I still had mine, I'd offer you a test run :D

 

Thanks!

 

I'm well aware that the VN won't be making anything near what it did when new, so you're probably right in saying that it won't hard to find something in the vicinity. To be honest, a hot hatch will be a complete departure from the VN. Almost the opposite, in fact.

 

I've been riding motorcycles for a few years, which has changed my riding/driving style towards a more corner-oriented one (as opposed to straight-line speed). Like most motorcyclists, I enjoy riding (and driving now) in the hills where the corners are. Unfortunately, the commodore isn't suited to this style of driving, so I thought a hot hatch would be the right direction to take. Plus, on the odd occasion that I drive my sister's Pug or my friend's Barina, I have a ball. They're both gutless, but I love the small, light, flickable car and the manual 'box.

 

@buddy: Trust, me you don't wanna see the VN. I'm embarrassed enough as it is! :P

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Buy a 182 as a daily. That was you can keep the VN for the track. King springs in the rear and land cruiser springs up front for 75mm lift. Take out your left headlight for cold air intake.

 

 

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Don't give up, took me a few months to find the right RSC after I started seriously looking, but soooo worth the wait.

 

Get it checked by a good mechanic before you buy (Carl at Virage in South Melbourne is probably closest to you by the sounds).

 

From what you are posting it sounds like an RSC is exactly what you are looking for. Go and drive one ASAP, even if you don't end up buying it, it will inspire you!

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Haha, you're really into the VN!

 

I'm making slow process. I've talked to a few people selling their RSC, none have jumped out at me yet. Next on the plate is this one: http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/pri ... C08D335631

 

And this one is going for cheap in SA: http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/pri ... C08D335631 (viewtopic.php?f=48&t=19738)

 

I really wanted a 182, but the only one in my budget is this one: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=19728, and I don't really like the colour. I might just have to settle for a mint 172. I hear Portal is selling his soon...

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I've got a question for you guys, how do I go about getting a pre-purchase inspection done on a used car for private sale? Do I pay the seller to organize it and then check the results?

 

I've talked to a few sellers by phone, but I'm hesitant to go and inspect at a car on my own. I sort of know what to look for and what questions to ask (relevant to the clio), but I've never gone through this process before and it's a bit nerve-wracking.

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I've got a question for you guys, how do I go about getting a pre-purchase inspection done on a used car for private sale? Do I pay the seller to organize it and then check the results?

 

Mate, I reckon if you really what that car, take it to the local Renault god to inspect.

 

I wouldn't trust any old mechanic. Most would not know the ins and outs of a Clio.

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RACV did one for me - I was pretty happy with the thoroughness. Certainly didn't miss anything. Depends on the inspector I suppose but a convenient option if you can't organise a Renault specialist....

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