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I've recently started seriously considering a Clio 182, and I have to say this forum has been a goldmine of information. From digging around the forum it seems like maintenance costs can be an issue, but I'm a 30 year old professional and I'm pretty confident I can stomach the cost for the fun you all seem to get out of your RSCs.

 

The thing is, I'm the furthest thing from a car expert, so I'll definitely be looking for a professional inspection before I commit to buying anything. Are there any Renault specialists in the Sydney area that do inspections? I get the impression that not just any repairer can be trusted to work on Renaults, (seems like some of you practically make sacrificial offerings to a deity known only as "Paul V"), so I assume inspections are the same.

 

Thanks in advance, guys.

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but I'm a 30 year old professional and I'm pretty confident I can stomach the cost for the fun you all seem to get out of your RSCs.

(seems like some of you practically make sacrificial offerings to a deity known only as "Paul V"), so I assume inspections are the same.

 

Nice :mrgreen:

 

In regards to Paul V... seems to be the majorities way. A good inspection by the right mechanic goes a lonnng way.

As for the "cost of fun" statement... well then, you're set. These things are fantastic on the fun factor scale, but can sometimes sting when it comes to servicing. BUT...not that bad if you plan ahead and know when the big ones are coming.

Maintainence is key.

So welcome aboard and good fortune on the hunt. 182 or 182cup?

Anything else i can help with, would be happy to try.

Cheers,

WOLF

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Tofuloaf,

 

welcome to the forum.

 

As for the inspection of a renaultsport, if you were around the north side of Sydney, I'd take it to Waitara Renault service centre. PaulV is located on the opposite side of the city, around the south east of the city near Kogorah. Paul V is well regarded here as he himself has a Clio.

 

Good luck in the hunt of a 182.

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Get an inspection. Also look at the service history.

 

Make sure it hasn't been serviced by the local mechanic and by now nearly all 182's would be due for the major service with the replacement of belts

 

This is a major cost that needs to be factored in when buying as it could add a couple of grand to the cost if it hasn't been done

 

Good luck I have had two and they are an absolute blast .

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Make sure it hasn't been serviced by the local mechanic and by now nearly all 182's would be due for the major service with the replacement of belts.

 

Overdue. Belts at 4 years, the last were manufactured in '05.

 

Welcome, tofu, and happy hunting :)

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So welcome aboard and good fortune on the hunt. 182 or 182cup?

Anything else i can help with, would be happy to try.

Cheers,

WOLF

 

A 182 Cup if it fits within my budget (not looking to spend any more than $15k). My initial preference was to test the waters with a 172 since there seem to be plenty on the market at sub $9000, but by now most of those seem to have been to hell and back in terms of kilometres. I drive a stock standard '92 corolla (try not to be too impressed, guys) with 150k on the dial, and it seems daft to upgrade to a newer car with the same (or more) mileage. That being said, if I found a 172 with ok mileage I might be willing to start there.

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^^^ I'd say for $15k you'd be getting a v. nice 182.

 

Have a read of this: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9203

 

The same things pretty much apply for the 182 8)

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welcome ! you'll enjoy the RS experience as much as we all do .

 

proper servicing is the key . the motors last forever if properly looked after by an expert .

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I'm probably inspecting one this weekend. So the major service with timing belt change is at 4 years or 100km, meaning all 182s should have had theirs done two years ago at the latest, and I shouldn't be looking at another timing belt change for a couple of years? But the aux belt is at 3 years, so I'm potentially looking at changing that in the next year?

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Found a 182 in Sydney with less than 30,000km on the dial, asking price is $16,000. 182s seem to go for less than that these days, but I haven't seen one yet with such low kms. You guys reckon that's a good deal? I'm thinking about making an offer subject to a satisfactory inspection from Paul V.

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I was looking in this range a little while back and so watching the sales for a few months. 182 Cups seem to sell quite quickly, there are never that many around. With such low km as long as it hasn't been pranged and has a service history I'd not hesitate. Sure some things deteriorate regardless of distance but you'd hope the body, interior and mechanicals would be almost like new.

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