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philby

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Hi all, I have been a Renault Sport fan (particularly the Clio) since way back in about 2002. I was close to buying a phase 2 brand new in 2003, but then personal circumstances changed and I was unable to.

I have subscribed to Motor/Wheels over the years, and probably read most articles that were written about the RSC. I still have a few of them.

Life moves on I guess, and in 2005 I was in a position to buy one of my favourite cars, a 1996 MX5. I had this car for 5 years, and loved every minute of it. My significant other was slightly less impressed, asking on numerous occasions "why do you have to drive so fast around corners?" She's not really a car person.....

As much as I loved the Mazda, it was slightly impractical for anything other than commuting or a blast on a road close to home, so I eventually sold it in 2010.

I was extremely impressed with everything I read about the RS250 when it was released, and thought seriously about buying one. I read a lot on forums (I joined this one years ago because of it but this is my first post) and was almost put off by some perceived reliability issues. I then heard about the upcoming 86/BRZ and decided that I would check them out once they were released.

I guess we all know about the supply issues surrounding the 86/BRZ release, and I thought, to get the car I want, looks like I'll be waiting another year or so.

Then I looked on Carpoint a few weeks back, and found myself looking at Clios again. I must have wasted so much time on Carpoint over the past years......

Anyway, I found a 2003 RSC locally about 3 weeks ago, which sounded like the sort of thing I would be interested in, so I went and had a look. I took it for a drive, and made an offer immediately on our return from the test drive. I wouldn't normally do this, I would get an NRMA check etc etc but this one was an original owner, had all the services done, and was in good nick. And I think I was hooked.

I have had it for 3 weeks now, and apart from scaring myself reading some of the spare parts prices and things that can go wrong with them on this forum, am loving it. I am astounded at how much fun this thing is to drive, despite all I have read about them over the past ten years or so. Everything seems to work, although the climate control appears to know better than me sometimes what the temperature should be. Also, I had an ABS warning light come on at a set of lights a week or so ago, but I pulled over up the road and turned it off, and when I started it ten minutes later the light was gone.......

Anyway, apart from winning the "longest lurker on a forum" award, I thought I would say hello to some like minded people.

It's a 2003 Monaco Blue RSC, and it had about 90,000 kms on it when I bought it.

I bought it in Canberra, and I'm not sure if the guy I bought it from was a forum member, but if he is and he reads this, cheers Graeme, I appreciate the way you kept this car and want you to know that it is being looked after again now.

Cheers,

Phil

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Welcome to the community. :)

 

I had an ABS related fault many years ago - it turned out to be the brake switch not coming on early enough.

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Welcome Phil, great colour choice too.

 

May you have many fun filled days driving it!

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Thanks all. Griffyn, thanks for that, I had noticed that the brake lights don't seem to come on until there is a fair amount of pedal pressure, so I will check that out.

Cheers,

Phil

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Hey a belated intro and a belated welcome. lol..

Glad you found your dream car and hope you enjoy it. There is always a later model to be found just down the road. hehehe.

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Another belated welcome!

 

Best of luck with the new car. Keep us posted!

 

And, for heaven's sake, somebody ask for photos! I hate doing it all the time. :wink:

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Welcome, and good choice. The Clio is all about "accesible performance". Most concerns over relibility and build quality come down to servicing and how the car is cared for. Having owned numerous French cars, the stories and perceptions are mostly incorrect. Check out the story on "Dimples" in the members ride section, might help aleviate some concerns!

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Mega belated welcome Phil, but always have a special place in my heart for the 172s.

Love them.

All the best, and best advice is to keep servicing her well. Save if you have to ahead of time, but do not skimp.

Purchasing ahead of time for major services reeeeally helps save some dosh.

Cheers,

WOLF

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