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G'day guys, my name is Stephen.

Very excited to announce I should be picking up my new clio sport over the weekend :)

Heaps excited as my previous car was a Starlet and I've been a fan of the unsung Clio for a while.

A few quick questions, if you guys could give me your advice with scaring me off the car too much, that would be great haha!

 

1. I live in Sydney, before I pay for the car, do you recommend any mechanics who could do a quick run down of the car before I pay for it- just to make sure it's ok?

2. I'm paying around $4,600, the car has a bit of exterior damage, but according to the owner the engine is fine- he spent a couple of grand 2 years ago giving it a major service on all radiators, clutch, gear and brakes. I doubl checked with the mechanic and his database, he said that car does not need another major service for another 10,000 kays.

3. The car has around 79,000 Kay's on it, still fairly young- since the service it's only had 10,000 Kay's driven on it; I've been told at 100,000 Kay's or the 6 year mark the cam(?) belt needs a change or the whole car is basically f**ked. Can it wait the 100,000, I don't think it's been changed before- I should I get that fixed ASAP?

 

I hope all goes well and I get the car, in saying that I hope I'm

An active member of this forum as a result, and yes, before people hammer my username, I

Am a Liverpool fan :)

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Cheers guys :)

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Welcome.

 

AP automotive in Carlton, or the Colliers would be a good start for workshops.

 

Cam belt is due at 4 years or 100k, and will lunch the engine if it fails.

 

Make sure you go in with your eyes open: once you're hooked on these little things it's hard to give them up... :wink:

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I would love to see you in one of these, BUT if money's that tight, perhaps it's not for you.

 

Owning a performance car is EXPENSIVE, but has rewards like nothing else on four wheels. Make no mistake, the Clio 172 is a performance car and capable of humbling much more expensive material on track.

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Means a lot that you guys are honest. I've wante a clio for a good 3-4 years now, and I've finally gotten the courage to get one.

 

I work and study, make decent money as I work for a bank, enough to run the car etc, I'm just worried with the stigma attached to these cars- the way it's been portrayed at times by others is that every time I go to accelerate or hit the gas hard I pay $1000.

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Means a lot that you guys are honest. I've wante a clio for a good 3-4 years now, and I've finally gotten the courage to get one.

 

My wife (dragyn) runs a 172 that was bought secondhand. It's now done 150,000K's (round figures) and is still going strong, now somewhat modified with a different mainfold, remap, and other sundries. Matt205 has cracked some obscene number as well, and is also just fine.

 

If you're up for running one, do it, but do it with your eyes open. :)

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At 150,000 kays, what do you find you spend on it yearly?

 

Service twice to three times a year at an average $400/pop, plus this year has seen a JMS RS2 at $1500, along with some solid top mounts and sparkly wheel nuts at circa $300. Fuel is about $70/week (it's doing a lot of kays), and nothing else has been required.

 

Power steering pump return hose was dislodged during some work and that was $1600 to sort.

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My cars at 193,500 odd.. I have had it for just over 2 months and have piled on 7500 of those kays! I'm dreading the timing belt costs too, but im thinking I'll import the parts myself or thru wolf and have heard there's cheaper places around (That have come with recommendations, i should note.. Before I get a lecture about skimping on important services)

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Ah here we go, some silver lining and a tad of hope. I'm feeling a bit better.

If I pay the grand and get the belt changed- will I be smooth from then, or is this dependent on driving?

I am a new manual driver so I won't be hammering her.

 

How long is a piece of string?

 

It is impossible to say if you will need to spend more money than average over the next couple of years (unless you drive a modified delorean) but you can minimise the risks by not skimping on regular maintenance. For example using good quality filters and fluids

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Welcome.

 

If you get Paul V to do the service, you can be guaranteed it will be done correctly as he is a huge perfectionist. However, because of this he may pick up other faults that your average mechanic wouldn't, and cost you a bit extra.

 

But, if you do it right the first time you won't end up having to fork out even more for a new engine if she goes bang 8)

 

My 172 had 97k km on it and had just had the timing belt changed by some local mechanic (so thought we were saving a few dollars). However, when she went to Paul V for a once over, he discovered an absolute bodge job on the service, with the timing now out and things about to go bang.

 

If you take it to Paul for your service (and it needs the big service as it's well over due), at least you will have the comfort of knowing it's been taken care of by the best Renault doctor out there 8)

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At 97 Kay's was it under 4 years?

 

No it was 7, almost 8 years old.

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Yeh, there's quite a few of us in the inner west. Keep an eye on the social pages.

 

Did you decide on a place to have it inspected?

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For the relatively few bucks that a 172 costs, and the enjoyment from gained from driving one, some reasonable ongoing investment in servicing is well worth it, they are an absolute blast.

 

The big thing you'll hear over and over is the timing belt, make the investment and you'll only likely need what any other car of its age/km needs depending on how it is driven.

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For information on how to do basic mechanical jobs, I have found the cliosport.net forum to be very good.

If you signup and join them for a small fee, you can access a bunch of guides and things created by members showing you how to do all sorts of things - from easiest way to get to the oil filter to change it, through to how to remove your dash. It is a UK forum - but they have heaps of them over there, and the most aftermarket stuff is in the UK.

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Ok guys, looks like I'll get it!

The car is fine, mechanically fine and has been looked after- needs the belt done and will need the power steering done but the mechanic said that's not that serious yet and had a few

months left. Breaks, clutch and oils have all been looked after. Mechanic said its safe to drive and a good buy.

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Roselands European Automotive... On church street.

Been on my phone posting, will get photos up soon!

thanks for all the advice guys- trying not to drive it untill the belt is done but when I have, I almost wet myself.

Congrats Agger5! Great to hear another happy owner story!

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It is whatever milestone is reached FIRST:

 

If you do 100,000ks in 1 year, it's due.

 

If you do 14,763ks in 4 years, it's due.

 

So much for the "4 year" theory.

 

This car is probably 10 years old, most likely no timing belt change, and it hasn't disintegrated yet. Even specialist mechanics (e.g. Virage) will tell you to leave it for 6 years if you haven't done the k's.

 

Possibly another manufacturer/dealer furphy to take your money.....and lots of it.

 

Oh.....and congratulations on the purchase. I'm sure everything will be fine.

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Cheers mate.

 

 

Question lads- I took it for a drive, a very slow one as I am not amazing at manual yet, it was about 25 minutes worth, I've turned the car off, left it in the garage and now there's this ticking noise. It's not coming from the manifold or the motor, almost from the under carriage however.

 

Am I just being a stress head or what?

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Cheers mate.

 

 

Question lads- I took it for a drive, a very slow one as I am not amazing at manual yet, it was about 25 minutes worth, I've turned the car off, left it in the garage and now there's this ticking noise. It's not coming from the manifold or the motor, almost from the under carriage however.

 

Am I just being a stress head or what?

 

 

Good to see you got it.

 

I wouldn't worry about that noise, a lot of my Clio's have done that! Nothing serious.

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Xeno- a Pao fan I see? I'll have to show you my tattoo one day. Gate 13 <3

 

Yes! Been a fan all my life, but not enough to get a tattoo (I'm probably a bit older than you as well) :)

 

You're the first to notice, although most on here wouldn't know the badge. Pity things are looking down this season.

 

And don't stress too much about the Clio. I was the same when I first bought my 182 four years ago, and now I'm on my 3rd RS. I suppose that's saying something about these cars. If you look after them, all should be OK. Like any car, things can go wrong....it's only money after all

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