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hey guys

So I've been lurking here for a while just trying to absorb as much info as I can about clio 182s and it seems like there's a pretty solid community around the little buggers. Anyway, I'm currently driving a NB MX5 but i'm needing something a little more practical.

 

I was lucky enough to drive the 'ring in July this year in a clio 200 cup and fell in love with it (wanted to drive one for a while too) and seeing as the 182 is half the price with a slightly better power to weight ratio, why the hell not!

 

The running costs are kind of driving me nuts just thinking about, so I'm considering saving my pennies a little longer (unless a prime example comes up at a reasonable price... eyeing off this one http://www.carsales.com.au/private/deta ... =0&sdmvc=1 ...Might not be prime, but close enough to be curious)

 

One question though, would I be in the right ball park budgeting $1,200 for servicing per year from a specialist?

 

cheers!

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If you're just using it as a daily, it'll be much less than that.

 

They're extremely reliable motors, so long as the timing belt is changed on time (~$1200 every 4 years). Aside from that, it's just oil and filters as required every 10,000kms.

 

Aside from the timing belt change (twice a decade); I think $1200 a year would be excessive. After almost 3 years of ownership - aside from what I've spent on track (tyres, disks, pads etc..), It's been plenty of good quality 5w-40, oil filters ($10 a go) a bottle of gearbox oil a couple of filters and that's it.

 

People run into trouble when they don't maintain them. It's a long stroking, high revving, 180 horsepower motor out of a people mover, designed in the mid 90's. However, it'll last forever if you look after it and put a smile on your face every time you drive it.

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Yeah it'll be a daily to head to the hills in and hoping for the occasional track day. Good to hear it's cheaper than the doom and gloom estimate. Thanks for that!

 

Welcome. Where did your servicing estimate come from just out of interest?

 

I guess you also need to consider how many kms you'll travel and if there's a lot in the twisties you have to keep tyres in mind.

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That's a sweet looking FRB, should have had belts done in 2009 and again this year, would be wise to check with the owner when they were last done. As stated above it is a circa $1200 job so if they haven't been done in last couple of years you should factor that into the pricing.

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Yeah it was a rough estimate from one of the other threads saying you're probably up for about 300-400 every 6 months. I threw a an extra 400 on top to cover for blow ups/unforeseen maintenance etc. just to be safe, better to over budget than under budget was the thinking behind it.

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That's a sweet looking FRB, should have had belts done in 2009 and again this year, would be wise to check with the owner when they were last done. As stated above it is a circa $1200 job so if they haven't been done in last couple of years you should factor that into the pricing.

 

yeah that'll be something i'll be taking into account. It looks like it's in decent condition with some superficial damage (gutter rash on the wheels, steering wheel grips) but that's to be expected.

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Yeah it was a rough estimate from one of the other threads saying you're probably up for about 300-400 every 6 months. I threw a an extra 400 on top to cover for blow ups/unforeseen maintenance etc. just to be safe, better to over budget than under budget was the thinking behind it.

 

I'd stay stick with the budget ... If you have leftovers at the end of the year you can get mods, better tyres, track days etc. :mrgreen:

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Welcome mate. Sounds like you're doing the right research.

 

FYI that 182 you linked to was talked about in here: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=21336&p=419349#p419349

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I'm getting through $1900 a year including tyres, covering 12,500 km per annum and a track day every 2 months.

 

I've done oil and filter changes, gearbox top ups and brake pads myself, and Paul V has done the rest. I should add that this three year period included all fluids and the belts being done by Paul.

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I'd imagine six track days a year would slightly increase the costs. I wonder what the costs would be if you decided to do you six track days in the Beemer and keep the Clio in the driveway. :shock:

 

I think the tyres would be the main cost - I'd have to get some more negative camber at the front or the outer edges wouldn't last a day at Eastern Creek.

 

As for those Clio costs I quoted, that's using expensive oil, includes a gearbox refill which should now be for the life of the 'box, 2-yearly brake and PS fluid changes, a 3-yearly coolant change and the belts were done last year a bit early. Also I use DS2500 front pads (two sets) and chucked the crumbling EBCs and fitted new OEM rear pads. In addition I had to have new LCA's, reverse switch, and a few other minor bits and bobs done when it's been in for service.

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Welcome mate. Sounds like you're doing the right research.

 

FYI that 182 you linked to was talked about in here: http://ozrenaultsport.com/bb/viewtopic. ... 49#p419349

 

Cheers for the link, gave the bloke a call, he didn't pick up and it's a business number so i'm guessing it is actually a company car like the comment says... not sure what to make of it, will wait 'til I speak with him I guess. Expecting the clutch to be questionable though if it's had a lot of different drivers.

 

Other than that, thanks heaps for the advice. Can only hope now haha

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