tomvale13 Posted 3, April 2014 Report Share Posted 3, April 2014 Hi guys n gals, I'm Tom - always been into Toyotas (grew up with them) but am seriously considering moving into a 172 clio. I've noticed they're seemingly quite cheap for what you get, yet my research on this, and other sites indicates that you must be diligent when buying cheaply, otherwise you'll potentially be quite seriously out of pocket in the long run. I'm looking at a few 172's - I was offered one by a friend of my parents for relatively cheap and am waiting for more info there, but am also keeping an eye on the classifieds too, here and carsales namely. So far I'm looking for: RSC 172 (I like phase 1 more from a styling perspective, but am happy with either) Service history - A must Belts done - if it's within 20-30,000km's from being due then I'll want it done, or if not - worked into the price I guess I'll be checking the following when inspecting: Rear struts/coils - especially if the car hasn't been garaged/undercover much, i.e; been out in the rain heaps. Exhaust system - looking for rust/looseness CV's & Driveshafts - mainly CV's I guess, boot integrity and full lock turns while listening Brakes - Check the discs for wear, pads I can deal with Fluids - Check the oil, radiator (+ hoses) Check the tyres Check the front subframe - specifically the lower control arm mounting holes if possible, dunno how hard that is to check without dismantling though..? Might have to take a wheel off..? Check under carpets for dampness - boot and footwells And whatever else comes up in my pre-buying research. Now, I'm happy to continue reading to educate myself on the quirks of RSC ownership - I gather you've had in between 50 and several thousand first timer threads all asking "How do I tell if my Clio is not a shytebox" in one way or another, and don't want to add to that noise - but I do have a quick question that my initial googlings have not yet been able to answer; - Reputable Renault mechanics in Brisbane? Do they exist? Who are they? I live in the CBD, so I'm nice and central - I just want to be able to take the car to a place where it gets the best care, by someone who knows the model. And one last sneaky question! - I am keen to do basic work on the car if required, is UK ebay the place to get parts at a more reasonable rate than here in Aus? If not, where's a good place to buy from? Thanks so much for your help/advice here, looking forward to learning more and hopefully one day lifting a leg on the track. Tom Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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