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So I got a 172 today, not sure if it was work it though. Mechanically, it's A1, but the exterior is horrible. There is scratches all over the car, the steering wheel's thumb grip is missing and the driver side side is ripped. The "2.0 16v" badge is missing on the passenger side. It's got 128,xxx km's on it. Was it worth it? Should I just fix the paint myself or get it done?

 

Also, if anyone does have the badge up for sale in Sydney, please let me know, I would like to replace it.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Post some pics!

 

Plenty of spare parts laying about in the for sale threads on this forum. You'll find what you need no problem [emoji6]

 

All Clio steering wheels blister like yours. People simply get them retrimmed for $200.

 

How much did you pick it up for? They go so cheap now. I'm sure a respray of the outside can be done for 2-4k depending on who you talk to. Still come in well under a 10k car

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Earl, I picked mine up for 3.5k, I think the A/C has some problems but, it just blows out air, doesn't change temperature. But hopefully I can pick up some parts haha. I'll post some pics when I get to work ???? thanks though!

 

Thanks R182. The car wasn't maintained on the exterior and the interior just needed a vacuum.

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new ride :)

 

I'm pretty sure I know which one you've picked up as I looked at it myself on Wednesday night. If it's the black one from Picton, the belts are very overdue so I'd consider getting them done as soon as possible.

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I'd suggest calling Julian at RenoTech. They are based in Hornsby and you can read plenty of praise in the Dealer & Specialist Garages section of the forum (sorry, for some reason it won't let me post a link). Cost is usually somewhere around $1,000 I think.

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All good, thanks Deb, I'll take a look. You from around Picton? I also found a mechanic somewhere around Appin who might be able to do it cheap, I'll have to go and see him and ask though haha. Anything else you noticed about the car that you feel needs a bit touching up on?

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I grew up in Wilton and still have family there. Live closer to the city now but I'm still out there pretty often.

 

The main thing I noticed was the belts being overdue, because new engines are pretty expensive :)

 

Otherwise the few cosmetic things you're not doubt aware of.

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hi Guys,

I'm a newbie  and from Canberra, recently I came across a 2003  Clio 172 up for sale.

the owner asking pricing is $5400, it has done about 90k on kms and has full renault service history log and the car is in good condition too.
 

but before pulling the trigger just wanna hear from the expert here is it worthy it? 

as the timing belt is due to change soon and that's going to cost me a fortune.

on average is 172 an expensive car to maintained? 
I'm not car savvy person :( hope to get some advice that could land me on a good car with good price. 
 

thanks in advance!

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hi Guys,

I'm a newbie  and from Canberra, recently I came across a 2003  Clio 172 up for sale.

the owner asking pricing is $5400, it has done about 90k on kms and has full renault service history log and the car is in good condition too.

 

but before pulling the trigger just wanna hear from the expert here is it worthy it? 

as the timing belt is due to change soon and that's going to cost me a fortune.

on average is 172 an expensive car to maintained? 

I'm not car savvy person :( hope to get some advice that could land me on a good car with good price. 

 

thanks in advance!

 

If you plan to get someone else to do all the maintenance then it can be a bit more expensive than an average car ... because it's a French performance car LOL. That said, there are ways to mitigate. You can do some easy maintenance (such as oil changes), buy parts to supply to your mechanic, etc. The belts need to be done properly though. 

 

It's a cheap performance car but you should budget for maintenance and look after it. 

 

 

Edit: Oh and to answer the 'is it worth it?' question ... you're asking in the wrong place ... clearly we all love them but are significantly biased. :) 

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Be careful of a 'cheap' job on the belts ... it can be done incorrectly. 

 

This x100. Even an expensive job but a non-Renault specialist can result in incorrect installation. When I bought my 172 back in 2009, it had just had the belts done by a local, experienced mechanic (non-Renault specialist) with receipts for $2500 worth of work. I took it straight to Paul V for a once over and he was appalled out the belt change "attempt" saying we were lucky it hadn't let go yet! Needless to say, we had to have it redone straight away...

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hi Guys,

I'm a newbie and from Canberra, recently I came across a 2003 Clio 172 up for sale.

the owner asking pricing is $5400, it has done about 90k on kms and has full renault service history log and the car is in good condition too.

 

but before pulling the trigger just wanna hear from the expert here is it worthy it?

as the timing belt is due to change soon and that's going to cost me a fortune.

on average is 172 an expensive car to maintained?

I'm not car savvy person :( hope to get some advice that could land me on a good car with good price.

 

thanks in advance!

is a 172 with a belt change due worth $5400? No. That's going to cost you a minimum 1k. If you can negotiate the seller down 1k then you're laughing.
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is a 172 with a belt change due worth $5400? No. That's going to cost you a minimum 1k. If you can negotiate the seller down 1k then you're laughing.

hi Earl,

 

Thanks for you response.

beside timing belt that due to change what other big items that also required to changed together with timing belt? and a rough estimation how much will they cost?

 

Thanks. 

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If you are paying someone to do the timing belts be aware that the cam cover and breather can leak leak. Check to see if there is any oil in your spark plug holes when ignition leads are pulled out.

i.e. Sealant breaks down and they leak...  It is worth going that extra step further when changing the timing belt to have this all resealed.

Beyond that and the water pump mentioned earlier the only other items of risk are the dephaser pulley and harmonic balancer.

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thanks sneaky, itsdamo.

 

hi itsdam, do you know any good Renault specialist in canberra? i found one in Phillip called Alpine motor's.

Have you try him before?

another popular alternative might be Renault Tech. They regularly makes trips to Canberra, Newcastle etc and they're top notch in both workmanship and pricing. 0432 016 910
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I considered myself lucky as I managed to find a 2003 Clio Sport last month with 116,000km for $4,500. It has RS tuner, exhaust done, solid strut mount + solid engine & gearbox mounts. Then discovered that it has a LSD during my track days. The listed price on carsales was $4,800 and after looking at its condition I did not bargain much since the car was treated with care that it deserves and all serviced done by AP Automotive. It has survived two track days so far.

 

It is a tough little car and worth the fix. Hard to get a raw basic car that is nice to drive like a Clio these days without all the electronic stuff. Enjoy driving it and hopefully you will get it all fixed up soon.

 

Please show us some pics. Cheers

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IMO Not worth the money in a bang for buck sense.... It's just too damn expensive

 

You would probably get a similar benefit from roll-centre correction and corner weighting at a fraction of the cost

 

But buying a car with one already installed is an awesome piece of luck

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