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Howsit going guys,

I want to buy a Clio RS NA and have a few questions. What are any issue I should be aware of when purchasing this car? What are the best NA upgrades? Where can I purchase headers for this car? What are the best coil overs? Any help would be really appreciated. I come from South Africa and have only owned VW’s but want to make the switch. Thanks 

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1 hour ago, ChayneNA said:

What are the best NA upgrades? Where can I purchase headers for this car?

Welcome!

The hot hatch market was extremely competitive when the Clio 172 was developed and released, so RS Clios are pretty-much fully tuned from the factory. Unlike other makes (eg, Honda) they already have headers and well-designed exhausts and intakes. 

The factory did everything to get power out, there are no cheap-and-easy things left (else the factory would have done it). So you're talking cams, ITBs or turbo conversions.

The best mods are tyres first, then suspension.

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3 hours ago, ChayneNA said:

Howsit going guys,

I want to buy a Clio RS NA and have a few questions. What are any issue I should be aware of when purchasing this car? What are the best NA upgrades? Where can I purchase headers for this car? What are the best coil overs? Any help would be really appreciated. I come from South Africa and have only owned VW’s but want to make the switch. Thanks 

What's your budget?

We can give a lot more specific advice with that in mind.

BTW all the NA Clio's are awesome :headbang:

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Well for 15K you are open to any Clio 2 or a really good Clio 3. IMHO I'd go for a 3. They are the last of the NA hot Clio's and will be hold their value very well.

There's 2 on carsales that stand out to me.  

This https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Renault-Clio-2012/SSE-AD-5610171/?Cr=8

or this https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Renault-Clio-2010/SSE-AD-5554065/?Cr=9

Both low klm and really nice spec and colour. If it was me I'd go the yellow one. The last year they were built (2012) a very collectable colour. 

Get it checked out (Adelaide people jump in here as to where) and if it's all good...BUY IT!  Fly over and come back via the ocean road. :nod: With those low klm I'd be amazed if there were any issues. Very solid cars these. Just make sure it hasn't been in a serious accident.

The only thing to factor in is a possible timing belt change at 100,000 klm or 4 years. Allow 1K. That's it! 

Shout out if you want to drive one. 

Check out the videos that I put together here https://clio3victoria.weebly.com/

And if that doesn't convince you... I can't help :laugh:

 

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It really depends on what you are going to do with the car, if you are going to use it on the track a Lot, then ITBs may make sense, otherwise they are a lot of expense for not a massive gain.
Most 1x2s are getting a little tired but there are some great 200s around.
Having had both, they are great cars but quote different - the 1x2 is more raw and fun but the 200 is maybe even better in the chassis dept though the extra weight does hurt it and they are pretty stiff for daily use.
For a bit of noise, an intake makes more sense than exhaust and is a lot cheaper.


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Cheap to maintain. Basically an annual oil change and a belt every 4 years for about 1K.

Tyres are cheap on the 17 inch rims. A very common size.

Any half decent mechanic could do the oil but definitely go to a specialist for the belt.

We can recommend them here depending where you live.

You really ought to drive one though. They may not be your thing.

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20 hours ago, ChayneNA said:

I’d like to spend $15000. I would like to find a older one like a 2005 model but I think they are a bit more rare. 

2005 182 Cups rare ?

You gotta know where to look, I got four up here in east side of Melb. When are you next up from Geelong way?

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Having had both, they are great cars but quote different - the 1x2 is more raw and fun but the 200 is maybe even better in the chassis dept though the extra weight does hurt it and they are pretty stiff for daily use.
For a bit of noise, an intake makes more sense than exhaust and is a lot cheaper.


I’ve had both, too, but went from a Clio 3 (200 Cup Trophee) to a Clio 2 (182 non-Cup) and prefer the older to the newer. These are NA cars, so weight is critical, and a Clio 3 is quite ...er...porky relative to the 2.

As for mods, I suggest that whatever you settle on, drive it unmodded for a while first; they’re excellent out of the box and it is possible to spend quite a few bucks for not much bang.
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1 hour ago, ChayneNA said:

63x1092, are you selling any of your 182 Cups?

I've been told to move one on but I haven't put it on the open market yet. Don't know if it would suit your needs as a hail damaged car that's mechanically A1.

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Driver’s seat bolster is even in good condition — good indicator of a car that’s been well maintained
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