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Problems with the 172?


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Hey all, 

New to this forum as I currently own an Alfa 😬. I've had a love affair with hot hatches since I was a kid so naturally, the Clio Sport was next on my list! I'm looking at a few 172s in the coming weeks and was wondering what to look out for? 

  • Timing belt?
  • Gear synchros?
  • How much should I expect to pay if the timing belt needs doing? 
  • Anything else I should look for?

Thanks guys!

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All of the above... haha

Budget the best part of $1,800 for belts and get everything done at the same time: dephaser, harmonic balancer, water pump, both belts and tensioners, all idlers and pulleys, thermostat.

Gear synchros do wear but the bigger problem is oil leak through the selector shaft. A small leak is common.

The SERV+airbag light is common and easy to DIY fix.

Otherwise check the tyres are both roadworthy and good. Cheap tyres ruin the handling.

 

 

 

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I’d say ignore selector shaft leak. It’s nothing really important. Take a few years to lower the gear box oil level. Just change it every now and again eg 4-5 years. Of course if is really running that’s another thing [emoji846] bit never really heard of this.

I think it all gets down to history and who looked after the car. Mine is a 2002 into my keeping 2005. It’s in excellent condition and presents very well for a 16-17 year old car and still goes very well which when you think about it is pretty amazing. It’s because I look after it. Hard to find one owned for 13 odd years. I’d go with a higher price car from the forum with a owner with a high post count. ‘Virtually’ guarantees a quality car as their presence in the ‘community’ carries value. Their knowledge is present and their commitment measurable.







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13 hours ago, Mase said:

I’d go with a higher price car from the forum with a owner with a high post count. ‘Virtually’ guarantees a quality car as their presence in the ‘community’ carries value. Their knowledge is present and their commitment measurable.







 

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Thanks mate, I'll keep this in mind. There's more on this forum then the whole of carsales and gumtree combines haha

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