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RENAULT CLIO Hatchback 1991‑1998

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RENAULT CLIO Hatchback 1991‑1998

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lucky2103

MR TERRY DERSLEY

RENAULT CLIO RT 1.4 5dr (Review date: 23rd July '14)

5

I have had it for 10 years had no trouble with it had everything done as it needs to be good tyres I got it tax for one year but I would tax it for 6 mouths if necessary I have given my licence up due to me having stroke

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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mje2k

Surprisingly reliable

RENAULT CLIO 1.9 D RL 3dr (Review date: 13th January '14)

3.8

I've owned this car for about 6 months now, and it's given me quite a surprise - unlike all the other Renaults I've owned, it's actually been very reliable!

I drive it about 20 miles per day, with occasional trips to opposite ends of the UK, and the only time it's let me down was when the key jammed in the ignition lock (why do Renaults always do this?!). That makes it the 2nd most reliable car I've ever owned (mile-for-mile) after our wonderful Xsara HDi diesel.

I guess part of this is down to the very basic spec - it's got practically no electrical systems, so there's nothing to go wrong, and the old-fashioned (even when new) diesel engine definitely helps.

It's very cheap to run (60mpg), and fairly practical for a small family. Just don't expect your rear seat passengers to be comfortable on long journeys.

The only real fly in the ointment (which isn't related to 21 years of wear-and-tear) is the handling - it's got pretty bad over steer, and it's acceleration is so poor you have to book overtaking manoeuvres a month in advance.

Oh, and the tax disc is ridiculously expensive for a car with such a small 'carbon footprint', but that's down to the government and not the car...

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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mje2k

Excellent mpg, but beware power steering faults

RENAULT CLIO 1.9 D RL 3dr (Review date: 12th August '13)

4

I bought my 1.9d ridiculously cheaply as a temporary runabout to last a couple of months. Obviously it's not in the best condition (the bodywork looks like it's been chewed by a large animal), but so far it's proved very reliable, and believe it or not, it's returning an amazing 57MPG!!!

Admittedly a lot of my mileage is done on motorways and I'm a little scared taking it above 75mph (see below) but that's still extremely impressive, and puts a certain Toyota (which I can't seem to mention for some reason) to shame.

The main problem I've come across with it (and in reply to the below review about it needing power steering) is the electric-hydraulic power steering. These cars DO come with power steering, but from what I've read, it's dead on about 90% of them. It's impossible to find the wiring diagrams for it so fault-finding is tricky, it's very cramped under the bonnet so tracing the wiring is difficult, and the EHPS pump is rare, delicate and jaw-droppingly expensive when it needs replacing.

However the car's still perfectly driveable without the power steering and passes the MOT fine (presumably why it's broken on so many), though the steering's v heavy when you're parking, and I'm a bit nervous about driving it at high speeds since quick steering manoeuvres are out of the question. I'll be fitting a manual steering rack as soon as I can...

I've knocked it down a little on reliability and drivability because of the power steering problems (it seems to be a common fault so I can't just blame my car) but other than that, it's exceeded my (admittedly low) expectations by a large margin.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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francinehuggodf

My beloved Clio

RENAULT CLIO 1.2 RL 5dr (Review date: 15th July '13)

5

I love my little car. I can park it even in small places. It's quick on the uptake. It's very responsive and provides a lovely ride. I like changing gears. That allows me to slow down slopes without using the brakes too much, thereby ensuring that I can always rely on fully functioning brakes.

I love its colour. The colour of a proud peacock.

I like the 5 doors. I can take friends out and they can easily get in and out. The boot is fairly spacious for a little car. It takes all my shopping and my friends' shopping, plus my walking gear.

The inside is very neat and clean.

It suits me perfectly as I don't like big cars.

Now as I am retired, I don't use it every day, just for the weekly shopping.

It has given me years of faithful service and has been a loyal friend. I shall miss it. :-(

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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andydagooner

renault clio 1.4RT Champs-Elysees 5dr Auto

RENAULT CLIO 1.4 RT Champs-Elysees 5dr Auto (Review date: 15th July '12)

4.8

i love mi little clio,,this is my 2nd one to date,,my previous was a 1.4 3dr maxim,,i had for 3yrs,,,no problems wot so ever,, spotless interior,lovely drive,parkin no probs wot so ever,,,my daughter loves it,,,ive had my new N Reg for a month now,,underneath is like bran new car,no rust,,spotless bodywork n engine bay like new,,, runs great ,is auto sometimes petrol seems to go to soon ,, but cheap to,run n tax n insure,,u cant really go wrong,,,drives lovely round streets small esay to manouvere... havent really been on motorway run yet ,,,,,10/10.....

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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bluebell97

Old Renault Clio R-reg

RENAULT CLIO 1.4 RT Champs-Elysees 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)

2.3

We bought the car as an urban run-around but have not needed it on a daily basis.

We have enjoyed the easy size of our Clio when parking. However, since having children its limitations have become clear - we find the small cabin and boot space a trial. My husband must push his seat back against the children's legs in order to drive. We struggle to fit more than one suitcase in the car and the rear seat cannot accommodate a third person when there are two child seats present.

The car runs fairly reliably, with the exception of cold and/or wet mornings, when it is difficult to start. It requires muscle to accelerate, steer and brake.

Tax and insurance are cheap but the car has terrible fuel economy. However, it is churlish to complain about a car still running after 15 years.

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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corinneS

My lovely Renault Provence!!

RENAULT CLIO 1.2 RN Provence 3dr (Review date: 14th October '11)

4.5

This was my first car, made in 1997, I got her almost two years ago and she's never failed me. I drove her all around Cornwall for a year as a student, this seriously tested the clutch on those steep country roads and then drove her all the way home to London, full of all my belongings in five and a half hours - not bad for a weighed down 1.2.

Since then Polly has been cheap to MOT, (with my mechanic raising his eyebrows at how well she's done) and a reliable A to B, being a small car she's easy to park in busy towns and one of the cheapest cars to fuel today.

A responsive drive, her tracking is perfect, fitted with a brand new exhaust last year, I might regret selling her but sadly I don't need her enough to warrant keeping her.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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sR

Great Little Car

RENAULT CLIO 1.2 Biarritz 5dr (Review date: 6th October '11)

5

Great car. Cheap to run. Parts are cheap compared with the other cars I have owned. Fuel consumption is pretty good. Cheap to insure. Basic equipped - but this means there is less to go wrong.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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ericaM

Clio R264 PRG

RENAULT CLIO 1.2 RL Paris 3dr (Review date: 2nd September '11)

3.8

This is the car that I learnt to drive in, and it has served its purpose very well. While it does not have all the gadgets that more expensive cars have, it has never broken down on the road, is mechanically sound and has suited my needs perfectly. It has enough power to be able to handle with faster roads and motorways, but has never felt like I was spending too much on petrol for a car of this type and age. As well as this, the insurance was not excessive.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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darrenW

Mr Clio

RENAULT CLIO 1.2 Oasis 3dr (Review date: 3rd July '11)

3

.Fun and cheap little car. Very reliable but not overly child friendly. Engine is quiet and very economical. Brakes could do with being a lot more responsive.

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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