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My 2007 Clio III Dynamique S has been such an easy car to own and drive. In 6 years it has done over 100,000 miles and apart from the 70k cambelt replacement, which was a bit of en eye watering bill, has been very cheap to maintain and service.
It has spent a lot of time being driven more like a Land Rover than a hatchback, and has put up well with being used and abused on country lanes and dirt tracks. Everybody who is a passenger in it, including some elderley relatives, finds it very comfortable and it's certainly easy to drive on 300+ mile journeys. It has even survived one side of it being dropped off a foot high concrete ledge in a farmyard when it slid after being parked on sheet ice! Whilst I don't advise trying this on a regular basis, the only issue it left was the damaged door sill ruined the front passenger side jacking point - but when I say it's survived some abuse it really has!
The only thing that I have encountered with this particular model which has made me give it a star less for practicality, is that when coming up with the 's' version, Reanult put wider alloys on without changing anything else within the wheel area. Subsequently, when on full lock, the edge of the tyre rubs the inside of the wheel arch which can cause slightly uneven wear. But then again, I did chose the 's' for it's slightly more sporty look so can't really have it both ways.
I am only considering changing this car because of it's mileage, and am very reluctant to do so. The only cars currently under consideration are either things which are significantly larger than a hathback (i.e. an actual land rover!), or the gorgeous looking new Clio. This has been such a good car to own that changing it is very easy to put off.
I bought my clio 12 months ago at 85000 miles, I do approx. 25000 miles a year with work, In that time I,ve changed a spring and the rear shocks which were a dawdle, the cost of servicing parts I would say compared to other cars is peanuts , brake pads, engine filters, springs, shocks, really low prices, and that's from Renault. Couple that with £30 a year road tax and 60+ mpg. You see where I'm going with this ? ( I get this at motorway speeds btw). It,s never let me down yet . The only problem I,ve discovered with those cars is the poor quality cabling used throughout, Rear Reg plate light and high level brake lamp wiring especially is so thin and fragile that this year of car suffers from broken/corroded cables cores because of exposure to atmosphere, another weak point is the wiring under the seats for the airbags/seat belt pre-tensioners, common for weak/broken cable cores here as well.
This is where Renault gets bad reviews about their car electrics, they have skimped on cable quality throughout, little wonder they stopped trying to sell Laguna,s in the UK. RANT OVER.
Bought it last year, to replace a 7year old petrol Vauxhall agila, and it has proved to be good for my use including volunteer transport for a community group attached to my church. I can get a folded wheelchair and walking frame in.
On Holiday will cruise the french road returning nearly 70mpg, in holiday mode, cruise contol being useful there, in this country the speed limiter is most used as dorset police seem to be paranoid over speeding!
I can carry my 5" gauge steam locos in the boot and when towing my 4" traction engine on its trailer will maintain speed limit.
The vehicle has had no problem apart from a leaking door seel which was eventually traced, fixed by the main agent.
Overall I am pleased with the reliability, and its satnav.
My wife finds the ride comfortable the seats are OK
Prior to purchasing this car on a 4 yr lease in Apr 2012, I had a Renault 1.6 Clio Dynamique Diesel. I have had 3 Clio's and a Megane prior to this.
Having used the car on a visit to Minehead and the surrounding area shortly after purchase, I found the car to have a lack of power in acceleration/overtaking and climbing steep gradients, more downshifting through the gears. It had been a step too far.
Having retired in Aug 2011, I felt that I did not need to travel too far, apart from the annual visit to see relations in Scotland, and the step down from 1.6 - 1.2 just proved the point when travelling on motorways and some inclined A roads.
Apart from this running costs/comfort/reliability/space and practicality are in keeping with the Renault Brand.
The fuel usage is very high by present day standards though 40 years ago it would have been fairly good. The engine is underpowered and quite easy to stall.
The design of the glove box is quite the worst I have ever come across. It is designed so that on opening, any small items fall out at the sides.
A proper spare wheel [i.e. not a slim jim] would be preferable.
The controls for the radio/sound system are quite unnecessarily complicated and difficult to use.
The body shape, particularly the windows, make reversing difficult without sticking one's head out of the window.
It is reasonably roomy and comfortable to drive.
The headrests get in the way when the back seats are being folded down.
It's not a bad little car. It drives nicely and it's economical and for a couple, plenty big enough most of the time (you can pack quite a lot in the boot and with the back seat down there's considerable extra luggage space).
The electrics let it down - In the less than 3 years that I've owned it, I've had 3 electrical issues (one of them expensive)and it's still a pretty low mileage car (less than 40k on the clock).
It's pretty comfortable on long journeys for a small car and the air con is surprisingly efficient.
Would I buy one again? No, simply because of the reliability of the electrics (an issue family members have also had with other Renault models). Otherwise, yes.
Lovely car; comfortable like a big car, but performance of a true hot hatch. Handling to match, and really reliable.
Owned since new, regualrly used all the power, and have had no breakdowns or major failures. Now due a mid-life update at approx 100k miles, so will clean all through, replace all discs, and carry out deep service of hydraulic fluids, gearbox oils, etc.
Great thing is it's based on a shopping trolley, so most bits are cheap as chips, and only occasional bits stand out.
If you can get your hands on one, I would throughly recommend it. (Rumour has it the 172 Sport has the same handling and more power; I need to test drive to compare)
I liked this car from the moment I test-drove it. The gears are particularly comfortable to use, and the automatic lights and windscreen wipers are helpful. The seating front and back is comfortable, and the adjustability for height of the driver's seat is particularly welcome. I would appreciate a more spacious boot and a simpler way to access the spare tyre ? even the garage found it difficult. It also seems ? and this might be true of other makes and models ? that the paint is extremely thin and the slightest touch by someone else's door, for example, causes a scratch. In other respects, it is a delight.
On my third Clio - love them but this one, although bought at a garage has so far had more than it's share of troubles - nothing major (unless you count the fact that the oil sump was "welded" and will need replaced.I put it in for service a couple of months after I got it and quite a few things came up - am working though getting these fixed so perhaps this one will be 5 star like my previous Clios -Thoroughly recommend them for being economical to run and my previous one was fantastic in the ice and snow we had two winters ago - never let me down. I am hoping this one will do the same.............
A good runner that is close (within 5mpg) to the listed mpg, which quite surprised me. A very spacious boot and cabin that actually looks smaller than it is when you sit inside. I find it very good on long journeys and do not find it tiring at all. The only downside is that when anything goes wrong it is very expensive to repair if using Renault parts. Unfortunately as it is a sports tourer version finding spares is not easy in the UK as it is a very low seller here and not very well known. The tyre range is also very limited, just two makers, neither are cheap.
Despite being old I have found my clio to be very reliable and fitted with lots of little extra's that seem fairly standard to the clio but not to cars built in the UK.
Unfortunately the sunroof isn't water tight and although OK in the summer months (even in heavy rainfall) it causes condensation and ice to form inside the car during the winter. This is the only reason that i am considering changing it.
I would be happy to purchase another clio but hope to find a Toyota Yaris for my next car (within the next 12 months). I also prefer a car with 4 doors.
I bought the car in 2002 from a relative who had put only 23000 miles on it in 9 years. It is a sensible, practical car for urban driving, which comprises about 70% of my mileage and at least 90% of my trips, as well as moderate-length country/motorway trips.
It has been generally reliable, but when repairs are required, parts are extremely expensive. I would prefer a more 'green' vehicle, but I do not like throwing away serviceable cars, so I'm going to run this one until it is uneconomic to repair and then buy a second hand hybrid vehicle.
I am extremely satisfied with my Renault Clio. Smooth can comfortable drive. Very reliable. Economic on fuel useage.
The only negatives - my car hasn't got electric front windows (my choice at the time of purchase). When looking over right shoulder to check cars behind me, vision slightly obscured due to the fact that my car is three doors. (centre post quite thick). Just means you have to double check before pulling out.
Would I recommend the Renault Clio - I certainly do and will be purchasing another when I come to change my car.
This is the second Renault I have owned, the first was a Scenic and lasted us for over ten years and we used it for everything from camping trips to long distance holidays abroad without any major problems at all. I was not worried in the least about purchasing another Renault but this time went for a smaller more practical car as the kids have all grown up and left home. The Clio is fine and comfortable for town and distance driving and quite reasonable on fuel in all conditions, also cheaper on tax and insurance so quite happy all round.
I have owned my T reg Clio for over 11 years and it has been the best car I've ever had. I know Renaults are sometimes looked down upon for having dodgey electrics, but this car really has been great. There is a tiny patch of rust on the driver's side door, but other than that the bodywork is excellent. This car has given me very little grief over the past 11 years and I am proud of it. So people who mock these cars and then get into their conked out Alfa Romeo's can read this and weep!
For such a small car, its road-holding and reliability are outstanding, making long-distance driving enjoyable and safe. Acceleration is not its strongest point, but it travels smoothly and well at 70 mph. With its quite roomy boot and the ease of folding the back seat forward to make more room, it is a generally pleasant and convenient all-purpose vehicle. Servicing is not too expensive, and there are plenty of Renault garages, both in Britain and in continental Europe.
I have had my Clio from new and other than a flat battery in a sudden cold spell it's never let me down. Really comfortable to drive not tinny like some of the small cars around. Fairly spacious interior for a car of that size. Although I really enjoy driving the Clio I probably wont have another one as I know a number of people who have numerous problem (mainly electrical) with theirs. This my 2nd Clio and both have been reliable and comfortable cars.
The latest Clio model is a marked step up in quality than it's predessor. The economic 3 cylinder engine is a marvel.
More torque, greater acceleration, more economical to run,
£30 road tax. This is an ideal run about around town, yet has the poke to hold it'd own on todays motorways.
Standard equipment is what you would expect on premium brands. The only downside is no CD player, perhaps I am a
little old fashioned. Overall an excellent package.
This is my second Clio, the new model which recently came on the market. My driving is mainly around town with the occasional longer drive of up to 60 miles. My Clio suits my needs, it is very comfortable and I feel safe in it. I also drive my grandchildren around in it and the 5-door model makes for easy access to the baby seat in the back. I have had four Renault cars, and my experience has always been that I have had very reliable cars.
Had a few problems with starting which is apparently quite common, it was the crankshaft sensor and appears to be fixed now.
A good size small car. With the three door, getting in to the back can be a bit of a struggle. Drives nice, but not a quick pick up. I like the semi-auto gearbox. I'm only 4'10" and this is the best car I've driven that suits my short, little legs, I can see over the steering wheel too which is always a bonus!