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Well i think mine was a bit of a bargain, i got an extreme which has the cd player and a few bits throwed in. I also got Climate Control as on the 172 for free from the dealer!
The chassis is good but far too much roll personally but its not for performance buyers lets face it. Brakes are ok but need upgrading. I personally havent been in a 1.2 which has had as much get up and go so although its a lot slower than a valver i think youd be pleasantly suprised.
Mechanically i havent had any serious problems though it doesnt feel quite like a new car should be, it doesnt always like starting, and is overall a bit temperamental. Same said for gearbox.
In summary, its cheap to run, nice looking and good fun to drive.
Ive got one and mine has been seriously abused sine July 2001!!!! Its done 31500miles now, and ive had no major promblems. It rattles like hell, but thats due to me taking the car apart, anyway, thats what the stereo is there for!!!
Ive had a dynamique and an extreme, essentially the same car. I think there is no other car that can match the spec for the money. Having had a punto before, I thought the standard hanfling was good. The brakes are excellent.
There are loads modding possibilties. Colour coding makes a massive difference especially as on the platinum that Ive got at the mo
Ive definatley got the clio bug as im about to get another one!!! (11days to go!!!)
I was going for a 1.2 but i hired one from a local firm for a weekend and having dropped down from a 1.6 16v megane i found it a bit too much of a power drop, went for the 1.4 16v and now engine seems to be ran in she performs excellently!
Brilliant little cars although when you buy it request that the airbag wiring modification is done before collection, just involves them securing the wires under the passenger seats. Stops warning light coming on.
Brilliant specification push the dealers very very hard on everything except mats, standard renault ones are cr*p. Ideally get very low finance rate get a quote off AA first then get renault to match, get free climate control if possible,
Colour coding as said earlier makes great difference although I didnt bother with 172 side strips and I dont regret it as from a distance you cant tell and close up the slight texture looks cool.
Things like automatic headlights and wipers are great, They are £400 options on many Bmws and Mercedes!!
Good luck go for it, get modding, So much you can do.
re: Alymac and performance message Im interested to take a 1.2 against a 1.4 as it is thought that it may be possible they understated the 1.2s performance to make the higher engines llok better. Will not know till I have a gps unit so I can accurately measure my speed!
Dont get one.... Go for the 1.4 16v its only 2 groups higher insurance! The 1.2 16v is pants.... Ive had no end of problems... im on my second box at under 11000 miles.... Had electronic faults, airbag faults, engine cut out and warning lights and stalling problems. All in all I do not reccomend a 1.2 16v
only problem i have had that could be looked upon as major (not really tho) was having to have the oil sump refitted due to a leking gasket!? If you take care of it n dont abuse it too much (like in 1st gear)............it should be a great wee car for you! i love mine and its Value for money cannot be rivaled for the standard kit you get on the car! Rob