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Advice on buying a Mk1

  182 BG

I'm looking to taking my first venture into the Clio world, and have got my heart set on a Mk1. Obviously it'll be a little 1.2 or something, as i don't have the funds to invest in anything sporty. So my question is, what do I need to look out for when going to look at one, what seem to be the common faults?


pot ltd Che

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Hedgaskets, wheel bearings and rust.

Headgaskets: Check the oil and water in the car when its stone cold. Make sure there is no white mayo looking gunk in either. Drive the car for a good 30 minutes and get it nice and hot. Check the oil and water again and make sure they're not trying to hide anything.

Wheel bearings: These will make a droning sound on test drive.

Rust: Look around all the rear arches and sills and make sure the car isn't full of filler. Bootlids also rot.

Apart from that the 1.2/1.4's are good little cars.