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  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
Hello and welcome :)

My name is Jack and welcome to my thread about my Renault Clio 172 Phase 2 in Flame red.

I have been a user of this website for quite some time now and I have finally decided to make myself a thread.
I have had this car since September 2019 and I have been using it daily. I purchased the car off eBay, the car itself was located in Long Eaton. The owner of the car was into his track days and had just purchased himself a track day kit car, hence the reason for getting rid of the Clio. Anyway, as I want to keep this part as brief but as detailed as possible, I ended buying the car and I drove it all the way back to Middlesbrough with no problems.

The reason behind purchasing the Clio was due to the fact I had previously written off my previous car (Citroen Saxo VTR) and I was due to start a new job in the next couple of days so I was kind of desperate for a new car.

I decided to purchase a Clio 172 for a number of different reasons for example, its French, cheap and relatively quick.

Modifications already done prior to my ownership (according to eBay advert and invoices) are as follows:

Power wise:

Port-matched and gas flowed upper/lower inlet manifolds (done by M.S Engineering).
Ramair induction cone filter.
AC delete.
182 manifold.
Powerflow back box.

Dyno print out 175.9HP & 156FT-LB, with no remap. 31-03-2018.

Engine mounts/gearbox/bushes?:

Powerflex black series upper right engine mount.
Blue Evol dogbone mount.


Grooved Brembo HC discs on the front.
Ferodo DS2500 pads on the front.
Goodrich braided brake lines on the front.
TYP 200 brake fluid.


Eibach Sportline lowering springs.
Eibach front camber bolts. Invoice present from eBay. 01-10-2018.
Clio 172/182 Stub Axle Spacer Kit (Pure Motorsport). Invoice present from Pure Motorsport. 02-10-2018.
Clio 172/182 Rear Camber/Toe Shim 60’ (one Degree) x2. Invoice present from Pure Motorsport. 02-10-2018.
18mm Slip on Hub centric Wheel spacers on the front.
Motorsport Spec bullet tipped screw in M12 stud conversion kit with steel nuts. Invoice present from Pure Motorsport. 02-10-2018.

Other Modifications etc:

Bonnet spacers/lifters.
Rear interior completely stripped.
Welded in rear strut brace/bar.
Rear full-size boot carpet/mat.
Lightweight front door cards.
LED interior bulb.
Skoda Fabia front splitter.

Some other useful bits and bobs of information (which some of you may find interesting):

Early Phase 2 model/variant: amber side indicators, no cruise control and no traction control (ESP).
Private reg.
Low mileage, under 75,000mies.
10 owners.
Engine was running on Fuchs Titan Race Pro S 5W-40 Ester Fully Synthetic Engine Oil. Service stamp in the book with date and mileage, plus oil order invoice present.
Gearbox is running Fuchs Titan Race SYN 5 75W-90 Fully Synthetic Gear Oil. No proof of change but have the invoice of the order from Opie oils etc.
Apparently had a new clutch (no proof) does go into every gear as it should and biting point is fine, no slipping etc.
Apparently belts & pulleys done at the end of 2018 (no proof). But the engine is really quiet on tick over and pulls well, does not overheat etc. I have had no issues with it so far. Car still sounds the same as the day I bought it. (y)
Very limited/no history/no invoices before the previous owner, which is a shame really. :( sticker in the back window! (Have tried searching the forum but haven't found anything yet).
Track day/lightweight door cards were purchased off here a couple of years ago?
Interior is just standard in the front (excluding the door cards), seats, steering wheel and even the radio etc are all original.
Original owners handbook/service book came with the car which is showing 7 service stamps.
Car came with the original spare wheel and jack kit.
I also got given the rear interior and various other spare parts like a pair of rear lights, wing mirrors, outside door handles and a 2 tubs full of nuts & bolts.
Front fog lights have been disconnected as the previous owner was going to make air feeds for front brakes.
New driveshaft fitted in 2017/2018 ish.
Same brand budget tyres all round with a decent amount of life left (195 45 16).
CD changer has been removed by one of the previous owners as not present under passenger seat.

Things done/sorted in my ownership so far:

Numerous fuel treatments (Redex). 07-09-2019 & 26-09-2019.
RAM air cone filter rotated and more securely attached. September/October 2019.
Fixed cigarette lighter. October 2019.
Rubber bungs near the boot sealed up to stop water leaking in. November 2019.
Winter protection detail – machine polish + layer of wax/sealant + front headlights polish. 09-11-2019.
Oil and filter service using genuine OEM Renault parts. 18-11-2019.
New set of plates from fancy plates. 02-12-2019.
Inner sills rust treated (not the best of jobs but needed doing). 04-12-2019.
Upper dash removed and flocked @ Facelift Autos in Bishop Auckland. 18-12-2019.
A-pillars, dash insert trims and gear knob insert piece all painted matt black. 24-12-2019.
Drivers side front wheel bearing. 04-01-2020.
New alternator fitted. 10-01-2020.
New key battery. 19-01-2020.
New rear number plate light (genuine Renault). 27-01-2020.
New metal footrest cover. 27-01-2020.
New pollen filter. 27-01-2020.
Headlining removed. 27-01-2020.
Spare wheel well rust treatment/paint. 27-01-2020 & 28-01-2020.
Silicone/stick down windscreen seal as was coming loose at top of passenger side. January/February 2020.
Painted inside of the rear interior/boot etc and small visible section above door cards. 04-02-2020.

I have only ever run the car on Shell V-Power, apart from maybe twice if that haha.
Numerous washes using highly rated products such as Bilthhamber & autofinesse etc.

Things which I plan on doing/need fixing/sorting out (problems):

New injectors/spark plugs/ignition leads/coil pack (was going to do all this anyway due to the limited history but the car has developed misfire recently so needs doing as soon as possible really).
New smaller ariel (delivered today 13-02-2020, just needs fitting).
Various small dents/dings round the car.
Paint touch up all round.
Bonnet needs a respray.
Very small amount of lacquer peel on the rear spoiler. Respray/replace with larger cup type?
Electric windows only work now and again.
Auto wipers don’t work.
Central locking needs fixing.
Windscreen washers don’t work (have tried fixing them but can’t figure it out).
New wipers front + rear.
Side light bulb.
Interior light only works half of the time.
Missing bit of interior trim below clock/screen in upper centre console.
Right hand Indicator bulb for dash clocks.
Interior rattles/tidy up.
Upgrade sound system.
Sun strip.
Re-paint dash trims and gear knob insert.
Steering wheel repair/replacement.
Floor mats (OEM Clio ones) (just need fitting).
Paint rear strut brace/welded bar.
Another oil change/service.
Gearbox oil change.
Another Redex fuel treatment.
Drivers seat replacement/repair as not best of condition and would like to sit lower.
15inch lightweight alloys with good track/fast road tyres (Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2).
Paint callipers.
Foglight delete/air ducts.
Sill covers off so can treat/repair any rust present etc. (spring/summer 2020).
Underside refurbishment/respray/underseal (spring/summer 2020)
I am also looking at doing some track days this year as this is something which I have always wanted to try out.
Engine bay tidy up.
New oil cap.
New coolant bottle + cap.
Fatty induction pipe.
New 063 battery as mine has the larger type fitted.
Gearbox refurb/replacement (2nd to 3rd isn't the best & bearings are quite loud i think).
Front strut brace PMS.
Cup shocks front + rear.
CAT for next MOT.
Powerflex/stiffer bushes all round.
Yanoo shifter/BMS.
Re-fit all of the interior.
Remap? 197 cams? Belts? 2021?
And more...


Overall, I am very pleased with the car, so far it has been reliable in the fact that it hasn’t broke down. I have done over 3000 miles since buying the car and it hasn’t really let me down. The only thing what has needed to be replaced is the alternator as it stopped charging/working properly. I have quite a number of different things which I would like to do with the car. My overall plan is too just enjoy it, improve upon what's already been done and just tidy it up really. Finally, this is my first time making a thread/posting on a forum so sorry in advance for any mistakes. I have probably missed some bits & bobs by accident. Sorry for lack of photos, accidently deleted a whole folder of them a couple of weeks ago. Gutted. Finally, I just want to say thank you if you have made it this far and I hope you enjoy the future updates as much as I do.

  • Fast
  • Loud
  • Nice colour
  • French
  • cool
  • Boot space.

  • Fuel economy
  • Road tax
  • Sometimes a bit too loud ha-ha
  • Freezing inside.
  • Rattles.
  • No speakers apart from tweeters built in the dash.

Just some photos:


Local car meet back in September/October 2019.


Old Saxo (previous car)


Proof of oil change. 18-11-2019.


Proof of new pollen filter. 27-02-2020.


New battery for key. 19-01-2020.


Old headlining ripped out as was sagging. 27-01-2020.

Painted trim.JPG

Painted trim not the best but not bad considering temperatures and no prep work done prior. 24-01-2020.

Flocked Dash.JPG

Flocked dash fitted in dirty car oops. 25-12-2019.


New footrest, probably one of the best things i have done to the car. 27-01-2020.


New bumper/rear number plate light. This is a good, easy and cheap thing to replace. 27-01-2020.

Unfortunately, it is only letting me attach 10 photos/files. So these are the only photos i am going to put on this first post sorry.


ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182 Cup
Finally got a thread up! Don't forget, its that drive in this last year which inspired me to get myself one, and get rid of my golf! Still feels miles faster than mine every time we've been out in it :ROFLMAO:
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
Very similar to my restoration, I should join in and back date my project flamer
Unfortunately, these cars are sadly coming to that age/stage now were they require a good looking over in all areas. Definitely, you can't beat a good flamer! 🤟
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
Finally got a thread up! Don't forget, its that drive in this last year which inspired me to get myself one, and get rid of my golf! Still feels miles faster than mine every time we've been out in it :ROFLMAO:
It's been a long time coming aha. You can't beat the old cars ;). My example definitely feels more lively and raw than yours, it's probably due to the stripped out interior etc etc.


ClioSport Club Member
  ph1 172, Arctic182
Unfortunately, these cars are sadly coming to that age/stage now were they require a good looking over in all areas. Definitely, you can't beat a good flamer! 🤟
It amazes me how much flamers have faded, quite a surprise when I open my bonnet
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
Firstly, I just want to say thank you for the great response so far.

Received a couple of things in the post today, nothing major but i thought i'd make a post anyway :).




Clio ariel comparison.JPG

All off eBay and cheap. The smaller aerial should help improve the fuel economy by reducing drag :LOL:. My brother got one of these smaller aerials for his so i thought i'd go and copy him plus the old one is showing signs of wear.

Clio sport brochure was bought as it was the cheapest one of eBay due to the small piece of writing on the front cover. Only cost me £5.10 including postage which is decent as it contains the same colour & phase Clio as mine.

Magazine was purchased for the Mini Cooper S vs Renault Clio 172 test section. Surprisingly, the start of the magazine also had a small feature on the (at the time) up-and-coming Clio 172 Cup!
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
I have been spraying the inside of my car for past couple of weeks and it is now 95% complete (just a couple of bits need another going over/tidy up). Will finish this off in the next couple of weeks as my main priority at the moment is to resolve/fix the rather annoying misfire. Unfortunately i am just waiting on pay day.

The reason to as why i decided to spray the inside was because i just fancied giving it a go really and to prevent/stop any rust problems in the future. Plus i thought it would look better.

I wasn't exactly too sure on what colour to do the inside my ideas were either white, matt black, light grey or flame red.

I decided to kind of play it safe and just choose flame red. However, this was also the most expensive option.


1). This is what i started with as you can see it was in a sorry state o_O. Not sure how it was this dirty as it has had a full size boot mat/carpet over it. Annoyingly someone has cut out 2 bungs in the spare wheel well, i guessing this was done due to water sitting in it?


2). 5 minutes later. Gave it a quick clean/hoover. Used some diluted Bilt Hamber Surfex HD. Big improvement already.


3). Closer look at spare wheel well.


4). 5-10 minutes later. Gave it a good going over with a brand new wire brush. Seems to have done a very good job. Rust appears just to have been surface. Caught it just in time.


5). After using a cheap rust remover (Rustins), i decided to use some of my brothers Bilt Hamber Hydrate 80. Used a little bit too much so i tried to spread it out as much as i could. At Least i know everything was covered and as you can see from the above image, it worked as it should have.


6). 2 coats of Bilt Hamber Electrox later. As you can already see, i didn't wait long enough for the Hydrate 80 to fully cure/dry (stupid winter). So as you can expect the finish isn't the best and as this is my only car i had to drive it while doing all of these different treatments. Anyway, i aren't really fussed about the finish as it will be covered by the spare wheel and boot mat/carpet etc.


7). 2-3 coats of paint later. No more rust and dirt. A lot better.


8). Decided to go for it and paint the rest of it. Primer used was Bilt Hamber Electrox. Just used some old tape i found in the kitchen drawer to keep costs down. Don't worry about the masking i tidied it up and added more the next day. Track car anyway :cool:.

90_95 done.JPG

9). This is where i am up to now. Decided to get a photo from a different view for use lot on here. Cheeky and Cadwell park sticker making an appearance on rear windscreen, might remove these to tidy the back end up? I am undecided on the bar/brace so i've just left it for now. Will most likely be getting painted silver or black?

Clio Boot yep.JPG

10). These last 2 photos were both took at 4:45PM today (14-02-2020) and as you can see the car is in need of a good wash/clean. In my opinion the overall finish is okay, i'd give it a 7/10. It has no lacquer hence the dullish finish. I probably won't be adding any lacquer as it's not a show car and i dont want to blinded by the sun. Furthermore, the majority of it will be covered by the mat anyway.

Once i am happy enough with the overall paint job i am going to add a light coat of XCP Rust Blocker all round and the spare wheel/mat will be going back in.
I dont really want to be spending any more money/time on this particular job as the list of things which need fixing on this car is growing :cry:.

Thanks for looking.


ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172 Cup
Lovely car and very detailed and interesting build and thread congrats on all your hard work the car needs centre caps tho looks so incomplete without them 👍
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
Update time!

First of all sorry for the lack of posts i have been trying to take a break from the car stuff and i have recently had an operation on my toe.

20-02-2020: stickers removed from rear windscreen. I am glad i did this as, in my opinion it looks a lot better now.


Since my last update, i have continued with the painting of the inside and made a little more progress (rear still needs completing but i am just taking my time with it now/waiting for better weather). The front section of the interior has also had some paint work done, the roof section has been painted matt black along with all the surrounding areas i.e sun visors so it all blends in nicely.

However, after painting the roof and other sections within the cockpit area of the car, it made me wish that i painted the rear section in matt black also.

Misfire problem:

The misfire problem on my car decided to get worse and it got quite bad. MPG dropped slightly and i could barely accelerate without my car constantly misfiring, it was popping and spluttering a crazy amount so i had to drive the car really, really steady. It was also beginning to get hard to actually leave junctions/traffic lights as the car seemed to drop revs easy and it had less power than normal. Also on a few occasions i could put my foot all the way down to the floor and the car was just unresponsive, it lost all of its power, this was really dangerous.

At the time I was thinking it's probably an injector, the coil pack or the ignition leads but...

I'm going to skip most of the fault finding process as its quite long winded and boring.

Anyway my dad checked my spark plugs and leads for me. Leads were squashed and 1 spark plug was rusty and another was quite oily. So my dad resolved this by cleaning everything up and putting the leads back in properly. This seemed to have fixed the issues i was having with the car. However, i still had the issue of the fault code P0130 which we found and i know that the car can still run better.

So after a quick look on various forums, i have decided to order a Bosch Lambda Oxygen Sensor 0258006046. I am now just waiting to get this part fitted and hopefully it will sort everything out. If not i'll change the spark plugs then take it from there etc.

Steering wheel:

I have also removed my steering wheel and replaced it with a brand new Momo boss from Kam Racing and a brand new flat faced Motamec 350mm steering wheel. The main reason for doing so was that the original wheel was quite worse for wear and i have always fancied fitting a smaller aftermarket one. Needs moving a spline over to the right as its slightly out but overall i'm happy with the change and it matches the dash nicely 😎

While doing the steering wheel i decided to swap over the battery for the smaller and also lighter 063 option. This was actually a free modification as the battery is from my old Saxo VTR :) The battery has been fine so far but if it decides to fail i will probably buy a Bosch S4 063.

On Tuesday 10th of March the front wipers were changed for a pair of Bosch Aerotwins as they had never yet been changed in my ownership. Oil and filter was also done using genuine renault parts etc. Coolant temp sensor was also changed with a genuine renault one, this should help improve mpg and the general running quality. Not sure if placebo or not but i think this has made a good difference.

On Saturday 14th of March the rear wiper was changed for a standard Valeo unit (VM26). Original one had split and had also never yet been changed in my ownership. Only cost me £4.76 from CarParts4Less.

After fitting the rear wiper i decided to treat the car to an exterior wash which was once again well overdue. Luckily the sun came out for an hour or so. Here are the results:

For anyone interested i have recently made an instagram page _clio172. I haven't really posted much yet but feel free to follow me if you want.

I also purchased a copy of the EVO magazine which user CAT171 posted on here. Good read.

In reply to user BaileyWolves I do have the centre caps. However, due to the long bolts on the rear they do not fit unfortunately.

Thanks for reading. I may have missed a couple of things out.


ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172 Cup
Absolutely love following this fantastic work mate it’s looking absolutely ace. Great touch getting the magazines will make a great touch to the service file I have original cup brochures and magazines in my service file think it’s great if selling the car 👍 keep up the good work pal
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
Small update this time around:

15/03/2020 - Managed to get the new Bosch lambda sensor fitted and the results have been great, the Clio is running a lot better and mpg has improved :)

Old lambda sensor:
Old clio sensor.JPG

Installation of new Lambda 🔥 (please ignore the rusty sills these will be getting sorted in the future):

I also decided to purchase myself a multimeter from screwfix, i haven't used it yet but it was only £10:


ClioSport Club Member
Nice update, my old boy (who also has a flamer, which he's had since almost new) called them lambada's when he replaced his, he never gets names right lol!!!

Congrats on getting the EVO mag too :cool:
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
Looks very black that lambda, does it have a map or anything? Running. A bit rich looking at it.

As far as i am aware it doesn't have a map. Car does have a couple of modifications though:

Port-matched and gas flowed upper/lower inlet manifolds (done by M.S Engineering).
Ramair induction cone filter.
AC delete.
182 manifold.
Powerflow back box.

Car could really do with mapping though to support the above etc.

I think that the car is most likely running rich due to the fact that the standard airbox isn't present, inlets ported etc and manifold/decat. I am also thinking that the car might possibly need the map sensor cleaning/replacing maybe? Furthermore, i am thinking of replacing the plugs & leads (obviously with genuine items).
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2

This isn't the best of updates but here goes nothing:

I finally decided to remove the soft feel/touch on the interior plastics and it didn't go well. I think i have broke the radio and climate control panel because i am stupid. Used elbow grease and it worked quite well tbh. I mean at least it isn't sticky anymore, right?


I also fully topped up my screen wash with some Prestone Extreme Performance Screen Wash, annoyingly this also didn't go to plan as it turns out my washer bottle has a leak. I decided to use the Prestone screenwash as it won the Autocar 2019 best car screen wash award.


Car was also given a contact free wash as i couldn't be bothered doing a proper clean and i wanted to see how it would look afterwards.

For anyone that is interested this is what the boot area is currently looking like, still not finished but getting there now: