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Martin's 197 Lux Project



Martin_172

ClioSport Club Member
FFS.... spotted it on eBay with 20 seconds to go, a quick read of the description and a bid in with a few secs to go and it was mine for £3k, was that a good price? I'm sure the next few days/weeks/months will clarify that!!
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Picked it up on Sunday, my 3 concerns were the 3x common MK3 issues, front hubs, exhaust manifold flexi and gearbox synchro. Picked it up and took it the 5 mile drive to my work for a good nosey round it, within 30 seconds on the road it was clear to see 4th gear synchro was shagged, however the hubs and exhaust mani are all in great condition - THANK GOD!

It looked like Stevie Wonder had machine polished it with cutlery...
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So I spent Sunday giving it a quick going over with the polisher just to bring the colour back to life a bit and allow me to give it a bit of an assessment to any bodywork it needs. Turns out its pretty decent, all the paint looks to be original, The silver mirrors, door handles and vents that the Lux get are all faded so them along with a ding on the drivers door and a scuff on the rear bumper and some scuffs on the drivers side side skirt ill get sorted out over the next few weeks.
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I'm pretty happy with it for the cash. Its only done 80k, had a fresh wheel refurb and new brakes all round and the interior is in nice condition. There's no sign of a belt change so that's POSSIBLY one of my first jobs, depending on if its staying NA or not! Its got a ram air open filter so if I can get a cheap airbox ill pop that back to standard but I'm having trouble finding one.

The big elephant in the room is the gearbox, if I spend how ever many hundreds of pounds it costs to have the box rebuilt plus a belt change I may as well just Meglio it?! my man maths head is telling me that's the best option?!
 

Djw John

Scotland - South
ClioSport Area Rep
Saw that for sale weeks and weeks ago I'm sure. Was tempted but then remembered I'd had a 197 with gearbox and hub issues and thought 'f**k that' 😂

Be as well to Meg it if the box is fucked, but keep it lux spec, not stripped out
 

Martin_172

ClioSport Club Member
Saw that for sale weeks and weeks ago I'm sure. Was tempted but then remembered I'd had a 197 with gearbox and hub issues and thought 'f**k that' 😂

Be as well to Meg it if the box is fucked, but keep it lux spec, not stripped out
Yeah been there done that got the t-shirt, I sold my R27 as it kept f**king trying to bankrupt me, in fact wasn't that the same car?! lol
 

massivewangers

ClioSport Club Member
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Cup/non-Cup chassis doesn't really make much difference on the 197. It's only springs, dampers and anti-roll bar. Once you have lowered it, obviously it's just the ARB.

I often wonder, if you a put a journo in a 197 but told them it was a 200 Cup, would they really be able to tell the difference? I'm not sure that many would if you went full Pepsi challenge.
 

Martin_172

ClioSport Club Member
I've not seen another one of these other than mine in person, came with quite a few options didn't they.
yeah my understanding is that the climate control was standard on them along with the full leather and the silver bits on the outside.

Mine has electric folding mirrors which i think were a £100 option

Oddly enough even as an 09 plate it has a key where my 57 plate R27 had keyless entry, what does yours have?
 
yeah my understanding is that the climate control was standard on them along with the full leather and the silver bits on the outside.

Mine has electric folding mirrors which i think were a £100 option

Oddly enough even as an 09 plate it has a key where my 57 plate R27 had keyless entry, what does yours have?

Not sure why yours hasn’t got the keyless / push to start. So from what ive read, they were only made in 2009, most things were options anyway but the LUX pack was a £1000 option that had pretty much all options (bar a few like sunroof and things). I think the included bits were:

Interior:
- Leather seats with renaultsport headrests
- Silver fan vent surrounds
- Carbon effect centre trim
- Anthracite dashboard strips
- Climate Control
- Cruise Control (may have been standard)
- No steering wheel RS emblem thing (i got one of ebay)
- Keyless Entry / push to start
- Higher wattage speakers
- The VIN Sticker in the door sill also has “Lux” on the model name

Lux dashboard trim:
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Exterior:
- Silver wing vents
- Silver wing mirrors
- No spoiler - now have a gt spoiler
- Raider grey satin wheels (annoyingly mine were knackered)
- Cornering lights (nifty )

Mine didnt come with folding mirrors, that would be nice, but assuming racing blue would have been a costly option too.
 

Martin_172

ClioSport Club Member
Not sure why yours hasn’t got the keyless / push to start. So from what ive read, they were only made in 2009, most things were options anyway but the LUX pack was a £1000 option that had pretty much all options (bar a few like sunroof and things). I think the included bits were:

Interior:
- Leather seats with renaultsport headrests
- Silver fan vent surrounds
- Carbon effect centre trim
- Anthracite dashboard strips
- Climate Control
- Cruise Control (may have been standard)
- No steering wheel RS emblem thing (i got one of ebay)
- Keyless Entry / push to start
- Higher wattage speakers
- The VIN Sticker in the door sill also has “Lux” on the model name

Lux dashboard trim:



Exterior:
- Silver wing vents
- Silver wing mirrors
- No spoiler - now have a gt spoiler
- Raider grey satin wheels (annoyingly mine were knackered)
- Cornering lights (nifty )

Mine didnt come with folding mirrors, that would be nice, but assuming racing blue would have been a costly option too.
Yeah mine has all of the above but not the keyless entry, and it has the correct carbon centre console but without the space for a button so i assume it just have been an option or something. One less thing to go wrong i suppose as my mrs has a terrible track record with key cards lol
 
Yeah mine has all of the above but not the keyless entry, and it has the correct carbon centre console but without the space for a button so i assume it just have been an option or something. One less thing to go wrong i suppose as my mrs has a terrible track record with key cards lol

Ah right, id always thought it was only the cup ones that had a key. I do agree though, i prefer to have a key. I worry about the security of it and the card never sits right in my pocket.
 
  2014 Clio 200t edc
FFS.... spotted it on eBay with 20 seconds to go, a quick read of the description and a bid in with a few secs to go and it was mine for £3k, was that a good price? I'm sure the next few days/weeks/months will clarify that!!
eBay ad pics...
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Picked it up on Sunday, my 3 concerns were the 3x common MK3 issues, front hubs, exhaust manifold flexi and gearbox synchro. Picked it up and took it the 5 mile drive to my work for a good nosey round it, within 30 seconds on the road it was clear to see 4th gear synchro was shagged, however the hubs and exhaust mani are all in great condition - THANK GOD!

It looked like Stevie Wonder had machine polished it with cutlery...
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So I spent Sunday giving it a quick going over with the polisher just to bring the colour back to life a bit and allow me to give it a bit of an assessment to any bodywork it needs. Turns out its pretty decent, all the paint looks to be original, The silver mirrors, door handles and vents that the Lux get are all faded so them along with a ding on the drivers door and a scuff on the rear bumper and some scuffs on the drivers side side skirt ill get sorted out over the next few weeks.
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I'm pretty happy with it for the cash. Its only done 80k, had a fresh wheel refurb and new brakes all round and the interior is in nice condition. There's no sign of a belt change so that's POSSIBLY one of my first jobs, depending on if its staying NA or not! Its got a ram air open filter so if I can get a cheap airbox ill pop that back to standard but I'm having trouble finding one.

The big elephant in the room is the gearbox, if I spend how ever many hundreds of pounds it costs to have the box rebuilt plus a belt change I may as well just Meglio it?! my man maths head is telling me that's the best option?!
Looks absolutely beautiful! Wish I could get my black 200t looking as nice and shiny as yours.
love the new carpet, such a massive difference that’s made and the mats are nice too.
 

Martin_172

ClioSport Club Member
Looks absolutely beautiful! Wish I could get my black 200t looking as nice and shiny as yours.
love the new carpet, such a massive difference that’s made and the mats are nice too.
My old faithful machine polisher died so that's literally a £50 amazon machine polisher and a bottle of McGuires ultimate compound! Make that your plans for your next long weekend!
 
  2014 Clio 200t edc
My old faithful machine polisher died so that's literally a £50 amazon machine polisher and a bottle of McGuires ultimate compound! Make that your plans for your next long weekend!
Wow, that’s really impressive! Was it one of the handheld polisher things or a proper looking orbital one? I’d probably burn the paint knowing my luck!
 


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