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Mondial Blue 172 Cup OEM



fixedgear

ClioSport Club Member
Morning all,

I'm pleased to present this weekend's purchase.

A 2002 172 Cup in Mondial Blue with just over 83,000 miles and easily the cleanest Cup i have seen for a number of years.

You may recognise the car from Cstarby's thread which was then purchased by @Lewigi_69 here in the summer of 2018.

To say i'm pleased is an understatement!! The condition of the car is not dissimilar to my first Cup back in 2007! A real testament to the care and refinement Chris and Lewis bestowed on the car since the end of 2017.

I viewed a couple of Cups around the £3000 mark and they were just a little disappointing, really showing their age with big gaps in service history and poor bodywork. So the search continued and when Lewis' car became available I jumped at the chance. I did pay top money for the car but it really is worth it once you see it in person, not to mention the provenance of the car, even on CS!

The drive home from Somerset Sunday was a real delight and instantly reinforced me the charm of these little cars and why they remain a firm favourite with enthusiast drivers.

The plan is to keep the car for a few years and use it on dry occasions every now and again.

So here it is, pictured on collection and back on the ranch. :)

Tom

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Cookson

ClioSport Club Member
  Mk1 Audi TT 3.2 V6
I love a clean OEM cup. Another coat of wax and that's easily an £8k car.
 

fixedgear

ClioSport Club Member
I love a clean OEM cup. Another coat of wax and that's easily an £8k car.
Looks good doesn't it.

I'm considering a ceramic coating on it, Lava detailing near Aylesbury are quoting it for me.

This is after the dents are removed from the bonnet and the rear quarter, they're very small but will make the car near 100%.
 

fixedgear

ClioSport Club Member
The Clio has now taken residence in the garage, there is certainly more free space in there now compared to my m3.

The plan is to have the small dents removed and give it a coat of wax. I think a ceramic coating may be a little excessive at this moment in time.

Managed to find a bookcase for my cleaning kit too. Fits perfectly
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fixedgear

ClioSport Club Member
Just a couple of small updates.

I've been attempting to diagnose the fault with the alarm, it keeps sounding sporadically when locked and have been using the guide online to determine what's causing this.

I also had the dents removed from the B pillar and the bonnet today so the bodywork is now pretty much pristine.

The photos aren't super clear but there was a dent above the cup badge and also a few on the bonnet. The car isn't spotless in these photos incidentally.

Also the front drivers seat is loose and nights tightening from underneath, which isn't ideal and I didn't notice immediately when I picked the car up. Having only driven it three times it hadn't really caught my attention.

The airbag light is also intermittent so any suggestions welcome!

Now in storage in good company.
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  Megane275R / 172 mk2
Lovely work Thomas. Glad she has gone to a good home and it will be sorely missed.

Can I just point out before the guns are turned towards me that a couple of issues I never got around to resolving but were present when I purchased the car is the intermittent alarm fault (although this seemed to dissappear once I had fitted a new battery) and the drivers seat bolts were slightly loose on the inner side by the tunnel. From memory our boy Chris had Recaros in there before reinstalling the OEM seats ahead of me purchasing the vehicle. Unfortunately such as the nature of French car design it was a complete arse to access the bolts on the inner tunnel without removing the exhaust, as such this was once job that never got ticked off the list during my bolt tightening / replacement excercise. It did pass the recent MOT though without issue so assume it is not a big problem but Thomas has been giving me some sporting flak to remind me that I am not infallible! To labour the point, when I bought the car I didn't anticipate having to bugger about correcting poor workmanship and removing the exhaust would have been a step too far. That being said the car is 99% mint and during my ownership I fitted new injectors, ht lead, and plugs having developed a misfire one evening on the way home from work. It was also cleaned to a very high standard on a bi-weekly basis. Since then she had been flawless and is extremely rapid despte being circa 15 years old. An appreciating classic that offers a spirited drive like no other, I am sure you'll enjoy it a lot :)
 
  Megane275R / 172 mk2
Oh also the intermittent ABL which I suspect is an additional effect of the seat removal / reinsertion. This is something else that I had been unaware of when originally buying the car. I did notify Thomas of all these issues before he bought the car, a level of courtesy that wasn't afforded when purchasing the vehicle myself, hence my somewhat sour demenour on the original progress thread (which was subsequently deleted as it a little too bitter for some to swallow despite my greivances being perfectly reasonable). Anyway onwards and upwards no hard feelings!
 

Cub.

ClioSport Moderator
Oh also the intermittent ABL which I suspect is an additional effect of the seat removal / reinsertion. This is something else that I had been unaware of when originally buying the car. I did notify Thomas of all these issues before he bought the car, a level of courtesy that wasn't afforded when purchasing the vehicle myself, hence my somewhat sour demenour on the original progress thread (which was subsequently deleted as it a little too bitter for some to swallow despite my greivances being perfectly reasonable). Anyway onwards and upwards no hard feelings!
Careful. If I got out of bed the wrong side this morning, I could well interpret that as discussing moderation. Which comes with an immediate temporary ban....

Suggest you leave it where it was last time, moderated and in the bin, instead of ruining the new owners project thread.
 
  Megane275R / 172 mk2
Careful. If I got out of bed the wrong side this morning, I could well interpret that as discussing moderation. Which comes with an immediate temporary ban....

Suggest you leave it where it was last time, moderated and in the bin, instead of ruining the new owners project thread.
I think you've misinterpreted the intention old boy, I am merely trying to be perfectly transparent here. Thomas and I are good friends and he knows that I am not ruining his thread, just laying out some facts to allay any crictism I am recieve (in light of Louis' comment above, albeit he was clearly joking). Oh and just to be perfectly clear it is of zero consequence if I get banned or not as I no longer own a Clio so I will leave that decision to the powers that be. All the best.
 

Cub.

ClioSport Moderator
I think you've misinterpreted the intention old boy, I am merely trying to be perfectly transparent here. Thomas and I are good friends and he knows that I am not ruining his thread, just laying out some facts to allay any crictism I am recieve (in light of Louis' comment above, albeit he was clearly joking). Oh and just to be perfectly clear it is of zero consequence if I get banned or not as I no longer own a Clio so I will leave that decision to the powers that be. All the best.
Ok. All the best.
 

Louis

ClioSport Club Member
Uh oh.

The bolts are easy to tighten for the seats too, just need an extension and theres a hole in the exhaust heatshield providing you access.
Chuck some copper slip on them whilst you're there to save aggro in the future.
 

fixedgear

ClioSport Club Member
Uh oh.

The bolts are easy to tighten for the seats too, just need an extension and theres a hole in the exhaust heatshield providing you access.
Chuck some copper slip on them whilst you're there to save aggro in the future.
Thanks Louis. I vaguely remember how to access these from when I removed my track car interior.
 


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