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New RS200 owner

  Clio 200E93 M3
Hi everyone,

After a spell of m-car ownership I wanted to go back to hot hatches. I've had a 205 and JCW before, but wanted something as fun as the Peugeot with a bit more daily usability like the JCW. Ever since very briefly working for Renault early in the millennium I've wanted a Renaultsport. Some of my mates had 172s, although no one got a V6. About twenty years, a bit of research and a few test drives later I decided to go for the 200. Despite a lot of further research and a number of test drives I slightly lost the run of myself and bought this:

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First the good bit, it's an '09 non-cup and I've loved everything about driving it so far. It's the perfect compromise between something interesting on a decent road that doesn't have me tearing my hair out living in south London. It's cosmetically good, but I knew the history was patchy to non existent, which was factored into the price.

Which brings me to the bad bit. The first thing I did was take it to Renault in west London, because of the reputation they had on some forums. They had to do a few medium jobs, but not more than I expected. I'd noticed a slight petrol smell in the cabin after filling up, but they assured me they couldn't find anything out of place. The next time I filled up it was there again. The following time it actually left a noticeable amount of petrol on the road, which scared me off from driving it.

It has been stuck on a drive the last couple of months while I moved house, and I need to get it back running. Then I'd like to do all the advised bits and pieces as well as the belts for peace of mind, as I intend to keep it for a while. I've seen there are a couple of independents who seem to be highly rated, but I'd love to hear where you would go for a thorough inspection and the work needed.

It's been an up and down start to Clio ownership, but I'm in it for the long haul. I've joined Cliosport because compared to related forums people actually seem to be active and get on, so I'm looking forward to joining in.


The Chubby Pirate

ClioSport Club Member
  Golf R
Welcome mate - with the fuel issue, i’d take it to a RenaultSport specialist, this place is a fountain of knowledge with specialists dotted all around


ClioSport Club Member
I’d imagine The Clio Man in Littlehampton or Alex at AW Motorworks are your closest specialists? Believe both are highly rated.


ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup, RSI, 200
I would get under the car and check that the Exhaust is not getting hot and burning through the petrol tank if it is I would have it towed to your nearest garage, same thing happened to me years ago it was actually an overheating cat causing the un shielded exhaust to get so hot it melted the plastic tank. Very very dangerous


ClioSport Club Member
May not be related (as you specify when filling up) but the plastic fuel hose (the looped one) in the engine bay is known for breaking. Took me a while to find my fuel leak smell as it was misting a fine spray and evaporating without trace (night time and a torch and it showed up)
  Clio 200E93 M3
Thanks very much for all the replies, it sounds as though I need to get it running and have a look underneath. I also need to give a couple of specialists a call to get them lined up. It's a bit daunting, but the news won't get any better with more time sat there.