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Thinking of buying a 182.



  BG 182
Evening all,

Decided to sign up here as I'm thinking of getting a 182, but want to be clued up before I make a purchase.

I've already had a nosey around on what to look for, cambelt change etc.

I've spotted this one approx 30 miles from me, I've popped over an email asking about cambelt, anything else I should look at?

Renault Clio 2.0 16V Renaultsport 182 3dr FULL SERVICE HISTORY

Look forward to learning more.
 
  BG 182
Has anyone come across this before on here? the plate is YK05 ZCR, thinking of going to have a look.
 
  BG 182
I'd try and get a date the cam belt was replaced and also the auxiliary belt too. If the auxiliary belt snaps it can get tangled around the lower pulley and take out the cambelt.
Thanks for the tip simon, what is a good age range for a cambelt? I'm guessing based on 10K a year, it would be 3 years since the change, but obviously I'll look to find out exacts dates.
 
Every 5 years or 70k. The auxiliary belt is 3 years or 36k I think. Also if you do go view it and when idling it sounds like a diesel, the dephaser will need replacing and unfortunately that means the cam belt will need to be replaced too.
 
  172
Still has a standard exhaust - likely to be extremely corroded at best and blowing/MOT advisory at worst. Stainless backboxes start from about £350+ new (Scorpion RS192 currently in group buy @ 325) or £250 second hand.

Wheels need a refurb (£50 + patience if you can DIY)

As above enquire about dephaser. Bought the car with 4 years left before cambelt & aux belt were due again. Dephaser was not noisy. 12 months down the line and the car could do with it's next belt change 3 years early because the dephaser, which wasn't replaced with the cambelt, is noisy. Going to cost me £600 3 years early because the previous owned "did it on the cheap" (at £500!) without the dephaser. For the peace of mind I now would not buy another 182 which hasn't had aux/cam/dephaser done by a specialist. Or alternatively make sure the price is right (£2200 is at the cheaper end of scale anyway)
 
  BG 182
Still has a standard exhaust - likely to be extremely corroded at best and blowing/MOT advisory at worst. Stainless backboxes start from about £350+ new (Scorpion RS192 currently in group buy @ 325) or £250 second hand.

Wheels need a refurb (£50 + patience if you can DIY)

As above enquire about dephaser. Bought the car with 4 years left before cambelt & aux belt were due again. Dephaser was not noisy. 12 months down the line and the car could do with it's next belt change 3 years early because the dephaser, which wasn't replaced with the cambelt, is noisy. Going to cost me £600 3 years early because the previous owned "did it on the cheap" (at £500!) without the dephaser. For the peace of mind I now would not buy another 182 which hasn't had aux/cam/dephaser done by a specialist. Or alternatively make sure the price is right (£2200 is at the cheaper end of scale anyway)
You deciphered all that information from the photos shown? If so great job!
 
  172
Yeah the standard tail pipes are distinctively small once you've seen a few cars with a mix of aftermarket/OEM so it's easy enough to spot. The standard items are mild steel and are notorious for corroding very quickly and are £700 odd from Renault (for an exhaust that will fall apart again in the near future!) vs £400 for an aftermarket item that will last forever. Hence it's rare that a car will have a recently replaced OEM exhaust and hence be in good shape.

Not the end of the world at all and don't let it put you off a good car - just an easy bargaining tool as the "problem" is very visual if you persuade the seller to peer under the rear bumper.

I hate the design of 182 wheels with a passion lol! The spokes are convex so the tyre can't offer any protection against curbs hence so many wheels on these cars are badly scuffed. I was specifically looking at the left front in the photos, scuffs always look worse in person due to the lighting and are again a bargaining tool.


Those two points are superficial though and relatively inexpensive so shouldn't stop you buying a car.

The absolute best bit of advice though is take your time. If you're patient then there are plenty of cars that go for 2 or 3k on the forum that due to condition, history, extras would go for a hell of a lot more on autotrader/pistonheads etc.
 
  BG 182
Thanks Steven, you've been extremely helpful, I've been thinking that for a 2 hour round trip for a car with 90k on the clock, its better to hold fire and maybe see some more local to me. I am seriously interested in getting on though, works out £17 quid a month more expensive than my 1.6 206, got to be worth it for the extra poke!

I'm just getting my head around the models/kits etc, would love one with climate/cruise just for the comfort on longer drives. from what I've read, the cup version doesn't have such things?
 
  BG 182
The absolute best bit of advice though is take your time. If you're patient then there are plenty of cars that go for 2 or 3k on the forum that due to condition, history, extras would go for a hell of a lot more on autotrader/pistonheads etc.
Yeah, I've just done had another look on autotrader, this one looks to be a better deal, with 72k on the clock and what looks like aftermarket exhausts.
 


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