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OK maybe 7 was a bit low but you might find one. Hears a couple of the trader site.
2000 RENAULT CLIO 2.0 16V Renaultsport 172 3dr Hatchback
2000 W reg Silver,Full Renault hist Air con Half Leather seats, ABS, 6 CD stacker, Central locking, Alarm/immob,This car is immaculate and is for sale at a rediculously low price as I am forced to sell! You wont be disappointed. 48000 miles. £7950.
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RENAULT CLIO 172 SPORT, 2001,
X reg . 15500 miles, absolutely immaculate inside & out, all usual refinements, taken in p/x. £7,995. p/x considered . (0121) 344 4868.
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Valver and willy appear to have more street cred than 172 (I know people are going to shout at me for that). If i was you i would not spend 7 odd grand on a 172, spend 4K on a mint valver or 5k for a willy and then send it to hill power for heads, cams, exhaust and chip etc, get a nice set of wheels for it and you wont regret the quick individual car you will have at the end.
However aint ever had a go of a 172 (any offers, in return a thrash in my valver) so not really in a position to comment if this makes up for my slander in first paragraph.
Experince a 172 then u will want 1 .....it will be hard 2 find a decent willy what has not been thrashed about ,plus u might be buying other peoples trouble at least wit a 172 there new enough ie;service history and sh*t...
Valvers and willys, Patience they are rare but there are good ones about, be prepared to travel if so. There is a point about buying a 172 in that it will feel newer is slighly quicker and probably less hasslesome, although they have thier problems also it would appear, need to have a spin in one, think I should arrange a test drive for myself, however, before i slate or a rate them, nothing worse than the uneducated gobbing off. Suggest you do the same, drive a good one of both, perhaps a fellow club members, and then decide.
Come on Pete!! Youve seen my 16v and you know you want one - or even a Williams! 172 will be wicked, but theres somethin a bit more old-school cool about a 16v/Willy. Megane isnt a Clio - nuff said!
16v/Willy will cost as much as a 172 or other newer car in the long run. Bought my Valver for £4600 last year - and have spend nearly £4000 on it since then to keep it minter than mint. I know you do big miles! So 172 would cost the same as a 70k miles 16v/Willy over the years!
But it isnt all about the money - its about what you like. Drive my car some time and Im sure someone will let you have a blow in a 172 as well. Then decide!