BUYING A RENAULT CLIO MK 1 AND 2

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Hello,I thought i would write a guide about buying a Renault Clio mk 1 and 2.This guide covers Clios from H reg to R reg.First of all these Clios are a fun,economical ,cheap to run and insure little car.I am mainly covering the smaller engined clios .Things to look for-check the timing belt has been replaced these usually need replacing at 5 years or 70000 miles,its also worth replacing the water pump at the same time as they can sometimes leak or seize after the timing belt is replaced.Oil leaks are common usually from the front of the engine on earlier 1.2 and 1.4 engines,to identify these engines the rocker cover is stamped "Energy Renault".The later D type engine is excellent again it is a petrol engine fitted to clios from Late N reg models-missed timing belt changes is the usual killer of this engine.Wheel bearing noise is common on these cars usually the front bearings-you will hear a droning noise from the front when cornering.You may also hear a loud clicking noise when driving and turning corners-this is usually the outer driveshaft joints that have failed,have a look behind the front wheels for any splattered grease and split driveshaft boots.Clutches can become heavy-sometimes the cable but usually the clutch itself is at fault.Front brake discs corrode-a cheap and easy job to sort.As some of these cars are a few years old now,you need to check the bodywork-rear wheel arches rot from the inside causing blistering of the paint ,if you find a good one make sure it hasnt just had a quick lick of paint to disguise the rot!Most when they are that stage just arent worth repairing.also check the underside of the vehicle for further rot.As mentioned this guide mainly covers the small engined more popular Clios,however you can also get a diesel version 1900cc, a 1800 cc petrol in 8 valve and 16v and a 2000cc Williams.I hope this guide helps somebody,these are just a few common things i have found with Clios i have owned!
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