Renault Clio (2005 – 2009) Review

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Renault Clio (2005 – 2009) At A Glance


+Refined, comfortable and well equipped. Excellent crash test rating. 1.5 dCi is very economical. RenaultSport Clio now 197PS.

-Electric power steering feels odd.

There is no doubt that Renault has turned the Clio into a classy little car. You almost expect to see a Jimmy Choo shopping bag on the back seat along with a bunch of other designer labels.

It's very good looking. Better than the 207, in my eyes. And since that's its main competition it at first seems to have the job sewn up.

Nice colour range, too. It looks particularly good in dark metallic blue with alloys. And the solid Capsicum red that mine came in is a really rich red (always the best colour to photograph).

Of course, it is up against the much cheaper and even better looking Grande Punto as well. But for strange, snobbish, style reasons, many Brits who would be happy with a Renault or a Peugeot won't be seen dead in a FIAT.

Renault Clio 1.4 2006 Road Test

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I need to get a reliable car urgently. Do you advise a PCP?
"I wonder if you can help as I'm a bit desperate. I have a 2005 Renault Clio with a broken gearbox, which was mis-sold 2 months ago. I have a second Renault Clio (2007) with low mileage, given to me for free 6 days ago, It now has an injector light coming on and it's in limp mode. I'm a nurse who is at her wit's end and needs a really reliable car as taxis are costing too much. Would you scrap both cars and do a PCP? Budget is up to £160 a month. I need a reliable car pretty urgently. Thank you so much."
Unfortunately, as you're finding, an older Clio is a recipe for headaches. A PCP isn't a bad idea – a little Kia Picanto or Suzuki Swift will be very affordable, cheap to run and should prove to be much more reliable than your current cars.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Would roof bars add much value when selling my 2006 Renault Clio?
"I'm planning on selling my 2006 Renault Clio. It has roof bars attached, which I don't plan to remove. Would they add value?"
I doubt it. You'd be best removing them - but even then, they're unlikely to be worth a great deal.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Do I need anything else replaced when a cam belt is changed?
"I have a 2009 Renault Clio, which has done 3500 miles. According to Renault, it needs a new cam belt. They recommend that the tensioner and the water pump should be replaced, but nothing else needs done. Is this correct, or should I pay extra to have the belt replaced as well?"
Needs timing belt, tensioner, waterpump and alternator belt replacing. No point in just replacing the belt because if any of the other three fail they will take the belt off and the engine will suffer the same damage as if the belt failed.
Answered by Honest John
Why is my Renault Clio stuttering through low gear changes?
"My 2006 Renault Clio seems to have developed an intermittent fault. It's ticking over slightly high when in idle and the temperature gauge drops to zero. When this happens it also stutters a bit through low gear changes. The car has done 62,000 miles and passed its MoT in March with no advisories. This has happened twice now. Any ideas please?"
We would suggest that it may well be the ECT (engine coolant temp sensor). Not difficult to change.
Answered by Alan Ross

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