I’m selling my cherished iceberg silver phase 1 as I have just bought a megane 250! As much as I love this little car and it has never put a foot wrong, I now have 5 cars and my wife has informed me that a strict ‘1 in 1 out’ policy is now in effect. I am the second owner of the clio and it is totally standard.
MOT until 16 Jan 2020
Tax until Feb 2020
Mechanically there’s not much to say. The car is absolutely spot on. No problems whatsoever. No suspension noises, no crunching from the gearbox into any gear. Engine pulls perfectly, no smoke, no warning lights. Drives straight, brakes straight, handles great. Needs absolutely nothing doing imminently. Hop in and enjoy.
It’s been driven with mechanical sympathy, maintained carefully by me personally and always warmed up fully before pushing on. I have never taken it on track, abused it, done burnouts, rushed gear changes or even hit the limiter as far as I remember. I grew out of kicking a car’s head in on the road probably 20 years ago and the first owner, a middle aged lady in Surrey, didn’t seem the type either.
Bodily it’s also excellent but not immaculate. The bonnet has some stone chips etc. There are a few stone chips/paint flakes on the front bumper and a light scuff on the passenger side (paint not removed) and one fog light is cracked but still works. The rear bumper also has a few flecks of paint missing and some tiny scuffs on the side, again paint not removed. Some marks on the wing mirrors. The drivers side skirt has some scrapes and touching up under the drivers door.
The rest of the paint work is excellent with only a few tiny dinks on the doors and rear quarters which dentmagic could probably remove very easily. I’m not a detailing nut but I keep it sensibly clean, decontaminated and wax protected. The paint is therefore all good, no laquer peel, crazing or swirl marks.
The windscreen has a small chip however it’s smaller than a 5p and has gone through several MOTs, occasionally coming up as an advisory.
The sills are free of any visible rust and otherwise undamaged as I always jack it up somewhere sensible, not on the sill lips like most mongs and tyre fitters seem to do. No rust anywhere - arches both clear. On the inside behind the trim panels also. Photos available. The classic corrosion prone area area under the fuel filler flap is clear - behind in the wheel well also clear.
During my ownership I’ve had mk1 turbines fitted but the car now has the correct Renault OZ F1s re-fitted, with nearly new Toyo T1-R tyres. The wheels have varying amounts of kerbing and would really benefit from a refurb.
Upholstery is again excellent - no rips, stains, splits or fag burns. I’ve replaced the drivers seat base foam recently so the bolsters are as firm as new, with just some surface wear to the leather. Steering wheel in really good condition. The usual deterioration of the soft touch coating on the silver plastics.
It’s never been smoked in during my ownership and again, the lady I bought it off wasn’t a smoker either. Photos show a sony head unit but the original head unit will be refitted for sale. I’ll leave the connects2 Sony/pioneer stalk adapter in place for the new buyer if desired. CD changer present under the seat. Aircon re-gassed in the last couple of months. 2 working keys. Nice.
I bought the car in 2013 at 52k miles, up to which point it has stamped history and after which I have done all servicing and maintenance myself. Yes, I know what I’m doing. It’s now on 87k, with a large proportion of my miles being motorway commuting miles. In my ownership it has been run on Fuchs Titan Supersyn oil and genuine Renault filters, changed at an 8-10k interval (book interval is 12k). Type D coolant change every 2nd service. Done about 10k since last service so if I was keeping it I’d be doing it around now.
In my ownership, in addition to routine servicing I have replaced as required:
New balljoints and track rod ends (Lemforder) + tracking
New front dampers (genuine Renault)
New top mount bearings
New front discs (genuine Renault)
New front pads (Brembo)
New rear discs (genuine Renault)
New rear pads (Brembo)
New exhaust back box (genuine Renault)
New exhaust centre section (after market as I couldn’t easily get hold of a genuine part at the time)
New washer pump
New reg plates front and rear
In January 2017 at 81k miles I did the major belt service including:
Cambelt full kit
Aux belt full kit
Flush & refill with Type D coolant
All genuine Renault parts bought from Renault parts direct. Yes, I have all the correct genuine Renault timing tools and again, yes I know what I’m doing. No tippex.
Advisories from last MOT were:
Repair as soon as possible (minor defects):
"Nearside Steering rack gaiter damaged or deteriorated, but preventing the ingress of dirt (2.1.3 (g) (i))" - The first time this advisory appeared I bought the part and went to replace it but found that it’s just a little surface perished, not holed, so as it’s a pain and ideally I’d need to get the tracking done again, I didn’t swap it over. I’ve kept an eye on it and it’s not got any worse since (see photo) . The new gaiter is in the glove box when you need it.
Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):
"clutch very heavy" - The old boy who has done the last few MOTs keeps recording this. Yeah OK, it’s heavier than 1 litre Fiesta I guess, aren’t they all? Clutch is fine. A little grabby if anything.
Oil leak, but not excessive (8.4.1 (a) (i)) - This keeps coming up. Don’t know what it refers to, I can’t find it. You’re welcome to have a look for yourself. My driveway where I always park the clio is spotless.
"Offside Rear Coil spring corroded (5.3.1 (b) (i))" - Again, this is pretty much made up - I’ve had a look and the springs are dirty of course, but not corroded; it’s fine.
Located in Clevedon, Somerset (J20 M5). Any inspection welcome and if you bring proof of insurance you can drive it no problem. Phase 1s don’t come up for sale in this condition often. If you wanted one to bring up to show condition, this really doesn’t need much at all. Just a wheel refurb gets you most of the way there.
Sorry that’s a bit of an essay but I get tired of looking to buy cars myself and having only a couple of sentences to go on. I’ve been totally warts-and-all honest and I think I’ve covered everything but any questions or if you want photos of anything specific please ask!
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