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    Opinions on 1.2 16v clio

    Facelift ones so 2001 onwards, I know I recently made a post about a classic mini swapping for one but it not being something for long distance makes it feel like a 50cc scooter

    So classic mini aside forget I have one, what are your opinions on the 16v 1.2 clio!

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    If I was you I'd look at a Clio DCi. They're like 20 to tax, will do a genuine 55mpg and are a lot easier to drive than the 1.2's because they have so much extra torque.

    If its long journeys your planning on doing then the benefits are even further enhanced.

    Nothing wrong with 1.2 Clio's though, just make sure you get the dynamique spec.

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    If i had to, I'd go for a DCi instead, especially over a distance

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    If I was you I'd look at a Clio DCi. They're like 20 to tax, will do a genuine 55mpg and are a lot easier to drive than the 1.2's because they have so much extra torque.

    If its long journeys your planning on doing then the benefits are even further enhanced.

    Nothing wrong with 1.2 Clio's though, just make sure you get the dynamique spec.
    Seems slightly nicer towards the 1.2 clio than on the other thread, my brother has a 1.2 dynamique and it just went through the mot needing 2 coils, 2 ball joints and an anti roll bar, oops

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    I got one, and tbh I think its all good. compared to other 1.2's in quick, polo's etc. Done a few trips to wales and back and its fine tapping along at 80. also it only sips petrol when on long trips on dual carriageways and motorwarys. around corners its great fun . If I had to get another small car tomorrow i'd go for another 1.2 put it that way.

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by SUYC View Post
    I got one, and tbh I think its all good. compared to other 1.2's in quick, polo's etc. Done a few trips to wales and back and its fine tapping along at 80. also it only sips petrol when on long trips on dual carriageways and motorwarys. around corners its great fun . If I had to get another small car tomorrow i'd go for another 1.2 put it that way.
    Yeah because I was going to get a 1.2 16v, put the cup 172 wheels on it and put coilovers on it to make it lower and stiffer

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    go for it though I doubt it'll be like your mini round corners! also put some money aside for speakers. you dont get any in the back with 1.2's :l

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    i have a 1.2 and i do alot of driving, (7000 miles in 5 months since i passed !) and its perfectly fine. i do motorway trips every weekend out to wales, about 80-90 miles, sitting at 70-80 the whole way and its great on fuel , use about 2 bars there and back, coming back is more uphill aswell, thats where the let down is, there is a long winding hill, and even if i build up my speed before the climb, half way up i have to be in 4th or sometimes 3rd to keep it above 60 !! apart from that, i love my clio and it is a great little car.
    highly recommend it mate !

    (mines for sale)

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by SUYC View Post
    go for it though I doubt it'll be like your mini round corners! also put some money aside for speakers. you dont get any in the back with 1.2's :l
    Really? I swear my brothers 5 door one has.. I might be wrong though!

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by fastharry View Post
    i have a 1.2 and i do alot of driving, (7000 miles in 5 months since i passed !) and its perfectly fine. i do motorway trips every weekend out to wales, about 80-90 miles, sitting at 70-80 the whole way and its great on fuel , use about 2 bars there and back, coming back is more uphill aswell, thats where the let down is, there is a long winding hill, and even if i build up my speed before the climb, half way up i have to be in 4th or sometimes 3rd to keep it above 60 !! apart from that, i love my clio and it is a great little car.
    highly recommend it mate !

    (mines for sale)
    Why's it for sale then?!

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    dont think so mate, unless ive been monumentally mugged off by the previous owners lol

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Well to be honest there isn't much to dislike about 1.2's, I still say dci's are better but the 1.2 Dynamique is a cheap to run car with a miles better spec than its competitors at the time. They have electric windows & mirrors, cd player, auto lights and wipers, 'sports' seats (same as the 1*2), allow wheels etc. They're well specced for what is now a very cheap car.

    They also handle reasonably for a supermini, far too much body roll for a sporty drive but they have plenty of grip and good brakes. They're reasonably economical, I used to average about 36-38mpg in mine around town, 40+ on the motorway.

    That's about the best review I can give having now driven one for nearly 3 years, I did own mine for 2 years though so had plenty of experience with the 1.2's.

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Well to be honest there isn't much to dislike about 1.2's, I still say dci's are better but the 1.2 Dynamique is a cheap to run car with a miles better spec than its competitors at the time. They have electric windows & mirrors, cd player, auto lights and wipers, 'sports' seats (same as the 1*2), allow wheels etc. They're well specced for what is now a very cheap car.

    They also handle reasonably for a supermini, far too much body roll for a sporty drive but they have plenty of grip and good brakes. They're reasonably economical, I used to average about 36-38mpg in mine around town, 40+ on the motorway.

    That's about the best review I can give having now driven one for nearly 3 years, I did own mine for 2 years though so had plenty of experience with the 1.2's.
    Hmm they do seem like good cars but my brother constantly complains that his is boring and is s**t... haha

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryang556 View Post
    Hmm they do seem like good cars but my brother constantly complains that his is boring and is s**t... haha
    Well to be fair it is a standard supermini with the lowest power engine in, soft suspension etc that is designed to be driven around town predominantly.

    If you want a more sporty drive then get a Renaultsport Clio, but they cost more. Unfortunately like most things you can't have your cake and eat it.

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    what brett said lol

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Well to be fair it is a standard supermini with the lowest power engine in, soft suspension etc that is designed to be driven around town predominantly.

    If you want a more sporty drive then get a Renaultsport Clio, but they cost more. Unfortunately like most things you can't have your cake and eat it.
    Very true, as I said if I put the cup wheels on it, then on coil overs to make it stiffer and maybe the cliosport exhaust will make it a more fun car, due to it being stiffer and having a bit of noise?

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    If your going for the 1.2 get an 04 plate, came with the revised engine, so much less troublesome than the previous one.

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by Beef-Mc View Post
    If your going for the 1.2 get an 04 plate, came with the revised engine, so much less troublesome than the previous one.
    Ahh that'll explain why the 04 plate onwards fetch a bit more money, other than the obvious newer car haha

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryang556 View Post
    Very true, as I said if I put the cup wheels on it, then on coil overs to make it stiffer and maybe the cliosport exhaust will make it a more fun car, due to it being stiffer and having a bit of noise?
    im looking to put springs on mine as I cant seem to find coilovers under like 300 and I cant justify spending that much on one mod on a 1.2. but then again im earning jack s**t :P

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    Re: Opinions on 1.2 16v clio's

    Quote Originally Posted by SUYC View Post
    im looking to put springs on mine as I cant seem to find coilovers under like 300 and I cant justify spending that much on one mod on a 1.2. but then again im earning jack s**t :P
    You see that's the problems I have about the mini! I love my mini but they're not the most reliable so every little knock or rattle I'm thinking crap... money needed?

 

 
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