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Re: Clio 2 1.5 DCI - high mileage - worth spending money on?

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You'll always love your first car - it's your first major milestone on your route as an independent adult.

I meant has it been loved by previous owners?
Sorry, I meant someone else has taken it on a few surf trips haha

Totally agree about people not respecting safety to save a few quid.

With regards to the garage, they spent an hour looking over the car to find anything that's not right or would fail the MOT. I trust that they found everything that would be noticeable to a trained mechanic.

Am still a bit torn on this but thanks a lot for all the input.
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Re: Clio 2 1.5 DCI - high mileage - worth spending money on?

I understand the sentimentality - there are times I wish I still had my first car too.

But that one was owned by my dad, when he bought it brand-new, so I knew the driver, and every mile covered & penny spent on it.

The way I see it (objectively), is; you can end-up spending circa £1300 (estimated, but at least) and have a 15 year old car, which you hope has no more issues to throw at you / let you down with.

OR

For (a good bit) less money, which can go towards insurance, or a service - (even a set of bigger wheels) - you end-up with a ten year old car with a more powerful engine, no rust, warranty and the big jobs done.

Something I have, (which that £300 saving could easily pay for), is AA breakdown cover home/roadside & relay, plus breakdown repair cover, which acts like an ongoing warranty, except there is no limit on age or mileage. I've used it a few times, and it's well-worth the cost.

Project cars can give a load of satisfaction, but only if;

  • you have the skills not to have to pay others to do the repairs
  • you have the tools you need
  • you have the time to devote to dismantling, repairing & rebuilding the car
If you don't, they become an unreliable, money-pit and a real PITA that you will grow to resent.


You have to take a step-backwards and be objective & honest about yourself, the car, what you want out of it, and the finances you are willing to deploy to fund whatever you decide.


Best wishes whichever way you go.


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Re: Clio 2 1.5 DCI - high mileage - worth spending money on?

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Project cars can give a load of satisfaction, but only if;

•you have the skills not to have to pay others to do the repairs
•you have the tools you need
•you have the time to devote to dismantling, repairing & rebuilding the car
If you don't, they become an unreliable, money-pit and a real PITA that you will grow to resent.
Very true words.

But if someone is willing to learn, I still maintain that a dog of a first car is an important part and a valuable practical aid to learning.
Not to be undertaken lightly or if the motor is critical to life.
Trust me (and I'm sure many others here), being underneath the motor on a wet and cold Sunday to get it fixed for Monday morning is something you look back and smile on.
But is no fun at the time.
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Re: Clio 2 1.5 DCI - high mileage - worth spending money on?

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Very true words.

But if someone is willing to learn, I still maintain that a dog of a first car is an important part and a valuable practical aid to learning.
Not to be undertaken lightly or if the motor is critical to life.
Trust me (and I'm sure many others here), being underneath the motor on a wet and cold Sunday to get it fixed for Monday morning is something you look back and smile on.
But is no fun at the time.
Oh absolutely, which is why I urged the OP to be as honest about the car (and himself) before making any form of financial commitment.

There is one fundamental difference about our recollections of tinkering with cars, though; back then, they were intended (nay, required) to have constant fettling with spanners & a socket set - whereas the modern car is not.

The OP welcomed 'fatherly advice', if it was my kid, living in a remote area, needing a reliable car - I'd be saying exactly the same.

At the end of the day, it's his choice, and his money.

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Re: Clio 2 1.5 DCI - high mileage - worth spending money on?

Sorry.. been out of comms for 24hrs. Velsatisfied and Dancingdad make very good points. That would be my course of action. Not much point investing more cash if the car will still be worth less than your investment at the end of it. Your garage has only listed the problems he can actually see. There may be many other dangers lurking below.

Watch those wheel spacers - they are there either to look good or because a wider wheel is fouling somewhere. Yes, they increase the track but can cause other problems (extra load on wheel bearings for example) as well as being potentially dangerous if not fitted properly. Cheaper ones can also upset balance if not centred accurately on the hub. If you can pick up another car with an MOT and warranty, and choose to keep this one as a project, find a welder to tidy up the corrosion and do the rest yourself. Yes you will learn new ways to swear at spanners and make holes in your hands and arms but when you finally MOT it and sell it on you will feel very pleased with yourself. You might even get your money back, instead of losing too much. Plenty of people on this forum will be able to help you along. The wishbone is the biggest task on the list.

Good luck anyway and let us know what you decide.
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