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Hi all,

I recently bought a Clio as my first car. It's a 2001 MkII Clio Dynamique 65 1.5 DCi. Purchased at the end of May. Cost me 575.

I've posted elsewhere about the first issue I found with my Clio - bodged fuel line which I fixed with the help of a couple of good souls on here.

Got a slightly bigger ask if anyone's got the time to read.

I'm in Cornwall so the car's very much a daily driver, things being as far apart as they are down here. I also go back to Herts and Sussex about once a month or so to see family and friends. So this car needs to do a bit.

I took it for it's first service recently. The garage offered to check it out first and see if there's anything else that needs doing on top of the standard service. They found a fair bit..

The car's got 153,000 miles on it, has after market alloys, has been lowered at the front a bit (my 21 year old self took over on seeing this car), and as I say, has at least one bodge under the bonnet, so it's lived a life. The MOT is due in November and going on what the garage said, it'd definitely fail.

I wanted to know if anyone has an opinion on whether I should invest the money on getting the work done and seeing how many miles I can get out of it, or whether I should let it go.

The work in question is as follows,

1. Front tyres need replacing and for some reason, neither has a spigot spacer on them (rears do weirdly), so they need adding as well.

2. a rear seat belt buckle needs fixing/replacing

3. One front and and the rear wiper blades need replacing

4. Induction pipe is missing and needs replacing

5. Brake fluid needs changing

6. One of the front wishbones is corroded and needs replacing

7. The wrong rack boot was put on one of the arms and needs replacing

8. The rear brake shoes need replacing

9. One of the rear wheel cylinders needs replacing as it's leaking

10. The rear chassis is corroded and needs welding

With the service included, I've been quoted about 750 for all the above.

Obviously, a few of those jobs are essential to having a safe car, so they need to be done.

Additionally, the engine management light has come on. The car does take 3 seconds or so to turn over in the morning, so the garage reckoned it might be the glowplugs.

I was also wondering if anyone reckons it's feasible that I might get a year's driving out of the car given the mileage and known issues. If so, I reckon I might pony up as I want to learn how to get around a car mechanically. Figured it's a cheap-ish way to do so. Also, the price for the work - does that seem reasonable?

I'm appealing to anyone who wants to go into Dad-mode on this and provide some knowledged advice.

Cheers for reading!

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

Nothing on your list is difficult and would make an excellent project for someone wanting to get to grips with car mechanics (maybe not the welding). Price seems reasonable but only you can decide whether it is worth spending 750 on a car you paid less that 600 for. Except the tyres there is probably only 100+ worth of parts if you shop around. There are plenty of used parts out there. Only time will tell whether the car has much of a useful future left. Presumably you have no idea of the history. Mileage is quite high but some go on much longer.
Are the alloys standard size? and same size tyres front and rear? I would check why there are spacers on the rear. And get a proper diagnostic test. Warning lights are a MOT no-no.
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Re: Clio 2 1.5 DCI - high mileage - worth spending money on?

I've got to be honest, I would view this as a 'heads-up' and either sell the car now (with some MOT), or wait until it fails, and break it for parts.

If there has been one previous owner that's been a bodger, that in itself would put me off throwing money at it, trying to reverse the damage that they have caused.

At the end of the day, it's an old car, with a very high mileage (cambelt change due?), and you have to ask yourself - has it been loved?

If the answer is no, don't keep it - it will cost you many times more than what you paid for it - and still be worth less than the purchase price.

If you sell it now, you'll only lose a hundred or so.

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

Twodogs, you helped on my last problem, so thanks again, buddy!

My logic is if I can get it through an MOT and get 12,000 miles out of the car, then maybe it's worth the 1300-ish quid (assuming nothing else goes wrong). I guess that's the gamble - is that daft to think like that?

The history seems to be a bit spotty - no mention of the wheels being fitted but the tyre replacment is noted and the tracking was done, so I'd assume someone previously noticed that the spigots had gone. The wheels are 15" rims and the tyres all the same size. Guys at the garage said to source spacers for 6.5J 4-stud wheel.

I've been reading mt Haynes manual and watching some youtube vids, and acquring tools aside, sorting out the rack boot and wishbone alone aren't daunting to me - just need care and attention.

Cheers for the thoughts on the diagnostic test.
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This makes much more sense - big jobs already done, much newer, cheaper tax, no rust, plus a warranty.

You might even get it for less than a thou.

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