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Hi Cybermac and welcome good luck with the car I am sure that you will not need it

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super unleaded ide


I put supermarket fuel in mine and dont notice any difference . Some people in the forum say super does but i feel the money is better in my pocket .

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My previous IDE was rather problematic, though I suspect a lot of it was down to the same injector problem that took umpteen dealer visits before they agreed to replace the injector.

The concern with the IDE is that they can suffer from premature cylinder wear and a resulting loss of compression. This usually initially manifests itself as a lumpy idle, and a compression test is the only real way to put your mind at rest (or otherwise.)

When they're running right, the 2.0 IDE is a damn fine engine. It's got loads of low down torque for a 16v petrol engine, and that torque curve stays pretty flat most of the way to the red-line, giving a pleasantly linear power delivery.

Fuel economy's pretty poor, especially considering that economy is supposed to be one of the main benefits of direct injection.

There's some interesting information about direct injection and some specifics about the IDE on the following link. The article includes (for the first time) a plausible explanation of what IDE actually stands for (Injection Direct Essence.) Well you learn something new every day
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Thanks Horatio.

Great link.

To save opening up a lot of threads, does anyone know the REAL bhp of this engine?
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Originally Posted by ide man

Don't panic

Hi I own a 52 plate ide 74,000 miles and love my car there are certain things you should know about these cars .
Change the oil on them frequently do not leave 17,000 between oil changes as dealer states . I would advise every 8,000 and bob in mobil 1 0 30 w kwik fit do this for 37.00 .
Also if you drive it steady before oil changes bob in engine flush and injestor cleaner as the engine can build up carbon deposites . If you thrash it dont bother
This next bit is very important only put genuine Renault spark plugs on this vehicle as i discovered and other members have fitting others lead to mis fire and poor fuel econ .
I have owned alot of vehicles and drive ones for a living and what I can tell you is my ide is the best car I have owned goes like the wind on the motor way I feel the failings of the bad reports are because of renault putting a ridiculous service interval on a performance car .
As others have said it a straight foward engine no turbo to blow
As all cars you get the occasional bad one built on a friday afternoon but as long as the cambelt has been changed and oil you should be fine if you have initale spec you have a top car .
If you need any help please just message me .

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Its a relief to see some positivre comments. Like the originator [Cybermanc] I heard the IDE adverse comments after the event and have been worried to say the least. In essence you seem to be saying

1] Oil change/service every 10-12k if you use the car hard or every 8k if just used gently round town etc - ignore the 18l Renault suggestion.

2] Make sure only Renault Plugs fitted

Any other suggestions?
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