Hi folks, new fella here so go gentle ok. I've searched the FAQs but cant find any buying advice for a newer model Clio.
I'm after a reliable, cheap to run little runabout to see me through the next 2 years or so, then pass onto my wife when she retires (I can then part ex her Colt and buy something interesting for me
I have actually been looking for a Fiesta 1.6 Zetec S but stumbled upon the Clio whilst looking and don't know what to do now because it ticks most of my boxes - not least of all it's low running costs! The Fiesta appealed because even if it does break they're realtively easy to fix and don't cost a fortune to buy parts for - although I must admit to never having been a Ford lover!
I've got up to £8k to spend so it'll have to be a Mk3, although there are one or two of the new models MK4?
) starting to appear for not much more so may run to one of those. I'm fancying the 1.5 dCi 86 Dynamique of which there are a few tidy looking low mileage examples available local(ish).
Question is - how good are the newer models? I know the Clio has always been quite a reliable wee car but not without it's niggles, so have the problems it's had in the past been addressed on the new ones? I'd like to make a check list of things to look at when I go buy so if anyone has any ideas, advice, suggestions etc. to add to it I'd be eternally grateful.
I've done a fair bit of research on new cars recently and almost every one in this class has some major issues. I started out looking at Mazda 3s but was put off by a widespread Traction contol problem that affects most of the ones fitted with it (which is most of them) - usually just out of warranty and costs the poor old punter anywhere between £1500 and £2k to have sorted. It's the same for most other makesm Vauxhall diesel models - waterpump probs, they self destruct at around 40k and take the cam belt with it! Peugeot - haven't got time to list their probs! Even VWs have inherant problems.
So far I've not turned up anything particuarly nasty about the Clio Diesels, apart from
probs at higher mileages - over 60k? .....and one of the headlight bulbs being a pig to change on the air con models?
Anyway - rabbiting now
As I say any info would be appreciated, I've just retired (early!) so I'm getting a bit long in the tooth for mauling about with cars as I did when I was younger, I send them to a local garage now - just don't want any major repairs making a dent in the pension!