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There is a possible alternative option - but its a fair amount of work involved.

Find a scrapped Clio, but rather than just taking the cover off it - you would need to strip out the interior trim (and possibly wheelarch liner) to assess how much 'metal' along with the hinge you would need to ensure there was sufficient contact. The cover could be detatched as the fixing panel was tack welded into place - the fuel tank & pipework would need to be dropped for safety's sake. Whilst you are at it - get the rusty areas sandblasted, treated and filled, then re-paint (along with the cover, if needed). Put the tank & pipework back into place, and fix the flap back into place.

If you are handy with a toolkit, then its really only the welding which would pose any real difficulty - I'm sure there are mobile services out there who could assist/advise further.

Whilst you are getting the exhaust (shop around, I'm sure you can get even a custom system for less than what you've been quoted), take the opportunity to view under the car to assess its overall condition - you don't want to throw money at this problem, only for another (more serious one) to raise its head.

Hope this helps.


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