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Renault Clio Hatchback (98 - 05) review

(1998 - 2005)
Renault Clio Hatchback (98 - 05)
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What should I look for in a used Renault Clio hatchback?

The Clio is not the hardiest of superminis, but in recent years it has emerged as the best Renault in reliability surveys.

This is backed up by the JD Power survey, where the Clio's quality and reliability were rated as average. It would have performed rather better had it not been for a high number of reported engine problems.

According to Warranty Direct, the weakest areas of the car are its suspension, brakes and electrics. The automatic gearboxes aren't particularly strong, either.

During its life, the Clio was subject to a few recalls, some concerning the brakes. The largest recall affected models built in 1998 and 1999, because these had a possible fault with the accelerator cable.

There are also reports of a fault with the bonnet release catch. Although no recall has been issued, Renault has written to every registered owner of the car offering a free safety check of the part as it can fail if poorly maintained.

Customers' views on the Clio are mixed. There's no shortage of happy owners, but reported problems include excessive noise and rattling from the sunroof, and poor service from Renault dealers.

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