RE: Renaultsport Clio 172: Spotted

RE: Renaultsport Clio 172: Spotted

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WCZ

7,531 posts

144 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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Jon_S_Rally said:
Can't say I ever thought that about my 172 Cup. 280mm discs on a sub-1000kg car is fine. I know plenty of people racing them who just fit different pads and fluid.

Great cars, really miss mine. Values are definitely on the up now.
I tried different pads (pretty much all of the recommended ones) and uprated discs/fluid but they still overheated and didn't perform well on track imo so fitted brembos from the megane and cooling air ducts from the bumper

commievid

9 posts

222 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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Got one for the wife 3 years ago, now approaching the 180k mark!

Cambelt is the killer on these, very fiddly to do DIY, Renault can't seem to design engines.

Car is great though, and gets 34mpg without drama, which genuinely impressed me given its a 2.0l lump.

MX6

4,133 posts

163 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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Oh, I'm surprised at the price of that. It does look tidy but I didn't know these were attracting classics values now, I was assuming it would be £2k or less. Seems like a fun little car, I know these have always received good reviews. Not really my thing though, and out of my budget...

Robmarriott

1,945 posts

108 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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Jon_S_Rally said:
WCZ said:
the brakes are awful though on every single model
Can't say I ever thought that about my 172 Cup. 280mm discs on a sub-1000kg car is fine. I know plenty of people racing them who just fit different pads and fluid.

Great cars, really miss mine. Values are definitely on the up now.
Agreed, I’ve driven ph1 172s, 172 Cups (with no abs) and own(ed) 182 Cups and the brakes are more than adequate unless you’re hammering it on track every day, when better pads make all the difference.

Dale487

1,079 posts

73 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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aaron_2000 said:
andySC said:
aaron_2000 said:
andySC said:
W433 HKU where are you now?
Gone since 2011
Rest In Pieces.
Rest Upside Down In A Hedge
Rust in Pieces

Nealio

285 posts

143 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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commievid said:
Cambelt is the killer on these, very fiddly to do DIY, Renault can't seem to design engines.
It's really not that tricky other than some confined working spaces. It's a big engine in a small car though, access is always going to be restricted.

edit... I actually have one of these - ph1, same colour, very similar condition and completely standard spec, 2nd owner, 89,000 miles and was toying with the idea of selling. £5,499 anyone? winkbiggrin

Edited by Nealio on Thursday 28th February 18:15

ben5575

2,503 posts

171 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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My first ever new car cloud9

Looks like X522 CDC died a death in 2007.

Galveston

563 posts

149 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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Jon_S_Rally said:
WCZ said:
the brakes are awful though on every single model
Can't say I ever thought that about my 172 Cup. 280mm discs on a sub-1000kg car is fine. I know plenty of people racing them who just fit different pads and fluid.

Great cars, really miss mine. Values are definitely on the up now.
Yep, weird comment. Love the brakes on my Cup; powerful, feelsome and fade resistant.

TheJimi

15,738 posts

193 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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I'd like to try a 172 Cup, but I can't be arsed having to fix or replace something every other week. Which is what seems to happen with these if my research is anything to go by frown

WCZ

7,531 posts

144 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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Galveston said:
Yep, weird comment. Love the brakes on my Cup; powerful, feelsome and fade resistant.
without going in someone elses car it's hard to objectively compare but on my trophy they werern't great at all until I upgraded them

Ph1listine

924 posts

50 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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Amazing little cars, so raw to drive and so full of character. Throttle response is sharp and with the K-Tec induction kit it sounds like a mini CSL.

Here's mine, no plans to sell as it's an amazing daily and fun car; brilliant all rounder and 30 mpg + even when enjoying it:







Jon_S_Rally

718 posts

38 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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TheJimi said:
I'd like to try a 172 Cup, but I can't be arsed having to fix or replace something every other week. Which is what seems to happen with these if my research is anything to go by frown
I had mine about four years, think I put about 25k on it in the first year and it didn't really need much doing to it at all. Was on about 110k when I bought it, 148k when I sold it. Other than a couple of lambda sensors and an injector (not expensive or difficult), it only had a few suspension bits refreshed. Parts for them are cheap too generally.

Don't let the scare stories put you off, as they're usually written by people who know nothing about them. Mine took no end of abuse and never let me down.

Maldini35

2,305 posts

138 months

Thursday 28th February 2019
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Jon_S_Rally said:
TheJimi said:
I'd like to try a 172 Cup, but I can't be arsed having to fix or replace something every other week. Which is what seems to happen with these if my research is anything to go by frown
I had mine about four years, think I put about 25k on it in the first year and it didn't really need much doing to it at all. Was on about 110k when I bought it, 148k when I sold it. Other than a couple of lambda sensors and an injector (not expensive or difficult), it only had a few suspension bits refreshed. Parts for them are cheap too generally.

Don't let the scare stories put you off, as they're usually written by people who know nothing about them. Mine took no end of abuse and never let me down.
Agreed


DoubleTime

1,433 posts

92 months

Friday 1st March 2019
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Maldini35 said:
Jon_S_Rally said:
TheJimi said:
I'd like to try a 172 Cup, but I can't be arsed having to fix or replace something every other week. Which is what seems to happen with these if my research is anything to go by frown
I had mine about four years, think I put about 25k on it in the first year and it didn't really need much doing to it at all. Was on about 110k when I bought it, 148k when I sold it. Other than a couple of lambda sensors and an injector (not expensive or difficult), it only had a few suspension bits refreshed. Parts for them are cheap too generally.

Don't let the scare stories put you off, as they're usually written by people who know nothing about them. Mine took no end of abuse and never let me down.
Agreed
3rd'd - solid little cars. Cheap crappy plastic dash etc but who cares, it's all about the grin factor!

Maldini35

2,305 posts

138 months

Friday 1st March 2019
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Jon_S_Rally said:
TheJimi said:
I'd like to try a 172 Cup, but I can't be arsed having to fix or replace something every other week. Which is what seems to happen with these if my research is anything to go by frown
I had mine about four years, think I put about 25k on it in the first year and it didn't really need much doing to it at all. Was on about 110k when I bought it, 148k when I sold it. Other than a couple of lambda sensors and an injector (not expensive or difficult), it only had a few suspension bits refreshed. Parts for them are cheap too generally.

Don't let the scare stories put you off, as they're usually written by people who know nothing about them. Mine took no end of abuse and never let me down.
Agreed


Galveston

563 posts

149 months

Friday 1st March 2019
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TheJimi said:
I'd like to try a 172 Cup, but I can't be arsed having to fix or replace something every other week. Which is what seems to happen with these if my research is anything to go by frown

When I first had my Cup it let me down a couple of times but both were legacies of ham-fisted/lazy mechanics rather than anything you could blame it or Renault for.

I have suffered the infamous UCH problem which cost £450 to fix at the dealer.

It gets a suspension refresh every couple of years, but that's because I'm a bit mad rather than because it needs it.

I sprint/hillclimb mine. For this season I've treated it to a rebuilt gearbox as the original has been getting a little whiny, but given the abuse it gets that's not unexpected.

It's a properly brilliant little car and definitely worth the effort to find a good one.

pincher

5,822 posts

167 months

Friday 1st March 2019
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Looks like I’d better keep my inherited 2003 173 Cup then! 36,000 on the clock and I spent best part of a grand on dephaser gubbins and new water pump last year.

Needs tidying up a bit but it’s a complete hoot to drive - much more fun than my TVR if I’m honest (although I concede that they are completely different types of car!)

Such a PITA getting it through an MOT though due to the handbrake issues rolleyes

Edited by pincher on Friday 1st March 18:00

Galveston

563 posts

149 months

Friday 1st March 2019
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pincher said:
Such a PITA getting it through an MOT though due to the handbrake issues rolleyes
Really? Mine's never been mentioned.

pincher

5,822 posts

167 months

Friday 1st March 2019
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Yeah, something to do with (I think) a spring on the compensator that was disconnected at factory on the 172. Leads to really poor parking brake efficiency - something stupid like 20%.

VOSA ended up issuing a bulletin on it telling MOT testers to pass it as it was a known issue.

Galveston

563 posts

149 months

Friday 1st March 2019
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pincher said:
VOSA ended up issuing a bulletin on it telling MOT testers to pass it as it was a known issue.
Yep, and I always leave a copy of the bulletin on the passenger seat as a reminder to the tester... It's never been mentioned.