Renault Clio Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Renault Clio reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
What is the durability and re-sale value of a used car?
In terms of life expectancy and durability I would expect both to be about the same, but I would expect the Polo to have slightly better resale value than the Clio. Both are good cars, but I would choose the Renault because of its longer warranty.
Renault Clio: key replacement cost
Generally the cost will depend on the variant and year. You can get more information on quick and cheap key replacments from dealers or automotive locksmiths here.
Renault Clio 2016: Dealership can't fix my car
Renault has a clear responsibility to fix the problem, and has been trying to fix it, but so far hasn’t been able to. Request a meeting with your dealer’s service manager and go through the history of the problem and have them tell you what they will do to fix it. It’s sounds like they need the assistance of a technical expert from Renault head office. You need to get an agreement that the problem will be fixed, or Renault will come to the party with a satisfactory settlement. You could also go to the ACCC, or the state consumer department for assistance and advice.
Which hatchback should I buy?
The best times to buy are usually the end of the financial year, or at model run-out times, that's when the specials are on. The CVT and dual-clutch autos are both still unknowns in terms of long-term reliability, but either should be ok over the five years you plan to keep the car. Any of the cars you list, and the list is a long one, would be ok. It really comes down to what you like.
Clio brake fluid leak and paint respray
I have been in touch again with Renault. Spokeswoman Melissa Cross replies: "Our customer service team is currently in discussion with Mr Gibson about his vehicle, which he has back. To ensure he wasn't inconvenienced while his vehicle was at the dealership, Renault Australia provided a hire car at no cost. Our team will continue to liaise with Mr Gibson to ensure he is satisfied."
Problems with Clio transmission?
We haven't had any specific complaints about the transmission in the Renault, but no dual-clutch auto should be above suspicion. Getrag supplies transmissions to many carmakers, Renault included. The troublesome Ford PowerShift transmission is also a Getrag product.
Why are clutches regarded as wear and tear items?
There is no inconsistency. The clutch in a regular manual car is operated and controlled by the driver but the clutch pack in a double-clutch setup such as those used by Ford, Renault and Volkswagen is controlled by the car's computer. So any wear or damage in a double-clutch is a fault in the car and not down to the driver.
Leaking brake fluid in Clio
Emily Fadayev of Renault Australia replies: "We have carried out extensive testing since the repair work was completed and have been unable to reproduce his concerns. This is the first case we've encountered so we've contacted head office. Our customer service team are remaining in constant contact with Glen as it is our desire to resolve this for him as soon as possible."
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Renault steps in
Renault spokeswoman, Emily Fadeyev, says: "The brake fluid leaking in Mr Gibson's Clio is not the normal operation of a Clio. Our head office customer service team have been in contact with Mr Gibson since we became aware of this issue and we've asked him to take his vehicle to the nearest dealership so they can investigate what is happening with his car. The dealer has been advised to ensure Mr Gibson has a loan car so he isn't inconvenienced further".