Things to look out for when buying a Renault Clio RS 197/200 - K-Tec Racing


Things to look out for when buying a Renault Clio RS 197/200


Things to look out for when buying a Renault Clio RS 197/200


If you're looking to buy a Renault Clio RS 197/200, here are a few things to look out for:

  1. Engine and Gearbox: Make sure the engine runs smoothly without any unusual noises, vibrations, or smoke. Check the gearbox to see if it shifts gears smoothly and without any grinds or clunks. Servicing is key to the engine's longevity, so be very insistent on only buying a car with a fully stamped history that shows it's been serviced every 12,000 miles without fail. Cars that are used on track regularly will need more frequent oil changes, so quiz the seller about the use of the car. As well as being serviced on the dot, the engine needs a new cambelt and auxiliary belt every 72,000 miles or five years, whichever comes sooner.

  2. Suspension: Check the suspension for any leaks or damage. Make sure that the car doesn't bounce excessively over bumps or corners, as it could indicate worn shocks or suspension components. Steering racks are known to fail on the RS Clio, so listen out for any whining or clunking noises. Turn the steering from lock to lock when parked or at walking pace to hear this.

  3. Brakes: Ensure that the brakes are working effectively and there are no unusual noises or vibrations when braking. Check the brake pads and rotors to ensure they have sufficient life remaining.

  4. Tyres: Check the condition and age of the tyres, as worn or old tyres can affect the car's handling and safety.

  5. Interior: Inspect the interior for any damage or excessive wear and tear. Ensure that all electronic systems such as the air conditioning and infotainment are working properly. Many owners will have replaced the original steering wheel as the leather 'melts' and peels away, leaving the wheel looking untidy and unpleasant to use. You can upgrade to products like these : &

  6. Service History: Check the service history of the car to ensure that it has been maintained regularly and there are no major issues or accidents in its past.

  7. Rust: Look out for any signs of rust on the bodywork, as this can be costly to repair.

  8. Insurance: Check the cost of insurance for the car, as high-performance vehicles tend to have higher premiums.

  9. Test Drive: Finally, take the car for a test drive to ensure that it handles well, accelerates smoothly, and there are no issues with the car's performance.

By Daniel Kirk
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