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Discussion in 'New Members' started by MoxNut, Apr 15, 2018 at 2:42 PM.

  1. MoxNut


    65 plate VW polo GTI 2.0 190bhp
    Hi everyone, new to the forum so will have to bear with me!

    Looking at getting rid of my current car, (65 plate VW polo GTI 1.8lt 190bhp) and buying a 2010 Clio 3 RS200 Cup. Just wondering if any of the lads on here would know certain things I should look out for at the garage/ things I should ask about the cars history that will potentially effect my owning and running of the car, or just general things I should keep my eyes open for. Cheers!

  2. Benno

    Benno Gold Member

    Welcome mate. First of all, check out the buyer's guide, absolutely brilliant read and should cover most things!

    In summary, the major things to look out for:

    - History of cambelt being replaced, £6/700 job so if it hasn't been done I'd personally avoid/come to an arrangement with the garage to have it done before you drive away..
    - Take a look down the back of the engine at the manifold flexis, very common to degrade and not a cheap replacement, subframe needs to be dropped etc..
    - Crunching in any gear, but mainly 3rd/4th, don't be afraid to give it some on the test drive, sometimes the gears will not crunch when driving normally and you'll think it's fine, only like myself to find a crunching 3rd gear whilst changing on the limiter! Not good..
    - Ball joints. Another reasonably common one, obviously not as easy to check on the forecourt..

    I've definitely missed some, but as said, the buyer's guide will help you massively.

    Good luck in your search!
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  3. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

    RB 200 cup
    As above... you can be a paid member which is £5 for the year and gives you access to the above link and the how too section which offers great technical advice into any future mods or even simple parts
    Like changing the bulbs etc

    Good luck and hoping you find he right car
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  4. MoxNut


    65 plate VW polo GTI 2.0 190bhp
    Crackin mate cheers for the reply!
  5. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    albi blue 197 with boost
    good luck with your hunt :french:
  6. AmosMoses

    AmosMoses Paid Member

    R27 F1

    One piece of advice, you will get a shock the first time you drive one.

    Coming from a 1.8t you'll find the Clio has bugger all torque, but rev it out and you will love it!
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  7. Foxspeed

    Foxspeed "the new red baron" Moderator

  8. Jimmy

    Jimmy Good cop Administrator

    Welcome to the forum!

    Feel free to join up as a Paid Member, however just to point out the Buyers Guide is free to everyone! Hope it helps!
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