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Old 07-12-2022, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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320Touring's Renault Clio 182 - A different approach to Economy in the UK


This came up for sale in October last year as a non-runner. viewed it and got it started on the sellers drive in under a minute, by resetting the immobiliser.

Since then I have done about 6400 miles in it, with it almost daily use.

It had to have some brake work for the UK MOT, and has also had a clutch replaced (was slipping when I bought it), other than that it plods along ok.

What is it?

The Clio is a compact car, generally found with 1.1-1.6 L petrol engines, or 1.5 Dci diesels. The Clio 182 is a development of the basic car, with a tuned version of the 2.0 16v F4r petrol engine out of the Renault Laguna (Renault's large family saloon)

In the 182, the engine makes 182bhp, and 147lbft of torque, delivered via a 5 speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.

1t weighs in about 2300/2400 lbs depending on trim and options.

Its a light weigh hot hatch with enough power for about 140mph, that will seat 4 and take their luggage, and easily fit in a standard parking space.

Its also very French and flakey - most weeks something needs fixing, but its worth it for the driving experience

Why are you using it for economy?
Its really light
Its the most modern car I own
It has DFCO
Manual gearbox
Fuel injected
Relatively cheap
Easy to get parts for
Has cruise control (a licence saver)
Good at conserving momentum due to good handling


It's also going to be used for hillclimbs/trackdays and drag racing as it would be rude not to! This was the result on the drag strip, just before the clutch failed a week later

Modding/Maintenance options (remember I'm in the UK, so cant get away with Kammtails /rubber skirts etc)

Oil Service
Coolant Change
New spark plugs (they have a 72k mile service interval)
Injector spray check/ replace as required
Warm air intake

40mm drop on sports springs?
new dampers

Wheels and Tyres
Move from 16" to 15" wheels
Fit tyres with better economy rating than current than current

Identify potential areas for underbody cleanup

I'd be interested to hear if you have any suggestions on how I could improve the efficiency over and above the mods I have listed above..

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US MPG for my Renault Clio 182


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