Leon 2.0T FR

Discussion in 'Other Marques' started by gaz197, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. gaz197

    gaz197 Paid Member

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    I have just traded in my 07 Clio 197 for an 07 2.0T Leon FR. I pick it up tomorrow, but from what I could tell on the test drives its a very solid car that seems to shake off its weight very well using the torquey engine. Very nice ride, very quiet and im looking forward to a long blast to see if the pro's of owning this car out weight the con's of owning the 197. Must admit I sat in the Clio for about 20 minutes regretting my decision, odd how you can become so attached to a car that to be honest is very unecessarily flawed in so many areas, but hey ho 2 and a half years of ownership, the time has come.
    Full review of the Leon in a week or so if anyone is interested?
     

  2. Matt_555

    Matt_555

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    Awww sat in the car regretting it can't be a good sign lol
     
  3. simon

    simon

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    That's a coincidence, I might be swapping mine for a Cupra shortly. 300 ponies with a bit of Revo action! I look forward to a more detailed review.
     
  4. jase

    jase Founder Platinum Member

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    Good luck with the new car gaz.
     
  5. gaz197

    gaz197 Paid Member

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    Cheers. Glad I had the Milltek on for the last 2 months though. Was a treat!
     
  6. gaz197

    gaz197 Paid Member

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    Dont think I can do a fair review on the car, im confident it has been mapped by previous owner, its doing in the region of 15 secs 0-100mph....oh well....saved me a few quid!
     
  7. rocky

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    I too have considered this change for the same reasons, but for now with 2 years warranty to relie on I can live with the cars faults (for now)
     
  8. Dave_R27

    Dave_R27

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    Nice cars those leon FR's to be fair mate. Very different in terms of performance to the clio, you wont have to drive it like you stole it to get some power :smile:. Im sure you will love the car when you pick it up
     
  9. gaz197

    gaz197 Paid Member

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    The Cupra will be a very fast car im sure, Im loving the low down endless surge of torque, and my mpg starting with a 3! Lol. For some reason feel so much more confident throwing this into bends than the clio. I can now see the flaws in the clios light steering which caused me to make slight adjustments mid corner (and trust me I do know how to drive) where as the leon is in at one angle and hold it all the way thru. Really happy with the change and Im not looking back! Superb build quality, banging standard stereo and seats and in lary yellow, just as much attention. Would recommend one of these FR's and definately a Cupra.
     
  10. bedajim

    bedajim

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    Going to change the 197 soon and looking at an Ibiza Cupra or a Leon, waiting for the stealer to get one so we can test drive it
     
  11. Liambo-201

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    Good luck with the car Gaz,
    Lovely car you have just purchased, i also looked at buying one, before my clio thought and my heart just went for the clio!

    And yes people its strange how we all get attatched to our cars.. I got quite attatched to my little Campus Sport.
     
  12. gaz197

    gaz197 Paid Member

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    It wasnt modified...so as standard I was well impressed....its now been to JBS and had a stage 1 upgrade... 247 bhp 260 lb ft.... OMG! what a change and still got 30+ mpg. If the meganes reach 265 they must be seriously quick. Would def def recommend this engine in any derivative
     
  13. TRC1418

    TRC1418 Paid Member

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    The Leon Cupra K1 is a monster
     
  14. gaz197

    gaz197 Paid Member

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    And they look awesome.... an easy 300 bhp aswell
     
  15. simoxmino

    simoxmino

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    good luck! it is a great car like rs3...
     
  16. simon

    simon

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    Well, I test drove the Cupra I'd had my eye on earlier today and disliked it intensely. Didn't feel majorly quick, it had a weird shaped gearknob and steering wheel, snatchy brakes and bone-shaking ride that made my R27 feel like a waterbed! I'm not kidding when I say I was in pain when I got out after the test drive.
     
  17. gaz197

    gaz197 Paid Member

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    Cant comment on the Cupra as I only have the FR, but im well impressed with it. FR with remap is lighter and more powerful than cupra with softer suspension. cant see there being that much difference though, so maybe leon just aint for you
     
  18. torored

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    Firstly, congratulations on the purchase and goodluck.

    However, I would hold off on talking up the torque and build.When I got my st (coming from a 225) I thought it had it all - torque, build you name it. After several months it was squeking and creaking and goodness knows what else. Not to mention the poor stealer support.

    Just be careful, in my eyes Renault comes closest to meeting expectation, whilst Honda and Ford talk a big game but do not deliver.
     
  19. simon

    simon

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    The FR won't be lighter. It's virtually the same car, but the Cupra has all the front suspension components in aluminium, rather than steel, so it'll weigh less than the FR if anything.

    Glad you're enjoying it, but, as you say, it wasn't for me.
     
  20. simon

    simon

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    The FR bought by the OP is over 2 years old, so if build quality isn't an issue by now I don't see why it would be later.
     

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