Sooo... just test-drove a 220 Trophy AGAIN

Discussion in 'Clio General Chat' started by Micah, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Chris

    Chris Bad cop Administrator

    Now that would make a picture..
     

  2. peter

    peter POTM Winner - February 2017 Gold Member

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    RB7 #166
    have to admit, the gearbox is a worry. been through two as well, both under warranty. i'm not spending as much money on the car as i'd like to atm, just because i'd like to have some extra cash if the box goes again (warranty expired a year ago).



    you should try the nürburgring. i find it infinite times scarier. :smile:
     
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  3. nutnutwelshman

    nutnutwelshman Spa-tacus Area Rep

    Heathrow
    220T TROPHY
    The problem with the Ring which I've done five times now it's not as quick re though the corners plus I've one car and a short temper. @Micah
     
  4. peter

    peter POTM Winner - February 2017 Gold Member

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    it's the lack of run-off area i find uncomfortable. there's just no room for error.
     
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  5. Chris

    Chris Bad cop Administrator

    And the maniacs that drive on there I'm sure is a woe.
     
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  6. peter

    peter POTM Winner - February 2017 Gold Member

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    yup. a lot of macho behavior during 'touristenfahrten' that you won't find (or not as much) on regular trackdays.
     
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  7. Arran

    Arran I Love Lamp Platinum Member

    Wolverhampton
    Clio 200t Lux
    I bought a Clio 182 in March as a bit of fun. In truth it cost a fortune to repair and my wife hated driving it. 6 months after buying the 182, I traded it in for a 200t. I can't get the wife out of it. We both want to drive it when we go out and she uses it to got to work in. It has totally been worth while changing to it. It isn't as fun as the 182, but we use it far more, so it works much better. It just depends on the situation you have, but the 200t is a totally different car to its predecessors. For some, such as myself, it totally works. For others, not so much.
     
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  8. Chris

    Chris Bad cop Administrator

    Very well put arran. They are chalk and cheese to a 182 but depends what your after!
     
  9. wanger

    wanger Paid Member

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    I've bought a mk3 as it looks the nuts and I wanted and car I can track cheaply ( relatively) I think they look the best. Wouldn't look twice synthetic later cars. Got no soul.
     
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  10. Pina13jpc

    Pina13jpc Paid Member

    61
    Portugal
    200 Gordini & 991 C2S
    I have a 2012 mk3 Gordini and when the Clio 200T came out I went to test it both on the road and track. My expectations were quite low after reading so many bad reviews on the gearbox, but I actually enjoyed the car. It was a nice all rounder, the gearbox was fine in the city (I live in the city centre), the only problem being downshifts on track. The car was really good but didn't attract me as a mk3, it didn't have that special thing. After entering my mk3, I remembered why I bought it... manual and NA, the car has so much more character... cars like these are not built anymore :pensive:
     
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  11. Big Ben

    Big Ben Paid Member

    Herts
    197
    The mk3 is the last of a dying breed. Can't believe how low the prices are falling considering
     
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  12. Pina13jpc

    Pina13jpc Paid Member

    61
    Portugal
    200 Gordini & 991 C2S
    Here in my country they are actually holding quite well. The car costed me 19.000€ in 2013 (RP 29.950€ in 2012, poor first owner!) and is still worth around 16.500€
     
  13. Big Ben

    Big Ben Paid Member

    Herts
    197
    You'd be lucky to get £10000 over here at current prices
     
  14. Micah

    Micah Clumsy McButterfingers Moderator

    Medway, Kent
    Clio 220 Trophy
    Ever tempted by the common phrase that is 'VIP passes sell cars' I popped down to my local dealer yesterday with lanyard in hand to see what mega exclusive discounts I could enjoy from the Renault range.
    I won't lie, I confessed to Father Dunham earlier this week that I was fighting the urge to change to a 220 Trophy. As always, Kev sung its praises and amazed me at his selflessness to help me out and arrange for me to do an extended test drive if my dealer was a heap of shite. Fortunately, I spent about 2 hours with the sales guy and he was more than happy for me to give his demo a damn good run in the lanes. 73mph felt like 50mph, it was insane, and he even encouraged me to chuck it around a well cambered roundabout.
    Contrary to my initial post in this thread, it ticks a lot of boxes for me, and I wasn't even a fan of the facelift Mk4 when it came out!
    What I really enjoyed was the 'parp' on the upshift in RS mode, the cloth seats are excellent, it's incredibly nimble and I now consider it a very nice looking car, especially with those wheels (though nothing will ever beat the looks of the Mk3). In short, it's just a new generation of Clio.
    I know what you're all thinking - WTF is Micah ON?!
    Same here, but I think something fundamental has changed in what I want from a car in the past couple of weeks, and I feel it's time to move on after a mere 18 months of throwing a lot of money at it. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, but that's just the way it goes, there's just been a shift in my mind and even after driving mine yesterday and today, I feel like I want out.
    I haven't bought the demo as we were too far apart in what I wanted to do finance wise, and has re-affirmed the price point I was thinking of, in which I could buy one. The salesman was very good and pulled out all the stops but I wasn't going to buy on emotion, I needed to sleep on it.
    So, as much as it saddens me, my 200 is going up for sale and I'll see how that goes. It's a tough market out there so if no luck then I'll just keep it and probably buy one next year.
     
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  15. nutnutwelshman

    nutnutwelshman Spa-tacus Area Rep

    Heathrow
    220T TROPHY
    Did you sort the modes on the gearbox bud you do have to abuse the monkeys out of them. SO a change of thought then if I can help let me know signed DAD
     
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  16. Micah

    Micah Clumsy McButterfingers Moderator

    Medway, Kent
    Clio 220 Trophy
    We chucked it in RS mode Kev and he encouraged me to keep it long in the gear. The car is like a missile! Will see what happens and will be in touch if we need to take a trip to Renault Watford :wink:
     
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  17. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Paid Member

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Another interesting insight buddy.

    Life moves on Micah. Do we 'keep up' or stay static. The MK3 is great - if a little raw. As we get older the requirement for a few creature comforts and some daily pampering generally grows. And with a 220 you gain in performance in every area to boot. With alot of easy tuning potential too of course. We'll have to agree to disagree on the looks though. Stir my loins it never will; whatever else it brings to the table.

    I pretty much mirror your feelings if i'm 100% honest and have thought about a change for a while as has been documented. At this point in my life having just got 'rid' of my kids; the lure of seeing a bit more of the World has a greater draw right now though and you can only spend it all once......

    Needless to say i'll be quite jealous if and when you pull the trigger :smile:
     
  18. nutnutwelshman

    nutnutwelshman Spa-tacus Area Rep

    Heathrow
    220T TROPHY
    RACE MODE
     
  19. James17

    James17 Gold Member

    451
    fleet
    AG 200
    Yeah I went to go drive a 220 trophy and really did like it but my car felt much more raw and like a hot hatch, saying that the interior is sooooooo much nicer than mine it's a joke and was certainly quick, would love a tuned one.

    Although for £15k+ I would buy a mint E46 M3
     
  20. nutnutwelshman

    nutnutwelshman Spa-tacus Area Rep

    Heathrow
    220T TROPHY
    Plus M3 running costs different ball park same a the jump to a mk3 Meg RS
     

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