Ross's LY 200 Adventure

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by RossWoods93, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. RossWoods93

    RossWoods93 Platinum Member

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    So after 2 years of membership, I'm finally getting round to starting some form of progress thread (something I've been saying I'll do for about 1 year 11 months)

    I'll hope to not bore you too much with a life story, and try and overview the last few years of ownership in this post!

    I bought the car in June 2015, and to be honest it didn't tick many of my boxes! I wanted a White 200 Cup, with the lovely red Brembo calipers, and super comfy Recaros... so I did a great job at having neither of these! I travelled 2 hours to Holdcroft Renault Crewe for a test drive, after seeing a 2012 LY 200 pop up on AutoTrader, with only 8,000 on the clock! As soon as I'd been in the car 5 minutes, I just thought to myself 'I need to have this car!' It was such a buzz compared to my 1.2 MK3 Clio I'd been in for the previous 4 years! I picked it up two weeks later, which was painfully long!

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    What I Love:
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    The colour: It took a while this one, but I soon learned to admire it! The girlfriend isn't a fan (an instant 'Why have you bought a yellow car...' upon seeing a photo) but she's had to accept that!

    - Handling: I don't have much to compare it against, but it this car handles fantastically well, especially on the twist stuff! Would love to see how it compares to a Cup though, I can imagine you can be even more aggressive into the corners!

    - Visuals: When I first saw one when I started driving, I just thought what a great looking car! Twin exit exhaust, a mean rear diffuser, side vents, it just looks awesome. It's very rare you see another 197/200/200T on a day to day basis, and that really appealed to me, I wanted something different!

    What I Dislike:
    - Interior: I knew what to expect, after owning my previous Clio, yes it will rattle and will have a slight cheap feel, but there's nothing quite like holding against the plastic trim while driving along to try and locate them rattles.... I wouldn't have it any other way its part of the ownership!

    - Steering Wheel: Obviously this is something that can be corrected, but I couldn't believe quickly the wheel just peeled away and disintegrated. It does however provide a time gap between red lights picking away at it! I have a spare wheel which will be put on when this gets really bad!

    Problems:
    - Coolant leak: The first problem I suffered with was I had a period of losing coolant, took it into Renault for some diagnostics and found that the thermostat housing had cracked. Replaced it out, all sorted! So not a biggy.

    - Split Flexi's on manifold: Woke up one morning to my car sounding like a tractor, which drew quite alot of attention driving through town. I queried Renault on the repair, and they were quoting crazy prices (changing out the whole manifold). With my dad being involved in agriculture engineering and some colleagues handy with spanners, they decided to tackle it themselves, removing the manifold and welding in new flexi's, of which they did a great job. (Albeit taking 3 weeks and having to attend the Christmas meal in a Renault Kangoo!!)

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    - Temporarily lost reverse and 5th: I had the big belt change done last week at the main dealership (Car now on 58,000), and after picking the car up I found that 5th gear was stiff (but reverse ok at this point). Drove to work the next day and found 5th still horrible to get in, pulled up in my communal driveway, and as I went to reverse into the bay, couldn't find reverse! Non-existent! Not only that but I was blocking an ambulance from getting out. Sent the car back to Renault, who took the battery/airbox/engine mounts back off and back on, of which it now runs a dream again!

    Touch wood this list won't progress :wink:

    Modifications:

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    Powerflex Top mount / KTEC gearbox-engine-lowerstabiler mounts: More of a preventative measure for the flexi's in hope they don't crack again! But would recommend the mounts. Yes they do cause some added vibrations but it seems to tighten the car right up, and seemed to be putting the power down better (could just be psychological!)

    Otherwise completely standard!

    To do list:

    - Refurb the wheels - I don't have the pretty wheels in the world, they're a bit scuffed and could really do with some TLC. I bought a set of alloys for a bargain off eBay (big thanks to @Benno for collecting these and organising a courier!) So the plan will be to get this set refurbed, maybe get them done in black (undecided!)

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    - Paintwork Bodywork TLC: At least a year ago I had someone slightly clip the rear arch line, of which creased the arch line! A depressing day, but nothing too obvious. Dent devils etc didn't want to tackle it (think the colour put them off or the location of it!) but it's something that always bugs me! I'm off to America next month, so my cousin who loves detailing as a hobby will be tackling a few stonechips with a chipex kit I bought.

    Other than that I'm happy with the car, I've just had the big service, and it's now running a dream! Every drive puts a smile on my face.

    Hope you haven't all fallen asleep by this point, and thanks for reading!

    I'll finish off with a few photos:

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  2. adam thomas

    adam thomas Gold Member

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    not boring at all ! lovely car
     
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  3. lee.p.wood

    lee.p.wood Gold Member

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    Lovely car great read

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  4. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    Cracking car. Enjoyed your intro...
     
  5. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    About time..... lovely car
     
  6. Micah

    Micah Clumsy McButterfingers Moderator

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    Exactly this, but glad to see you've finally done this!
    You haven't had the best of luck lately, but glad she's all sorted for the spring and summer months, will be an absolute treat for you :smile:
     
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  7. RossWoods93

    RossWoods93 Platinum Member

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    Thanks for all the great comments! Certainly about time I managed to organise a thread!

    I absolutely love this car though, despite the niggles and expenses here and there, and hopefully that’ll show through as the thread progresses!
     
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  8. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

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    Nice progress thread intro Ross. Always love a bit of back story.

    And OMG LY is one of the best colours on ANY car... EVER. You made the right choice there!
     
  9. Johnny 99

    Johnny 99 Winner - POTM October 2018 Platinum Member

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    Good to see this progress thread started! I agree with Mes (@///M) that LY is one of the best colours on any car ever.
     
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  10. jamesgw200

    jamesgw200

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    about bloody time :good: next stop. Snetterton
     
  11. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    197.net trip to snetterton?
     
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  12. jamesgw200

    jamesgw200

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    Its happening for sure. Great circuit. Great viewing. Great cafe!
     
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  13. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    I’ll stop spamming ross’ thread but I’ll be up for that
     
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  14. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    That’s a good idea:grinning:
     
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  15. RossWoods93

    RossWoods93 Platinum Member

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    Thanks Mes, certainly wasn’t not having the other half put me off! Will be living with the other half in the not too distant future and I’ll be certain to make sure it’ll still be sat on the drive shining away!

    @jamesgw200 @Beany more than happy to come for a watch/passenger ride at Snetty! Still not got the heart (and probably balls) to track her yet!
     
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  16. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    Listen Ross my pearls are smaller than a knats but it’s where the Clio is home on track... it’ll be a good
     
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  17. jamesgw200

    jamesgw200

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    well as we're on the subject. I have a really small willy :poke:
     
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  18. M19TNR

    M19TNR Gold Member

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    I love it mate!

    My mrs is exactly the same with LY, I don’t know how they can’t see it?! One of the best colours around!
     
  19. RossWoods93

    RossWoods93 Platinum Member

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    Needless to mention the moaning and questioning of “why are you parking so far away?” Because I don’t want someone running into it ideally!

    I love LY, It looks mega to me, but the paranoia of scratching/denting the bodywork makes it hard to live with almost! Saying that I’ve seen some examples of people working wonders on repairing LY!
     
  20. RossWoods93

    RossWoods93 Platinum Member

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    Didn’t take long for my thread to turn sexual really, barely made it off the first page! only knows the other kind of forums you’re signed up to James!
     
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