Long term tests

Renaultsport Clio V6 255

Big bills are heading the way of the Clio V6, but it's a small price to pay to keep the mini supercar in fine fettle

Uh oh. I’ve got a bad feeling that some big bills are coming my way. My Clio V6 and I have enjoyed around 4000 spirited miles together since I bought it in January and it’s starting to feel like it needs a good service, if you get my drift. However, the car is five years old, so despite its low mileage the engine belts will need changing very soon. And the brakes have pretty much given up. And there’s a nasty squeak from the right-front corner on full lock that needs investigating. And the tyres will need replacing soon. And… and…

The Clio V6’s service intervals are set at a reasonable 12,000 miles or two years, but I’m one of those cautious types who prefers an annual service and oil change. I’ll aim to get the belts and brakes done at the same time as the service. All in all, I reckon I’m looking at around £1750, but then I can console myself that this years’ bill is unlikely to be repeated for another five years, and the overall cost reflects the V6’s status as a mini-exotic. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. And my bank manager…

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Running Costs

Date acquiredJanuary 2010
Total mileage14377
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month379
MPG this month22.1
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