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Renaultsport Clio 197/200: Buying guide and review (2006-2012)

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When the Renaultsport Clio 197 arrived in 2006 to replace the much loved Clio 182 it had big shoes to fill. Thankfully Renault has consistently managed to stay at the top of its game in the hot hatch sector, and the new car – now based on the Clio mk3 – was no exception. Despite its added weight, a more powerful engine and shorter gearing gave it an edge in acceleration. On the limit handling was perhaps a bit less engaging, however suspension upgrades and a mid-life update soon addressed these issues. 

By the end of production the Clio 200 had matured into a class leading hot hatch, it is still a viable daily driver and being the last manual shifting, naturally aspirated Renaultsport Clio makes it a tempting second hand buy for any nostalgic petrol head. 
 

Which Renaultsport Clio to buy?

 
The first Clio 197s were available in one specification level, a big step up from the previous generation, items such as keyless go, cruise control and air conditioning were all standard fare. Available in three-door body style only, the roomy Clio 197 was still a fair bit more practical than its predecessor, but tall passengers should still stick to the front seats. 

A year after launch the F1 Team R27 special edition was launched, other than unique red brake calipers and anthracite alloy wheels they also came standard with the newly released Cup chassis which transformed the handling dynamics. This became an option on all cars later in the year. The 197 Cup was also released the same year and was a stripped out standard car making do without most of the interior luxuries, it featured the Cup chassis and was £1000 cheaper as a result. 

Gearbox ratios were changed across the range in 2008, providing for less buzzy motorway cruising. Uprated synchromesh rings were also phased in as early cars could exhibit issues engaging third gear. A lux model was made available in mid-2008 most notably featuring leather seats, climate control and unique alloys.

A mildly face-lifted Clio 200 was launched in 2009 and introduced detail changes that amounted to a much improved car. Cosmetically, new bumpers, paint options and updated interior trim were introduced. Under the skin power was up by a marginal 3bhp but more crucially midrange torque was improved providing for a more flexible driving experience. The suspension received a major overhaul, with new front suspension geometry virtually eliminating torque steer and revised spring and damper rates providing a more supple ride. 

For a well-resolved car that offers a great blend of what makes so many Renaultsport hatchbacks great, the face-lifted Clio 200 is hard to beat. The earlier 197 cars should not be dismissed though as they are still a lot of fun and can be found at a substantial saving over later cars. Although for our money we would look for one with a Cup chassis and make sure that the gearbox is in good fettle.
 

Performance and specs

 
Renaultsport Clio 200
Engine 1998cc 16valve DOHC I4 
Power 197bhp @ 7100rpm 
Torque 159lb ft @ 5400rpm
Top speed 140mph 
0-62mph 6.9 seconds 
Fuel consumption 34.4mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight


Wheelbase 2585mm
Length 4017mm
Width 1768mm
Height 1484mm
Curb weight 1204kg
 

Common problems

 
• The gearbox synchros came in for some criticism for being a bit fragile on earlier cars and 2008-on models featured revised components but issues can still crop up. Changes should generally be smooth on both version once the gearbox oil has warmed up.
 
• Engines are robust however be wary of aftermarket modifications as gains are small and free flow exhausts and modified intakes can make the cars very noisy. 

• Cars approaching the 72,000 mile mark will require an expensive cambelt service, factor this into the pricing. 
Fuel consumption is right foot dependant although don’t expect modern day levels of efficiency.

• Look out for warped rotors, front tyres that are excessively worn on the outside edges and excessively stone chipped front ends. These all indicate excessive track use.

• Suspension systems and brakes can wear out quickly if a car is tracked regularly. Knocking noises from the front of the car may indicate a failing steering rack but are not too pricey. Steering link rods can wear out regularly and are also not prohibitively priced.

• Interior trim can wear around the seat bolsters and on the steering wheel. Creaks and squeaks are generally normal but anything louder should be investigated.
 

Model history

 
2006: Renaultsport Clio 197 launched
2007: F1 Team R27 special edition released with standard Cup Chassis, Cup Chassis optional on standard cars. Stripped-out 197 Cup released featuring fewer luxuries and a Cup Chassis
2008: Lux version introduced with leather interior, climate control and auto-on lights. Gearbox ratios revised across the range
2009: Renaultsport Clio 200 launched with revised bumper, headlights and interior trim. Improved mid-range torque, uprated front suspension including softer settings on standard cars. Satnav and sunroof become available as optional extras
2012: Final Renaultsport Clio 200 rolls off production line
 

Clio special editions

 
Silverstone: Cup Pack, silver paintwork with black roof.
Gordini: Unique blue paintwork with white stripes
Raider: Leather seats, Megane R26.R alloys and red or matt grey paintwork
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites


www.cliosport.net – Enthusiast site for all Renaultsport Clio models
www.clio197.net – Enthusiast site for 197/200 Clio models
www.renaultsport.co.uk/forum – Renaultsport forums for all models
 

Summary and prices

 
The earliest cars start at £3500, admittedly a very tempting entry point that will see you behind the wheel of a high mileage Clio 197. For a few thousand more though you can get one of the face-lifted Clio 200s which offer a more polished drive. The lowest mileage 2012 cars can be seen for between £9500 and £12,000, with limited edition versions generally commanding a few hundred pounds more. 
 
Cup chassis equipped cars are more planted though even standard versions handle well and can offer a more compliant ride. There is a lot of choice out there so take your time and get the car that is right for you.

The Clio 197/200 models are sporty all-rounders, offering a raw analogue driving experience that some enthusiasts still prefer over the current, refined, paddle shifting, turbocharged Clio RS models. A future classic in the making, now is the time to get one. 
 
Words: John Tallodi 
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Last updated: 19th Aug 2016
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  • 2007 57 RENAULT CLIO RENAULTSPORT 2.0 VVT 197 CUP F1 TEAM R27 SPECIAL EDITION

    £5,495 £5,495

    CHRISTMAS BARGAIN, PRICE REDUCED TO SELL, DONT MISS OUT, THIS CAR IS WORTH WELL OVER £6K THIS IS CAR IS ALMOST A FUTURE INVESTMENT SO DONT MISS OUT MY CAR SADLY UP FOR SALE, OWNED SINCE 2013, THIS CAR HAS HAD OVER £1300 SPENT ON RETURNING IT TO PERFECT CONDITION, MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED, YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED, LOOKS AMAZING, SOUNDS GREAT & IS FUN TO DRIVE, FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY, VERY RARE, NUMBER 466 OF 500 ONLY MADE, VERY RAREHPI CLEAR WITH REPORTFULL V5 PRESENTX2 REMOTE KEYSFULL SERVICE HISTORY (6 stamps and lots of receipts)MOT OCTOBER 2017 (lots of old mots)FULL MOT HISTORY REPORTLOW MILEAGE ONLY COVERED 512522 OWNERS FROM NEWTIMING BELT, WATER PUMP REPLACED AT 47240LOTS OF ££££ SPENT OVER THE YEARS (all receipts to prove the work carried out)RS TUNING CUSTOM REMAP WITH DYNO REPORT   FEATURES FINISHED IN LIQUID YELLOWSPECIAL EDITION CHAMPIONSHIP DECALS17" GUNMETAL GREY ALLOY WHEELS RECARO BUCKET SEATS (in mint condition)BREMBO RED BRAKE CALIPERSSTAINLESS STEEL TWIN EXHAUSTREAR EXTENDED ROOF SPOILERREAR BUMPER DIFFUSERFRONT FOGLIGHTSLIGHT SMOKE TINTSXENON HEADLIGHTS (are add ons)KEYLESS ENTRYSTOP/START SYSTEMREMOTE CENTRAL LOCKINGALARMIMMOBILISERAUTO LIGHTSAUTO WIPERSABSPASELECTRIC WINDOWSELECTRIC MIRRORSCRUSIE CONTROLAIRBAGS (drivers, penger, side, seats)ADJUSTABLE STEERINGADJUSTABLE SEATSAIRCONCD PLAYERCUP HOLDERGOOD POINTSVERY LOW MILEAGE WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORYSTARTS AND DRIVES BRILLIANTEXCELLENT CONDITION INSIDE OUTNO BANGS OR RATTLES WHILE DRIVINGENGINE AND GEARBOX IN SMOOTH CONDITIONBODYWORK IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, NO DINTS SCRATCHES ETCINTERIOR IN EXCELLENT CONDITION (no rips, tear, or worn seats)ALLOY WHEELS IN GOOD CONDITION WITH NO KURB MARKSALL TYRES ARE GOODLOTS OF £££ SPENT OVER THE YEARS   BAD POINTS ONE SIDE OF THE SPOLIER WING IS BROKENPASSENGER SIDE INNER ARCH LINER SLIGHTLY BROKENMINOR MARKS ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE FRONT BUMPER (nothing major at all)   THIS CAR IS ALMOST 10 YEARS OLD, PLEASE DONT EXPECT A BRAND NEW CAR EVEN THOUGH ITS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION THROUGHOUT FOR ITS AGE AND MILEAGE, BEEN VERY WELL MAINTAINED   THIS CAR IS BRILLIANT, EVERYTHING WORKS AS IT SHOULD, IT HAS HAD LOTS OF MONEY SPENT ON OVER THE YEARS WITH RECEIPTS TO PROVE THE WORK CARRIED OUT, THIS CAR MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED, VERY RARE MODEL, ONLY 500 MADE, ANY INSPECTIONS ARE WELCOME, FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND VIEWING   CASH ON COLLECTION ONLY VEHICLE MUST BE COLLECTED WITHIN 3 WORKING DAYS NO WARRANTY GIVEN AS THIS IS A PRIVATE SALE PLEASE NOTE - STRICTLY NO TIME WASTERS OR TYRE KICKERS PLEASE, GENUINE BUYERS ONLY FOR ANY MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ME DIRECT ON 07501395408

    • Mileage: 51252 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Renault Clio sport 172

    £1,695 £1,695

    This car is a very clean example. I've had this car for nearly 4 yesrs and I have looked after it very well.Cambelt dephaser pully and crank pully were changed at 63000 miles. Tow new front tyres and rears are good. One new rear caliper. Stainless steel th back box. The car is remapped and therefore has a decat pipe on it but selling with genuine cat. This car is great fun to drive and first to see will buy ! £1695 ono. Text me for more information or to view.  07516606498

    • Mileage: 79000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Renault Clio

    £3,995 £3,995

    Renault Clio 2.0 Sport 197 3dr, recent cambelt, 2 keys, some history, drives very well!

    • Mileage: 78500 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Renault Clio Sport 197 2009(59 Reg)

    £5,600 £5,600

    2009 (59 Reg) Renault Clio Sport, 49,500 miles, Glacier White. The car is equipped with a 2.0L engine, 6 speed manual gear box and has 197bhp. It comes with full service history, 12 months MOT and all historical documentation. Standard features include automatic climate control, cruise control, white alloy wheels (17in), red Brembo callipers, audio system with auxiliary input,  electric front windows, computer (Driver information system), sports interior, keyless stop/start function, multi functional steering wheel, speed limiter, sports suspension, automatic headlights and wipers, insurance approved alarm, central locking, electric door mirrors and two Renault Key cards. Full set of new tyres fitted 3 months ago. Family owned since 2013, a well looked after car and a lot of fun to drive. £5600. Call Owen on 07876797199.

    • Mileage: 50500 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • RENAULT CLIO RENAULTSPORT 197, 208bhp. 2007

    £4,995 £4,995

    oliver prestige cars ltd have this 207 bhp 197 rensoprt. lots of little mods, remapp to over 200 bhp. goes like a rocket, long mot full hpi checked and miles checkled ,, Upgrades - Smoker Pack, GBP 1400 stainless steel exhaust, Double Distance Xenon Headlamps with Headlamp Wash, Tyre Pressure Monitor, 4x15W RDS Radio/CD, remapp 207bhp, 12 months MOT, Good bodywork, Interior - Clean Condition, Tyre condition Good, Standard Features - Cruise Control, Tinted Glass, Alloy Wheels (17in), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Alarm, Electric Windows (Front), Computer (Driver Information System). 5 seats, Blue, cambelt and water pump changed, , BY APPOINTMENT ONLY,, GBP 4,995 p/x welcome

    • Mileage: 76000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.998
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  • Renault Clio

    £12,995 £12,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Remote Central Locking, Cloth Upholstery, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Folding Rear Seats, Rear Headrests, Rear Wash/wipe, Rear Spoiler, Metallic Paintwork, Front Fog Lamps, Colour Coded Body, Multiple Airbags, Isofix, Child Locks, Air Bag, ABS, Trip Computer, Traction Control, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Adjustable Steering Column, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Radio

    • Mileage: 4000 mi
    • Engine size: 1618
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  • Renault Clio

    £3,995 £3,995

    Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Alarm, Immobiliser, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Height Adjustable Seat, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Traction Control, ABS, Air Bag, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Wash/wipe, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Radio, Alloy wheels, Full service history

    • Mileage: 94000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Renault Clio

    £7,795 £7,795

    Finished In Stunning Alien Green With Complimentary Black Cloth RS Upholstery. Leather Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control With Speed Limiter, Electric Door Mirrors, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Automatic Lights, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Digital Climate Control With Air Conditioning, FM/AM Radio, CD Player, Auxiliary Input, 12v Power Socket, Cup Holders, Twin Exhaust, Rear ISOFIX, Push Button Start, Key-less Start, Key-less Entry, ESP With Under-steer Control, Brembo Brakes And 17 Inch Gloss Black 7 Twin Spoke Alloy Wheels. This Renault Clio 200 Has A 12 Month MOT, Service History With Independent Specialist Garages, Full Service Upon Purchase And Is Fully HPI Checked And Clear With A Report Supplied.

    • Mileage: 33000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Renault Clio

    £6,450 £6,450

    This Amazing Low Mileage Clio 197 BHP Comes With A Full Service History To Include Services & 4100,7600,13300 And 16000 And Has Spec To Include 17 Inch Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels Finished In Gloss Black, Cabasse Auditorium CD Radio And Sound System, Grey Cloth Sports Seats, Keyless Entry, Push Button Start, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Front Fogs, Rear Diffuser, Leather Bound Sports Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, 2 Keys And Much More Parkway Motor Group Are An RAC APPROVED Dealer and All Our Cars Come With 12 Months M.O.T, Service, HPI Certificate and an RAC Warranty. RAC Inspections Welcome, Finance Packages and Extended RAC Warranties Available. For More Photos Visit www.parkwaymotorgroup.com or Call 01623 825560. Full Dealer Faciliti

    • Mileage: 26479 mi
    • Engine size: 2000
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  • Renault Clio

    £16,500 £16,500

    Variant name:1.6T 16V RenaultSport Trophy Nav 220 5dr Auto ,Derivative:RenaultSport Trophy Nav ,Variant: 1.6T 16V RenaultSport Trophy Nav 220 5dr Auto 5 Star NCAP Rating,ABS,Alloy Wheels,Anti Theft System,Automatic Gearbox,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,ESP,Front Assist,Front Fog Lights,Heated Mirrors,Heated Seats,iPod Connection,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,Leather Upholstery,LED Headlights,Manufacturer Warranty,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Parking Camera,Parking Distance Control,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Renault Clio

    £5,750 £5,750

    Climate Control, Panoramic Sunroof, Xenon Headlamps, Electric Windows, Anti-Theft System, Privacy Glass, Remote Central Locking, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, CD Player, Front Fog Lamps, Electric Mirrors, Auto Lighting, Headlamp Jetwash, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Spoiler, Alloy wheels

    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Renault Clio

    £4,750 £4,750

    Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Alarm, Central Locking, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Cloth Upholstery, Colour Coded Interior, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Headrests, Folding Rear Seats, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Stereo, 12v, 1 YEAR AA RECOVERY INCLUDED, Start/Stop button, Alloy wheels Here we have a rare Renaultsport Clio 197 3DR, with Fantastic Performance & Eye Catching Looks. This car looks simply stunning in its Tornado Red Finish, especially with its Black Alloys + Cloth Interior. Also included with this Clio is a LONG MOT that runs till 6/4/17 + a HPI Clear Status. Its Nice Spec includes; AC, Black Alloys, Fog Lights, CD + RADIO, 12V & Steering Wheel Audio Controls to name just a few accessories. For a high performance sports car it still produces 31+MPG which makes it one of the more economical choices out there. A car that looks and sounds as epic as this one simply cannot go unnoticed. Please call 01403891700 to arrange a viewing/testdrive.

    • Mileage: 64032 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Renault Clio

    £7,795 £7,795

    Finished In Stunning Alien Green With Complimentary Black Cloth RS Upholstery. Leather Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control With Speed Limiter, Electric Door Mirrors, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Automatic Lights, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Digital Climate Control With Air Conditioning, FM/AM Radio, CD Player, Auxiliary Input, 12v Power Socket, Cup Holders, Twin Exhaust, Rear ISOFIX, Push Button Start, Key-less Start, Key-less Entry, ESP With Under-steer Control, Brembo Brakes And 17 Inch Gloss Black 7 Twin Spoke Alloy Wheels. This Renault Clio 200 Has A 12 Month MOT, Service History With Independent Specialist Garages, Full Service Upon Purchase And Is Fully HPI Checked And Clear With A Report Supplied.

    • Mileage: 33000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Renault Clio

    £6,450 £6,450

    This Amazing Low Mileage Clio 197 BHP Comes With A Full Service History To Include Services & 4100,7600,13300 And 16000 And Has Spec To Include 17 Inch Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels Finished In Gloss Black, Cabasse Auditorium CD Radio And Sound System, Grey Cloth Sports Seats, Keyless Entry, Push Button Start, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Front Fogs, Rear Diffuser, Leather Bound Sports Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, 2 Keys And Much More Parkway Motor Group Are An RAC APPROVED Dealer and All Our Cars Come With 12 Months M.O.T, Service, HPI Certificate and an RAC Warranty. RAC Inspections Welcome, Finance Packages and Extended RAC Warranties Available. For More Photos Visit www.parkwaymotorgroup.com or Call 01623 825560. Full Dealer Faciliti

    • Mileage: 26479 mi
    • Engine size: 2000
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  • Renault Clio

    £16,500 £16,500

    Variant name:Hatchback Special Editions RenaultSport Trophy Nav ,Derivative:RenaultSport Trophy Nav ,Variant: 1.6T 16V RenaultSport Trophy Nav 220 5dr Auto SAT NAV PARKING CAMERA REAR PARKING SENSORS DAB RADIO CLIMATE CONROL CRUISE CONTROL 18 INCH ALLOY WHEELS Renault Clio 1.6T 16V RenaultSport Trophy Nav 220 5dr Auto

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5576 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • RENAULT CLIO RENAULTSPORT 197 2007

    £4,599 £4,599

    Representative example:;Purchase price GBP 5999;Customer deposit GBP 1000;Total amount of credit GBP 4999;Rate of fixed interest p.a 6.99%;Acceptance fee GBP 199;Vehicle protection payment GBP 150;48 monthly payments of GBP 142.57;Total amount payable GBP 7843.36;% APR representative 17.6%

    • Mileage: 45060 mi
    • Engine size: 1.998
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  • RENAULT CLIO RENAULTSPORT 200 CUP 2009

    £9,500 £9,500

    BUY WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE ESTABLISHED OVER 50 YEARS This car is owned by us and has been looked after to the highest standard with a full service history (Including replacement Timing Belt), Genuine Mileage, Finished in Glacier White, Renaultsport 200 Cup Chassis (Lower Ride Height and Stiffer Springs and Dampers), Red Brembo Brake Calipers, 17" 5 Spoke 'Renaultsport' Wheels In Anthracite, Ride Height Lowered By 7mm, Cruise Control With Speed Limiter, Automatic Climate Control, Renault Hands Free Key Card (With Spare), Electric Heated Door Mirrors, Front Fog Lights, Curtain Airbags, Automatic Headlights and Rain Sensitive Wipers, Electric Front Windows, Body Coloured Side Mouldings With Satin Finish, Renaultsport Leather Steering Wheel, 4 x 20W Radio CD MP3 Reader With Fingertip Remote Control, RCA Socket, Drilled Aluminium Pedals, Renaultsport Extended Front Wings With Integrated Side Air Extractors, Extended Rear Wings and Sills, F1 Style Front Blade, Thatcham Category 2 Insurance Approved Immobiliser, Renault Anti-Intruder Device, ABS With EBD.

    • Mileage: 16342 mi
    • Engine size: 1.998
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