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Post by donjack on Fri 11 Nov 2016 - 15:48

hello all, i have just joined! i do not own a wind yet, but hopefully in the very near future! 
i have a couple of questions if you don't mind.

question 1, should i look for a 1.2 or 1.6.
i'm no speed freak but i do like a decent bit of acceleration! (0 - 50?)

question 2, is there any problems i should be checking for?

i first seen a wind a good few years ago, the thing that struck me about was that it reminded me of a toy car i had as a youngster, it was a lotus europa! 
but i must admit, the wind is, in my opinion, a stunning little car!
thanks in advance for your input.
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Post by johntymac on Sat 12 Nov 2016 - 11:17

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Post by Barbs on Sat 12 Nov 2016 - 16:15

Hi I have a 1.2  and to be honest it's fast enough for me, The things I would look for are

At the age of most of the Winds there is a cambelt to change at 6 years or 72k miles.  I believe this is a cheaper repair on the 1.2 something to do with the engine positioning.

There was an issue with ball joints but I think most of the cars got a warranty repair for these.

The 1.2 has cheaper car tax and insurance.

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Post by donjack on Sat 12 Nov 2016 - 18:42

Thanks for the reply barbs, my heart says 1.6, my head says 1.2!
I'll keep you informed!!
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Post by Barbs on Sat 12 Nov 2016 - 19:20

I am sure some 1.6 owners will be around

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Post by Araf on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 17:21

Go for the 1.2 if you can, though there's little between them so no choice is a bad choice.

I had the 1.6 and it isn't as good on petrol.  The 1.2 is just as flexible (or better) according to the journalists that have tried them back to back.  Acceleration is similar for both models, and as has been said, the cambelt change on the 1.6 is an engine out job officially (£650)- and they will all be getting to that age now.

Whichever you choose, you won't be disappointed.  Happy hunting. Smile

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Post by donjack on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 17:47

Thanks Araf, that's mighty expensive!
I think I was edging towards the 1.2, there are a few more around at my budget!!
Just got to get my wife onside now, a little bit of sweet talking and a big bit of decorating should do the trick!! Haha
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Post by Barbs on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 18:05

If you want the Wife on side let her drive she will fall in love and you might have to buy another that's what happened with Moggie. Also buy her a warm coat it is a wonderful feeling driving around topless in winter.

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Post by donjack on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 18:16

Haha, this could prove to be a bit more expensive than first thought!!
My wife is very happy with her own car, a hyundai ix35.
She's not very keen on open tops, we had an mx5 a few years ago and she would never go topless because it messed her hair up!! Hahaha
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Post by Barbs on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 20:31

Ok she needs a hat too. Lol

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Post by donjack on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 21:29

Thinking about it........do I really want her to drive MY CAR?? Nah!!
I'll probably never get a turn again!!
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Post by Araf on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 21:43

I hate open topped cars.  The Wind is very good at being a tin-top. Smile

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Post by Barbs on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 22:49

just buy it the Wind is fun and at a price that is great. Renault got it wrong.

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Post by Barbs on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 22:50

@Araf good to see you here. X

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Post by Bullyboy on Mon 14 Nov 2016 - 20:56

Hi and welcome. I went for 1.2 purely as it was the best one I was looking at although others said nit that much difference between the two. The 1.2 is a turbo so a bit more flexibility at the lower end. I am pleased with mine. If I could make a suggestion go for one with full leather seats and heated seats. I would think without this in my opinion the car is less drivable with the roof down on colder days. I believe I am write that full leather and heated seats come with the grad leather door handles - just in case your looking on line. Hope this helpful.
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Post by Dr@gon on Tue 15 Nov 2016 - 10:10

i also have 1.2 turbo with all leather and heated seats Smile
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Post by donjack on Tue 15 Nov 2016 - 16:57

Here we go!! Budget secured, time to start seriously looking!!
Watch this space!! :-D
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Post by Barbs on Tue 15 Nov 2016 - 19:27

Looking forward to seeing you as a Wind owner. If you see one that means you need to travel maybe if it's in an area where one of us live we can check it out first for you. In the meets section there is a thread 'Where is your Wind.

I would still buy Blue.... Lol

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Post by donjack on Tue 15 Nov 2016 - 19:58

That's a very nice gesture barbs, thank you!
Getting quite excited now!
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Post by Bullyboy on Tue 15 Nov 2016 - 20:33

Keep us posted. Do serious consider the heated leather seats.
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Post by donjack on Tue 15 Nov 2016 - 20:47

I'll certainly keep my eyes open, cheers bullyboy.
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Post by donjack on Wed 16 Nov 2016 - 8:59

Having done a bit of searching last night, I have come up with another question, some of the winds I looked at had leather seats but no mention of them being heated!
So the question is, do all leather seats have heating?
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Post by Barbs on Wed 16 Nov 2016 - 9:19

To be honest not all garages seemed to even know where the switch is.

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Post by donjack on Wed 16 Nov 2016 - 9:44

Haha, just out of curiosity, where is the switch? I've zoomed in on pictures and not seen it!!
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Post by Barbs on Wed 16 Nov 2016 - 11:35

On the drivers side on the right hand side when sitting near the base of the seat. On the passenger the left hand side.

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Post by donjack on Wed 16 Nov 2016 - 16:02

OMG!! Just phoned the local Renault dealer out of curiosity about the cam belt, Araf is right, £600 - 650 for the 1.6, but the 1.2 is considerably cheaper, the nice lady says, only £399!!
Shocking!! Haha.
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Post by Dr@gon on Wed 16 Nov 2016 - 18:05

my cam belt needs doing end of 2017 Sad
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Post by Barbs on Wed 16 Nov 2016 - 20:33

@donjack a good mechanic will be cheaper, main dealer are not worth it when the car is out of warranty in my opinion anyway. Most dealers haven't even seen a Wind

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Post by donjack on Wed 16 Nov 2016 - 21:20

Yep, you're absolutely right barbs!!
Panicking over nothing!! Lol
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Post by donjack on Thu 17 Nov 2016 - 11:41

Still might be a wee bit of a bargaining tool though!! Lol.
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