Renault 17 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1976 Renault 17 Gordini 1.6 i

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance81000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 12


Great car to restore and keep for weekends


I rebuilt the cat from a very sorry state. New bearings, Piston rings, Clutch and the head had a Valve grind. he gearbox was good, but a new radiator was needed as well as new drive shafts. The body needed extensive work and several new panels. The car has been 95% reliable since rebuilding. The interior was OK, but I have had to do some work on it.

General Comments:

Love the driving feel of the car although the heater/fresh air is limited and in Australia is not nice to drive in our hot summers with black vinyl upholstery. Like the 70's period feel and the car is now so rare that most people have never seen one before.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2004

6th May 2006, 04:01

Had a 1974 17TS here in the States. Agree with black interior comments, it was almost impossible to find the saddle color, light interior along with the convertible roof.

23rd Dec 2008, 01:27

Have now taken my 17 Gordini with me from Oz to New Zealand and am living in the town of Whangarei. Would love to hear from other New Zealand owners of 17's and 15's. Car is even better in NZ due to lower heat in summer. Nice to drive on NZ roads.

14th Feb 2009, 02:42

I have a 1973 Renault 17. Excellent styling that catches many glances. I wonder what happened to them all? Have not seen one for 12 years. I'll keep it forever even if it can't get a WOF.

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Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review