Renault 18 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1984 Renault 18 GTL 1.7

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles


A hidden classic


Numerous items related to the age of the car and general wear and tear. Have replaced the clutch, CV joints (front), one wheel bearing and suspension ball joint.

Conversely the engine has been fine. Once the garage replaced the ignition lead with the correct type, I've had no problems with starting or available power.

General Comments:

This car still surprises after three years of ownership. I've driven numerous late model small Japanese rental cars and none handled as well or were as fun to drive.

So-so construction and finishing, and the cost of maintenance of the 18 make it uneconomic to justify. But in the fun versus sensible stakes, my heart wins every time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review