Renault 19 Review from Chile

1992 Renault 19 GTS 1.4 C

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 C Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres


A very good car, pity that the dealers are so bad


The only thing that has been extremely wrong with the car is that the speedometer cord broke and I didn't knew how fast I was going.

But... the replacement was very cheap, say about 7 US dollars.

The car was in an accident once (a horse -yes, a horse- crushed on one side, very fast, but its hardly noticeable) and the driver door was never in its exact position again, but only for one or two millimeters.

The U joint of the mechanical steering axle tends to wear and tear, therefore the steering wheel looses precision.

The cloth of the driver's seat is not that resistant.

General Comments:

The car is one of the most comfortable I've ever driven. I've been driving for more than 11 hours with no stops and felt like new when stepping out of the car.

The 1.4 engine seems to be just enough when in hills, but good in flat terrain.

Close the windows and enjoy the silence.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2002

13th Jul 2010, 13:25

Been quite a while since I sold the car.

I have to say, I would never buy a Renault again. Parts were really hard to find, the rear suspension bearing failed, was ridiculously expensive and took some days to change. The car swallowed gas as if the world was going to an end, the brakes failed with a fluid leak in the rear wheels, and most dangerously, the steering box failed completely, first locking the car while turning, then skipping some of the cogs teeth and finally not working at all.

I sold it for what they wanted to give, and warned new owner of all its faults.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review