Renault 21 Reviews from France

1987 Renault 21 Nevada 2.1 turbo diesel

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.1 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

If you want a car to last you over 15 years without seriously going wrong, this is it

Faults:

Radiator split at 200000km.

Radiator split again at 285000km.

Glow plugs have broken up regularly from 150000km onward.

Small fires behind the dashboard caused by poor wiring. As a result, most of the dashboard instrumentation (OK, all except for the speedometer) no longer works.

Rear light clusters keep on falling out toward the interior.

Boot support broken and jammed since 250000km.

Windscreen lamination in poor condition.

Gearbox problems - not yet terminal - first gear jumps out regularly, third gear making worn out noises. Reverse often impossible to find.

General Comments:

Bearing in mind that this car is now seventeen years old and has done so many kilometers, the (many) faults are acceptable.

The problem is that the faults are becoming more expensive to fix; once the gearbox finally dies it will be time for the car to retire.

The interior has stood the test of time very well, with no holes in the seats or carpets.

All of the "extra" electrical equipment (windows, radio) still works, even if the standard stuff (dashboard, lights) doesn't always.

The turbo lag has to be experienced to be believed. The process of accelerating goes something like this: first, floor the throttle; second, wait one second for the diesel engine to catch up; third, wait another two seconds for the turbo to kick in. Not a problem if you can anticipate when you will need to accelerate.

The car has done Paris-Prague return three times since it passed 230000km, and the fuel consumption is amazingly low at 140kmh in fifth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st October, 2004

1993 Renault 21 GTD Manager 2.1 diesel

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.1 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres

Summary:

An excellent cheap and reliable road car

Faults:

I had to change the alternator at 210,000 km.

I have exchanged the driver and the passenger seats, because the driver one had became lot too soft. The ancient Renault cars often had bad seats.

Many electrical minor problems. Some plastic elements have broken.

The R21 phase 2 have all the same problem : an oxidation of the corners of the windows, which make quiet hard to lower the rear electrical glasses.

The previous owner had no major problems with this car.

General Comments:

I really appreciate my car, despite all the minor problems due to the bad quality of the plastics.

It has a good comportement on the road.

The engine is very very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2003

1991 Renault 21 TXI 2.0

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Great road holding and comfortable

Faults:

Central door locking sometimes "forgets" one door.

Several oil leaks.

Dashboard LCD screen deteriorated.

Dashboard lighting sometimes switches off (wire loose).

Air conditioning regulator at 120000 Km.

Radiator leak at 125000 Km.

Gearshift pommel came unstuck at 140000 Km.

General Comments:

This car is very pleasant to drive, the engine gives its real power only above 3500 revs, it easily reaches 6500 revs generating a lot of noise. Under 3500 revs the car will behave like a good family car and your passengers will not be able to guess it can become a furious road racer.

The car has a magic suspension setup and good brakes.

The seats are very comfortable and the hatchback is convenient.

The engine is very reliable, but the gas consumption is too high (12 liters/100 Km).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2003

23rd Feb 2006, 07:50

I am absolutely agreed with the description of the car. I have the same car and I am really happy with it:)

24th Mar 2007, 15:23

A furious road racer, that makes me want one even more!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 3 reviews