1988 Renault 21 Nevada GTS 1.7 injection


Beloved relic of the '80s


Though I bought this car three years ago, I have never been on the road with it. I have only driven it up and down my driveway. I am nearing the end of a mild 'restoration'. I would say that almost everything was wrong when I bought it!

General Comments:

I found this car in a field in 2012 and bought it for €280. It had been off the road since 2001 and didn't run. It's one of the seven seater models, which I thought would be a 'classic' option for my growing family. I had been looking for a Peugeot 504 familiale and found this.

My first observation would be that now I know why there are none of these left! It was taken off the road in 2001, and only because it was stored in a warehouse for the next nine years (before being moved to the field) did it escape the scrapyard where it probably should have gone.

- Lots of welding to start with.

- New fuel tank straps.

- New fuel tank sender/pump/fuel lines - horrible slimed up fuel tank.

- New suspension all round.

- New brakes.

- Subframe bushes (nasty job).

... etc. Basically a restoration. Parts hard to find. The Internet has thrown up pieces from all over the world. Without the Internet I would be stuck.

And I haven't even got onto the engine! Renix injection/management system would have been probably been OK twenty five years ago, but now a proper headache. I've got it running... sort of, but not constant. But almost there and ready for TÜV.

Probably the last one left in Germany, certainly of the first series. Still a few knocking about in France, but mass culling due to no/low status.

This is now a very rare and almost classic car, so it's not a typical review. I just wanted to add my thoughts and a review from 2015 to show that there are one of two left apart from the more cherished 21 turbos.

Looking forward to actually driving it (eventually!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st August, 2015