Renault 21 Reviews from Portugal

1989 Renault 21 Turbo 2.0 turbo

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance31420 kilometres

Summary:

A beautiful, fast, safe and exciting car that will cost you thousands of headaches ($) to maintain

Faults:

The first problems I had were related to the computer and electrical flaws. One of the window elevators stopped working. Also, I couldn't change the display of the computer, so the only function I could get, was the fuel gauge. And, the ABS display had gone crazy and started to flash a malfunction message that never stopped (Oh, and the ABS was fine).

A few months later the clutch started to slip, and replacing it, was definitely not cheap.. (I don't know about other countries, but the parts for this car here in Portugal are really expensive).

And recently the fuel pump started to make a noise, which means the pump is facing its final days.. And I'm about to solve that problem.

The interior plastics quality is really poor, and if you don't keep an eye on it, you'll see plastic cracking all over the place.

General Comments:

It's a beautiful car, with an impressive performance even nowadays. Still surprises lots of drivers on the road..

Besides fast, it's safe. It has a good structure, and handles really good, even at higher speeds. The seats are excellent, very comfortable, and well positioned. It's a really well equipped car, problem is, that equipment doesn't last long, and the maintenance cost is almost ridiculous (at least here in Portugal it is).

This car demands constant attention. If you get too distracted, when you come back to find one problem, you will find a dozen of them.. Since I bought it, I didn't stop buying parts, and solving flaws. But hey, it's a 1989 car, and to own one of those, you really got to love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2008

1989 Renault 21 Turbo 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 kilometres
Most recent distance139000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Do you need anything else?

Faults:

When I bought it, it was in very bad condition. So I've spent about 3.000 euros to put the mechanics like new. It was worth it.

General Comments:

One of the best quick saloon's.

Faster than a Delta Integrale from 80 Km/h to 120 Km/h (in stock)

Very good comfort (leather seats)

Pretty well equipped for a model with 14 years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2004

6th Mar 2004, 12:43

Do I need anything else?...yes actually I do, I need a car that is reliable, built well, safe and strong, and that sure isn't your car car my friend.

Good luck with it anyway though.

23rd Mar 2004, 15:20

This car has the same stock engine as a Volvo 440, will the turbo bolt over?

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews