1973 Renault 17 TS 1.6 injection


Not much front - wings corroded away 10 years ago, rear brake calipers and drums, starte rmotor, alternator.

General Comments:

I have owned the car for 15 years, now it's only used as a collector car during summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

6th May 2006, 03:57

Had a 1974 R-17TS Gordini (US) model. Enjoyable car. Traded it for a 1978 Toyota Celica Liftback when I learned that Renault was going to drop the U.S. market (bad, bad mistake that they might re-take with Nissan). WHY the 17G didn't have a fold-down rear seat (ala R-5, R-16) is beyond me (body flex?). The 17G wasn't that fast, didn't have the ride of a 5 or 16, didn't handle well in snow (like a 5) and was slow to heat up, but was great, stylish fun in its time. In 1990 I replaced the Toyota with an Acura Integra RS - the Renault 17G reborn, done right! Have it still.

1st Oct 2006, 08:03

In the States you got the low compression motor compared to the rest of the world. Here in Aus and in the european countries we had the 10.25 to 1 compression and they go well. Rev well to 6000 RPM and the sound from the exhaust is music. Don't know if the States had the big valve head as well or the better camshaft?

9th Oct 2014, 18:35


I've owned a 17 TS for also 44 years now. However it needs restoration. Rear lights, bumper, seat trims. Any help please, email me at horacereidjs@yahoo.com.

It was a real comfort to drive, especially the seats, beautiful.

Help, Horace.