1977 Renault 6 TL 1.1 petrol
Hot hatch Renault 4
The head gasket blew consantly.
The clutch was replaced twice.
Unstoppable rust around the rear suspension.
Quirky little shed on wheels.
Fantastic practicality, flat floor and removable rear seat.
New car designers should use this car as an example of good practice.
Where are they all now? I miss this car so much.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th October, 2001
22nd Jan 2003, 16:50
They were good little cars. I bought one back in 1975. It had much the same mechanics as the Renault 4, including the gear lever sticking out of the centre fascia. The body was a better, more modern shape, with wind up windows instead of the Renault 4 sliding ones.
It had typical French soft suspension and could bounce in and out of potholes without problems. Very versatile, could carry just about anything, and cheap to run.
By modern standards it would fail every safety crash test, but I liked it - even the funny gear lever (it was front wheel drive, but the gearbox was in front of the engine, behind the radiator, and the gearshift control rod ran over the top of the engine, and straight through the bulkhead into the passenger cab - and still managed to have a light precise shift movement!)