Renault Fuego Review from Venezuela

1986 Renault Fuego GTX 2 litres

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2 litres Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance151000 kilometres

Summary:

A little of money in the bank is needed with this GREAT car!

Faults:

I like my car more than anything, it gives some problems sometimes but what car is perfect?

I'll try to remember everything (jaja):

- Around 115.000 kms the cambelt snapped so all valves, gaskets, belts were replaced.

- Around 130.000 kms the auto gearbox failed so 70% of internal parts were replaced.

- At 140.000 kms the entire auto gearbox system was changed to manual transmission so 5 days of work became the best investment of the car, the transplant was 100% successful, only adjusting the clutch cable twice was needed.

- At 135.000 kms a new radiator.

These were the major things. I've replaced fan switches, bulbs, electric windows motors, main headlights, corners, fog lights, REAR WINDSHIELD (was stolen), stereo, ALTERNATOR, A/C compressor, fuel pump, oil pump (the car fell off the truck when the auto gearbox failed), engine mounts, carb kits, potentiometer, oil pressure sender..... Do I continue?

General Comments:

I've learned a lot with this car and because it's my first car I like it so much. Most of repairs can be prevented with a little care and prevention (cambelt and auto gearbox oil change!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2000

29th Oct 2001, 14:30

Update: The car has 165.000 kilometers now and it still is in perfect running order, gotta replace the electric window motor on the driver's side and the coolant pump was changed again a few months back.

8th Nov 2006, 00:17

Hi everybody.

I live in Mexicali, Mexico.

I've a Renault Fuego (82) 1.6L.

I fix the engine with performance part's and running good, but the engine bowl to soon, I change the engine 2.2L and transmossion (5 speed, and run better, but needed more and added a turbo and inter-cooler. Woooow!! Runs like a Rocket.

I check in the Dino 300Hp at 6700Rpm is a monster for run in the street.

Richy2_8@hotmail.com

13th Mar 2007, 23:13

Our 1986 Renault Fuego GTX 2 litre has just hit 200,000 ks.

One owner before we purchased 2 years ago with full history.

We replaced all belts etc with full service.

Still has TRX wheels and tyres, which are about 3 years old and one about 15,000ks.

I feel they are undervalued in most countries - especially Australia, but offer great looks, good performance and economy for the price.

We are in Australia, and photos can be seen here http://fuego-gtx.8k.com/

Have a feeling that prices will gradually increase for well maintained or restored Fuegos - more web sites seem to be up all the time on these cars.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review