Drove a 67 blue R10 for several years. Bought several clutch and throwout bearings from JC Whitney. Gave the car to a friend when I got a new 73 Gremlin X. Helped the friend replace the universal joints in the trans axle. The spare tire was made in Vietnam, kept that old bald tire for a long time. The French can build anything, but they don't have a clue about selling stuff in the USA.
The rule is the same for all cars: If you service it, it will work fine. I do not agree with the negative comment of the guy. He just got a car that was not taken care of and he did not fix the problems it had. That is why it did not work well.
My father used to own a Renault 10 Major from 1980 until 1997 and he drove it daily. The only problem was rust and the shock-absorbers that were used up. It was made in 1966 and had a four gear stick and a 1100 cc engine.
It was still running when my father decided to take it to the scrap yard. The rust was not covering the structural parts and it could have been fixed. I miss that car. We called it "Vasile" :) )
I had a Renault 10 Sierra, but I can't remember if it was a 1970 or 1971. I bought it used in 1972. I had a lot of fun with this little car, but it did have one big problem. Things kept vibrating loose in the engine. The battery was constantly vibrating loose, but that was an easy fix. Most of the time it was. Screws vibrated loose from the carburetor all the time and even that was a fairly easy fix. What I hated was when jets vibrated out of the carburetor. That happened once when I was driving alone from W Texas to Albuquerque N Mex. I was a 19 year old girl and alone! I found a little piece of wood on the side of the highway & whittled it down so it fit where the jet should go. I wedged it in there and the car ran great!
I agree with your comments. The R10 was a great car, my brother in law had an R10, I had the R8, which was the same car with a shorter body.
The gentleman who is so critical of his R10 is mistaken in saying that it had a 700 or 800cc engine. The R10 was supplied with an 1108cc engine, as in the R8 or a 1300cc engine.
Is he talking about a different model? Possibly the Dauphine, which was earlier, & as with most small european cars of the time, low in engine capacity.
Regardless; some of the long term faults he mentions suggest a lack of maintenance & possibly, interest.
The first import car I owned was a '70 R10. Bought it in 1975. A nice used Beetle was expensive. Paid $450 for it. A blue model with only 38K miles. Great on gas, comfortable, decent performance for a small car. Parts were expensive and hard to find. Hard to believe, but it was a better car than my brothers '71 Pinto! Sold it to a couple who fled Saigon when it fell. The husband knew all about them since there were a lot of French cars in Indochina.
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