1984 Renault 11 Review

1984 Renault 11 GTL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired56005 miles
Most recent distance83500 miles

Summary:

A comfortable, relaxed, economical, nippy gem

Faults:

Left and right hand drive-shafts.

Wheel bearing.

Ignition switch.

(It is 17 years old!)

General Comments:

The 11 has never failed me in 4 years.

It cost £70 and I have never broken down in it.

It has always started 1st time.

It returns 55mpg when travelling at 60 MPH.

The front Monotrace seats are supremely comfortable and even paint can be wiped clean from them. I cannot fit in a Laguna or Cavalier but have room for a hat in this car!

The ride is comfortable, the cabin free from wind and road noise, though the engine is a little noisy.

A stone chip has taken 4 years to begin to rust!

Construction is a little flimsy, thus parts often require tightening.

However, as the car has had 11 previous owners, there is evidence that it has been altered in a couple of ways.

The 11 isn't very quick but it feels nippy and has run at an indicated 109 MPH.

Despite a soft ride it corners as if it is on rails, unlike many firmer British, Japanese and German equivalents.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2001

25th Feb 2005, 18:22

Well, I totally agree renault 11 is a total antique, but it's my first car and I'm fond of it.

24th Jun 2007, 16:48

What a truly great old car. We've had ours now for 4 years and she's still going strong. A 1984 car with 147,000 miles on the clock, she did 2,300 of them through France and England last Summer. Bravo RENAULT.

21st Jul 2008, 17:14

Double Bravo Renault 11. Progress report from last year. Car has now done 164,668 miles. She emigrated to France with ourselves and has faithfully carried heavy loads 13 times between a rented house in Mayenne and our new home in Correze - 600 miles each return trip - We could not afford a lorry.

This week she passed French CT test. I feel I will be writing an excellent report on this car for the next hundred years.

27th Nov 2009, 13:24

Still going strong. No serious mechanical problems. Scrappage schemes may come and go, but this old servant will keep on the move. Two more trips from France to England recently completed. Here we go into our twenty-seventh year.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review