1974 Renault 12 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1974 Renault 12 TL 1.3 litre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission 1.3 litre Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres


Long in tooth, but quirky and interesting


Brake master cylinder (twice).

Rusty fuel tank.

New drum brakes.

Motor (original) badly needed rebuilding towards the end.

Rear springs replaced.

Entire front suspension needed overhauling.

C/V joints worn.

A lot of other things. $500 per year in repairs just to keep it on the road (ignoring the bigger problems)

General Comments:

Overall an interesting, individual, and practical car. It had a lot of problems which I think were partly age related and partly due to poor build quality or bad design.

This car was very comfortable for a small car. It had a superb ride and excellent seats. Virtually everyone who went in it commented on the comfort.

Despite the soft, long travel suspension, it was quite a good car to drive. It had good road holding, and excellent on the limit handling. These things are first rate handlers in the dirt and in the wet. I always used to enjoy putting it fast enough into a corner to get a bit of roll-oversteer happening, and then correcting with a bit of opposite lock. Scared the hell out of passengers though.

Unfortunately the 12s are totally underpowered. I suppose it was probably acceptable in the 70's, but anyone use to driving a modern car would find the lack of power very frustrating. It had to be driven pretty hard just to keep up with city traffic, and hills were a real chore. Get a few mates in the car and things just get worse.

When I got it, the car felt a bit loose. A lot of things needed work, and there were a few interior fittings either missing or broken. I don't think they were really up to Australian conditions. However, I did enjoy owning my Renault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2001

1974 Renault 12 GL 1.4 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12300 kilometres
Most recent distance34000 kilometres




A few things went wrong with this car, however things did wear out as you would expect from an old car.

General Comments:

The R12 was put on to gas a few years back and it runs forever on a tank, there was no power drop like most cars.

I also found some imported alloy's so I popped them on and the car looks hot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2000

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 5 reviews