1975 Renault 12 Reviews

1975 Renault 12 TL 1.2 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 kilometres
Most recent distance15140 kilometres

Summary:

My Lean Green Mean Machine!!!

Faults:

Original engine overhauled a few years ago!

Usual wear and tear; tyres, brakes, tune ups, water pumps, hoses etc.

Not really anything major has gone wrong, I have had her for 25 years (my first car).

General Comments:

This car is very sentimental to me! She tows a trailer when I go to work. I treat her with respect, she knows I will keep her!

My only complaint is lack of intermittent wiper washers!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2009

1975 Renault 12 TN 1.3 from Mexico

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired500000 kilometres
Most recent distance600000 kilometres

Summary:

A car that I love and will keep forever!

Faults:

Nothing serious really.

Suspension was a mess back when I got it.

Engine was passing some oil, fixed it real cheap.

Regular maintenance avoids ugly surprises.

General Comments:

Incredibly tough little car that still takes an 800 km beating in a single day when I visit El Paso, TX. I did that trip 9 times last year (2005).

I love the fuel economy it gives for such an old car: 13km/Lt. It does 100 km/h no sweat.

Not the most beautiful nor comfortable car from that era, but fun to drive, easy to fix, and certainly on its way to become a classic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2006

4th Feb 2006, 18:23

"It does 100 km/h no sweat."

- 100 KM/H = about 62 MPH. You must love going slow!!!

21st Mar 2006, 00:22

If you wanted to fly around at 90mph everywhere then you wouldn't get one in the first place. The point is that they have no problems keeping up with freeway traffic, unlike many older cars about, as well as fools I see in newer cars who love doing 50mph (why...why???) My 12 sits on 110km/h (70mph - this is the speed limit on Australian interstate freeways) up hills with no problems, it just starts to get a little scary over 140...

22nd Mar 2011, 00:01

Hello Renault r12 owner... I live in Phoenix Arizona. You were saying that you make a trip to El Paso Texas every year. Would you consider driving up to Phoenix so I can see your Renault? I have 3 of them myself... it would be nice to see what you have... do you have pictures? Here is my email, you can write and send me pics, and I'll do the same... Thanx... gracious@cox.net.

1975 Renault 12 GL 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres
Previous carRover - Austin 7

Summary:

A great car, if you buy it you'll love it!

Faults:

Nothing, absolutely wonderful car to drive, reliable as anything. Recommend it to anyone.

General Comments:

Buy this car! It is fantastic for getting around town, not that powerful, but economical, very comfortable and extremely reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2000

6th Feb 2001, 15:31

R12 TL 1.2 1970 240.000km's.

No problems in daily use here in Finland. The heater was excellent in -35C temperature. The 12 was my first car!

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews