1983 Renault 18 Reviews

1983 Renault 18 TX 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Chevette

Summary:

Longest Vehicle Relationship to Date!

Faults:

Starter Motor *6!

Radiator.

Rear Suspension Springs.

Battery.

General Comments:

I had my 18 for six years. With the exception of having to bump start, which I could actually do on my own, this car only ever stopped and wouldn't start once! Considerately only 100 yards from my mechanic by coincidence!

Truly the most comfortable car I've ever owned or sat in. Driving position was great, albeit a bit like driving a bus because of the angle of the large steering wheel.

Performance was very good. Very fast pull offs are not an option with the 18 though. As with all Renaults it seems, the front end was light and wheels spin very easily.

Fuel economy was excellent, even when my economy lights died after two years. Probably for the best, as watching the little blighter's may have killed me.

I've never seen a rusty 18. Tatty through neglect and prangs, but never rusty. Mine was white and I was sad to see it go. But the call for a brand new 5 was to strong.

I now move from old car to old car though. If I ever see another old 18 in my banger budget, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

1983 Renault 18 GTD 2.1 diesel from France

Year of manufacture1983
Engine and transmission 2.1 diesel
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Electric equipment, central locking, seats, steering, suspension, water pump, radiator (at 290.000 km, though), rust in some parts of the body.

General Comments:

I have owned this car for more than 5 years now, and I surely don't regret the purchase. At some 315.000 kilometers now, the engine still runs perfect, with no oil consumption, and the car barely needs 6.5 liters to run 100 kms.

It was driven through open roads, highways in France and even rough mountain tracks in Morocco, and never let me down. The weakness of this car is the space in the rear seats; very unsatisfactory.

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Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 1999

1983 Renault 18 TS 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10

Faults:

Broken driveshaft.

Burst radiator (original equipment).

Rear suspension springs sheared.

Dampers needed replacing.

General Comments:

Handles like a jelly on trolley wheels.

Comfy seats though, just like being in bed. Surprisingly powerful 1.6 unit now I have added a K&N air filter, skimmed the head, had the valves re-seated and de-coked. Also high power HT leads, a performance ignition coil have taken at least a second off my standing 0-60. Anyone after a Renault 18 turbo engine, modified to 1647 cc from 1565 cc, fully rebuilt contact me on 07803 393007.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 1999

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews