1989 Renault 19 GTX 1.7 from UK and Ireland
Good reliable, simple car
The starter motor burnt out about 65,000 miles. This was replaced with a good S/H unit from a breakers, £5.
Rear box started leaking about 68,000 and was about £30 to replace from ATS.
Required two new rear wheel cylinders as the bleed nipples were corroded and so I couldn't bleed the brakes. They were about £10 each and easy to fit.
New petrol tank was £72 fitted.
Some light corrosion to door bottoms and wing edges, but one the whole, very rust resistant for an eighties car.
Watch the front cross member though, just under the radiator.
No mechanical trouble at all apart from a weeping camshaft seal. About £2 to replace.
A very simple car to maintain, and surprisingly durable for an eighties french car. Reasonably well built, although the interior is rather flimsy, but you would expect that from renault.
This is a VERY comfortable car to drive. It's like a Rolls Royce compared to a similar vintage Escort. Handling is not it's strong point though, plenty of roll on corners, although grip is good.
The 1.7 engine is a great puller, with lots of low down power, and very economical at around 40 MPG.
Brakes are a bit iffy at speed, but it's dead easy to upgrade to 16 valve spec. Just need the bigger disc's and caliper brackets from that model, or a R5 turbo.
It's very dated now, but I like its old world charm and simplicity. If it goes wrong, you'll know what the problem is without taking it to a garage.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th September, 2007