1989 Renault 19 Energy 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
One of the most practical hatchbacks of its day
Brake pads needed replacing at 17,000 miles and again at 30,000 miles.
Brake fluid began leaking at 24,000 miles.
Tailgate catch broke at 25,000 miles.
Upholstery began decaying after 30,000 miles.
Interior trim was very flimsy and breakable.
Very reliable, but not very well built.
For a 1400, the R19 was economical and performed well.
Interior space and ride comfort were also good.
Good value at £6,000 for a one year old family hatchback.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th April, 2006
14th Sep 2006, 05:22
I had a Renault 19 GTS 1.4 energy from new, and it was the most unreliable car I have ever had. It needed over £5000 of work done under warranty.
I had serious trouble with: engine, gearbox, clutch, suspension and sunroof, and the red paintwork on the roof lost its shine and turned into a matt light pink.
The selling dealer was useless.
The car when running was lively and economical. The steering needed power assistance as it was very heavy.