1990 Renault 19 TXE 1.7 from UK and Ireland


Best budget buy around


Rain gets into to car's suspension and steering making it a hazard in the rain. Also as a result the front springs need frequent replacement.

The rear central looking is very temperamental and frequently do not lock automatically.

Recently the dashboard gauges have been sticking.

General Comments:

Given the age of the car and the number of miles it has covered it is an excellent vehicle.

The car's engine is reliable and all round performance is good; except for the car has been left in the rain.

The interior is both comfortable and spacious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th July, 2003

1990 Renault 19 TS 1.4 ENERGY from UK and Ireland


Cheap, practical family car


At 82,000 miles the clutch cable snapped.

One rear wheel bearing became noisy at 83,000 miles and was replaced.

A front wheel bearing failed soon after and was replaced.

It needed another front wheel bearing at 90,000 miles.

At 100,000 the battery failed.

The front disks and pads where badly worn and at 100,000 miles were replaced.

General Comments:

Superb fuel economy at 50 mpg+

I travel 250 miles a week in this vehicle and it has broken down once in almost 2 years of ownership with a snapped clutch.

Very quick in low gears, and has excellent headroom and boot space.

Very reliable for a 12 year old!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

1990 Renault 19 TSE 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Very nice car, shame about the glitches


Nothing too serious - since buying the car I've replaced the tyres, exhaust, brakes, shock absorber and a ball joint.

Recently the speedo cable has become loose. This causes the speedometer to emit a whirring noise, and makes the needle shaky at speeds above 45mph.

One problem I had was with a rear shock absorber. Corrosion around the mounting had caused the shock absorber to stick through the wheel arch and into the boot.

Some of the instrument lights are dodgy - the handbrake light doesn't always work, and the lights behind the electric window controls are intermittent. The interior lights in the back work when you fiddle with the switches.

Apart from minor glitches, the car has been fine so far.

General Comments:

The seats are possibly the most comfortable I've ever sat in. Very soft and well cushioned, but supportive at the same time.

Performance is much better than many other similar cars. I've achieved a top speed of 110mph (shhh - don't tell anyone!) and a 0-60 time of 10 seconds, despite the manufacturer's quoted time of 13 seconds!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2002

4th May 2004, 13:13

I have a Renault 19 GTS 1991 and my experiences are much the same as yours, my rear shock has done the exact same. and speed wise I found the same as-well.

Nice review.

18th May 2005, 16:14

I'm thinking of buying a Renault 19 myself and have noticed the comments about the rear shock absorber.

Can anyone who has had this problem let em know how much they were looking at to get it fixed and if it happened again...

6th Jun 2005, 10:49

My 19TSE has been much the same as that mentioned, I have had mine 3 years without much of a problem at all apart from the interior light which has to be fixed every six months.

A new exhaust, 2 brake pipes, and 2 steering rack gaiters got me through 3 Mot's.

I would definitely have another Renault.

1990 Renault 19 TXE Chamade 1.7 Multipoint injection from Finland


Haynes said it right


Bought in December 2000. When bought (148.k km) the bargain issue was the left front spring broken. So front suspension needed replacement.

Cost 500 Euros to fix to renault dealer. Changed almost the whole front suspension. I mean new shock absorbers, new springs, new CV-joints. (boge absorbers and volvo springs).

Next happy was a weird problem with ignition system (150.000 kms). When it was very humid outside, problems with start. At a traffic light stalled completely. Towed to dealer cost 80 Euros to fix. Actually the only thing was to clean some contacts to the ignition module. That happened in February 2001, and it was -28 Celcius degrees outside. Not too funny.

Two months after (April or May 2001) (150.000 kms) the left front wheel bearing started to ask for replacement. At renault dealer it was 100 euros (parts+ work). A careful inspection of the brake pads indicated that the pads were "sand" (i have never understood how it was breaking until then???). Anyhow new brake pads and brake disks were replaced also. Extra 100 euros (parts elf + bendix??? and work).

After 2 days I came back to the mechanics. I noticed the electrin fan did not kick and the engine was overheating. A badly corroded contact. Something like 50 euros to fix.

10.000 km run without any problem. Mainly highway driven. in May-June.

A new holiday trip to Paris and Germany (via sweden). Other 8.000 km run.

No problems.

Technical inspection (MOT in Uk) failed due to Lambda sond. Costed 300 euros to fix (the sond and the work).

In January 2002 the timing belt needed change. Wanted to be gentleman with my car so, I have been to my mechanic with it. Also the idler + tensioner needed replaced. Surprise??? A seal of an auxiliary shaft driven also by the belt, was leaking oil and warning on it was given. Seemed also that 2 bearings (inside the engine needed to be changed). The mechanics changed that time only the belt, since they did not have on stock the bearings (they said 10.000 km would have lasted, but no more). They charged me 100 euros, and they did not even finish the job!!! I got really angry!

That was too much for me, and from that moment on I started to play the mechanic with my car! I bought the Haynes book for it (25 euros), and the Do It Yourself charade started.

In March the same symptoms of stopping in humid weather showed up. I cleaned again the contact and works again.

In April 2002 the heater matrix leaks. Thanks to the big hearts from the renault 19 forum and haynes book, the Do it yourself succeeds (the dash board out etc) and the cost was only the spare part (75 euros for a original Valeo).

Try to change also by myself the belt + the bearings, but a broken wrench (yes!!! the wrench got broken, and it also destroyed the bold from the idler) prevented me from do it myself. Back to mechanics. 200 euros (100 euros the belt+ idler+ tensioner bought by me, and 100 euros their work). That happened in June this year.

Again two long trips about 20.000 km without problem. Except that on the highway in Italy between Rome and Livorno, the regulator from the alternator got broken. In fact one brush was worn out completely.

For now it works(almost 200.000 km). For how long???

PS. Release bearing is noisy when temperatures goes below 10 degrees Celsius (in the summer time is silent). It is doing since I bought it, and still does. Didn't get any worse.

At a corner the head gasket leaks coolant (not that badly). Few drops of Super glue "fixed" the problem.

General Comments:

For 95 horse power I was expecting more acceleration from it. Dealers treatment was sometimes honey and sometimes was salt + hot pepper.

It was good that I learned (some) mechanics with it.

Very comfortable.

Completely (99 %) rust free. And this considering the usual 6 months winter in Finland.

Almost all the parts I changed were original, so at least until I bought it 148.000 km it run fault free. So, maybe it was a good car, after all...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2002

24th Oct 2003, 05:54

The guy who wrote the original post (continues) :

The original review was put on October 2002;

Since then:

Last winter failed to start again (old problem) : turned out to be the distributor cap that had the terminals badly corroded; Was that the real problem? Don't know; Wait and see;

The rear axle got broken; Changed it with a used one from dismantling place; (400 euros) ; (FYI a new rear axle would have cost 2600 euros, so no way) ;

Heating control button from the pannel got broken; No big deal, bur annoying;

Head gasket (you name the price) ;

New battery;


I do not know why the system took a yellow smiley for my post, since I did not intend that! I would have chosen the SAD BLUE SMILEY.