1991 Renault 19 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1991 Renault 19 16v 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

A wicked old motor

Faults:

Clutch went at 1o2ooo.

Paint on drivers door peeling.

2 engine mounts.

Battery.

Interior and half the dash lights don't work.

General Comments:

When I first got my R19 16v, the first thing I did was make a one off induction kit, with a MK1 golf GTI power raw, cold air feed and universal filter.

I also stripped my front bumper of its fogs and black plastic and replaced it with mesh and a Laguna front skirt to keep the filter, brakes and engine cooler.

I found this improved the cars pick up and all round performance not to mention the raw from under the bonnet.

I have also found the back end lively in the wet, but I'm not complaining it makes the car more fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2005

1991 Renault 19 16v 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired88100 miles
Most recent distance91200 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

Its very capable

Faults:

Radiator bleed plug needed replacing, as it had been snapped off.

Replaced clutch and clutch cable at 90,000.

Replaced front and rear brake pads and rear wheel bearings at 90,300.

General Comments:

I've owned several hot hatches from different manufacturers, and I've found the R19 16v to be a very nice car.

The build quality isn't as good as VW for example, but then, whose is?

The R19 16v goes very well and handles great, it's a good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

1991 Renault 19 GTSX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired149000 miles
Most recent distance157900 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

A great long laster and fun to drive

Faults:

My starter went.

Needed new pads, but all cars do.

General Comments:

This car is truly a great car for any one that is a begginer and its also good looking.

I have put a spoiler and the 16v bonnet on mine and it looks good.

I have had nothing, but fun driving it. I read on 1 website that the GTSX has a very good 1.4 engine and can easily go to 200k plus.

I love this car and I hope every other owner does as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2004

1991 Renault 19 Chamade 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carVolvo 440

Summary:

Value for money performance

Faults:

Cylinder head gasket blown.

A.B.S groans.

Spark plugs corroded into the engine.

Central locking plays up.

General Comments:

The car makes a beautiful noise at 4K revs.

The handling is superb.

The Chamade phase 1 is getting rarer.

Great looking car.

May pay dividends to know a mechanic because parts can be awkward to install/fit.

No rust whatsoever and it's never been garaged

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th May, 2004

1991 Renault 19 16valve 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 kilometres
Most recent distance131000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

A gorgeous eighties sports car

Faults:

There was a small oil leak when I first bought the car.

The car is very prone to rust on the inside and outside.

General problems with the car as it is quite old.

Worn ball joints and drive shafts.

I also had to recently replace the Alternator.

The braking system seems to stick so the car makes a funny noise. This does not stop the brakes working.

Bonnet vent is a major problem with the gasket eventually wearing so eventually letting in rain water.

The bonnet has warped or been reshaped in someway. This also effects the bonnet vent letting in a great amount of water directly onto the block and into the Spark Plugs.

General Comments:

This car is really nice to look at and a well looked after one is a great drive.

The leather seats are a lot comfier and pleasing to the look at rather than the cloth versions.

The whole car has a very eighties look about it inside and out.

This is what makes it stand out from all the rest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2004

1991 Renault 19 16v 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Fun fast hot hatch but very unreliable and expensive to fix

Faults:

New calipers on rear.

New disks on front.

Clutch cable snapped.

Bonnet scoop rusted.

Starter motor failed.

ECU failed.

Clutch failed.

The list is endless!

General Comments:

Fantastic fun car, but things were always going wrong!

Was sad to get rid of it, but it was costing me on average about £100 a month on repairs.

Service history is worthless. Mine had full service history, but everything still failed.

Expensive parts and labour to work on them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2004

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 23 reviews