1992 Renault 19 Charmade 16V 1.8 16v (F7P) from Sweden
Great car, but expensive to repair and annoying to work with!
When I bought it the clutch was totally worn out. (Came with the price)
After changing the clutch the bloody engine wouldn't start (A friend changed the clutch for me and managed to break the essential part that sense the position of the flywheel)
Renault parts are bloody expensive!
The above part wasn't much for the eye, but cost 60 euro...
Brake disc's tend to wear badly when you drive the car like it is meant to be driven... (Fast!)
My trip computer is cluttered with lit "pixels"...
Central locking won't lock my trunk due to the arm has been torn apart by the lock motor.
My front right suspension spring is broken on its lower end...
Not noticeable, but makes some sounds when making sharp turns.
Leaking bonnet that just drown the plugs in water!
This managed to happen in mid winter, when the temperature outside was below -5 degrees Celcius...
I was driving in the ugliest bottle-neck in gothenburg when suddently the engine starts to cough and just barely manages to leave the highway!
(Still haven't fixed this)
The dashboard lights go out when they want to...
So I have to bang the stupid thing so they light again... (Can fix this, but just don't have the energy)
Overall this is a great car!
0 - 60 miles in 6.5 sec.
Changed air filter (K&N)
Something else is not original inside the engine because I can take another Renault 19 Charmade 16V easy.
Not running against my granny now =)
My aftermarket gearknob feels great when throwing myself through traffic in the city :P.
Love the handling.
It grabs the road like my cat grabs my sofa!
The design is great!
And best of all...
I got it cheap... (1400 Euro)
(Well atleast I think it was cheap)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th January, 2004
I too used to drive a Renault 19 16v Chamade. Fun car to drive with good handling and a great engine. I have to say though that the build quality (as with all Renaults) is terrible.
Sounds like the Renaults they sell in Sweden are just as crappy as the ones they (used to) sell in the USA!
I don't understand that part with 6.5 sec to 60 mph from a 1.8 liter Chamade engine.