1993 Renault 19 Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1993 Renault 19 Hatchback 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Fun car, but always in need of some sort of repair

Faults:

Steering rack leaked had to be replaced twice.

Had to have a new clutch put in.

Sunroof wouldn't shut, it was fixed, but broke again.

Original alarm didn't work.

Central locking didn't lock the boot.

Brakes would fail, couldn't discover why as it wasn't the ABS.

Windows came out of line twice.

Front seats tore down the sides which is quite common for this model.

On several occasions the lights stayed on after the car was turned off. I had to disconnected the battery to switch them off.

It used a lot of oil.

Very expensive to repair not just parts, but labor too.

Gearbox went, I ended our relationship at that

General Comments:

Although there are quite a lot of bad points to the car, love is blind! I loved it too much and put a lot of money into keeping the car on the road. Only to very sadly scrap it in the end, my pocket became empty and I needed a car to get me from A to B.

It handled really well even in the wet, it just hugged the ground on bends.

The car was fast, great to drive on the motorway, it always had some thing to give when you put your foot down.

Fun car to drive and looks great, a real head turner and lovely looking model, stood out from the rest of the Renault 19's.

My Renault always started and the engine was good, but I can't help but notice I now know all the guys at my local garage!

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

Review Date: 30th July, 2005

1993 Renault 19 Biarritz 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired46359 miles
Most recent distance47662 miles
Previous carVolvo 480

Summary:

A good all-round family hatchback

Faults:

No problems so far.

General Comments:

I have owned a 19 before and was impressed with it, and this one was a bargain that I could not miss.

It is low mileage, low insurance, low tax and very low on fuel bills.

Not the most exciting car you will ever own, but it is comfortable and you don't feel tired out after driving it.

Definitely one of the best cars I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2004

1993 Renault 19 RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles

Summary:

Cheap first car

Faults:

Wheel Bearings needed replacing when I bought the car.

Alternator went, although this was traced due to a leak from the head which stopped after tightening the head bolts. Expensive to replace as hard to get to!

Water Pump went, good opportunity to replace the cambelt.

Calipers went, upgraded with 16v setup.

General Comments:

This was my first car at age 17 and I'd be the first one to say its hard a hard 3 years!

The 1.4 engine is surprisingly quick and very low insurance group, 6,000 mile service intervals come round quickly and the tappets start to make a racket if you try and push it up to 8,000. Service it at home if you can, £15 for oil and filter, air filter and sump washer from your motor factors.

Drinks the juice if you drive it hard, but keep it under 3.5k (70 on the motorway) and it'll return 40MPG - I've only managed to do this once!

Get an RT, don't even consider anything else. Electric everything, and nothing electrical has yet to go wrong. 16v parts are easily interchangeable and readily available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

1993 Renault 19 RN 1.4 Energy from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Energy Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired92500 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles

Summary:

An underrated car with a huge interior and good handling

Faults:

Head gasket started to leak.

Rear crank case oil seal needed replacing, resulting in a bottom-end engine rebuild.

Water pump was replaced.

A new thermostat was fitted.

A few minor switches were replaced in the dashboard.

Injector fault (very rare I have been told)

New center clutch plate (due to a lot of city driving)

General Comments:

This was my first car, so naturally I loved it to bits!

Despite all the problems, the car never once let me down and always started on the button, no matter what the conditions.

The running costs are fantastic. Even if you drive it hard, you will struggle to get less than 35mpg. Part prices are very low and even the engine rebuild mentioned above was only £400 including the new clutch plate, water pump and thermostat.

The car was very comfortable, and many people who traveled in it proclaimed the seats to be the most comfortable they have ever used. Space is first rate and the whole package is very practical.

Performance was OK. The engine was quite responsive compared with other cars of that size, but was quite vocal and was rather sluggish with more than 2 people in it, but unless you want to race people from the lights the performance overall is quite acceptable.

The handling was excellent. Although I did have the bigger "16 valve" type alloy wheels on mine, they all handle well. With quality tires, grip is ample and although there is some body roll, the car had a good neutral handling response and didn't under-steer unless severely provoked, even when this happened it would convert to a good progressive slide by easing off the throttle. The ride quality was good and kept the car stable at high speeds, even on bumpy back roads.

The car look nice, especially with the alloys, and when clean looked very smart. There was no rust despite its age and the paint finish was excellent.

Admittedly I drove my 19 very hard, and I think this could be the reason the head gasket went, but for simple, A to B motoring with minimal costs and lots of practicality I highly recommend the 19. It is much nicer to drive than its rivals and if you keep it serviced and clean and it should prove to be an excellent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2004

6th Dec 2008, 09:26

I own a Renault 19 Saloon 1993 (L).

I inherited it from a late relative in 2006, when it had 30,195 genuine miles on the clock.

I have done 16,000 miles in the car and it`s a joy to drive.

No rust is evident and the interior is comfortable and in good condition.

It`s a bit slow off the mark, but only to be expected with a small 1.4cc engine and quite a big body.

It will cruise on the motorway all day at 70mph and I frequently find myself creeping over the legal limit, without any effort. ;o)

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 30 reviews