1993 Renault 19 RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Cheap first car
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.
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