1993 Renault 19 Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1993 Renault 19 16v 1.8i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.8i petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

A damn fast car for the price (shame about the insurance).

If serviced properly and looked after it can blow away any RS turbo or Golf GTi. Superb performance, I've reached 135mph and can do 0-60 in 7.1 secs (timed by passenger). A little sluggish at low revs but when you hit 4,000 it kicks in like a turbo. Great fun to drive and you can throw it round corners like its tyres are made of glue.

Economy OK for speed at 27mpg (according to computer).

I was lucky enough to pick up a low miler (50k) so no probs as yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 1999

13th Jun 2002, 14:58

I agree also, I had one a couple of years back (1992 J) and had a few problems, but I feel that these are due to the fact that cars like this are thrashed about - so what can you expect? treat them with respect and I am sure they will last! (of course the occasional hammering will suffice!)

I have just bought another one (1991 H) just the other week, still love them to bits and they give great performance for the price! I cannot fault them! :)

7th Jul 2002, 13:39

If you are looking faster take off than 4,000 revs try chipPing the ecu, it should kick in at 2,000. it's a big difference of the lights!!!

17th Oct 2005, 10:57

I bought a very tidy,74,000 mile J-reg 16v cabriolet for the summer. I had it converted to LPG. Some loss of performance, but I should get the cost back in under 14,000 miles. Handling and feel are superb, but the side windows rattle on bumps if left up when the roof's down. The opaque, plastic back window has been improved with a coat of spray lacquer, but the beading has split where it folds - bad design fault. The cloth sports interior is not as durable as it should be.I'm looking for a leather one. Car is now off the road awaiting replacement gearbox (diff bearing sounds like a V8 in town, but unbearable on the M-way.) On these, it's an engine out job. Watch this space.

29th May 2008, 20:11

Look after it.

they're getting rare now and just think, you're driving down the road and no one else has got one.

Enjoy one of the best cars Renault made.

1993 Renault 19 16V 1.8 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.8 16V petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong except it need a new rear wiper blade.

Generally well pleased with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

1993 Renault 19 16v 1.8 twin cam petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.8 twin cam petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Only had the car 3 months, it was just due for a service when I bought it - replaced all brake discs and pads, starter motor died, bulb for computer replaced, replaced front shocks and springs and stuck on a new exhaust.

General Comments:

The car is immaculate.. now, see why the owner was overly keen to sell. Main dealer prices - OUCH! Expensive car to maintain and run, but blistering performace with a few mods. Get a magnex, K&N 57i, sort the suspension (adj shocks and lowered springs) and kiss all the GTi's and GSi's goodbye!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

1993 Renault 19 RT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Clutch cable and the timing belt. There was a bad knocking on front drivers side when purchased, it took 8 to 9 months to find the problem and fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 1998

1993 Renault 19 Convertible 1.8i 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

ABS and brake problems mostly.The hood is very prone to splitting...

General Comments:

Servicing quite expensive. Wind noise very loud at 60+ mph with hood down. Tyres a pain - pressures needs to be exactly correct otherwise tramlining occurs. Drinks petrol like there's no tomorrow. Like the performance though. Very quick indeed for its size. 8.6 seconds compared to the hard top version - 8.8. ;)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 1997

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