1993 Renault 19 16v 1.8i petrol from UK and Ireland
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
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! :)
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!!!
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.
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.