1994 Renault 19 16v Cabriolet 1.8 from UK and Ireland
My boyhood dream is better than I had hoped
Nothing as yet, but only had the car for a week!!! But I know the pads need changing and the cat is blowing!!
I have wanted a 19 16v since being a teenager!!! Now at 29 I finally jumped and bought one, not just any, I splashed out (£500) and brought a cab!!!
Even with high miles, this car pulls like a train from 3600rpm!!
Handles like a dream, especially being wrapped in full leather seats, which grip you as if your life depended on it, yet are so comfortable you would be forgiven for thinking you were in an armchair!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th July, 2008
I've had my '92 16v cab now for 6 years and 55k miles, totalling 125k.
It still goes like stink, engine first time starter, slickest gearbox I've known.
The bad news is it uses a lot of front wheel bearings, suspension ball joints/TREs, and front tyres, but I blame that on it's gecko-sticky cornering ability, and those figure-hugging comfy seats. On winding country roads (O bliss!!) or motorways, it is so rock steady and placable, you can drive it with far more confidence than my wife's equally well maintained MGF, whose handling and driver-pleasure are renowned.
The other bad points are: rattly windows on bumpy roads, (with the roof down), poor handbrake, snapped clutch cables (3!) and the need to remove the engine and gearbox to change the cam-belt and clutch, which I did last year. Even changing the oil filter is awkward and is easier if you move the steering reservoir and alternator support bar.
I got LPG put on mine when I first got it - no regrets, it gives diesel economy with a slight loss of power, but just switch over to petrol when you want the adrenaline rush! And having seen so many power hoods that do not work, I am quite happy to take 40 seconds to stow my hood manually under those 2 curvaceous bumps!
Little wonder that I call her my French mistress: high maintenance, but a lovely mover and gorgeous topless!