1994 Renault 19 RN 1.6 1.6 from Argentina


It's an unforgettable machine


My car spend a lot of water and have some problems with the water pump.

General Comments:

This car is really good, he is a nice car is the best car in the segment, is a great machine, fast, safety, comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2003

1994 Renault 19 16 Valve 1.8 cc from UK and Ireland


Fun, fast and a bargain to boot!


New cat converter at 63500.

New front n/s wheel bearing.

General Comments:

Only had the car for one month, but all seems good so far.

Had to put a new MOT on it when I got it, needed a new cat converter and wheel bearing. Managed to get a new cat for £98, but plan to remove it and put the old one back on (its hollow!). I've been told they can sap about 15 bhp!

The real beauty about this car is the mileage, 63500. Hopefully this means I should be able to get some trouble free miles out of her.

Performance seems fairly good, although low down grunt is not as good as my old car, pug 309 GTI. Once the twin cams and 16 valves start working though, it leaves the pug for dead! As long as you keep the revs up, its smiles all the way.

My car is on standard wheels and suspension, although handling is good, its fairly well behaved and has not caught me out yet!

Interior is dated, but everything works. I quite like the dated look though, makes it feel like you are driving a bit of a classic! Looks a lot fresher from the front!

For the money, I don't think you could do better. I gave £800 for mine because it needed a new wing and an MOT put on it! I have now done that, and altogether the cost is just under a grand! Need I say more - bargain!

Only advice I would give is avoid high mileage examples. Although they are cheap to buy, nasty big bills are waiting!

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

Review Date: 10th February, 2003

19th Nov 2005, 18:14

An induction kit with a cold air feed will help a lot with the low end grunt and they sound the nuts.

1994 Renault 19 RT 1.7 petrol from Jordan


Strong, Fast, but Expensive to maintain


The car keeps loosing power when I driving it, probably due to Carburetor dirt.

Power steering is not very smooth.

Temperature rises to high levels

2 out of 3 Engine bases were broken when I bought it and needs to be replaced.

Crowded engine, hard to reach some areas.

General Comments:

Very comfortable seats.

Good looking and Strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2003

1994 Renault 19 Biarritz 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


Smooth Ride, but unreliable and expensive to service


Oil leak developed because of a bad gasket around the sump plug.

Fuel leaks at various places.

Low fuel economy.

Hatchback key/latch broke off.

Rust around the bonnet.

Automatically locking system malfunctions.

General Comments:

Bought the car from a work colleague who swore it was in great shape.

Within two months all the problems above developed.

Service costs were unbelievably high -- and didn't even fix what was wrong. Could be the dealers fault on that one.

Was averaging 30mpg which is bad for a diesel.

Once inside, the ride was brilliant, although the engine was loud on motorways.

All in all, a lemon. I hit someone in the rear last week and the rear of his car (an Accord was barely damaged) while the front end of the Renault was destroyed. Car now a write-off and waiting for the junk-yard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd December, 2002

1994 Renault 19 RT Chamade 1.7 from Australia and New Zealand


Could be an expensive car youll never get your money back on


The automatic transmission went in my car causing the car to have to be towed to a repairer.

This whole exercise cost me $AUD1500 including labour.

Water pump failed and this cost another $200.00.

Fuel injection needed cleaning and also timing belt.

General Comments:

This car is a good car for people who want euro flair, but don't want to spend much money.

It is in no way a performance car at all.

The upkeep and interior plastics could be an issue later in life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2002