1980 Renault 20 TS 2.0 petrol from Nigeria


A car that brought fond memories


Changed power steering to manual from auto.

Auto choke backed up.

Steering shaft had to be changed.

Boot cover seal leakage.

Headlights started having poor illumination.

General Comments:

I would still buy this car if Renault would offer me a new one.

Fantastic car, good acceleration and speed.

Could cruise at 170kph without stability issues.

Have owned many cars since then, but none compares.

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

Review Date: 10th October, 2014

1983 Renault 20 TS Auto 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Comfortable french cruiser


Replaced 1 front wheel bearing.

Carburetor rebuild.

Both tie rod ends.

Left CV boot.

General Comments:

This car was great! I bought it for $700NZD and never let me down. I used it daily for a 240km round trip to and from work, as well as a few 500km trips around the country.

Very comfortable, and quite well appointed for a 1983, having electric windows, power steering and electric sunroof.

Very enjoyable car, which I really regret selling.

The only thing that was odd, was the rear seat folded up rather down, so the only way to get a flat loading rear was to remove the rear seat altogether.

Fuel economy was good, at around 30mpg mixed town and open road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2010

1979 Renault 20 TS Automatique 2.0 4 cylinder from Germany


With sunroof and reliable transmission, I would like to have it again


Automatic transmission failed.

General Comments:

- A rolling sofa, reasonably sized for families up to 4

- French old school characteristics cc. upholstery and suspension

- Simple and reliable mechanics with the above mentioned exception.

A short test drive with the Vel Satis (2004/V6 petrol/aut.) was it, when my Renault 20 involuntarily came into mind, in comparison really.

The first mentioned characteristics are something that get lost nowadays, although they are highly stress-solving. With regular distances of 400 km to drive per weekend, I never experienced such relaxed rides in any car until now.

With a bare weight of about 1200 kgs, and a plain, simple 96 HP 2 litre engine, this car still would be powered more than sufficiently today and, yes, also in germany. No manufacturer would dare to offer a upper mid-sized car today with 96 HP, not even as an initial version.

The petrol consumption was a stable 8-9 litres/100 km; there was no issue mechanically since the car was a technical no-thrills design.

I remember pleasantly the looks of it now, both outside and inside (old dashboard) compared with the marketing-driven, exaggerated style nowadays.

The Vel Satis drives less spectacular than it seems; I nevertheless would prefer his predecessor if there were any.

The gloomy end of the R 20 was the failure of the automatic transmission near Munich. This is in Bavaria as you certainly know, and rather hostile terrain for french cars. The costs were not affordable for me to change the transmission, so I sadly had to leave this comfortable and friendly car in the strangelands.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2006