1987 Renault 21 GTS 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Bigger than average family car with good performance

Faults:

Had to replace the rear brake cylinders, and starter motor.

The petrol gauge failed and needed replacing. The switch for the heater fan also needed replacing.

This car featured an electronic 'dip stick', this also failed.

Suffered from hot start problem which I believe was due to the location of the carburetor and was never solved.

General Comments:

This is a very roomy car with a well fitted interior.

I've yet to find another car which is as comfortable. It has a cavernous boot and six footers can sit in the back with plenty of leg room.

It has good performance and reliability.

Only the failure of some of the interior equipment lets it down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2002

1987 Renault 21 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Large hole in subframe under scrapped petrol tank fell off on the motorway.

Rusty straps.

Ball joints.

Wheel fell off at junction.

Electrics.

Clutch.

Steering linkage.

Drivers seat sheared off when driving.

Passenger mirror fell off.

Gear stick got loose and came off in my hand.

Seatbelts.

Sills.

General Comments:

This has got to be the worst car I have ever owned, in the 9 months I had it I spent twice its value just keeping it on the road. Street cred - none, it was an ugly smelly French creation, which had heavy steering and poor fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st August, 1999

1987 Renault 21 Turbo 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

2 wheel bearings 128,000, 141,000.

Radiator 144,000.

Turbo 153,000.

General Comments:

Superb car so far, eats the XR brigade for lunch, even with 166,000 clocked up. Usual rusty door bottoms and back arches but never failed an MOT, and never let me down.

Not bad for 700 quid 5 years ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

28th Sep 2001, 05:08

Wicked mate, I love my car too.

31st Oct 2001, 04:28

Top motor, so underrated for what they do.

I have two, that's how much I love these French Cossie Killers...

Check out Prima Racing.

* Scorpion Exhaust! So so sweet.

Group N Intercooler! Umm.

New blower x 2, One failed after 600 miles! "GT Turbo's Ltd, steer clear of these Cowboys is my advice"

Headlines come down in price!

Once these fail a MOT, they will cost you £180 inc Vat from Renault.

Prices are now only £80 inc Vat.

The French Say No!

Renault HQ said "they will never build another like it"!.. Why?..

17th Jan 2006, 05:16

Any one know how much a renault 21 turbo costs we got one for sale and want to know how much to mark it up for!

7th Nov 2006, 05:53

Does anyone know how much they cost new???

1987 Renault 21 Turbo 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Clutch at 175,000, Radiator at 175,000, Exhaust at 175,000, Turbo at 180,000, Water pump at 245,000, Alternator at 245,000.

General Comments:

Has never left any one stranded in 250,000 miles. Does 40mpg at 70mph.

Don't let Olympian Renault Service them.

Will top 140mph (and do 17mpg). ABS a pain in the nuts and about the only unreliable thing about the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 1997