1989 Renault 21 Turbo 2.0 turbo from Portugal
A beautiful, fast, safe and exciting car that will cost you thousands of headaches ($) to maintain
The first problems I had were related to the computer and electrical flaws. One of the window elevators stopped working. Also, I couldn't change the display of the computer, so the only function I could get, was the fuel gauge. And, the ABS display had gone crazy and started to flash a malfunction message that never stopped (Oh, and the ABS was fine).
A few months later the clutch started to slip, and replacing it, was definitely not cheap.. (I don't know about other countries, but the parts for this car here in Portugal are really expensive).
And recently the fuel pump started to make a noise, which means the pump is facing its final days.. And I'm about to solve that problem.
The interior plastics quality is really poor, and if you don't keep an eye on it, you'll see plastic cracking all over the place.
It's a beautiful car, with an impressive performance even nowadays. Still surprises lots of drivers on the road..
Besides fast, it's safe. It has a good structure, and handles really good, even at higher speeds. The seats are excellent, very comfortable, and well positioned. It's a really well equipped car, problem is, that equipment doesn't last long, and the maintenance cost is almost ridiculous (at least here in Portugal it is).
This car demands constant attention. If you get too distracted, when you come back to find one problem, you will find a dozen of them.. Since I bought it, I didn't stop buying parts, and solving flaws. But hey, it's a 1989 car, and to own one of those, you really got to love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2008