1990 Renault 21 Reviews

1990 Renault 21 Estate GLX 2.0 petrol injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol injection Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carRenault Scorpio

Summary:

Too many annoying faults

Faults:

Electric windows all failed regularly.

Doors often popped open while driving.

Wiper linkage broke twice.

No heater.

Rust to rear tailgate, sills, doors.

Needs modification to go through water at all (air intake is very low), and even when altered electrics don't like it.

Front bumper too low, gets smashed offroad. Best to remove lower spoiler completely.

General Comments:

Generally the car's quite capable, with good towing power. Pulls a 2.5ton trailer easily.

Shabby interior.

Good engine until it gets wet, then it stops.

Quite good at pulling tree stumps as it's a heavy car.

Amazing economy for a big car, 43mpg (petrol) when driven carefully on the motorway.

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

Review Date: 5th December, 2005

1990 Renault 21 Nevada GTD 2.1 D from Belgium

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 2.1 D Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance515000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 18

Summary:

The most reliable I ever had!

Faults:

Brakes at 180.000 km and nothing else!

General Comments:

Comfortable (like the real french cars) and reliable car : more than 500.000 km without problems. This car was sold to Africa and I really think that this Renault was able to average the million km!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2005

9th Oct 2005, 04:20

I have a R21 Nevada with SEVEN seats since 1994 and it really a good car. No major problem up to now.

1990 Renault 21 TXE 2.0 from Turkey

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance76000 kilometres
Previous carAudi A3

Summary:

A comfortable family car

Faults:

Break system is very weak.

Screen is not colored, so sun disturbs you during the summer.

12Lt/100Km is very high, but out of city it degrees.

It seems like a family car.

General Comments:

The passengers always surprised when you are in a hurry, it is really fast car. Especially in forest roads, acceleration is very good, and fuel economy is very good.

When you are driving this car you must have sure that there is no barriers on the road, otherwise you are in a big trouble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th April, 2003

1990 Renault 21 Turbo 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carCitroen BX

Summary:

A lot of car for very little money!!!

Faults:

CV joint collapsed.

Alternator.

Clutch.

Radiator.

Brake Calipers seized.

Hand Brake.

Boost Hoses split.

Coolant Hoses split.

General Comments:

Wouldn't consider buying or driving anything else.

It may be showing its age, but it can still out perform many of todays quick cars.

What else can you buy for the money, that handles and accelerates so well, and gives you sheer adrenalin rush every time!

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

Review Date: 27th July, 2002

1990 Renault 21 2l 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance136250 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

Embarrasses an Impresa with ease!

Faults:

Radiator leak and blew up the turbo - only have myself to blame for both faults. Other than that, no problems!

General Comments:

Very fast car as standard.

Mine has (deep breath) a full scorpion exhaust, high lifters, dump valve, two cross-overs, turned up turbo, 17" Momo's uprated filters and is super chipped!!

Very comfortable.

If you like fast cars, get one of these and modify it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2002

1990 Renault 21 GTX 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A very reliable and comfortable car!

Faults:

The starter motor went at 120k.

The steering rack replaced at 126k.

Driver's door lock stopped working at 124k.

Drivers window (electric) stopped working at 120k.

Clutch cable went at 110k (what a bang!).

It's getting harder to get into gear easily.

General Comments:

Probably the most comfortable car I have ever had! Great for long journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2001

1990 Renault 21 GTS (Nevada) 1.8 gasoline from Romania

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Family car

Faults:

The only major problem was the absence of shops for spare parts. No dealer.

General Comments:

Very good car.

Very good stability.

Big car (4995 cm - length), this means enough space to load everything inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2001

1990 Renault 21 GTD 2.1 diesel from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.1 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance380000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 18

Summary:

Relaxed, big, smooth and cheap

Faults:

Dynamo at 240.000 km and at 360.000 km.

New battery at 330.000 km (the first battery lasted almost 10 years!).

Brake cylinder at 375.000 km.

A little rust.

General Comments:

When cold, the car is hard to handle, but warmed up it drives smooth as a white cloud in a blue sky.

The car is very relaxed. It feels a bit slow but it is quick in the city and fast enough on the highway.

Seats are good, space is plenty.

It is well built, parking incidents won't give you damage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2001

1990 Renault 21 Turbo 2WD 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired164700 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carRenault 21 TI

Summary:

A cheaper and better car than a Cosworth

Faults:

ABS fault on the same day I bought it.

Sunroof lifters broke - standard Renault problem.

Both front door catches (Doors wouldn't shut!!!)

Water pump started leaking at 162,500 miles.

Oil leak from the sump.

General Comments:

Touring car handling with performance to put many to shame.

Rolling road tested at 163,000 miles - 203bhp at the flywheel and 175bhp at the wheels... Say no more!!!

EVERYBODY HAS TO HAVE ONE!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2001

19th Apr 2003, 12:41

"A cheaper and better car than a Cosworth" "Touring car handling with performance to put many to shame" "Rolling road tested at 163,000 miles - 203bhp at the flywheel and 175bhp at the wheels..." You cheeky monkey! That's one of the funniest things, I've ever read

25th Nov 2003, 05:04

I had a 21turbo 2wd with 120000 miles on it.

In a word : MISTAKE.

1990 Renault 21 TXi 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance128080 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Moves very quickly!

Faults:

Water pump.

Ball joint.

Bulbs behind the electronic display.

Transmission mount.

CV joints.

Movement in steering wheel (up and down) but not serious.

Funny squeaking noise when the steering wheel is turned.

Petrol tank straps both were badly corroded and even burst.

Rear discs pitted and are only 2 years old.

ABS computer decided whether brakes would work or not so that was disconnected.

General Comments:

Since moving up from a Vauxhall Nova 1.2 to this 2.0i beast I have had no real regrets and at a cost of £460 quid I can't complain either. I would definitely buy another 21 TXi but would rather have a turbo as there are more easily tuned.

ABS provides a brake problem and nobody seems to know why.

Although having 8 previous owners, the 21 still runs good and moves seriously quickly on a hot day!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2000

1990 Renault 21 Quadra Turbo 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carCitroen BX 16V GTI

Summary:

Fast and comfortable car!!!!!!!

Faults:

Clutch replacement.

Cracked turbo housing.

Manifold gasket.

Cooling fans.

Diff lock.

General Comments:

ALWAYS, ALWAYS use original parts or you will have nothing but trouble!!

SAS AUTO in Aldershot are the main men for tuning etc (they have a 4x4 rolling road). Speak to Tim or Ike.

Mine has been tuned to 201 bhp & flies!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2000

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 11 reviews