1992 Renault 21 Reviews

1992 Renault 21 gtl 1.7 from Netherlands

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 440


It is a reliable low costs car


The normal stuff like tires, exhaust, bearings.

I also replaced the sub-frame, cooling-system.

Electric window fails.

Electric central door-locking not OK.

A typical sound when driving higher speed (like wind into the radiator-fan).

General Comments:

It is a very reliable car.

Low costs.

It's very efficient driving (e.g. 1 litre pro 17 km fuel (Euro95) ) .

Comfortable car.

Nice looking after all these years (little corrosive parts in the back-right mudguard)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2006

1992 Renault 21 Nevada GTS manager 2.2 petrol from Netherlands

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance375000 kilometres


Nice roomy, fast car, but very expensive to run


The dynamo was revised recently.

The starter motor was revised recently.

Normal wear and tear items, e.g. exhaust.

Clutch has been replaces three times during the life of the car.

Steering is dodgy.

Leaks oil from a seals behind the fly-wheel at about 4 liters per 2 months.

Electric windows don't open. Replaced some of the motors.

General Comments:

Great fun to drive, really has a lot of power and grip.

The GTS manager has almost all the option so it's very luxurious with powerstearing, electric windows, central locking, great seats.

If you want to move and don't want to hire a big lorry, get one of these, it has an amazing amount of space in the boot, even for a stationwagon.

Too bad it is falling to bits now, but that is still three years later then expected.

As I got it for free, as a first car, I can't complain about the costs.

Road taxes are very high as it does way in at 1188 Kg.

Fuel economy is terrible at 10 Km/L if you are lucky (~28MPG)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2005

1992 Renault 21 GTS 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205


A haunting, bizarre journey into automotive madness


The immobilizer armed itself for no particular reason on a friend's driveway and had to be repaired by a call-out mechanic.

Electric sunroof stopped working within 6 months of my buying it.

OEM Tape player refused to work despite surgery with hammer.

Seats did not wear well.

Engine would sometimes cut out when the clutch was applied.

Fan would often come on for several minutes after engine was switched off, leading to frequent flat battery embarrassments.

Passenger side electric window only worked intermittently.

Rear Central locking failed within a year of purchase.

Leaked water from unidentifiable area under bonnet.

Engine finally exploded after almost exactly 2 years of ownership (the very day I was meant to trade in for newer car)

General Comments:

Owning this car was a surreal experience indeed. Admittedly it was a reasonably high-mileage car at purchase, but the number of strange and inexplicable electrical quirks defied belief.

As I've listed above, before its final spectacular demise in March 1999, it was privy to more strange occurrences than the Marie Celeste.

On the plus side, it wasn't the slowest car I've driven and it got my entire band plus amps and drum kit in it without breaking too many laws (I hope).

As seems to be the fashion with French cars, it seemed to float a couple of inches above the road rather than actually on it; there was virtually no feedback from the road at all and the suspension was morbidly soft.

After two years of merciless caning and virtually no servicing, my poor French friend finally died in an explosion of steam and smoke in a morning school-run traffic jam. A call out mechanic came and stared at the tattered hoses under the bonnet and couldn't seem to figure out what on earth had happened.

I was due to part-exchange it at a garage that morning; needless to say I kept the appointment, got a friend to tow me to the dealer's car park and made a hasty retreat in a much newer and more Japanese replacement...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th December, 2003

17th Dec 2004, 02:52

I too have had the pleasure of owning a renault 21, but I am not being sarcastic. I was given my '89 renault from my uncle for free as he was going to send it to the scrappy.

18 months later and 25,000 miles (220,000 total), no servicing and only one alternator change, it's still going strong. Got to agree about the electrics and the leaks though. Shame the French aren't as reliable as their cars :)

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 10 reviews