1989 Renault 25 Versailles 2.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Solid comfy poised luxurious road limpet
- Replaced both front shocks when I got it
- Radiator hose burst
- Rear brake distributor unit replaced
- Auto transmission went wrong (flaring between gears). Turned out to be a sensor coil
- Starter motor brushes replaced
- Currently needs new CVs
All repairs expensive compared with say, Toyota.
What a fantastic car.
After my lovely superb handling Lancia Beta Saloon exploded, I spent 8 months searching for a car.
This is the first auto I have ever owned in 25 years of motoring, and I was nervous, but the Renault is great. The auto is easy to down shift and does so usefully on its own if revs fall...
The handling is excellent for a large car and better than many more modern cars I have driven, especially on the open road, quiet, easy to cruise with the excellent factory 6 speaker stereo... a large car with a big turning circle, but poised and stable.
Comfortable; passengers often comment on the roominess, and I love the 80s looking dash binnacle, and nooks and crannies. Finger tip stereo controls and central locking were pretty flash in 1989, but what about the voice synthesized warnings!! Ha ha DRIVERS DOOR NOOORT SHUT! FUEL LEVEL LOW, CHECK AS SOOON AS POSSIBLE! in a plummy english accent, and this car cost nz$75000+ when new! No wonder it was a doctor that originally bought it...
It has a large boot cos the spare tyre is underneath the car, and the fold down rear seat turns a large sedan into a station wagon. I have moved soooo many things in my trusty Renault...
Some of the trim is peeling away around the doors, but then the car is 17 years old... Unlike my Lancia, there were only ever 2 rust spots that hardly grew over a few years before I repaired them, glvanised body bro!...
In New Zealand I think these are seen as bit of an 'old mans' car' but only by people that haven't driven them and it's hilarious to out- corner boy racers in their hissing rasping hatchbacks...
Apparently all modern renaults are junk and my mechanic says he has never had to rebore an engine the transmission etc always die first...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th February, 2007
2nd May 2007, 18:56
I have had my 1990 Renault R25 Versailles for eight years, and agree fully with the positive comments on its creature comforts, road holding and versitility, the bodywork is still 100%. The 4 cylinder engine is a real cracker. Inevitably after seventeen years some of the interior door trim is getting a little untidy, there are some leaky oil seals around the engine and transmission and the fan speed control on the a/c is on the blink. While the 1980's styling sets it apart from all others in the local shopping mall car park it still maintains a quality presence. My major problem is what do I replace it with, that will give me the same pleasure of ownership.
11th Jun 2009, 16:28
I once drove a GTS. I loved the looks and the sense of cocooning inside, also the smooth ride. Although very little extra's, I had quite some problems, along them also the starter engine. Technically the worst car I had (and all my cars really get 5 star maintenance, and are driven slowly when engine cold, and so on). But its style and grace were the best. It was a 1989 version, the second one, beautiful. Really too bad they took it way too early out of production, but times they are a changing.
28th Mar 2010, 02:10
This is an update to my original review above... I have now owned this car for 10 years, and in that time it has probably been under cover for about 1 week total! 10 years of Auckland rain, and only now some rust is appearing... it still drives solid and fast... The CV joints are munted... the wiper motor failed (Renault quoted hilarious NZ$833, got one second hand for 50 and did it myself).
Anyway my MAJOR problem is - what the hell am I going to replace this with!? Every car I see designed past about 1992 is rounded, generic and stulifyingly ugly.
Test drove a Merc 300CE; beautiful car, but flops around like a whale... maybe I'll just try and keep the 25 going a bit longer...