1983 Renault 4 Reviews

1983 Renault 4 GTL 1.1 petrol from Israel

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 kilometres
Most recent distance187000 kilometres

Summary:

Good choice for a young car collector

Faults:

Cylinder head - cause of overheating.

Front disks.

Rear drums.

General Comments:

Easy to maintain by yourself, easy to drive, reliable as hell, very popular among car collectors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2009

1983 Renault 4 GTL 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Simply great fun

General Comments:

Was asked as a favor to move a car by the mother of my wife's friend. She had this old car in the garage that had been there for years and wanted it shifted and dumped to make some room.

Arrived there and found beneath a layer of blankets a 1983 almost mint condition Renault 4.

It appears that she had bought it in 1988 with 35000 on the clock in order to learn to drive. Her father who was giving her lessons died shortly thereafter and the car was simply left in the garage and forgotten for 13 years.

Tires were half flat so I pumped them up and pushed it out of the garage, when I saw the condition was immaculate and not some rotting old wreck I bought a new battery... drained out the old fuel... checked the oil and plugs, turned over the engine and drove it away.

I didn't even bother changing the tires (have since), but put it straight in for an MOT. Passed straight away with just some minor work to a slightly binding rear drum.

Must admit to having fallen in love with this car and have taken it out a few times at the weekend to find the combination of quirky gearstick, rolling ride and quaint looks great fun to drive.

Have read the various comments concerning rust so a good coating of waxoyl to be applied shortly.

With no radio let alone a cigarette lighter, and acres of metal and plastic mat instead of carpet and velor, this car really is a reminder of 60's driving.

There seems to be a sad lack of English language websites giving decent technical/maintenance/repair details, but then you can't have everything.

Ps... with no electronic systems, spares that cost pennies and a design that seems to require just 2 spanners and a hammer to keep maintained it really is great fun as a hobby car.

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

Review Date: 9th January, 2003

29th Oct 2003, 12:08

The Renault 4 featured in the article sounds like a wonderful find. I would like to direct the new owner to a couple of web sites with technical help for English speaking Renault 4 owners.

Clementine the Cat details a Renault 4 restoration on his site (http://www.renault4.co.uk) and the Renault 4-Play site has an excellent technical section (http://www.renault4.plus.com/). Both sites plan to expand their technical sections in the future - we want to help to keep these wonderful cars on the road.

I wish the new owner of this excellent car the very best. He has chosen wisely. If he needs help, he could e-mail any of the Renault 4 sites worldwide - we all talk to each other, and someone is bound to be able to be of some assistance.

1983 Renault 4 GTL 1.1 from Portugal

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired128890 kilometres
Most recent distance130500 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa

Summary:

Drive it!

General Comments:

The Renault 4 is one of the most wonderful cars ever made! I just love to ride it!

Very simple mechanicals, you can fix it yourself! Very cheap to maintain!

Some people think it's very stable! Very good for a first car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2001

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews