1988 Renault 4 Reviews

1988 Renault 4 gtl 1.1 petrol from Serbia

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Defeat the time

Faults:

Previous owner rebuilt the engine.

Oil pan was leaking when I bought it.

Voltage regulator needed to be replaced.

One of the screws holding intake manifold to the head was overtightened.

One of the cooling pipes leaked on the connection to the radiator.

Rear window heaters are ruined.

All the locks are out of order.

Some fuses loose contact from time to time.

Fuel tank was leaking.

The only real problem is rust. The car is disintegrating daily. The rear part of the chassis rusted away, and I'm waiting for the day when it will finally fall apart. I guess I got what I paid for...

General Comments:

Apart from rust problem, this car is amazing.

Everything is upside down. Engine is positioned along the center line, but it is a front wheel drive, gearbox is in front of it, screwed to the front of the car, there is a button on the floor for windshield washing pump, floor is flat, gearshift lever in the panel, it has Teflon wheel bearings, windows sliding to open, it has a chassis and body is just screwed to it, I find something odd about it everyday.

For the time when it was designed, I guess it has been a cutting-edge miracle on wheels..

Especially rear suspension, the same type has been used also for Dassau Mirage F1 combat airplane landing gear..

The car is ultralight, it is quick, handles great in corners once you get used to its weird behavior, good fuel economy, lots of room for everything, flat floor is great, Renault 4 is simple, easy to repair and it is fun to drive.

It will run on three wheels with one cylinder working. (not literally)

Engine sounds sweet, silent and accurate.

I looked at these cars with sheer disgust, untill I bought this one. It was the only logical choice for the money I had.

Rust is a big problem. If you don't know where to look, don't go buying one on your own or you will regret it. Chassis and body restauration costs more than one of these cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2005

1988 Renault 4 GTL from Bosnia

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired24780 kilometres
Most recent distance36000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 4

Summary:

This car is a legend

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong except the rear silencer.

General Comments:

This car is a 3rd R4 for my father.

I have my driving license for 4 months and I can say that this car is excellent. For his age he can go pretty fast and you can have a lot of fun with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2003

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews