1982 Renault Fuego Review

1982 Renault Fuego GTX 2.0 Litre 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Cordia

Summary:

A very quick open road car that was quiet at speed, apart from an annoying 5th gear whine

Faults:

Endless minor electrical faults with mainly the lights and the central locking.

Replaced all the rubber hoses at 98000 miles.

Had a terrible final drive whine in 5th gear and when I got it checked out, I was told that it was just a design fault and that all Fuego's did it. It never gave me any trouble other than making an annoying sound on a long trip. Solution - turn up the stereo a bit louder.

The brake disks were very soft, and chewed out. I had to replace the discs and pads, which was rather expensive - $800 NZD for the parts alone. I did the job myself - a relatively easy job considering that I was an accountant at the time - not a mechanic.

Overall, mechanically a very sound car.

General Comments:

An extremely quick car on the open road. Very smooth riding and handled extremely well at high speed. Absolutely no wind noise - just an annoying whine from the final drive in 5th gear.

An extremely comfortable car which seemed to drive better at high speed. Very tall geared and definitely designed for the open road. Used to run very cool on the open road, but got rather hot with around town running. Not so quick off the mark though, mainly due to the tall gearing.

A very practical car with plenty of room inside for a three door. With the back seats folded down, I could get my whole drum set in the back.

Probably one of the best cars I have ever owned. Never gave me any grief mechanically. The faster you drove it, the better it went - very smooth at 180 - 200 km/h.

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

Review Date: 16th September, 2001

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review