1997 Renault Twingo Reviews

1997 Renault Twingo from Serbia

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired97000 kilometres
Most recent distance107000 kilometres
Previous carYugo 101

Summary:

Reliable engine + unique design = best little car in the world :)

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

Cute, funny, reliable little car!

Great for city driving, but also for long distance trips (I went on a holiday recently and drove about 4500 km with no problem at all!)

My mechanic recommended me this car, he claims that Renault engine will never let you down. It's true!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2006

26th Mar 2013, 10:37

You are right! Best car I ever had! I still have it, 20 years old and still running, awesome!

1997 Renault Twingo Base 1.149cc D7F (new) from Croatia

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.149cc D7F (new) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Charade

Summary:

A WONDERFUL design with disgusting level of manufacturing quality

Faults:

Driver seat upholstery started to peel-off 2 months after bought the car from new! It happened at 3,000 km.

Alternator bearings failure at 11,000 km, just after my warranty expired. Cause: factory overtightened v-belt by mistake. (All 1.149cc-engined Twingos were recalled for a V-belt tension change that year) cost me rather dearly to repair. Replacement with a new alternator was out of the question - it was THAT expensive.

Water pump gave at 19,000 kms for no obvious reason. Engine overheated (as it has no water temp gauge!!!) and a blown gasket was the result. Again cost to replace rather high (new head bolts, etc.)

Front pads lasted VERY little (as little as 9,000 kms.) Maybe it was my driving style, but even double of that would be unacceptable for such a small car.

Rear suspension proved very weak - it deformed after hitting a high-speed hole. On other cars such a bump would result in no more than a tyre puncture and bent wheel. Here it was a combination of all three.

Build quality was a disaster. I started hating the car just for the way it was built - exactly like ZASTAVA/YUGO levels of fitment.

Sold it after 2 years of otherwise happy, but problematic motoring.

General Comments:

Very charming and sexy little car.

My car was equipped with the ultralight, (then new) new-technology D7F engine, and it was unbelievable how torquey & at the same time how economical this car was. It went like a sports car from 0-100kph, but at the same time consumed as little as 5.5 ltrs/100kms in stop-and-go city driving, and even in pedal-to-the-metal sport driving through town, it never consumed more than 6.4 ltrs/100kms.

On the highway it was remarkable - 4.5 - 5.0 ltrs/100kms. Top speed was quite remarkable for a smallish car, too - 160kph easily.

Inner roominess - awesome. felt like a minivan for 4 persons. Front seats were awful in terms of body support. I hated them - they were almost like those camping chairs - 1 hour of driving and your back hurts. (now they are much improved at the new Twingos).

Handling, steering and braking felt OK for such a tallish car. Gearbox also very efficient & comfy (if you get used on the abnormally long 1st gear, as with all RENAULTs).

This car is a marvellous design (especially last 4 years, with the D7 series of engines), but, the car I bought just happened to be an unlucky example, probably built on monday morning. I both loved and hated it, for reasons mentioned above, until the rear axle bent - than I gave up and swapped it for a BX 16Valve - which is another story and a HUGE amount of fun (love & hate :).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2002

25th Apr 2008, 02:59

Twingo 2005, water pump gone at 14oookm. Grrrr : (

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews