18th Mar 2011, 13:45

My Renault R8 was a great car. It was 3 years old when I bought it, & I owned it for 7 years. When I sold it, it had done 108,000 miles.

Plus Points:

Very rugged, very comfortable, very economical. You could drive it over dirt tracks with ease. Most importantly, contrary to common fables of the time (1970's), the spares where no dearer than those for British cars & they were readily available. Once I went to Renault Wolverhampton & explained that work in the forth-coming weekend may reveal that I needed a crankshaft. They explained that they hadn't got one in stock, but could get any part from France within 48 hours at no extra cost. At the time, work colleagues couldn't get spares for their BMC cars & we were in Birmingham!!! In the end, it only needed a re-grind & new bearing shells (95k miles) all done by my late father and me over a weekend. And talk about easy to work on; no lifting the engine out; if necessary you could unbolt the engine & drive from the body, and just lift and roll the body forward out of the way!

Minus points:

Not trendy, therefore not a car for those who lack self confidence.

Associated jokes from those who didn't know the difference between an outdated car & a good car. (Same people who wouldn't have bought anything built by Skoda until it was taken over by VW!)

But worst minus point: The R8 isn't made anymore!

The Day It Left:

I bought my brother's R6, and the R8 stood in my garage for some 12 months.

I sold it to the owner of a R8S for spares.

We loaded on his trailer, & before he hooked up, I asked if he could take me for a ride in his 8S, which he did. Great!

3rd Aug 2015, 00:09

I think you'll find if you don't push the dipstick in securely in any motor, then oil will spurt past it and out into the engine bay, as long as it has good compression.