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I've purchassed a Renault 19 TXE recently. the TXE is basically the same as teh GTX (1.7 petrol engine) but with an highest finition and more gadgets (electric windows, centralized opening command, adjusatble seats, climatisation, alloy wheels, etc) It was a 100 000 miles old red one. Paint was fading, but some products made it clear red again. I didn't have any problem with the engine, exept for the throttle which was partially obstrued by a too old petrol filter. i replaced the petrol filter and put some cleaning product in the tank, I solved the problem (acceleration with the two bodies of the throttle wasn't that reliable, which is a bit unsafe). I've changed the high tension wires, too. It's now a lot better, especially under rain (it made some electrical problems) As it is a TXE and not GTX, it came driectly wich 14" alloy wheels, making the handling better andd the cornering faster. I noticed more velocity for both cornering and acceleration with the lighter wheels I pruchassed later (I kept the 14" size, though). I have michelin Energy tyres (175/65/14). they're not that bad with this car and really sure when the macadam is wet. But I'd rather have tyres with a better grip on dry floors. Chassis is sure, and efficient. there's not too much roll, ant handling is neutral. Just, like most of traction cars, it tends to understeer.... and the oversteer brutally. But you need to be very fast to notice that. I don't advise you Continental EcoContact tyres, they don't go with this car well. That's for handling. For engine, it's a very good car. Accelerations are better than most of standard cars. It's faster than a Xsara or a 206 Hdi and nearly any other diesel bellow 110ch. it's faster too than a lot of newest cars which are heavier, even with more power. The engine is really torquefull. You can drive it as you wish, like a diesel in low revs (it does accept
to go from 30 mph in fifth gear) or like a sportcar in high revs (from 4000 to 6000 revs, you'll have the more power). then, you'll hear a bestial growl from the engine. joyfull ! parts are cheap in France, but they seam to be more expensive in UK. that's a shame. i noticed a few defauts : electric problems as the electric circuit is old, the engine drinks a lot of petrol in town or on motorway, and the long ratio gear box (cheaper insurrance in France) dosen't fit the engine that well.
I bought my GTX back in July 2001, it was my second car, and cost me £600(108k miles). Sold for £500 October 2002(116k miles). Silver in colour, paint work in good condition generally, but where it had gone bad was on the front of the bonnet, since it had no plastic grille, the stone had chipped the front of the bonnet and this had started to crack and peel. Also someone had made a botched attempt at repairing stone chips else where, so this had stated to rust, but it was surface only since it came straight off. Good engine, quite solid (Volvo use them), except top radiator hose burst, and the vacuum pump fell off the back of the carbourettor, simple that was just a jubilee clip! Drank oil though (designed to burn it not a smoky engine) and a bit thirsty on petrol. Mine was one of the first of the line, so it had a few squeaks and rattles in the dash, nothing major though. Quite quick for the size and age, insurance not bad for a 17/18 year old. Seat was comfy too! Top gear not high enough though engine seemed like it wasn't quite cruising when at 70mph on the motorway. Genuine parts are expensive yes but its easy to get off the shelf reliable spares a bit cheaper. Good ride, classic french ride really, handling not bad, but was a bit wallowy on the back when cornering hard due to the torsion bar, offset slightly since it was twin torsion bar, and had heavier dampers. which reminds me these heavier dampers are expensive, 50 quid for one. only fitted to 1.7 models. The chassis was quite neutral though, meaning things going on at the back end of the car could be easily corrected. Nice size, plenty of boot. Great escort or astra alternative, better in my opinion since there was no rust whatsover!
Way back in May 1997 I got a Renault 19 1989 F 1.7 GTX 3 door. It was in Renault Carmen Red. The roof was quite badly discoloured. This is quite a common problem on the 19 and on the 5. I paid £995 for it then with 112k miles on the clock. I had it for 18 months and sold it with 155k miles. The engine was one of the old pushrod type engine (OHV). The engine was as hard as nails - very reliable. It was quite heavy on petrol on urban driving. The good side to the 19 is it has quite a good interior. The handling was also good. It was quite fast for the type of engine it has because the 1.4 energy is just as quick. The OHV engine is an old design and should have been an OHC the same as the Energy engine. The downside is the price of spare parts is absolutely ridiculous. For example the front wheel bearings were £40 each, but for my '91 Cavalier they are £7.99 (!). Front brake pads were £24.99. For the Cavalier they are only £11.99. The bodywork is very good. There was no rust and for an 8 year old car that was excellent. The gearstick knob is common to coming off in your hand (a few people have told me it had happened to them as well!). The handbrake is not a strong point of the car. Also the front Calipers have been prone to sticking. Other than this, the car ran reliably for the 18 months that I had it. It never failed to start - not once, even through the hardest Winter. I am a Ford and Vauxhall fan. These are the best cars. I also like the Renaults and Rovers, but the price of spare parts always stick in the back of my mind when going to view other cars. If you don't mind paying a bit more for parts, get a Renault as they are brilliant!
I bought a Renault 19 this year and was very pleased with it. It was a 1989 1.7 TXE 5speed. Although I paid £650 for it, it looked a lot newer than it was, and many commented on how smart it was. The performance was good, as was the road handling. As with most French cars, the ride is smooth and relaxing. I found the engine to be a little noisy at high speed, but in town it was quite acceptable. The engine sounds great with a distinctive roar from the exhaust when accelerating. Fuel consumption is not as good as it could be. Mine did 25 mpg,in town, and 35 mpg on a long journey. I have a friend who has a 19, and we both found our cars to have similar faults. The windscreen wiper on the driver's side seems to come off the screen, when on, and scratch the paint work. I've noticed this on several 19s. The electric sunroof often jams, too. The roof lining comes unstuck, preventing the roof from sliding back, or, the plastic links in the roof mechanism break, so that the roof panel won't slide back. These, too, are common faults in the Renault 19, and can be a pain in the neck when trying to put them right yourself! Parts can be expensive, as it's a French car, but I think the 19 has more style than your average Escort or Astra of the same period. If you choose carefully,(not the basic GTS or TSE) you can buy a 19 at reasonable cost and have a comfortable, fairly reliable car that will probably look good for some years to come.
I’ve owned my Renault 19 16v for two and a half years now – it’s been one of the most reliable cars I’ve ever owned up until now (which has been quite a few – several of which were much newer company cars). The equipment level for its age is very good indeed – digital trip computer showing average MPG, average speed, miles till the tank is empty etc, heated wing mirrors, electric windows, sunroof, wing mirrors, and fully adjustable seats (tilt/height etc). Personally I haven’t had too many problems with my car so far, just the usual things – brake discs etc – all age related items. The running costs are a little high if you always buy Renault parts from the dealerships – their prices are a little high – but buying pattern parts from a motor factors can keep the cost down, or taking the car to an independent specialist. The driver comfort is excellent, the handling superb, and the car is generally quick – even quicker with a few minor modifications. I’d recommend these cars to anyone – just be sure you know what faults to look for (there are a few good 16v specific websites out there to look at before you buy - try www.renault1916v.co.uk) - rust is rare, but check for a worn clutch (engine out job to change), wheel bearings, electrics (can be unreliable - test them *all*), overheating (these cars heat up quick, but should run around the 1/3rd mark) and general sluggishness, or you could be in for a large bill.
I have had my J reg Renault 19 TSE for 3 and a half years. It has been a sturdy and mostly reliable car. I bought the car from an auction and have never regretted it. It has become a little worn around the edges in recent months, it is on its second engine, and lately the electrics have become troublesome. A full service a few months ago costing around £600 has given my 19 a new lease of life, and is carrying me to and from work with little trouble. Performance is adequate, handling is predictable (better now with new shocks). I do wish that the radio would be better, and the read window heater wouldn't blow fuses, but all in all a good car. The Mut will continue.
I've got an F reg Renalut 19 1.4L TR. It about 11 years old and still going fine. Its done abot 95K and I haven't had too many problems. I had the ones you'd expect, and leaking radiator, worn brakes etc.. but the car is fine. Its never going to be a flash car, but it gets me from A-B. There's just one thing I'd say. Watch out for the rear shock absorbers. The sometimes rust through and collaspe. But thats a rare occaranse. A reliable car, and a safe bet.