Evaluation of using Renault 19: 1991-1996
Renault has a checkered history in this country. In the past, the French automaker enjoyed it here, its cars were locally assembled, it even had a factory team competing in the protests, and won a prize. National race champion.
It was in the 1960s and ’70s when Renault was at the peak of its popularity, with an array of interesting little cars including the popular R8 and 10, 12 and quirky 16. However, since the era of promotion That direction, Renault spent some lean time with a bunch of distributors trying to kick the brand over and over again without making a breakthrough.
The number 19 was launched in the early 1990s when Volvo was handling Renault here. Unfortunately, Volvo’s rebranding efforts have also failed, and damaged another brand that subsequently lost its light.
There are many reasons for Volvo’s attempt to restart the failure of Renault, among them, the French government’s desire and determination to reduce a certain atoll in the Pacific Ocean into uninhabitable rubble. .
I clearly remember a trip to Melbourne airport in a Renault 19 car. I took a long-term test drive in 1995. I was driving along an airport highway, paying attention to my own business. , when he got out of the old blue car. Ban Bom slogan.
At first, Laser sat on my rear bumper, the headlights blinked, the horn blared. The female driver of the car, her nose opened and her eyes bulged with obvious anger, then pulled out and roared before cutting in front of the Renault and kicking the brakes, forcing me to turn sharply to avoid a collision.
That was pretty scary. That is the environment that Volvo is trying to promote to French car company France.
Renault had little chance of success when there was such a strong anti-French feeling in the community. It was unsuccessful and the brand once again disappeared from local showrooms, until the recent merger with Nissan saw another attempt in 2001.
It’s a pity that 19 never had the chance to shine, as it is a good car, now worth considering if you appear on the market with an affordable Euro budget.
WATCH THE MARKET
The first 19 aircraft landed on these shores in 1991. It was a modest entry with a model, TXE, offered in the form of a spacious convertible or five-door hatch.
Only one engine, a four-axis engine on a motor, the 1.7-liter capacity, offering modest power of 69 hp at 5250 revs, and driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual four-speed auto.
The list of standard equipment is quite long, including power steering, electric windows, remote central locking, AM / FM radio cassettes, velvet trim, adjustable steering column, tachometer and foldable rear seats useful. Air conditioner was added to the list in 1992.
A three-tier sport package was also available in 1992. The base package includes 13-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler and sports steering wheel; The intermediate pack has 14-inch alloy wheels and low profile tires, while the top pack also has a body kit.
The list of options is quite short, including air conditioners only before it became standard in March 1992 and metallic paint.
A facelifted 19 version was launched in 1993 and offers a wide selection of models, RT, RT Plus, Alize and Baccara.
All again offered in the form of a convertible or five-door car, with a gentle remake of the box shape with a new front with bonnet, grille and new headlights.
Power comes from the same single-cylinder four-cylinder engine over 1.7 liters. In 1993, the 69 horsepower it produced was considered quite punitive when most of its rivals boasted a larger 1.8-liter engine, producing slightly more power.
The transmission options are also unchanged, with a five-speed manual and four-speed auto available.
Among the standard features, the RT has power steering, air conditioning, electric windows, velvet trim, tilt pillars, remote central locking, double folding rear seats and fog lamps.
RT Plus is only available with a manual adapter and comes with alloy wheels, metallic paint, rear headrests, power mirrors and CD player.
Black bumpers and mirrors distinguish Alize. It also has power steering, remote central locking, four-speaker audio, power windows and rearview mirrors, rear headrests and double folding rear seats.
Sitting on the treetop is Baccara, boasting everything RT Plus has, plus driver’s airbags and seat belt pretenders.
Another upgrade appeared as Series 3 in 1995. That brought the 1.8-liter engine and alloy wheels increased from 13 inches to 14 and Alize replaced the RT.
Although the larger engine was warmly welcomed, it still could not surpass the 19 with strong performance.
IN THE STORE
The 19-storey show has nothing to write home about. It is enough instead of spirit, but four 1.7-liter SOHCs are quite smooth and get the job done.
Like most French cars, 19 have a lot of wheels to move and roll quite a lot, but are not detrimental to handling, which is quite accurate despite the wooden feel when driving. The ride is luxurious, thanks to the long wheels, making 19 a pleasure to drive.
The number 19 stands out on any front except maybe comfort, but it did everything pretty well. It is a good comprehensive tool.
Auto-conversion can be confusing, so much so that it’s better to avoid them. Parts for rebuilding them are not available here and a replacement box will return you $ 4,000- $ 5000.
Parts may be a problem. Renault Australia does not supply parts for older models like the 19, but professional suppliers can supply almost anything. More risky owners, like Josef Boehm, have found the internet useful for sourcing parts from abroad.
For a rewarding drive, look for a car that is well-cared for with low mileage and service records.
Joe Boehm said that 19 rides well, handles well, is comfortable and economical. He didn’t have any trouble with the engine, aiming for lower performance than high-end, but he knows the problems with automatic transmission. After being frustrated by the lack of local expertise to repair cars, he turned to the network where he found the parts and helped repair the transmission line himself. He also said that the car was running hot and he fixed it by installing an external oil cooler.
Sean 19 1993 five-door automatic hatch Sean 19 has done more than 200,000 km in service of his family. It was acquired six years ago, and since then has traveled throughout Victoria and the federation. Sean said that it was always a pleasure to drive and just kept going.
• comfortable ride
• make sure to keep the road
• Modest performance
• quiet and refined
• Auto switch
• Parts may be hard to find
Worth a look if you have a compact, sophisticated or superbly hatched and well-behaved convertible car, but don definitely want hot performance. Avoid automatic trans trouble.