Are you in love
with your R14 or 18 ? Did you owe one some time ago ? I'm interested in
your comments. Just
send me a mail !
Already 48 nations here !
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Daniel from Norway just bought a
Hi! My name is Daniel and I just bought a 1977 Renault 14 TL in exelent
condition! The car is something as rear as almoust rust free, and the engine
wich has just run 130000 KM is running perfectly. It was sold to me by
a woman who had owned the car since new.
The car first caught my eye while searching the web for a cheap car
on the norwegian used car sites. I was immedietly impressed by the clean
modern design for it's age, and had to find out more about it. Seaching
the web on sites like yours, I learned that the biggest problem whit this
car was the rust issue. Afther calling the seller of the car I came to
see it, and I could not belive that the car I was looking at was what I
had read about. This car had only a couple of paint "bubbles" under the
back windows where there was an unisolated part under the bar betwen the
two window pieces. On the underside of the car it had been threated whit
the mid nineties and there was no sign of any holes or loose metal
anywhere. I tryed not to act suprised and asked to take it for a test driwe.
The seats had seen better days and was worn and pale, but the rest
of the interiour was nice and black and in almoust "as new" condition.
I pulled the choke, tuned the key and the attraction was complete. I had
to have this car!
I have owned the car for a week now, and I just can't stop looking
at it. My plans for it is mounting a Kamei front spoiler that I have ordered
from germany, put some new rims on it and use too much money on a pounding
Ivan (Birmingham, England) is fond
of his... sixth R18
First I will introduce myself my name is Ivan short for Irfan, I live
in Birmingham in England. I am fund of the Reno 18 from an early (24 now),
as my dad had a Reno 18 Turbo since then i always have loved them I have
had around 5 18's which i bought and sold my very last one was a 1986 D
reg Reno 18 GTD which I had for years and did every thing to, it end up
looking like a real head turner turbo replica with full turbo leathers,
blade alloys etc....
Anyway I lost touch of 18 for a couple of years but just bought a Mint
18 last week, this is a Reno 18 GTS its a B reg (1981) in silver and has
two family owners
since new (father & daughter) and has only covered 26,000 miles,
yes its hards to believe but its true.
It is solid all round and does'nt just look like a new car but drives
& feels like one too.
The previous owner had always kept it in a heated temperature controlled
garage and it has come with full service history. I will send you pictures
of this very soon (a couple of days). I am looking forward to put on some
17" alloys full turbo leather interior and the list goes on.
Hear from you soon.
The first car of Adrian Alford (Wales)
was a 14
I had a 14 as my first "own" car in in 1990 it was a white one with
blue cloth seats.It was like driving in an armchair the reg. was JPG 30V
and cost me £500 with 12 months MOT and TAX. I never had to spend
a penny on it and did 35mpg.......it led to me buying several other Renaults
since but you never forget your first love!.
Eric Mwenda (Kenya) completely revamped
his 18 TS (see pics in the French "restaurations"
Hi, my name is Eric from Kenya. I'm in the process of rebuilding my
1979 R18 TS. Attached are some pictures of how it was looking afew months
ago and on the next mail progress made.
Thanks for this website.
Renault 14 from the cold: Yuriy drives
a Renault 14 in Ukraine
Hello, I live in Ukraine. I maintained a Renault 14 from 1980. Here
it's a very rare automobile. For 15 years of operation, I have not met
more than five of these cars. I bought this automobile in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
in 1987. Probably because it spent some time in a country with a sea climate,
its body was completely rust. My attempts to prolong "life" have a little
helped. But the engine works perfectly.
Mike is fond of his R18 Turbo...
in Sri Lanka!
Hello, I'm Mike Zinmann.. I live in Sri Lanka and I drive a red Renault
18 Turbo, this car is amazing and too fast and has an excellent fuel consumption..I
hope that Renault's company release a new one... Thanks for this website...
Walid from Egypt drives a 350.000+
km 18 TL
I happen to own a Renault 18 TL, 1981 model (1397 cc), pistachio color.
I am so glad to find someone as crazy as I am with this specimen. Isn't
it a great car to own?!
I had this car since 1985, when I was 19, it was my first and I bought
it at 35,000 km of mileage and now it is 296,000 km and the odometer had
broke and stopped counting since seven years ago, so my 18 is probably
350,000 km (the reason I couldn't fix the odometer is that I couldn't find
one, not because I am not taking care of my 18). The engine crank shaft
broke at 250,000 km, and I bought an imported used engine, and it is still
running in excellent condition.
I used this vehicle from 1985 to 1991 as a way of living, driving tourists
all over Egypt, and this was when I did most of the mileage. Afterwards
I worked in an Embassy... and eventually bought a new Opel Astra only last
year, but believe it or not, I enjoy and love driving my old 18 every day,
almost more than the brand new car, I drive to work (my work trip is only
30 km/day all together, and besides traffic in Cairo is terrible, so I
prefer keeping my new Astra for outside Cairo-long trips).
Last year prior to buying my new car, I was about to sell the 18, to
pay for a new car but my wife cried with tears, saying that this car had
always brought us good luck, (we are married since 11 years). however I
changed my mind on sell it, so yes I still own it. Even my two boys, nine
and five, tend to ask me to give them a ride with the 18, as most of the
time I take them with the new car... If you ever saw the old movie "Herby",
the VW that the owner believed that there is a lively relationship between
a person and his car.. I just believe the same, I believe that if you love
your car, you establish a communication means with her.
I call the Renault 18 "a Jewel of it's age".
Walid Osman, Egypt
Lukas from Prague owns an uncommon
Greetings from Prague, Czech republic.
I've just bought a very special R18 and I'm trying to find out what
model exactly is it. According to the papers it is R18 TX Break, year 1986,
and it has 2.2 engine. I suspect the car to have something in common with
the argentinian-made R18s and I wonder how did it get here to CZ.
Anyway I'm just going to read the stuff on your website to find out
more, this is just a quick note to let you know that I've been here :-)
Jeremy Konopka's touching memories
of a Canadian 18
Your site is a great resource for people who appreciate interesting
and unusual cars. Even though I no longer have my 18, it's nice to
take a look at a page dedicated to this car.
I used to have an R18, the Canadian model which was the 1647cc engine
with Weber DARA 32 carburetor (the US models were 18i, which meant they
1647 with fuel injection). The Canadian version had a lot of
extra vacuum lines for the emission controls. These were a real pain
to keep going because as the rubber got brittle it would split and cause
air leaks! I drove it for around 15 years and put over 200000 km on it.
The North American car market is primitive beyond belief (even today you
can't find most of the more interesting models from Japan or Europe) and
therefore a car that had something as unusual as front wheel drive was
regarded as bad here. It didn't help that the service persons are
as stupid as the consumers, and so would actually cause more problems than
they would solve, and then blame it all on the car. I think we all know
the bad side to 80's Renault products - cheap plastics (all the window
winder handles broke on my car), lots of small things going wrong, but
excellently thought out design. If you look at most other cars of
that time (especially the american junk) you will find that they were still
using ugly looking screws inside the car that you could see all over the
place, and also to attach tailights etc.
The engine was excellent - after so many years, I would never add oil
between changes. The car would degrade nicely, in that even when something
was going wrong I could typically drive it home and then sort it out.
Here were things that I had problems with, and some of my solutions:
- front struts - these would wear out every 50000 km. To save
time when compressing the springs, put the compressor on before raising
the car, or even better have someone sit on the hood while you put the
compressor on. It makes the job much easier
- replacing the axle boot. I would always remove the track rod
ends before doing anything else. In theory this wasn't necessary
but otherwise it was impossible to get the splines out of the bearing.
The same held for the upper ball joint - I would always pop it out before
doing any other work
- my car had a leak with the rubber gasket on the cam side of the cylinder
head. I never found a solution (the head and engine were both true),
and my workaround was an ugly looking silicone seal on the outside. It
looked bad but worked
- both the North American and French models didn't seem to use the
large central tailight lens. Since this is socketed, I put in a bulb
and wiring, so that I had very big and bright brakelights independent of
the other bulb.
Since I drive fast and brake hard, this was a good thing!
Luca Guabello is maybe one of the
last 14 drivers in Italy!
My Renault 14 is a TL from 1978. It ran 138.000 kms, with its original
engine. I drive it daily, with no problems! I'm Italian from Piemonte.
Ciao! Luca Guabello
Andrei Dumitrescu's Romanian adventures
aboard a Renault 14
I am a proud owner of a 1987 R 11, but that is another story...
A year ago me and 3 of my frainds decided to take a one day trip to
the mountains, the only car we had avalable in that day was my friend's
1980 Renault 14 1.2L (?). We left Bucharest (Romania) at 8:00 in the morning
and headed to a nice mountain town named Bran (Transilvania, "Dracula contry").
It's a nice 200 Km drive (400 Km total). My fraind the driver is quite
a car killer, he drove us at speeds of 120 Kmh and some times even 140.
It was quite a scary ride. The litle engine had no probem pulling the 4
of us up the mountain roads. In no time we reached our destination, had
lunch, sat around for a few howers. At 6:00 in the afternoon we decided
to go back home, it was winter, -10 degrees C, the litle car kept us worm
and comfterble till we reached the motorway (110 Km from home) it was dark
The final blow
It was around 9:00 in the evening as we got up on the motorway, we
were cruising at a saine speed 90 Kmh, and then it came, our driver saw
an Oltcit (Romanian made Citroen Visa) up the road, he hates those cars
and decided to show that driver what a real car is, he slamed the pedal
to the metal and took us up to 150 Kmh, we flyed pass the Oltcit and then
it came, a loud tacking sound from the engine, my fraind kept speeding
saying it will pass. It did'nt, we were now 60 Km from home and decided
to stop and look under the bonet, nothing really to see in the dark. We
got back in the car, but it refused to start, after a few tries tthe battery
ran out, so we got out and pushed, finaly we got it started and got going,
the noise got louder and louder. The rest of the 50 Km we drove at 40 Kmh.
Finaly we arived home.
A few days after my friend took the car to a mechanic. The verdict
was a broken crankshaft. He fixed the car, and drove it for another month
then he bought a Dacia (Romanian made Renault 12). The 14 ended up with
"FOR SALE" written on it. The asking price is 400$ with spare engine and
a ton of body parts. Tow years had passed and the little Renault is still
sitting there, in the same posture, and a little more rust.
Richard Newall (UK) used to cultivate
a mushroom in his former 14 whose sunroof was a bit leaky!
I once owned a 14 GTL on a T plate, I always thought it was a nice
car to drive, but did suffer with rust badly.It also had a full length
fabric sunroof, and was prone to leak into the passenger side footwell,
resulting in a large puddle, the comic side of this was that I regularly
got a small mushroom growing out of the carpet, I would get rid of one,
and next day another had appeared.
Alexei Pace drives a 18 GTL in Malta
(see his car's pic here)
I drive a Renault 18 GTL. It consumes a lot of petrol, I'm saving to
buy another car, who knows, maybe a Renault!
Best wishes from sunny Malta
Päblo Ruiz from Valdivia (Chile)
remembers his mother's 18
HI! I'm Pablo, from Valdivia, Chile and here is my R18 quote:
I never owned a Renault 18 myself, but my mother owned a 1980 R18 GTS,
that she bought new. I have to say that I never liked the "fat" look of
of the car, but, it all changed one night when I was 13 years old and
took the car for a ride when parents where out of town. That was my very
driving expierence, and boy, I have to say that I'll never forget the
tires screeching against the street, the silent it was, and the way cops
sounds because my grandma called the police thinking the car was stolen.
As a result, I got grounded "for life" by my mother, my father still laughs
when he reminds about the incident, and now I drive my own 1992 Renault
19 GTS. (boy it is pretty)
I liked the R18 for it many features, like central door locking, powered
windows, front lights wiper/washer, tail fog lights, that where NOT that
common in a 1980 car. I still recall that the mechanism to open the doors
from the outside was funny: you didn't pull anything, you had to squeeze
the thing and the door opened. For a 5 year old kid in 1980 it looked that
the doors opened magically when you sticked the hand in them.
About the car, I have to say that it never went to the shop but for
oil changes, brake pad change, sparks replacement, tire replacement and
wheel alignement, once in 12 years and more than 200.000 kilometers for
clutch disc replacement, and the only place where it rusted was in the
trunk because mom hit something going backwards.
In conclusion, it was a great and reliable car that never left us on
the road, my family travelled a lot by car before my parents divorced and
we used the R18, by all kind of weather, from high mountain and snow to
hot desert sands, and the car never, really never failed.
The only "no no" about the car was: the steering wheel was so
big (not powered steering). Also, I never ever liked the RENAULT 18 "reminder"
the glove compartment.
Gristo Joesaar (Estonia) drives daily
a 18 TL
Hi! I'm from Estonia and I have a Renault 18 TL 1.4 (1981). Up until
January 1999, I had a Renault 18 GTL Nevada 1.6 (1982) too, but I sold
I got my Renault from my brother, who purchased another car. The Renault
was in a sad state then. It's engine was worn out, the front left wing
was smashed up and the gearbox was also worn out. At the start, I wanted
to sell it to the junk yard, but they offered me 800 EEK (almost 50 dollars)
but I didn't agreed with that. So I thought that l'd fix it. I changed
the engine - it came from a Volvo 343 (the Volvo 343 uses the Renault 1.4
engine). Then I fixed the wing, changed the gearbox and the car drove again.
In 1999, I purchased a R18 GTL Nevada 1.6 (a 1982 model, which had
2 electric front windows, 5-speed gearbox and central locking) for spare
parts (It didn't drive then), but then I fixed it. So I bought a new engine
for that car by newspaper. The man who sold the engine said that I could
take the whole car for the same money. Of course I took it. This car was
a R18 GTS 1.9 (1980). That car had aluminium rims with three nuts. I put
these on my 18 TL to make the car look more beautiful. I put the 1.9 engine
from that car into the Nevada. So, for a while I had three Renault 18s.
I sold the Nevada, but I've still got the GTS and TL. The GTS is for spare
parts. I want to say that these cars are very comfortable especially their
seats when compared with other very old cars.
Gristo Joesaar from Estonia.
Sella Yoffe (Israel) needs help
for her '85 Renault 18
I have Renault 18 – 1985 model type 2 with 2000 cc engine that I want
to repair (its in the garage for about 4 years without using). I need a
good source for parts and parts catalog for making parts orders. If you
have an idea how can I get it I’ll appreciate any help
Valeri Roussinov's parents still
drive a 18 in Bulgaria
My parents own a 18 TS of November 1981, already very old, 230.000
km, but is still running. I know the 18 and love it, that's the reason
why I was very pleased to read your site about 18s.
David (Spain) is kind of enthusiastic
for Renault 14.
Firstly, I request to you perdon for my bad english, I´m am spanish,
and my level of english isn´t very good.
I have a Renault 14, since 1984, as for as I´m concerned, the
14´s cars are a very good machines, I´m am very happy with
my car, because he never broke down. Today my 14 have 193.000 km,
I have lived in 3 countris, 2 of this 3, are in coast cities. Yes, it´s
OK, in 1984, in the same year when I bought the car, I heard that 14 cars
are bad cars, but, today I ´know the true: When 14 went out
to the shops, there was a terrible adversarie, peugeot, than saw in 14
cars something who must died, because the r14 engine´s was
designed for peugeot. and, peugeot invented this law. In contrast today
we can see the really 14s problems, it isn´t his sheet, rather
it was the one which painting let of wishing.
Marc Hanson (UK) thought he was the
only one who liked R 14's!
My first car was a R 14 TL (1979) - it cost me next to nothing and
was very reliable even though I never serviced it once. I had it for 4
years but the rust finallt got it when it was 12 years old. I couldn't
bear to watch when the scrapmen came and took it away.
Whenever I see one nowadays (pretty rare in the UK) I bore my wife
about how great they were. At the moment I have a BMW and a MGF but I'd
love to have my old R14 back. Now I can afford to retore one I'd even buy
a wreck. If anyone knows of a car going in the UK or perhaps pas de Calais
let me know (see classifieds for my details).
Those of you who still have one, keep up the good work!
Jaime Forero's 18i just turned 200.000
miles in Houston (Texas, US)
Hi. My R18i just turned 200000 miles with the same engine.
It is a 1982 model and I love it. The reliability and performance are great
and the gas milage even better. We still use it as a daily rider
and I expect to haver it around for a while longer. The parts
are hard to find and that frustrates me but with some patience I am able
to find what I need. Over the years I have accumulated quite a bit
of parts from other cars so I have some reserves but as usual when
something breaks it is usualy something I don't have.
Sharamila Jadeja is owning a 18 GTS
in Leicester (UK)
Hello, I've just been reading the comments on your website and its
good to see all these peoples coments from around the world about the Renault14/18.
I have a my Renault 18 now since 1997. My dad had brought it for himself
but when my work place re-located he gave the car to me. It is a 1985 Renault
18 GTS and burgundy in colour which I love to bits. For people like
me who are lacking in the height department it is ideal as I have no need
to put 10 million pillows on the seat!!!. Most of my family members all
have others models of Renault and find their seats to be the best all round
for comfort, able to change to your requirements and various other features
which were ahead of their time.
The mileage on my car is 95,000 and compared to other cars of its age
it is very low. I have put an alarm on my car, decent car stero and
also new seat covers. It has been very well looked after and has
NO rust at all. The car is the only one here in Leicester of that
colour and in such a good condition. It gets many comments and have
had numerous people that have approached my dad asking if he wishes to
sell it. I would never get rid of it and will keep it running for
as long as it does.
Pedro has been driving an 18 GTS
Hello. I am a Spanish speaker so please forgive my mistakes in English.
I was the owner of a R 18 GTS, 1.600 cc, 96 HP, year
1982, manual transmission, air conditioned, power steering. It was a wonderful
car, I drove it for 13 years and reached near 350.000 Km, and the engine
was perfect, only had to change the valves. The stability, the comfort,
the design and the power of its engine, made the R18 a hard contendor for
the similar cars, I think the car was excellent, I liked it very
much, I feel very sad the time when I sold it, to be replaced for
a R 19.
Best regards Pedro San Miguel
Sašo drives a Renault 14 in Maribor
(Slovenia) see his photos.
My name is Sašo and I come from Maribor (Slovenia). My car is from
year 1979 and it has only 95000 km. I must say, that this car is something
special and this is the most forgotten car of Renault. I have this car
for two years now and only in this week I have done 500 km without any
problems. If you have any questions just send me a mail on email@example.com.
I would be very happy to be in contact with fans of this car!
Kindest regards from Slovenia! Saso.
The first known Irish Renault 18
Hi Tangi and all Renault drivers !
I'm Joseph and I'm from Ireland. I like old cars, especially the Renault
18. It's somehow a rarity here because of rust problems - it's a pity,
they were very good cars. I have a late 1982 18 TD sedan which I'm fixing
up. I'll send you pictures of it when it's finished (hopefully by Christmas
or slightly after it), and I'll include the full history of the Renault
18s sold in the UK and Ireland. If anyone has any questions, please mail
me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Taylor, yet another British
My wife and I had 1977 Renault 14 from 1982 to 1984 in England and
thoroughly enjoyed the experience despite the rolling around bends and
the rather vague gear change. As a home mechanic I found the car very easy
to work on except for the recessed spark plugs. Our particular model was
a 1200cc TL that had a full length fabric sunroof which was brilliant on
sunny days. Unfortunately we don't have any photo's of the car just fond
memories. Regards Paul.
And now a 18 from Zimbabwe...
I was delighted to find your website on the Renaults, and hopefully
I'll be next and give you a new flag ! I'm Graham Conibear from Zimbabwe
and I have an elderly R 18 which is still in daily use. Its only done 120
000 km. small by comparison to some of the users, and does need a bit of
attention on the suspension but the engine has never been opened. I bought
it in 1981 as a second hand car, it was new ( first registered ) in 1980.
There were a great number of R 4, R 12, R14 and R18 's sold in Zwe in the
I'm keen to know of any site or enthusiast who has info on spares,
spares ref. numbers, contacts etc as these are difficult to get in Zwe
as the Renault vehicles are no longer marketed in Zwe. and there is not
a great deal of interest from suppliers when seeking old model spares.
Best Regards, Graham Conibear
A Renault 14 is actually running
I own a R14 TS model 1980. I bought it last year with no conviction,
but now I'm literaly in love with this car. It runs 202 354 km with original
engine! More story later. I need help to find spare parts and original
Paul NGOMBA from Douala
Another 18 lover from Austria
Hello from Austria!
I owned two Renault 18, one yellow GTS from 1978 (this must have been
one of first here in Austria), and a silver GTL from 1982. The GTS was
a really good car, with which I were happy for more then four years. I
bought it heavily damaged in 1988 with ten years, did a lot of renovation
work on it ( especially, because my father had a base Break with the 1.4
liter engine, and he bought one day another R18 Sedan for spare parts,
so I was able to get nearly all the parts which were damaged, e.g. headlights,
bumper, hood etc.) I had it four years, and it was the most interesting
R18 in Vienna, I think. I mounted 175/70R13 Michelin tyres, on 3-hole steel
rims from a R20GTL, a sunroof and two pairs of additional headlights. As
well, a rpm-meter and a good stereo was fitted. at last my father painted
it yellow again, but not in the original colour, with a black stripe on
the sides and over the boot (look at the photos!).
There were a lot of faults, too in this four years. Corrosion at the underwork
was serious, my mechanic had to repair a lot there. Also, the power lock
didn´t work properly. That means, it opened all doors, but it closed
just the two front doors. I hat to close them by hand. As well, the front
windows didn´t close well, they went up not in the right way, so
you had to "help" with your hand. On the other hand, I had no major defect
with the engine or gearbox, only a few minor things that can happen on
a 14 year old car. At last, I lost this fine car in an heavy accident,
I didn´t receive a scratch, but my baby was dead. After this, I bought
the silver GTL from 1982 (which was equipped also with the 1647cc engine,
but 70 hp instead of 79. But it wasn´t the same again. I had to comprare
it every time with the yellow one, and it always was just the second choice
(nevertheless, if I could find it again in a good condition... who knows?)
Finally, I changed it for a R9 TSE of the same year. But as my wife comes
from Colombia, we visit this country from time to time, and there are still
A LOT OF them on the streets...
My respect and best wishes to all who love these fine cars and especially
to tehm who care about them (remeber, in a couple of years it´ll
be a classic!
A Renault 14 driver from Turkey!
Hi, I am writing you from Izmir, Turkey. I am a lucky Renault 14 TL
(1982) driver, and have been ever pleased to catch your web site. My daddy's
old love, which I am driving now, is at 168.000 kms, and still running.
I also would like to ask for your help. Here in
Turkey it is allmost impossible to find anything about the model: no knowledge,
no spare parts.
I need your kind advice for finding the brake light cover and oil pump
Thanx in advance.
Halil Huseyin Kesiktas
Howard Brisland (UK) has got a very
rare 18 Deauville
I wrote to you ages ago about my 1986 Renault 18 GTS Deauville and I
thought I would update you. My 18 is still going strong although
it began to cost me a lot
of money to have it repaired as most of the parts for it now have to
come from France. (last time it needed a new steering rack, thermostat
and front wheel
swivel). I am going to get a new car but I am still keeping the 18.
As an English limited edition it is very rare now so I am hoping to be
able to restore it
over the next few years. It still leaves many other cars its
George Dumitru (Romania) drives a
18 GTL Break
First of all sorry for my bad English!
I own an old R18 GTL , engine 1647 cmc/gasoile.Altough the counter
indicate 240000 the engine still work (and the entire car) in good condition.
The maximum speed (on the highway) was 147 km/h . The oil consumption
is acceptable 700g/1000 km. The car is still used almost daily. I
had in the last 4 years only a problem concerning a rusted plug of
the cylinder head. Of course I lose al the antefreeze but finally I succed
home. In fact the only problem of this car is the rust. This year I
began the restauration and I hope to have again satisfactions with this
Jordi Portell (Catalonia, Spain)
is fond of his 14 GTS
First of all, thanks to the webmaster for creating a place for our
loved cars, and also thanks to everybody who has write his/her experience
with a Renault 14 or 18.
I have a Renault 14 GTS. Yeah! I think it only exists here in Spain,
and I can promise you that almost everyday (well, every two days ;-)) I
see a Renault 14 (one model or another) in the streets (I live mainly in
Barcelona), so IT IS NOT DEAD ANYWAY :-))) I've got this really fantastic
car from about march'1999, when my loved sister gave it to me (yes, this
is really a present and the rest are nonsenses!). She bought it second-hand,
so I've got a third-hand R14! The car was bought firstly in november'1981,
and this week it has reached the 180.000 Km with the original motor! Moreover,
I use it a lot: twice a week I go from Barcelona to Torelló (my
town) or viceversa, which means about 200 Km per week. Also, I use to go
twice a week to my girlfriend's town through a difficult (almost rally-like
;-)) road, and the car works really fine! Its motor works much better than
some modern cars I have tried: it is really nervous, and in short gears
(2nd or 3rd) the experience is really nice. When I drive in very good roads
or in highways, I like to maintain the speed at 130 kph: at this speed
the motor works at par (3000
RPMs) and there are almost NO vibrations... On the other hand, the
fastest speed I've ever reach (in highway) is about 150 kph (and the motor
Also, I love its capacity to work at very low RPMs: in town, I like
to maintain the motor between 1000 and 2000 RPMs (!!!), obtaining a very
smooth driving and good restoring [sorry, I don't know if "recuperación"
in spanish is translated as "restoring"]. Now I have to change the four
tires and I'll take profit of this to use
again the original 165/70 SR13 (now I use a 145/80 R13...), and maybe
I will also change some suspension... However, I've had almost no problem
with this car during these two years (and I've made about 25.000 km!).
Moreover, now I know a very good mechanical (he worked with Zanini), so
I'll surely keep my R14 working really fine for years! (well, I hope so...
In a few days I would like to make some photos to my R14 and send them
Celalettim Irdem (Turkey) drives
a 18 automatic and needs help
Before all else , thanks for you
to prepare this web-page and club. I have got a Renault 18 which is automatic
and has got a gearbox. I have got a big problem. My car's gearbox broke
down. And I need a new or secondhand gearbox. Could you please help me
to find adresses or knowledge for new or secondhand gear box.
My adresess : Cumhuriyet bulv. no
: 144 postal code : 35210 Alsancak / IZMIR TURKEY
: +90 232 4985681
Pocket Phone : +90 535 9452321
Saso (Slovenia) wants to get messages
from other 14 lovers
I must write you a few letters, than
I am a great fan of R 14! I am sorry that I can not speak english wery
well, but enyway. The love for these cars is in all languages the same!
My name is Saso and I come frome Slovenia (Maribor). I am a pride owner
of R 14 TL. My father was buying it in 1985 and we had a lot of great moments
with this car. It has only 94000 km (!) and for one year I have driving
leacens. So I am doing everything for this car. Are there some fan clubs
of R 14 in Europe? I would be very happy, if any drivers of R 14 write
to me. My E - Mail: email@example.com.
Please write in german or english. I am looking forward to hearing from
Jarle (Norway) tells us more about
Renault in Norway
My mothers first car was an 1970
Renault 12 TL. (Technical very similar to R 18 TL)
This car was bought in 1976 after
my mother pass the driving test. This car ran over 380.000 Km. with a untouched
engine. It was not always droven as an easy loaded passenger car. It was
often used with a trailer with a NSU Rally car on. This was a hevy load
but the little R12 never gave up on this hilly roads . This is very well
done a with this litle 1289 ccm engine in this climate. It was an fantastic
car that always started.
Everyday starting down to -38 °
celsius, it started with no pre heatet engine and no synthetic oil. This
car was often used to help other people to take a pull when their car don't
want to start.
Other people when my mother or I
telling them this, they don't belive us. That car !! NO WAY.
We have owned totally 3 Renault12
4 years ago I bought me a 1980 Renault
18 TS Automatic. It was in a very bad shape and I had to do a lot of work
on it. It have now ran about 280.000 Km. almost without problems. This
cars engine is very similar to eg. R 16 and 20 TL engines, except cylinder
heads and have shown me reliability and starts ok down to -25° celsius.
( The lowest temp so far.)
Some broken suspension springs and
shockasorbers, worn driveshafts, a blown out seal at the valve cover and
a heater fan motor. This has been the major problems and can not be to
bad for an almost 21 year old car. The engine is still untouched
I have owned a 1976 Renault 20 too.
Renault in Norway
Sure, we have newer Renaults in Norway
too but it looked bad for a while.
In the beginning of 1980 the Volvo
company tok over the sales of Renault cars. Why ?. I don't now. Volvo took
thoroughly care of the necessary arrangements to skip all the sales of
these cars up here and let Volvo people to take care of all Renault customers.
This was the worst thing could happend.
Customers complained over the unskilled service repairs on their cars and
the total lack of experience Volvo had to service Renaults with. Almost
over the night it suddenly seems to became problems with spare parts. The
one and only to blame is… Yes, you now. Volvo. I knew there was plenty
of parts in stock just waiting to be sold, it was just to find the right
part number in the catalog, but Volvo did not care a bit. It was easier
to blame on Renault then do their job. Customers with noe experience to
repair their own car had to trust others.
I took the problems in my own hands
and almost demanded to find the spareparts number in Renaults spareparts
catalog myself. They gladly let me do this if I took the blame if the wrong
part showed up. Yes of course. This was a good deal. In this way I could
help lot of other people with their problems, but not all unfortunately.
As you can see in this way Renault
cars was now become unpopular in Norway and got a bad rumour.
Even today (2000) this can be a problem
with some dealers.
Later, Volvo startet to import Renaults
again in 1985 but only the smallest car with the smallest engine. "Renault
cars should not compete with Volvo's own cars".
Volvos flagship at this time was
the already "almost out of fashion" 240 series, and I am convinced Renault
had a more up-to-date cars in their program. I understand Volvo perfectly
why they held back Renaults as Renault 18, 20 and 30 and later Renault
In early 1990 showed Renault 19 up
in Norway. This car sold good but R19 mk2 sold much better. Later showed
Laguna and Megane up. These cars have sold better than Volvo the last 2
years. Volvo have lost over 40 % of sales total, so far I know. I belive
the "new import" forced it self through.
This is bad to Volvo as now is become
more a Ford.
This is a little strange: Dealers
around in Norway have seldom new Renault cars in their showrooms. Only
Volvos. Anyway, customer know what they want and buy.
I was lucky because i did know how
to do simple repairs and service on cars. In 1980 I was only 14 years old
and had already enough experience with cars, thanks to a neighbour who
was an car mechanic He had a lot of fun to teach me how to do things already
from I was 9 years old. I was an easy learner and he learned me a lot.
Suddenly he dies after a brainstroke. Books helped me to go on with my
interest and have learned a lot here. Today I'am a advanced hobby mechanic
and like to do some Renaults repairs and engine building
I just love this cars
Elmar Werkman (The Netherlands) kept
his 18 'in a dry place' and restored it (see his pics).
Hi, very nice site about the R14 and R18, keep up the good work!
This is my 1981 Renault 18 GTS. My father bought this car new in early
1981 and after about six years I bought it with 120.000 km's. I used it
for three years, albeit not that extensively because I was a student at
the time and I just had a proper bike to go to college (and bikes do not
run on petrol but on pedal power!).
In 1990 I started working and got a company car, so I put my R18 to
sleep in a dry and dark place. About 5 years later, I bought a house with
a garage and I decided to start driving my first own car again. It was
restored to an excellent condition (the basis was not bad after 9 years
and 145k of service and the sleeping period of 5 years). The major overhaul
comprised only of getting the brakes to work properly and some welding
especially inner mudguards and the well known pieces of metal between the
front window and the bonnet. All the work was carried out by a Renault
dealer who liked to work on this 15 year old car, it took about half a
year but only a fraction of the time spent was calculated.After that
I removed the interior for a very thorough cleanup and bought some new
bumpers and some windowrubbers and strips which make the car look like
new.From 1996 I have been using the car at least once a week and now with
almost 180k on the clock it is still running beautifully and it remains
a pleasure to drive. The color is original Black and as a high spec model
it has bronze colored windows, the headlamp wash and wipers and of course
electric windows, central door locking and a 5 speed gearbox. My daily
use of transport is a 1999 Laguna 2.016v RXI which really is a wolf in
sheep clothing but driving my R18 still remains a special experience. In
the Netherlands R18 are very rare nowadays, especially the ones with metal
bumpers from the first series. Only a few 18 Breaks are around, nearly
all of them a bit tired and rusty but still running.
I hope you will ad some of my pictures to your gallery. The photo's
are from 1996 and 1997 but now the car is in the same excellent condition.
I tend to drive it with no rainy weather.
Richard Potter from Scotland updates
his 18 data
Dear fellow R18 luvers,
I hope the lot of you are doing grand. Richard Andrew Potter here from
Scotland reporting on my auld R18 diesel estate.
The good news - another annual MOT in the bag! Year 17 here I come.
The main problem this year was welding - and that was my fault. During
the spring of 2000 I grounded her while reversing into a T-junction in
a town called Broughton (quite well know for it's ale and John Buchan fame).
I didn't notice that in the corner of the junction was a large rock and
the road fell away sharply.
Apart from that it was straightforward replacement of the steering
gaiters, both front bushes and a little brake pipe replacement. Before
the brakes were good, now they are REALLY good. The mechanic sees no problems
with the car doing a few more years.
Most of my friends are still shocked that I drive such a car. My attitude
seems to resemble what I read in various R18 internet sites around the
world. It is comfortable and reliable. It has never not started (apart
from when I leave the lights on all weekend...). There is also a very sad
culture in Scotland which dictates that you MUST buy a new car to look
good (and get yourself into a lot of financial debt). It is quite sad.
I still have a local contact who has two (YES TWO) R18's in his driveway
awaiting the scrapmerchant to arrive and... you know what. He lives just
south of Edinburgh so if you know of anyone needing parts please get on
to me say soon as.
You may remember that I had a heating problem last year - I seem to
have it again. The problem is a lack of heating. I am in the midst of taking
the dashboard apart so see if any of those pipes are blocked in anyway.
Thank you Mr.Pflug my friend for those helpful diagrams on your internet
page. I will also be using your diagrams for my odometer. It is currently
showing 842,792 miles! (about 1.45M kilometres?) The true mileage is around
I intend to take some photographs of the R18 and post them round the
internet - I am just waiting to have car, camera, daylight and background
scenery all together at the same time. I must warn you now that I have
sprayed the rear bumper illuminous yellow and have never thought too much
about waxing cars. So no shocked replies when I post them:-)
Richard Andrew Potter
Bill Hawley (USA) has owned four
Hello! My name is Bill Hawley and I live in Buffalo, NY (USA). I've
owned 4 Renault 18i automobiles (my lastest and current one is a 1986 model
18i Sportwagon). It has a 2.2L engine with 5 speed manual transmission.
It presently has about 90,000 miles (roughly 140,000 km). My last one (a
1984 model) had over twice that when I sold it. It took me a year to realize
my mistake, and find this one to replace it! I have recently made some
repairs that have been needed for a while, that should easily see it through
another 5 years of driving (at least). My daughter is planning on using
it for driving to and from college. I enjoyed visiting your site. It's
difficult to maintain this car in the USA, since Renault has not sold cars
here since 1988, and parts are becoming extremely rare. However, I've driven
nothing but Renault automobiles since my first one (a 1983 Renault R5,
known as "LeCar" here - which I sold about 5 years ago with over 230,000
miles/ 372,000km on it!). They are wonderful automobiles, and solidly reliable.
Too bad they're no longer sold here.
Juann Lupion (Spain) drives a rust-free
Hello! Nice web page! I am a proud owner of a 80' sky blue Renault14
GTL here in Spain. This little beast has been sturdy as a rock, after 20
years of service and 96000 kms run (BTW, I think I've beaten Mr. Magnier's
5th position in your table) , only now is showing its ages.
The car is not rusty at all (strange as it may seem) but the engine
has been falling to a slow death the last two years; I live in Madrid and
the car is parked in Malaga (South of Spain) for weeks without use... as
I am not able to do anything but the most basic maintenance duties you
can imagine the engine is not in the best of its shapes. But hey, it still
140 km/h without blowing up and the engine hasn't ever had to be repaired!!
(I've had repaired the gear box twice, the brakes system, the alternator
(what's the word in english?) though) The rest of the car should
be in pretty good shape as it passed its last mandatory Technical Inspection
without more hassles than a broken rear light bulb.
Here in Spain you can see some 14s and 18s (a friend of mine has a
diesel 18 which has passed 400000 km!) and I found with delight that your
page is going to keep them alive in the net forever!! Well done!
I am surprised to see what other people have done to their 14's.
October 4, 2000
Blaz Berce (Slovenia) shares a story
with the 14
Hi! It will be almost two years, since i became a happy Twingo owner.
In my family Renault is almost "tradition".My father bought used
R4 in 1985. But this is not so important...
In autmun 1979 a beautiful white R14TL was bought by my grandmother.I
was seven years old and i can remember how was i surrrised when i saw those
"plastic"bumpers!..To tell by the truth,my grandmother eas a lousy driver.So
she drove R14 only when it was realy necesser.About four times a year!!!In
1987 she finally realised,that she is not driving safely any more at all.She
drove BACKWARDS on highway!!!!...
She gave her car to my mother and she drove it till she died in 1996.
At that time I already have my driving licence for four years. What
is to say about R14-as I said-it was and still is beautiful car,easy to
drive and very comfortable.
In winter 1997 me and my father drove this car on its`s last ride.When
i was driving my father`s škoda behind my father(he drove R14), the rust
was falling off R14. Even now,when I remember it, it was a sad sight for
I miss those cars. By my opinion there are maybe two or three R 14
still driving in Slovenija, I sure would be more happy if I see more of
them... Somwhere in house i still have R 14 manual book .It was issued
by IMV Novo Mesto,the factory which was cooperating with renault in that
times. R4,R5 were assembled there and now Clio is assembled there.
September 9, 2000
Jim Stafford (Australia) is fond
of his new 18 GTS and needs help
I have just got a Renault 18 GTS SPECIAL,1980,5-speed Fuego box,X-flow(16ts)
big valve head, 44/70 cam, 2x Webber DCOE, 4-2-1 exhaust system with numerous
other modifications. Including a respray with (white with blue trim).
It was offerd to me with 3 months rego and it had just been certified
by the motor registration department. This i thought was a nice bargain
with a nice car withe the out come. I am very intrested in learning how
to tune the 2 x DCOE Webbers.
If you have some idea where i could find the information about them
please let me know. The car is brilliant to drive and is my first Renault.
I normally buy older holdens. Now i will stick with Renaults for ever.
August 20, 2000
Damir Padavic (Croatia) just bought
an American 2 and needs help
Hi ! I'm a new owner of 1984 American 2 model and I'm very satisfied
with it. Only malfunction is on central lock system. Can somobody help
me with some schematic of it and where can I find its electronics inside
the car. I will send you some pictures as soon I can. Best regards from
August 16, 2000
Hendrik Stolz 's got ambitious plans
for his 14!
I'm Hendrik From Belguim and I am restauring my R 14 TS. I have
been driving it for several years but like every old French car the carosserie
wasn't good anymore.
Now it's almost ready after 5 years of work. To have an engine
with more horsepower, I bought a "culasse" with 2 double carburators from
the Talbot Samba Rally (1218cc wtih 90HP, so I hope to have little more
with my 1360 cc). Since I am a wholesaler in leather, I am making
a whole new leather-interior (dashboard included).
I hope to show you some pictures when all the work is done.
July 10, 2000
Gonçalo José Coelho
Mourato's father drove a 18 GTS.
Hi. Well, I must say that I got very happy when I realized that there
is a site dedicated to the magnificent Renault 18 GTS, one of my father's
cars and my personal favourite. It was the first car that I drove and I
shall remember it forever - it had a some electrical problems and the door
opening system was ridiculous but it was, nevertheless, a fantastic car
to drive. They say that there is no love like the first one, and I think
that "they" are right.
Unfortunately, my sister managed to smash it against a wall and I've
never seen it again. It was a pleasure to see some pictures of metallic
grey GTS's, just as mine. Congratulations, and thanks.
PS - will see if there is anything about the car around the house -
my father still has loads of things about all sorts of cars.
July 3, 2000
Omar Dennaoui lives in Lebanon and
drives a 18 from time to time
My name is Omar from Lebanon,i'm a renault's fan, and specially the
18 series, in fact i own one of these cars in a perfect condition, it was
my mom's property in a long time, she bought it in 1982, but nowadays i
drive it from time to time, i think it's too reliable and fast regarding
to its old tech, and its old chassie...I have another car which is a range
rover, i consider myself satisfied with this car but when i drive the renault,
i feel that i'm back to the true car which i hope that it could be
released again, i'll be the first to buy it...
thanx a lot for this site...
June 9, 2000
Dale Courtney is a British 14/18
Well, I thought I was the world's only R14/R18 lover - thankfully it
seems I was wrong!!
My first car was a 1981 R14TS which belonged to my Dad for 9 years
previously. I loved that car, it even had a name, 'Felix'!!
I was devastated when I eventually had to scrap the car, the engine,
still original and showing 126,000 miles was faultless, however the bodywork
finally let my trusty old 'Felix' down. My next car was a 1982 R18 Turbo.
Well, that certainly helped me get over my mourning for my R14.
What a fantastic car, silver grey, and the bodywork still looked good
on the outside. When the Turbo System developed a fault, I disconnected
it permanently so it ran as a normal 1.6L, but still I was in love with
my car - only 18 years old at the time (me!)
but I felt like royalty with those stylish markings, electric windows,
central locking, power steering...
Whenever I went out with friends, they always made me drive 'coz of
my nice car, enough inflate to my ego a bit!!!!!
I even named my R18, 'Harry' (don't ask!!!) and my best memory with
'Harry' was taking him to Sweden to see some friends of mine. Eventually
though, poor old Harry rusted away from the inside out, the outward appearance
was good but he
started rusting in vital and somewhat dangerous areas! The original
engine (minus its Turbo kit!) finished on 134,000 miles with a few hiccups
but nothing major. Even when I bought my next car (1984 Vauxhall Cavalier
1.3L) I still kept old Harry on the drive for a year with the full intention
of a restoration project, but alas, time and of course money was short
and my trusty old R18 Turbo went to join Felix. Needless to say, I made
shore I was out both times when the scrappers truck arrived!! Today, 8
years after 'Harry's' demise, I drive a 1990 V'hall Cavalier 2.0i, which
I also adore, but there is nothing quite like your first car...
Finally, I was very pleased to see a 1981 R14 TS only last month, and
in fantastic condition, almost showroom. No doubt a rare find, it goes
to show that, with a bit of care, they can still look good, despite their
Dale A Courtney
June 3, 2000
Cesar Grau (Venezuela) knows a lot
about 18, Fuegos and 14.
Wonderful web page. The R18 is certainly an underrated car and deserved
more attention on the web. I am from Venezuela, although I'm currently
in the USA. In Venezuela we didn't have the R14 but we did have the R18
for a long time. The last R18s from 1982-88 carried the aluminum 2 litre
engines with a carburetor and producing some 99CH. Around 1987-88 there
racing category called Formula Fuego which consisted of race-prepared
2 litre Fuego GTX. This racing became popular so Renault de Venezuela decided
to produce a limited edition Fuego Formula which had sports suspension,
low-profile 185/60R14 tires on alloy wheels and a high compression 110CH
version of the 2 litre engine. It was also well equipped, with air conditioning,
power locks and windows, stereo and leather seats.
Soon after they decided to do exactly the same with the R18, even calling
it R18 Formula and had the lower side-stripes of the R18 Turbo and its
rubber spoilers too. Needless to say the two cars became legendary among
Renault lovers, although regular (sane???) people didn't care too much
for them because they were already old designs. Sadly they were both limited
and within the same year were phased out to give way to the brand new
R21 which carried ground effects styling and a rear spoiler and a fully
equipped interior with leather seats. The engine was a Venezuela-only 2.2
litre version of the 2 litre. Well, the rest is maybe for another discussion.
This is the story I was told about the R14 by a Renault Engineer:
The R14 was to be a joint version with Peugeot, but because that company
was in economical trouble at that time, it could not stand up to its part
of the deal. I think Peugeot was dealing then with Chrysler Europe which
was in bad shape. Anyway, the Regie was left with no choice but to buy
out the entire project or lose all its investment. So the R14 became something
of an orphan or unwanted child. Notice that technically it had very
little in common with the Renaults of the time. The engines are not used
in any other model and they were transverse instead of longitudinal like
all the other Renault engines. The suspension was not shared anywhere in
the range either. The Regie accountants didn't like this situation because
not save money by sharing components across the Renault range, so to
them it wasn't a good deal. The R14 was obviously an odd member of the
Renault family so you can see why Renault didn't care too much about expanding
To me the R14 is something of an oddity. I first learned about its
existence in the early 90s when I saw it in some old official "Livre de
Products" (sorry about the spelling) as an intern in Renault de Venezuela.
I consider myself a Renault fan, so I thought I knew all the Renaults from
the R4 on. I was surprised about the R14 so I ran to my boss with the book
and asked "what is this car?", "where did it come from?". I finally saw
an R14 in the metal only in the summer of 1998 when I visited Spain/Portugal/France.
I don't consider the R14 to be stylistically exciting, but I find its design
sweet. I can see some shades of R18 and Fuego in its design... or maybe
it's the other way around!
Please keep updating you page.
Regards from Venezuela and the USA,
May 30, 2000
A 18 driver from Romania!
Hi! My name is Bogdan Muscalu and I'm from Romania. I was very
happy when I found your site. I have a Renault 18 GTS black 81 model.
The engine is a 1595cmc one, 5 speeds gear box, and is in a very good condition.
I'm still runnig at 150km/h and drivers with new cars as Skoda, Daewoo,
Fiat are going crazy. My big problem is to getting parts for him, even
used , but my love for him is big and I please you to send me a replay
if you can help me, I pay of course. Send me an answer because I hope to
talk with you!
May 14, 2000
Another former Scottish 18 owner!
Hello - I've just visited your site and what an impressive one it is.
A fine tribute to two fabulous " automobiles francaises".
I was once the proud owner of a ten year old R18 which was the best
car I've ever owned. I liveed in Scotland then and my Renault was a right
hand drive and she went all over that land without the word of a complaint.
In fact I do still have a picture of her on our fridge (that is 10 years
It makes me feel so much better knowing that thanks to sites such as
your own these two cars will live on through the WWW ! And that admirers
such as I have the chance once more to drool at the sight of these FANTASTIC
May 10, 2000
Jean-François is missing his
Jean-François, previous owner of a 1979 R 14 TS, 4 speed
version, 1.200 cm3 engine, metallic grey with red interior. A great car,
very well equipped (electric windows, central locking, ...), with a lot
of space inside. But launched too early by Renault. Present Golf, Peugeot
306, Megane... are more or less copies of the 14!
May 7, 2000
Ian Aspinall drove a 1977 (?) 18
Great site - good to see that other people still remember the R14/R18!
I lived in Brittany, France, in 1991-92, and bought an R18TL as a cheap
runabout while I was there. It had only done 100 000km, had no serious
rust, and gave me very little trouble. When I left France, I sold
it for the same price as I paid for it, so it was cheap to own too!
But I'm sure it was a 1977 model according to the "carte grise" (French
registration document), although you say the R18 wasn't introduced until
1978. Also, I still have photos of it, and they show that the dashboard
and steering wheel were different from the picture of those on your website.
Is it possible that this was a pre-production version??
The registration number was 1545QZ22, and it was a dark blue saloon
with blue interior. If it still exists, and anyone reading this knows
where it is, I'd love to hear from you!
Keep up the good work!
April 28, 2000
Thanakorn Naprom needs
help for his 18 GTS in Thailand
I am Thai people. I cannot understand your language. I have an Renault
18 gts and have been using it for 6 years. But the gearbox is now broken.
No spare parts in Thailand. Please help me to find the spare parts!
April 27, 2000
Miguel Martin family's 18 GTX II
is still running well
My name is Miguel, I´m from Argentina. I have a 1986 Renault
18 GTX II. It came (like since 1982) with a 1995cc electronic ignition
aluminum-block engine. This same engine was later stretched to 2165cc in
argentine production cars. Was this engine ever made in french R-18s?
The dashboard is like the 1984-85 Turbo.It has A/C, power steering and
front power windows.
It did more than 200.000 km. and still running pretty well. The paint
has faded but the body is OK.
April 24, 2000
Bart Lathouwers drives an LPG-equipped
18 Turbo in Belgium
Hello, I see Belgium is missing in your quotes index. It doesn't surprise
me, you don't see many R18's around here anymore.
Anyway, I bought my 18 Turbo (Nov '83) almost 12 years ago from my
brother in law with 100.000km. I installed an LPG system myself soon after
as it is so much cheaper to run (slightly less powerfull though). The car
survived sitting in a garage for 4 years while I was working in the USA
and now I still drive it every day with 275.000km so far. Other things
I modified over the years were the installation of powersteering (there
is no way back!), of outside rearview mirrors from an Opel Astra (electrically
adjustable and heated) because the original vibrate too much at higher
speeds, and a sunroof.
I'm not looking forward to replacing the differential bearings in the
gearbox, as I hear them better every week now. I plan to replace the original
clutch at the same time. Looking for another gearbox to replace mine entirely
I bought a R18 TX break (type 135B Nov '85) in Germany. To my surprise
it has a 2.2L engine with a catalic converter, didn't know it was ever
sold like that in Europe. So instead of "stealing" the gearbox I'm hesitating
now. A lot of body-work though (rust) and the breaks need to be replaced
entirely due to adding the wrong breakfluid (that's why it was for sale).
Sometimes I wish I wouldn't get so attached to a car....
Good luck with the nice website, what a pity the "R18 Turbo club site"
appears to be dead.
Bart Lathouwers, Antwerpen België.
March 6, 2000
Jos Wassing drove lots of French
cars, including an R18
I'm Jos Wassing from Holland and I'm sending you the only picture I've
left of my beautiful R18. I've owned it for 2 years about 1990 and had
much joy of it. When I had to join military service (I didn't like that),
I sold my "bijou" to an former Romanian opera-singer, which visited friends
in Holland at that time. He actually made it to Romania, but he never send
me a bottle of Slibovitsch (a traditional Romanian liquor) that he promised
me, if he would reach his home-town without any problems.
I admire your beautiful site, because I'm a big fan of French cars.
Except one car (a Mini), I'd drove only french cars like an R4, R11, R18
, Citroen GSA and BX.
Keep on the good work and greetings from Jos
March 22, 2000
The first Renault 18 Deauville (English
ltd. edition) in these pages!
Just saw your excellent site on the Renault models 14 and 18.
I thought that I would let you know that I am the owner of a 1986 Renault
18GTS Deauville in Ipswich, England. It was the last one sold by
my local dealer before they got the Renault 21 models in. I love the car,
especially as I leave a lot of other, more modern cars behind in it!
March 7, 2000
Denis Zec (Croatia) owes a '79 blue
I have a R18 from 1979. It has 147 638 kilometers, and I am very pleased
with it. The colour of the car is blue (kapri). Maybe I'll send some pictures
Denis Zec, Aljmas, Croatia
March 6, 2000
Andrzej Kotwicki (Poland) drives
a 18 diesel and needs help.
I drive an R 18 since June 1998, a 81 year model, with a diesel engine,
central locking and electric windows. I drove it through 60.000 kms, and
only had one problem: the distribution belt broke. I also repaired the
brakes, the blower and the door closing mechanism. My brakes are weak again,
and it burns a lot of petrol, from 7, 5 to 8, 5 for 100 kms. It runs
at 150 km/h, and that's a tough car, which can pull even 2000 kg.
February 7, 2000
Mikael Lundgren from Sweden is refitting
its 18 TS.
Hi there! Just found your pages and enjoying them a lot. I´m
living in the north of Sweden and I have got a R 18 Break TS 1980. It´s
not running at the moment but I´m working on It. Keep up the good
work with the page.
Hello dear R14 & R18 enthousiasts,
Here an email from a Dutch R14-'lover'. I want to say to you that I
really like the fact that there's finally somebody who likes the Renault
14 (and 18). Why is that, you probably want to know. The reason is that
the first time I drove a car, it was in a R14.
My father's third car (and third Renault) was a light green March 1980
R14 TL 1218cc (5-doors version of course). It was 1986 and I was only 8
Ten years later I got my driver's licence and I drove my deadies sixth
Renault, a 1995 Laguna 1.8 RT hatchback. As a big Renaultfan I recognized
that the R14 died an honourless death. It's a shame to this world! And
now I know the R14 is still alive; I'm very happy with that!
So my conclusion: Congratulations and lots of honour to the person
who made this site.
With Greetings from somebody with Renault-how,
Justus van der Hoeven, Leiden, Holland
P.S.: Excuse me for my bad English.
January 4, 2000
Ben Anderson (New Zealand) drives
a 18 Turbo and needs help.
Greetings from New Zealand. I am the owner of a r18turbo, 1981
model, and a restored 1972 Renault 17Tl. I was wondering if you could
give me some advice on modifying my 18 turbo. I have had very little luck
with the website links from 'Katrinas' i am after information regarding
suspensions modifications as well as engine mods too. Any help would be
Thanks very much.
December 29, 1999
Andres Morgensztern (Colombia) made
himself a 18 GTX Turbo !
Hi there are pictures of my old renault
18 GTX Turbo. I made all the turbo adaptating work by myself.
December 8, 1999
Roland Freistätter drives a
tuned 18 GTL (see the pics in the photos section)
My name is Roland and I am from Vienna in Austria. This is my second
car with div. tunings. It's a R 18 GTL with BBS wheels, Remus exhaust and
spec. springs and shocks from Fuego. I made the dashboard myself. The frontspoiler
is from R 18 Turbo. Bye Roland.
December 2, 1999
Richard Andrew Potter's 18 has a
heating problem in Scotland (see the help section).
Hello from Scotland.
I thought to give you an update on my Renault 18 TD estate (2.1 diesel)
1984 model as well as asking you for some advice.
First the update: as at today 130444 miles / 209929.2 kilometers
It passed its MOT (cars in Scotland have to pass this every year) last
month. The only major cause for concern was a wheel bearing replacement
(passenger side, front - remember our passengers sit on the OTHER side
of the car!!!) and an electrical problem with the lights (I hear that is
a problem with all older Renaults)
When I bought the car in the spring the heating was set on FULL BLAST.
It was really hot. The dashboard controls did not work so I managed to
disengage the heating by opening the heating system at the rear of the
engine compartment and closing the shutter.
I found that the shutter control cable had rusted in its sleave.
Now Scotland is a cold, cold place in winter. Already the frost is
hard on the ground in the borders.
And I cannot seem to turn the heating back on !!!
I went back into the heating compartment and closed the flap - so the
heat should still flow - but no heat!
I flushed the water system with about 40 litres of water to see if
the system had air in it - but no heat!
When I say no it heat - I really mean a very, very little trickle of
heat. The problem I guess is that the engine does not warm up very much!!!
"A very efficent engine these French people build" I said to myself.
I have logically found out that the seating compartment heating runs
directly off the engine heating system. Once the engine is on and running,
the engine doesn't run at all much.
I know that the heat sensors are working because about eight weeks
ago I lost all the water from the radiator and the heat gauge on the dashboard
went throught the roof !!!
Also all the obvious water cooling pipes around the engine (including
those going to/from the seating compartment heating) are only warm to the
So Tangi, what else can I do to warm up my fingers and toes in the
I have heard that the engine may need a new valve - if so where do
I locate it? I have also heard that it may need a separate 'winter' valve
to regulate the cooling system at this time of year - is this true?
Also I can only find one bleeding valve for the water system - up by
the seating compartment heater. Are there any more? As I said I ran about
40 litres through the system so there should not be any more air locks
Anything you can think of will be greatly appreciated Tangi.
Richard Andrew Potter
Scotland (NOT U.K.!!!)
November 12, 1999
Robert Green is a British 18 owner.
I think your website is brilliant as it is hard to find anyone these
days who is interested in the R14 / R18.
We have an R18 TS, 1647cc, 1983. It has done 162000 miles (approx
260K kilometres) and is completely original. The engine burns no
oil and cruises happily at 80mph (130kph)! We bought it from the
original owner in 1993 and
have called it Rudolph!
I wonder if you or anyone reading could advise me on the situation
regarding what petrol to use now. In Britain, leaded petrol is being
banned from January 1 2000. I have always used this but now there
is a variety of options:
Lead free petrol (95 RON)
lead replacement petrol ?
Various additives are for sale to increase the octane or to be used
instead of lead to protect the valves.
Has anyone any advice on what I should use now?
The other option is to replace the valve seats which would obviously
mean dimantling the engine which I do not want to do yet as it should last
for many more miles / kilometres before needing any other work! I would
be grateful if anyone has anything to say on this either through the site
or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 10, 1999
Jose Antonio (Mexico) drives a '83
My Name is Jose Antonio Lopez, I have a R-18 model 1983 with 1600cc.
engine, is a beautiful car in black, I still looking for a scanner and
then I can send you two pics of the car. A good news for the Renault lover's
Renault buy 32% of the stocks of Nissan, the good news is in Year 2000
in the place Renault disappears but have a Nissan offices Renault going
to sale this
cars. I live in Mexico City, you kwon in 86 Renault leaves Aztecan´s
country, the reason bad administration, because is a goberment industry,
but I think meaby 50 or 100 thounsand renault cars stell runnig in Mexico
November 9, 1999
Alejandro (Venezuela) tells us shortly
about the 18 in his country.
Hi Tangi. Yes, there's still many R-18 on the streets here, in fact
I have a friend that has one. I think it was one of the best models that
Renault made. The R-21 and R-11 are the ones that you see more in my country.
November 9, 1999
Sasa (Yugoslavia) has TWO 14s!
I am so proud to have R14 TS, so I bougt another one to my wife (few
years ago). Now I have some problems with both. I can't service them in
Yugoslavia. HELP ME! Where to find SOLEX 32 SHA, orange glases for direction
front lights, service manual on English? In Yugoslavia...NO WAY! Thank
You and Long Live R14
PS Sory for my English, specialy technical part
November 2, 1999
Phil Martin drives maybe the only
18 in Australia !
Hello, I was excited to see a site just for renault 18 9 and 14) of
course. I have owned my r18T for about 7 years now and i believe it is
the only one in australia. it is an english model as it has a dual speedometer
showing both miles and kilometres. the car has now travelled over 300,000
kilometres and has been used from time to time incar club events such as
hill climb speed trials. The car was imported to australia in 1981? 1982?
by what was then Renault Australia, for evaluation purposes and was dispalyed
at the Melbourne Motor Show in 1982. I love. It has been very reliable
even though driven sometimes very hard and fast on some of our very open
country roads. do you know anyone who could help with a few spare parts,
in particular i need and original type distributor and the elctronic ignition.
before i bought the car this had been burnt out and replaced with a standards
points type distributor and an ignition coil. Anyway congratulations on
your web page, it was fantastic to see other r18 s from around the world.
The standard R18 did not sell many in australia as it was very expensive
(as much as a small BMW) Bye for now, will be great to hear from you and
i will try and take photo of my car and send to you via email.
Philip Martin, Ballina, New South Wales, Australia.
November 1, 1999
Ulrich Schauenberg (Germany) used
to drive a rusted 18!
I found your site via link from the Renault Mailing List and took a
look on the german site.
On one hand I can tell you that R14 sold very bad in Germany, so there
have never been many of them. And the most of these few rusted away (from
inside to outside, you could do nothing if you had not protected your new
car with wax inside the chassis) in the early 80's. In 1985, when I got
my driving licence, R14 already was a very exotic car. (I never had one).
R18 sold better, but not good. And the way R18 rusted I know from my
own one. I had a '78er bought in '87 and crashed in '88. In this one year
the front rusted that worse, that you could look through the car above
the front wheels - four holes, one behind each other... You could see some
R18 on german roads until the early 90ies, then they started to die out...
In '99 I drove about 30.000 km on german road until today and I saw
5-10 R18 (only Limousines!) and not even one R14!
So far the actual R14/R18-situation in Germany!
October 1, 1999
(UK) still owns a 14 TS.
I've got a 1981 Renault 14TS and I love it. I dont think there were
many of them here in the UK - I've never seen another. Mine is off the
road now and has no road tax so I cant drive it. I was going to scrap it
but I haven't had the heart to do it. My friends laugh at it, but it used
to drive like a dream on the motorway - it would still do 100mph when it
was 18 years old (I'm not sure what that is in kilometres). I'm glad to
see it has a web site.
September 30, 1999
Martyn Werner (UK) encountered a
sad day some time ago.
Hello from the UK (again, I have written previously). Unfortunately,
my Renault 14 TS (1980) story has come to a sad end.
The other day I noticed that the back of the car was leaning to one
side slightly. Originally I thought that one of the rubber bushes
that hold the torsion bar for the rear suspension had gone. This
would have been a bit tricky to replace but reasonably cheap (and possible
by myself). Unfortunately, upon closer inspection I found out that the
rear wheel trailing arm has broken away from its mountings due to corrosion.
I have just had a quote to get it repaired, and it is going to cost more
than I can
afford and what the car is worth. Basically, I am going to have to
scrap the car, unless I can find someone
who will buy it or its parts. Mechanically it is in good condition,
the engine having only done 36000 miles (about 57600km). This mileage
is genuine as I have the paperwork to prove it. The interior is also in
good condition and has the most comfortable seats I have ever sat on.
So if anyone out there wants a new R14 (1360cc) engine or any other
parts, please contact me on email@example.com
Unfortunately, I won't be able to keep hold of it for long. Today is
a sad day.
September 28, 1999
Michiel Matzinger (Netherlands) drives
a rare 18 GTD Automatic.
I visited your very complete site and I have a R18 myself. It is a
R18 GTD Automatic ( R134402 ) and I think it's a rare one because I have
never seen a GTD Automatic before. According to Renault Holland only three
of them were imported somewhere in 1983. The car is still in very good
shape, with very little rust and not that many kilometers ( 195.000 ).
I am very happy with it ! When I bought it in March 1999 it had 174.000
km. The only problem the car is getting is that the automatic gearbox has
troubles getting in reverse when the gearbox is warm. People say that that
happens to Renault automatic transmissions. So I think soon I will have
to fix it. So if there is anybody out there who has a good ( automatic)
gearbox for a diesel, let me know !! I will send you a picture soon...
In the last ten years i owned a few R18's. First a 18GTS from 1978,
then a R18 GTL from 1983, then three R18 GTX breaks from 1983 and a R18
Turbo from 1984. And now I have the R18 GTD Automatic and also a R18 GTL
break but that one is only for parts.
I am still looking for a R18 break 4x4. Bye from Holland,
September 10, 1999
A short message by Nick Davies (Australia),
who owes two Renault 14.
Hi Tangi. I have 2 R14's and hope to rebuild at least 1 of them.
(See Nick's cars in the pics section).
September 7, 1999
Eduardo Ahumada (Chile) was rather
upset by his 18 GTX.
I visited your site, really nice and complete, you have done an outstanding
job with your choosen subject. I wonder how did you find the small paragraph
that I wrote about my old Renault :) Anyway, if you could read my
spanish you would have noticed that I don't really refer to my Renaults
in particularly good terms ... these cars were chosen by my wife because
it was the biggest wagon that my budget would allow.
I purchased first an 18TS - 1982, this had a french engine and was
very reliable but a bit underpowered for my taste. I sold it a couple of
years later and then purchased the 18 GTX - 1986. This one had an Argentinian
engine and was notoriously unreliable with constant electrical problems.
Even tough it had a bigger engine than the 18TS it could barely reach
160 km/h and fuel consumption was quite high. I sold it a year later to
purchase my current Plymouth Grand Voyager, which has a 50% larger engine
which consumes about the same amout of fuel as the much smaller R18 engine.
It isn't particularly fast but has great aceleration and is very reliable.
I purchased it on 1994 and still own it. I will search my photo albums
and if I find a better picture of the R18 I will send it to you.
I have added a link to your site. Check http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/3131/autos.htm
Kind regards, Eduardo
September 7, 1999
Rajko Sabo (Slovenia) is happy with
his white 18.
The car you have seen on my site <http://come.to/rajko.sabo.si/>
is mine. The car was fabricated in 1981 in France, I believe, although
a year or so later Renault 18 was produced also in Slovenia. I am not the
first owner, I had bought the car in 1986 (or 1987) with cca. 45.000 km.
Now it has 178.000 km. It has 1,4 l engine (1397 ccm) delivering 46 kW
(64 HP). The engine is original, no general rebuilding yet. In 1991 I got
the 4-gear gearbox replaced with newer 5-gear, which has raised cruising
speed from 130 km/h at much noise to 140-150 km/h at quite bearable
sound. Factory speed is 158 km/h. It is quite difficult to achieve it but
in favourable conditions it is possible. I have achieved top speed almost
170 km/h downhill.
Car body has suffered rust, especially above the wheels and in the
pillars of the front doors. I got car body renewed and re-painted in 1993
for the first time and two months ago, in july 1999 for the second time.
A week or two ago I got it protection covered (chassis from below and hollow
areas). I also switched from original 155/80 R13 tyres (Michelin Classic)
to wider ones that were put on this model of the cars in later years, i.e.
175/70 R 13 (Pirelli P 3000). It is great car, in terms of reliabilty,
convenience and price/performance. In whole dozen years I had engine problem
only once (in Austria) and even than it coughed to service station where
in-take carburator was cleared. I have done quite some cruising around
Europe, for instance to Florence (IT), to Monte Carlo (MO), Zurich, Bern
(CH), Den Bosch (NL), Muenschengladbach, Karslruhe (D), Salzburg, Wienna
(AT), Prague (CZ), Bratislava (SK), Budapest, Miskolc (HU), Belgrade (YU),
Split (HR), to mention only a few, all journeys starting and ending in
Ljubljana, and distances travelled above 1000 km (from 1000 to 3000 km
Here all appreciation goes to Renault for, first, making excellent
car and, second, for not neglecting older models of the cars (like R 18)
in terms of spare parts supply - by building wide-spread network of car
shops with service stations and by educating servicemen to perform repairs
I go regularly to prescribed service once a year and, imagine, it happens
quite often that the cars passes the technical examination necessary to
prolong car's operating licence smoothly half a year or even whole year
after the service being done!
I can only hope that Renault will, despite all tasks it is involved
in, like producing, selling and servicing current models, F 1 and other
racing, and development for the future, continue taking care for older
out-of-production cars, like Renault 18, for which I as an owner am very
thankful and praise Renault for.
I believe that Renault for its knowledge and attitude deserves a place
among top ten world car manufacturers in ongoing "Car of the century elections"
(www.cotc.com <http://www.cotc.com> ). Renault is represented, regrettedly,
not by Renault 18, but by Renault 4CV, Renault 16 and Renault Espace.
August 22nd, 1999
Another guy from the Netherlands
We have a r14 from 81 se has run 158.000 and stil running good. I have
some pics and folders and info about the r14 but no scanner. We try to
keep the r14 running along with our r17, both in very good condition. It's
fun to drive these cars and they are very rare in the Netherlands because
of the salty air and the salt on the roads in winter. We also have some
adresses for spare parts for r14 and all other renault models.
m v/d putten
Alkmaar the Netherlands
August 1st, 1999
Richard Pflug (Netherlands) is fond
of his 18 GTL.
I was rather surprised to find a web site exclusively dedicated to
the Renault 18 and 14. Great !!! Keep up this good work!
I own a Renault 18 GTL from March 1982. My mum bought this car second
hand in February 1987 for family use. However I have driven most kilometres
with it and also did a lot of work on it to keep the car in good shape
(which is hard, considering our climate). It has a 1.647 cc engine and
has colour R161, which I think is officially called 'bronze', but in my
family we refer to it as 'Sahara metalic' :-)
I'm very fond of my old Renault 18 and I had a lot of fun with it.
At it's old age however it wasn't spared from a small tragedy: one dark
day about a year ago a sand truck ran into my left front wing. However
I managed to fix this reasonably well.
Up until the end of April of this year I used the old Renault every
day, but because I got a new job in 1998 I had to travel a much longer
distance to work each day. At it's age the 3.000 kilometres a month I now
drive became a bit too much. For that reason I bought a new Renault Clio
for daily use. I'm looking for a place to store the Renault 18 and when
I have the time and funds I might overhaul it completly one day. In the
mean time I just treasure it, work on it (I recently sanded and repainted
it's rims) and drive it every now and than on a sunny day.
With this e-mail I send you some pictures of my Renault 18 through
the years (see them on the pictures section).
You can also find the car in a small corner on my own web site (which
is mainly on Dutch (pirate) radio in the eighties). The page my Renault
is on is at:
Kind regards from the Netherlands.
July 17, 1999
Ingemar Bernljung (Sweden) drives
Hi Tangi !
My name is Ingemar Bernljung and I am from Hultsfred Sweden. I just
want to tell you that I got myself an R18 GTD Wagon-81 last Saturday. It
has run 292000 km and is in reasonable good shape. I paid around 650 EURO
and I think it,s
a fair price. The car is nearly a collector because very few R18 Diesels
were imported to Sweden.
Thanks for a good sight .
June 17, 1999
József Süveg (Hungary)
purchased a 14 six years ago.
Sorry, I little speak english! (Me too! :o)
I'm 28 year-old Hungarian man. My car is a red Renault 14 TL, produced
1978. I bought the car in 1992. Car very well, later on send picture and
technical data.You site coooooool!
June 1, 1999
Federico Ragni (Uruguay) knows a
lot about south-american 18s.
I visited your 18 Website, and I think I can tell you more about this
vehicle. My name is Federico Ragni, from Uruguay (not to be mistaken for
Paraguay), a south-american country located between Argentina and Brazil,
on the Atlantic shore. The Renault 18 is very well-known here and was sold
by Renault from the early eighties to the early nineties. The production
began in 1981 in Cordoba (Argentina), and the first version was the 2.0
liter TX, which remained unknown in France at that time. The main differences
between it and its french sister was a reinforced steel body, more solid
suspensions, and the 18 Turbo dashboard, different bumpers, and of course
the 2.0 liter engine, first an import from France, then later made in Argentina,
and even exported to France ! The TX had a 4-speed gearbox. In 1982, the
GTL version arrived, with a 1.4 liter engine, also with the Turbo dashboard.
Later on, came the 5-speed gearbox and some new models (GTX sedan and break,
with enriched equipement). In 1985, the 18 LX 4x4 and the Automatic version
In 1987, a new face-lift and a new dashboard occured, and the equipment
was improved in the full equipped version (GTX II), which was given a mini-computer.
In fact, these versions were more ambitious than the ones sold in France.
More refinements were sold with the 1988 18 TXE 2.0. At the same time,
the GTL 1.4 was replaced by the GTS 1.6, basic or full equipped. In 1989,
the first Renault 21 2.2 was produced in Argentina, and the 18 TXE disappeared,
replaced by the GXE 2.0, less equipped.
For 1992, the 18 was renewed a little, with new bumpers and a more
This is the range :
R18 TX 2.0 full (Sedan and break)
R18 TS 1,6 base or full (Sedan and break)
R18 GTD full (Sedan)
In 1993, the 2.0 liter engine was replaced by a 2.2 liter, with a power
of 110 HP. At the end of that year, the production of the 18 in Argentina
In Uruguay, the 18 was built roughly alike in Argentina, but with some
differences, as far as the versions and engines are concerned. In 1982,
the 18 GTL came with a 5-speed gearbox. In 1984-85 began the production
of the TD, Diesel version with a French engine and an Argentinian body.
The 18 Turbo-Diesel wasn't produced in Argentina, but was in Uruguay (from
1987 to 1990) with the full equipment. There were some differences of equipment
and denominations in the range. The production ended in 1994.
We owe a 18 TS 1.6 liter, made at the end of 1992, y/model 1993. It
has only 75.000 km and it works very well, but some details have to be
fixed at this time. It is no modern car, but this is an excellent one,
with a good engine, economic and comfortable. Its price was in 1992 16.000
dollars for the basic TS version, and 26.000 dollars for the GTD (Diesel)
full version. The cars here are more expensive than in Europe. I send you
with this a sum-up of the history and the technical specicifations of the
Uruguayan 18. Bye, I hope this information interested you, and I'll send
you photos of my 18 of 1992 soon.
By the way, I'm interested about the technical info of the 18s made
in Yugoslavia, and also the years they were built.
May 23, 1999
Obviously, this site was made for
Johan De Zwaan (Netherlands).
I've seen this page several times. I'm looking for people with the
same obsession. The Renault. Specially R14 / R18. I've had 5 Renaults 18:
GTS, TS, TL, the American, Avenue type. The all were at the end of their
lives and I changed them for a beautiful R14 TL 1981. There are not many
R 14 to find. I'm looking for more R14 owners or who knows parts and technical
books about this car. I'm trying to save it because its a nice model.
greetings from Holland
May 22, 1999
Martyn Werner is our third 14 owner
from the UK.
I have just been looking at your Renault 14 and 18 Website. I am very
impressed ! I am the recent proud owner of a 1979/80 Renault 14 TS (1360cc)
which I bought in March '99 for £300 and have been looking for a
website about the '14 ever since.
My car is metalic green (slightly faded) and has only done 31000 miles,
therefore, mechanically it is in very good condition apart from a slight
oil leek which I have not yet found. When I bought it there was also
a problem with the cooling system which I solved by flushing out the radiator
and replacing the thermostatic valve on the cooling circuit.
On the subject of the radiator, was this borrowed from another
vehicle and mounted on its side, as it seems very strange that the bottom
hose is located half-way up the side of the radiator ?
My only other problem that I have is that the boot lid seems prone
to letting in water when it rains which I have also not yet managed to
solve. I am very pleased to be driving such a unique/stylish car of which
I have still not yet seen another in England and so far I have had no problems
in obtaining mechanical parts. I just hope that I am going to have
no problems in converting it to running on un-leaded petrol as leaded petrol
will no longer exist in Britain from the year 2000.
Nice to know that there are still some 14's out there...somewhere.
March 21, 1999
Charles Pedersen (United States)
broke the reliability record !
I have two 18's a wagon (wife's) with 126,000 miles and nothing but
an alternator,starter and fuel pump relay changed.My sedan has over 300,000
miles and the engine has never been touched.It runs like new.I have
had the auto trans rebuilt at 140,000 miles and had to replace the trans
computer twice since. I expect to get 500,000 out of the engine.
March 1st, 1999
Stephane Ouimet (Quebec, Canada)
doesn't like the 18...
Hello! I am quite glad to see a site dedicated to Renault 18, this
dear problematic car especially in Canada. My grandfather and myself which
are enthusiasts of Renault (our family were one of the rare families to
have all of Renault in Canada... imagine the family gatherings!) and which
had R18 1981 wagon, this car was particularly disregarded by the Canadian
and American drivers. The commands badly designed and badly placed, plastic
and fragile design, the American chose rather an American car without problems
especially mechanical ones, which made Renault owners gromp each
week at the Renault dealer!. It is not for nothing either that Renault
decided to stop its importation of the Sedan in 1983 and only left
us SportWagon (R18 wagon 2.2L). The arrival of Renault Alliance and Encorel
(R9 and R11) in Quebec almost stopped the almost rare sales of SportWagon
except that it has been saved by the companies and trade which found its
small side practical to transport large cases. I was myself owner of SportWagon
and I liked it. On the other hand it broke downn in a traffic jam in the
downtown area of Montreal (Quebec) or the brakes straightforwardly stuck
by an overheating and an overpressure of the brake. On the other hand,
today there is still some family R18 which rolls on our roads though a
little eaten by salt and calcium our hard climate. It is not for only I
set up my Club Renault Quebec to help the Renault owners has to preserve
these Renault vehicles which stopped being imported in Quebec at the time
of the sale of Renault with Chrysler in 1988. The Renault last with being
imported was Medallion (R21) of 1988 to 1989.
February 17, 1999
T. F. (Finland) owes a 334 000 km-18
Well, for some reason I seem to have an exceptionally good individual.
It has virtually no rust on it even though all the other same aged R18s
seem to be in really bad shape. In winters we have really much salt on
the roads and that destroys the cars very effectively especially if
they aren't washed regularly. My fathers friend was the first owner of
the car and he sold it to my father at 1986 and since 1989 it has been
mine so I know its whole history very well and what has and what hasn't
been done to it. It's my first car and couple of times I have thought about
changing to 25 or 21, but just don't have the heart to give this one up
since it is still in very good condition. Gearbox has been changed because
it started to make strange noises. Maybe
it could had been fixed, but I found a cheap working Fuego gearbox
from a scrapyard so it wasn't worth trouble. Driveshafts and balljoints
seem to break pretty regularly. Couple of alternators and starter motors
have gone bad and just snapped a rear spring a month ago, but all in all
I'm very happy with it. It has never left me on the road and just a couple
of times refused to start, but it has always been because of a dead battery
or starter motor.
February 15, 1999
Andrew Cleal (UK) has some more to
I have been looking at the R14 ads on your site (which is looking really
good by the way!)
I have not seen those before, but what a terrible idea! You may be
interested to know that in this part of England (around London) we have
a saying..'It has all gone pear shaped' which basically means everything
has gone wrong and turned out really horrible. Even worse, I understand
the phrase has it's origins in the description of a woman as 'Pear Shaped'
! Need I say more.
By the way...I say my first R14 'on the road' for a long time yesterday.
An 'x' reg, which makes it one of the last to get to the UK. It was just
about still moving!!
All the best.
January 16, 1999
Roes Harman Prasetyo (Jakarta, Indonesia),
just bought a 18. Cheers !
Hi! My name is Roes Harman Prasetyo, from Jakarta Indonesia. I am a
new owner of '82 1,6 l R 18 TL, deep blue metallic. I bought it just yesterday
..first because it's a very cheap car in my country, only about 700 US
Dollar, in a mostly good-all-stock condition, except it has some electrical
problems at her power locking system, lamps, and at right-front power windows..
But, after I drive it suddenly I think it's a quite good handling one,
good acceleration and speed for such age. And the most I like about French
cars, especially Renault, are their comfortable suspension systems.
For your information, I have never driven a R18 before...and my only
intention buying the car was only for a daily mode of transportation. But...the
only negative point of the car I think it doesn't have power steering system
that it really kind of a bit difficult to park.
I'm very glad too that finally I found a website for R18, after long
hours of surfing in the net shortly after I paid and park the R18 in my
house. I really don't know why too why such a great car like R18 seems
abandoned, even in Renault official site!!
So, thanks for creating this site. I would send you more e-mails about
R18 in my country..and photographs of mine later. Greetings to all Renault
Roes HP, proud owner of R18
January 14, 1999
Dave Vrijaldenhoven (Holland) owes
a 18 automatic. See its photograph in the pictures
section. And the link to his site in the links
My name is Dave Vrijaldenhoven, I am from Holland and i am a great
Renault enthusiast. Some additional information about the R14 and R18.
*In Holland there has been a limited edition of the Renault 14 in 1978.
It was the R14 Safrane (!), It was painted brown metallic with brown and
grey striping, Dunlop wheels also painted brown, 3-spoke steering wheel
and some other extra's. If i can find a picture of it I will send it to
*There are less then 50 Renault 14 left in Holland !!
*From 1983 the R18 automatic had a 2 Litres engine (at least in Holland),
you don't mention this version on your page. (That's
true, I will fix it soon, TQ.)
January 12, 1999
Jaime Forero (Houston, Texas, US)
drove his 18i through 283.000 kilometers... it's still running !
I can't say enough about the 18i. It has served us very well
since we bought it new in 1982 in Denver, Colorado. Then we moved
to Houston, weather wise the opposite from Denver, and it never skipped
a beat. Over the years I have replaced the alternator, A/C compressor
and evaporator ( just last year!!!), drive axels, ball joints and a few
interior components but the engine and transmission have been bullet proof.
I want to keep it on the road, it is my wife's daily means of transportation,
but it has been a real battle especially in the last 2 years. The
parts houses and the Chrysler dealers simply do not carry any parts for
January 7, 1999
Mark (UK) is a new R18 owner. Welcome
Hi my name is Mark,I live in Birmingham (England,not Alabama!!). I
am new to Renault,and to the web for that matter I have Had my r18 since
January 3, it has 96000 miles on the clock and is mechanically in excellent
condition. In Britain part of our M.O.T., that is the safety test for vehicles
over 3 year of age,is a emissions test.
The maximum amount of unburned fuel passing out of the exhaust pipe
for a non catalytic car is 1200 ppm(parts per million). My R18 reads 243
!!! not bad.
The body work is fair but, as on all "normal" cars of it age (1982)
the wings are not very good.neither is the panel below the windscreen.So
far I am really happy with my purchase, it only cost £250 with 10
months M.O.T. It is good to see a web site for my car.I will send you a
picture of her as soon as I get some,plus an update of what I think of
it after a bit more time with it.
January 7, 1999
Mitja Jaksa (Slovenia) found two
missing models in the 18 range !
Finally! After two years of searching the net I've found something
about R18. How can a car of such class and commercial success be so overlooked?
Well, your page is so great words can't describe it. I will try to contribute
to this site as much as I can. So here's some info about me : I drive a
R18TL 1979 (obviously...) and I bought it nearly two years ago for 60.000
SIT (2.100 franks). It is my first car (I'm 21 years old university student).
Since then I am in love with 18's ...better to say - I'm obssessed with
them. If you don't mind I would like to contribute something to this site
: In your section "Ranges" there are two 18's missing - R18 TLJ and R18
TLS. I suspect they were made in former Jugoslavija since I haven't noticed
those two attributes in any foreign source. The other fact is that also
Volkswagen used J to designate Jugoslavian models. TLJ's are in fact TL's
with some cosmetical and technical corrections (I'll send you some pictures
when I'm able to). As an optional equipment to TLJ's you could order (to
my knowledge) :
-power steering (I haven't noticed this option before)
-electrical windows (front)
The production began in 1984 (I'm 95% sure) and those were equipped
with 1.4 L engine
and (5 speed gearbox...I think), later versions with 1.6L and 5 speed
gearbox. Dashboard was resembling of early Turbo models, but without rev
counter. TLS's came serially equipped with electrical windows, central
locking, rev counter, tinted windows and better upholstery to name just
a few. Sorry for being so long, but that's how it is if a R18 addict cannot
talk to about it for two
years. Best wishes.
December 22, 1998
Eduardo Orozco (Mexico) owes a 18
I have visited your site, I can see you are a realy entusiast of Renaults,
these are the first pictures I know of R18 in the net. I began to belive
that it was alredy dead. great that is not. I own one R18 GTX 1994, recently
buy it needs paint and a litle repair of the seats,everything else is OK,
I'm a renault fan since 1990, I have also own one encore, other GTX and
one R12, here in Mexico there are a punch of people that like renaults
it has been a missunderstud car, renault leave Mexico in 1986, there is
a rumor that will be back next year, I realy like to know if that is true.
do you know something about that? or know someone that knows? Please let
November 26, 1998
Nahuel Garavaglia (Argentina) spotted
a 190 hp 18 !
Here there are tons and tons of r18 since 1982 up to 1995 it have been
in production here in the Santa
Isabel factory, here it comes equiped with a 2000cc engine (Later model)
and later with a 2200cc and a 2100cc diesel engine, it comes in a lot of
diferents versions depending on the equipment, and also, since today, it
is fully used in ralling, its avery sport car and it have been racing in
touring car championship up today, i have spot prototype equiped with a
r18 2000cc engine and a gearbox (non stock) from a r18 gearbox case, it
Well i'm going to send you some pictures and other info later...
November 5, 1998
from Finland, talks about his 18 GTX.
Thanks for creating site of "forgotten" renault
models ! I dont understand why R18 is so ...dumped model. It is maybe such
a "people car", that no one likes it specially. I started my driving carrier
with R12 L break. It was -73. Same time I bought a project, R17 TL
-73. After 12 Break I had another 12 TL break. Then 12 TL saloon
at winters, and 17 TL at summers. Then I got some Family, and i needed
bigger car. It was clear, I wanted R18. I found one, white R 18 TS break,
and that car I had 4 years, over 100 000 kms. I drove with it. It
was driven about 176000km then. Engine was original 1,64L 81 hp and carburettor
was 1-throttle solex. Soon i heard about -83 GTL smashed by its body, so
I go and buy its technic. It had 73 hp 1,64L engine with 2-throttle carburettor,
driven about 100 000 km, and 5-speed gearbox. Me and my dad changed that
engine in car. Well, gearbox was better, engine, I dont know... After
a year I was tired to the engine, it was so powerless for that heavy car.
My car stereos and other stuff was so heavy, and I always wanted faster
car. So we made a new engine, same kind that R 20 TL had, 96 hp. That engine
it still got. Though, that engine doesnt have very much torque at low rpm,
but after 4000 RPM it goes well. It took 180 km/h at maximum...great !
Well, I still wanted to change car, 2 litres, and 4-bolt wheels (better
aluminium wheels on market), and electric glasses and central lock intrested
me. Who would guess, soon I found R 18 GTX Break -84 ! It was quite a cheap
so I bought it ! It had it all... YES ! Nice car, great engine. Car was
driven about 260 000 km:s, and was bad shape. I repaired it few months,
and same time we changed the engine, cause we heard about R 20 TS engine,
driven by 90 000 km:s. (but still the old engine was good too) We got the
engine cheap, it is same 1995 cc than original J6R (104hp) But this was
type 847. (110hp) The difference between hp causes the exhaust manifold
and mixture, nothing else. It is now in car at 104 hp. I change the exhaust
manifold later, maybe next spring. It gives then 6 hp more in higher RPM
because of better breathing. Well... Twin carburettors or fuel injection
would be great too... hih! See later what I do with it. Now I just drive
it and beat other cars in traffic...! Best model they did from R 18. My
dad bought just samekind of GTX himselves, except it was crashed in front.
Great spareparts, I would say. (…).
November 3, 1998
M. Zell from
France (Bas-Rhin, Alsace), describes his former 18 Turbo wagon 1983.
First, it was purchased due to its magnificent
dashboard, (the Turbo type was the only one in 83 to have it), but this
dashboard was later put in the 2-type range. So, it was the turbo type,
with lots of power. Last year, it still could beat a 92-HP 19, even if
a problem with the air filter made the 130 kph barrier unreachable...
The seats were red with little white and black
squares? Very comfortable, but a little too soft.
Some problems occured (whining rear brakes, deficient
front wheel. By the way, the alloy wheels were really cool. Its color was
grey, and this fitted the wagon body well.
November 1st, 1998
A tribute to
old Renaults from southern hemisphere by Guillermo E. Weyland, Argentina.
Good day to you,
I'm a Renault fan since 1979. save for an elderly
mercedes benz 220seb and an Argentine built roadster, I've always
owned french cars, mostly built in Argentina,
of which may quote peugeot 404, Citroën 2cv, 2cv furgonette, 3cv
(2cv6), 2 x r12 break, 2x r5, 1x r6, 2x fuego
and 3 x r18. I still keep my last car, a 2 liter engined R18 with
automatic gearbox. At its time it was the second
most luxurious car you could buy here. Her mileage is about
90000km and marketwise worthless, so it is a
The problem is that the governmet is set on eliminating
all older cars, in order to favour the importers. Renault used to be the
largest/proudest carbuilder here but, as far as i know, they are sadly
falling behind. The only interesting car they have is the Twingo (imported)
but they apparently only bring the old model, and at over 12000 USD apiece.
Back to the good cars, you surely know that the
R18 was a revolutionary car here during the 80's and was built for
some ten years, mostly using the alloy 2 liter
engine, later on enlarged to 2.2 l and a smaller one powered by the
1400 cc and later 1600cc iron block.
The 21 was not a success here, probably
due to poor marketing (the car is marvelous), and the 18 was replaced
by the incomprehensible 19 (...).
October 28, 1998
A message by
Thomas Forsman, Falkenberg, Sweden.
I am very glad to see that you have started a
site about two of Renaults most forgotten models, at least the Renault
14 seems to be all gone i have not seen an R14 for several years. We owned
an R14TS -81 in the beginning of the eighties it was a very nice car to
ride, but we had some problems with our.
I have also owned an R18TL -80 in later years,
these cars can still be seen in Sweden.
You can read more about my cars on
October 26, 1998
sent by Andrew Cleal, from the UK.
I acquired my metallic gold, 'S registration
(1976/77) R14 in 1990. (for those who don't know, UK cars have a letter
on their number plate that indicates when the car was first registered.
This letter changes every August, leading to a mad rush of people wanting
to buy 'new' cars in that month!-Madness! This year it is 'S' again, but
at the start of the plate.) I think My R14 it was an early version as the
front direction indicators were in the bumper, not alongside the headlights.
At the time I was living in London and working as a photographer, so I
needed something with a lot of space to take an assortment of equipment.
My Datsun estate had finally given up and died, and I wanted something
a bit more stylish- but still very cheap!
I think the car had only done about 37k
when I got it from a small Renault dealer in North-West England. There
was nothing obviously wrong with it and thanks to underbody treatment,
not a patch of rust. The 14 really did look ahead of its time and I think
still stands up against a lot current cars. (...) I used to spend a lot
of my time at Rock Festivals photographing bands and spent many nights
sleeping in the car, thanks to those fold down front seats! I finally sold
the car when I needed something even bigger, I often wonder what became
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