Renault fuego 1984




Renault fuego 1984

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  • The Renault Fuego was the successor of the successful 15 and 17 tried to improve the situation with the launch of a facelifted Fuego in

    Renault Fuego Turbo. Images courtesy of Renault. On paper, the Renault Fuego, introduced to the U.S. market for the model year.

    Renault was determined that the world would take note of the Fuego, so it threw some technology its way. For , it was the first car with.

    Renault fuego 1984

    Renault fuego 1984

    Despite its innovations like remote keyless system with central locking and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, soon after its market launch the Fuego developed a reputation of undesirable car, mostly because of its reliability issues. The Fuego was based on the Renault 18 sedan and used its platform, featuring front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. The interior was nice as well. As most here know, Fuego, if we consider it a Spanish word, means Fire in English. It comes complete with a color-coordinated broom handle to hold up the rear hatch.

    Renault fuego 1984

    Renault fuego 1984

    Renault fuego 1984

    Renault fuego 1984

    Renault fuego 1984

    Renault Fuego - CarGurus

    Most recently we went full-fat with the mid-engine R5 Turbo , which North America certainly never received. As the s drew to a close, Renault needed a replacement coupe for the 15 and 17 models, which were interesting looking but very dated.

    Suspension and interior components were new and unique to the Fuego when it debuted in , but would filter into other Renaults as time passed. Renault was determined that the world would take note of the Fuego, so it threw some technology its way. For , it was the first car with remote keyless entry. It was also the first four-seat sports car designed in a wind tunnel. There was also a turbodiesel version, which in was declared the fastest diesel car in the world.

    Renault fuego 1984

    Top speed of that diesel was miles per hour. There were radio controls on the steering wheel in , paving the way for Pontiac steering wheel buttons in the years to come. The Fuego was available between and at AMC dealers. Turbo models were available in the U. The naturally aspirated 2. Though the Fuego sold well internationally and received a favorable rating from American journalists MotorWeek review below , customers were not so keen.

    American Fuego sales cut off a couple of years before the rest of Europe, which received the coupe until It persisted even longer in South America, where you could buy a new one at your local Renault dealer through Unsurprisingly, it needs a couple of things, but overall looks clean and solid.

    Renault fuego 1984

    Once I added a 55 amp alternator, it was one of the most reliable cars I ever owned. I only had to replace one CV joint and that was it. I really miss it today. What a great handling car.

    No power, but unassisted brakes and steering, plus perfect balance made it a blast to drive on the street. Unfortunately in the Toronto area you could actually hear them rust while you were sitting in them. Instead of the Fiat I splurged and got a Corvette. And a boon to my social life. Typically French, they had very comfy seats and a compliant suspension. This, coupled with a vast glass area and good steering, resulted in a really nice driving experience. In addition to the usual forward-aft and backrest angle adjustments, the entire seat was mounted on an arc-shaped track concave side up that allowed you to rock the seat along that track.

    The principal practical effect was that it allowed raising or lowering the front edge of the seat bottom to provide more or less thigh support. Ah, another vestige of the Malaise Era, the CB radio. Always liked this car. Those were quite common in Germany in the 80s and 90s, but they have all but died out. The Euro version looks way sleeker, though. I remember seeing one in the driveway of a wealthier family friend of ours.

    Renault fuego 1984

    Then the redesigned Audi came out for the model year, so he ended up buying a model since the waiting list was so long at the time. Around or so, my brother and I were looking for a cheap set of wheels to replace the junky Escort 5-door we had shared in college. One of the cars we test drove was a Renault 18i sedan. It was in OK shape and a neighborhood mechanic strongly dissuaded us from buying it ended up with a Pontiac Sunbird instead, another POS but man, that 18i had an amazingly smooth and absorbent ride.

    The interior was nice as well. This car is a survivor. With K, it might be near the end of its life expectancy, though. It comes complete with a color-coordinated broom handle to hold up the rear hatch. At a certain point, the shocks give out, and are a bit pricey to replace, especially when considered as a percentage of the value of the entire vehicle. I attended a launch meeting for the Fuego, which was held at Road Atlanta of all places.

    1984 Renault Fuego



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