Beyond the buck – Renault 9 Automatic used car test – Car-Engine

We measured a top speed of just over 150 km / h, more importantly, with 120 it was possible to drive quietly for hours

When the customs legislation that still applies to the import of used cars came into force today, the authorities justified the criminal duty scheme for cars older than four years: they did not want us to become the wreck of Western Europe. This danger was averted over our heads by the paternal care of the authority. If you do not have 10-20 thousand brands on your currency account, you can only get acquainted with the used car dealerships of the countries west of Hungary, it is true that you can use the modern, non-rusting, environmentally friendly and low-consumption Lada, Dacia, Škoda, etc. It’s bad to look at the unfortunate East German motorists, for example, who now buy the battled Ford, Opel or Mazda of their western relatives as a night butterfly flying into a fire, as they lack the sober appealing voice that would lead them back to practical Trabant and Wartburg. But aside from evil, we know that their authorities are right in some respects. So we did a test, a used car test.

Even after eight years, the chassis is corrosion-free, which is almost a miracle for a Renault

In September 1981, Renault introduced its Model 9, which was intended to be a car for practical-minded average families who spend their money wisely, and accordingly, this car is a limousine in the lower third of the middle class. The 11 versions of the series show little difference externally, the C, TC, GTL, etc. type designations were invented only for the customer who could be enthusiastic about even the little extras. The less rich range of engine variants included a 1108 and a 1397 cc petrol, later the line was expanded with a 1596 cc diesel.

The tested Renault 9 automatic transmission was renamed the Automatic, and the slightly feminine 1982 model boasts a few other extras in addition to this unit. These include a central locking system, front side window lift, an interior-adjustable rear-view mirror, rear window heating, metal paint and sunroof.
We took the car with an examination and a license plate, but for the sake of authenticity and safety, our first trip led to the Technical Station No. 1 of the Hungarian Automobile Club, where we asked for a thorough inspection. We were not overly concerned not only about the recent exam, but also because the car’s glove compartment contained the original warranty book and service book in addition to the operating instructions, and the latter testified that Renault’s former Swiss owner, so far the only one, had been at least twice a year. contacted your local authorized service center.

There were no other observations in the engine compartment other than the knocking of a valve

In Boldizsár Street, there was an objection to the wear of the hinges of the front doors – a discreet knock indicated the hanging – and the starting punching of the rear muffler drum. The shock absorbers were rated well, the brakes had an equal effect of 5%, the emissions were found to be OK, and the relatively high final compression pressure values ​​indicated good engine condition.
No matter how obvious it is that an eight-year-old car should not be compared to a new one, everyone who wants to buy a vehicle of this age wants the perfect condition. The first consideration in line is body quality. Presumably due to the thorough, post-corrosion protection, we only found traces of rust on this right front door on this Renault, the traces of a minor stutter have been repaired, but not with enough thoroughness (priming?), And this is now taking revenge. The paintwork is scratched in many places, but everywhere except the aforementioned door is original, the good impression can be improved a lot with a polish. There were Good Year Gt 80 tires marked 155 R 13 on the front (tread depth 5 mm), Michelin XZX 155 SR 13 on the back (tread depth 2.0 mm), the latter are presumably original, but it is time to replace them.

A relatively high final compression pressure was recorded by the instrument. All shock absorbers were in usable condition, but the right front is expected to need to be replaced soon

The engine compartment was washed away at home or perhaps even in Switzerland, reflecting a clean and cultured condition, as did the trunk. The cabin was in exceptionally good condition compared to the age of the car. The cover of the seats will last a few more years, the textile carpet is protected by overlays purchased separately (carpet protector carpet protector). Criticism can only be said of the door and roof trims, because they were dirty.
Anyone who is used to the types that make up the backbone of the Hungarian car fleet will feel that the Renault 9 is a luxury car, and not just because of the extras mentioned. The simple instrument panel informs you about almost everything – even the engine oil level – and the switchboard in front of the shift lever gives the impression of a serious car. Plus, the high-quality Sanyo stereo cassette radio, with both blocks working flawlessly.

Starting could be made easy by an automatic suction, but this is not the case, so it is a good idea to warm up the engine for a minute or two before moving the selector lever to position D, otherwise a vigorous start can easily create an unpleasant situation. The powerful 68-horsepower engine allows for fast driving, and the automatic transmission can be controlled well with the accelerator pedal after some practice. Unfortunately, we found that stepping back from the third gear is only possible at speeds of 60-65 km / h, and no longer, so on a country road, where you usually have to accelerate from one to eighty paces to overtake, you have to be careful, because in this range there is very little acceleration force.

What this car knew in its new age: it didn’t get out of the way even with the wildest rocking

Unfortunately, we have not been able to obtain data on the driving performance of the Renault 9 Automatic version, but based on our knowledge of the model with a mechanical transmission, we can say that the tested car has not lost anything of its factory freshness. According to manual measurements, it accelerated from 0 to 100 km / h in 16.6 s, and the speedometer pointer fluttered at 150 with full throttle. During the test, we covered 1,300 kilometers, of which 450 km were highways, nearly 500 highways, and the rest were urban traffic. The average consumption eventually came out to 7.8 liters, and if anyone doubts that, one can understand. I have to add: I didn’t spare the car, it’s another matter that I didn’t even try to drive it apart. I traveled fast with it, enjoyed being able to shoot at a traffic light despite the automatic transmission, and if there was no traffic on the highway, I wouldn’t let it under 120. And yet 7.8.

There can be no complaint about the lack of comfort, the comfort started with the power windows and ended with the automatic transmission. Before starting, an instrument indicates to the driver the engine oil level. Anyone who buys a used car should always check the condition of the seat. If you’re heavily worn and seated, believe this sign more than the odometer reading

Anyone who has had an old car knows that an experienced vehicle will have a soul after a while. This Renault has not yet reached that age, but an evil suggests it will make the life of its future owner bitter. It was already a matter of the front windows being wound up and down by electric motors. Not that these little noiseless wire jerkers only worked in the ignition key lock. So in the heat of July, I finally got somewhere, stopped the engine, took out the lock key, picked up my stuff, opened the car, and realized the window was open. Packages down, key back, flip, key press, key off, etc., and then vow to think about it next time. I don’t remember a case where it would have happened differently.
That’s just a little thing, of course, and of course that’s not the reason when I say: I don’t recommend the 8-year-old Renault to everyone. True, the tested specimen showed good technical and aesthetic properties. However, if your owner wants to fix some of the flaws you’ve already experienced with factory parts, you’ll have to put a four-month minimum wage in your pocket when you go for the bill. And with a car of this age, something always happens. But the calculation is worth doing at the time of purchase, or rather before. This car could be picked up at the Hungarian dealer by paying DEM 2100 + HUF 38,000 (customs and VAT).

Zoltán Ocskay
Photo: László L. Szabó

After 1000 kilometers, 0.2 l of oil had to be refilled. As the waiters say: An muffler is ordered. A superficial repair of an old stutter now heavily disfigures the right front door. Knowing the rather peppery prices of western tires, the shopping required after about 10,000 km will be worth a cut

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