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    Hi everyone if you don’t wanna read the main body of text skip to the bottom for the questions.



    Are people crazy or what! I got this car at a steal.

    I had just started working on shift at work so it was time for me to get myself a set of wheels, the plan was to buy a bomb and save up for a decent car later on.
    Now at the time I had only 2 weeks and a spare grand in my pocket. my expectations were low and after 1.5 weeks of trolling around in the usual places for a cheap car my expectation became even lower, with people wanting a grand for their clapped out kingwoods or dealers trying to flog of their ugly magnas with rainbow coloured panels and bald tires.

    Then it happened.... I'm desperate by this time, I have only one day left to get a car and that rainbow magna was looking very tempting in that omg I NEED a car kind of way.
    As a last ditch effort I picked up the current trader and starting going back over the cars I hadn’t already circled it was then that I came across an add for an 84 Renault fuego $850.00 (that’s it no specs or features).
    All I wanted in a car at this point was decent running gear (engine, lights so on)
    and my knowledge of Renaults was limited to the 'babies got back' adds recently aired on TV and although a good car add as far as car adds go not very informative even about the car its advertising let alone the older Renaults but hey I'm not complaining!
    So anyway I find a few pics on the net and some general fuego specs and think its properly a clapped out 1.4ltr bomb but at least its different so I
    Call up and arrange to see it.

    When I get there I am not only surprised by the cars fair cosmetic condition but blown away by the fact it has a healthy 2.0ltr engine the gearbox is in great nick it has power this and power that it even beeps at you when you leave the lights on!!
    When it comes to the buy I still have the gall to knock an extra $150 off the price!!

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    So here I am driving this crazy French car home thinking shite I bet this thing is going to blow up before I get it home, thankfully that didn’t happen and a few weeks down the track my little fire is still going strong and showing absolutely no signs of being a sour fruit.


    As already stated I know very little about Renaults but as my own comparison last year I went and had a look at an early model rx7 (81 maybe) and test drove it, it had no guts blew smoke and didn’t even have power windows and they wanted 5k for it!

    So I guess you could say I am happy with my purchase and am now thinking of fixing up the ‘relatively’ minor things (which yeah will cost a bit) 1 major bit of rust under the fuel port think I’ll need to cut that out, A paint job, Tint the windows and maybe get rid of those weird sized tires (....i wonder if spoke mags would look good on a black fuego???)

    Anyway first things first…..

    I need to find a good Renault mechanic in ADELAIDE who is familiar with the feugo who can look over the car and make sure its in tiptop shape but when I took it to my mechanic he was like “errrrrrrrr sure I’ll look at it a cars a car anyway right?” eerrrr no






    So I ask ye forum members for your advice on owning one of these little beauties,

    What do I need to look out for?

    Any tips for bringing sun dried plastic back into order

    or what to do about the current state of the paintwork on the car (its mainly the roof seems to be flaking back to the under coat)

    Does anyone have a mechanic in Adelaide they can recommend?

    Well thanks for reading.\

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    Welcome to the Board, Sable

    I think that most of your questions will be answered by using the search feature for past Fuego posts. There are a number of detailed replies dealing with the most common problems/fixes etc for this car.

    Highlight the good bits and use your edit, copy, paste, feature to save the information to your computer for future reference. The Haynes Fuego manual is also a good investment.

    Ken.

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    Ahh thanks Kenfuego, I spent the early hours of this morning reading back through the threads and yes great info to be found by looking. Excuse my enthusiasm.

    It’s a true crime Renaults have such a poor resale value and that Renault have bailed out a couple times on the Australian market. It was my UK based friend that convinced me a Renault was worth a look. Its funny the largest impact Renault has had on me was an awful colored pea green 16tx a mate of mine had years back, the first part of the number plate was SUX, we called it the sux mobile but I remember even that was a solid car with unexpected features.

    I was more impressed by the 'we create cars' ad campaign than the butt one at least that showed some of the unique features of the Renault car. I think along with the heavy advertising Renault need better locations of their dealerships not out in the suburbs like they seem to be in Adelaide.

    I will seek out the manual of which you speak thanks for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sable
    Anyway first things first…..

    I need to find a good Renault mechanic in ADELAIDE who is familiar with the feugo who can look over the car and make sure its in tiptop shape but when I took it to my mechanic he was like “errrrrrrrr sure I’ll look at it a cars a car anyway right?” eerrrr no


    So I ask ye forum members for your advice on owning one of these little beauties,

    What do I need to look out for?

    Any tips for bringing sun dried plastic back into order

    or what to do about the current state of the paintwork on the car (its mainly the roof seems to be flaking back to the under coat)

    Does anyone have a mechanic in Adelaide they can recommend?

    Well thanks for reading.\
    Olivers and Skinners at 350 Hampstead Rd Clearview have extensive Renault experience up north, Lintons Garage 28 Gordon St Glenelg in the west and I think Charles St Auto's 27 Charles St Unley specialise in Pugs but would also know Renaults.

    Sounds like you have highlighted most of the Renault problems.

    Rust: in the scuttle panel under the heater fan motor is the most common place, around the front screen, but I've also seen it hidden under the thick undercoat under the guards and around the fuel filler door in the quarter panel and in the rear window frame surround. Overall they seem to fare well though.

    Original metric wheels: A really good haggling point on a Fuego!

    Crappy plastic: welcome to the world of 1980's Renaults. For the black bits try spraying with black vinyl paint. Otherwise don't push or pull too hard on the other bits.

    Dandruffy paint: welcome to supergloss metallics. Unfortunately the only solution is a respray, or a natty vinyl roof, optional in France.

    Mechanically: First, replace the cambelt if the history is unknown it breaks and your $700 investment is then worthless. It should be replaced every 100,000k's. Poor synchro on early models, broken engine mounts, furred radiator and internal engine corrosion from poor quality coolants resulting in overheating etc etc. Otherwise as Ken suggests do the Fuego seach on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sable
    Any tips for bringing sun dried plastic back into order
    You'd be surprised at how good the plastics come up with a good coating of Armour All. Takes a while to get in the nooks & crannies (ie side cladding) but worth the effort I think...
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    Thanks for your replies,

    After investigating about the Fuego I have come to the conclusion that what I have is a ‘fair’ example of the aus spec 84 gtx Fuego for $700 bucks in terms of Fuego prices I got it for a slight bargain.
    I reckon compared to the other available cars of this price range I got a very superior buy……. so long as I can avoid a major malfunction in the vehicle in my first year of ownership.
    Although cheap initial outlay some major bucks and time need to be spent for me to get this car into what I would consider a suitable car for my lifestyle.
    My Fuego has all the non-critical benchmark failings of its make. Still at this stage nothing big enough to make me regret my decision to purchase it.

    I have the fuel leakage problem where fuel seems to come back out of the fuel port. After finding a cleaning the gunky release valve I went to my local sprint? Autoshop for a replacement fuel cap and they actually laughed at me when they realized I was an owner of a Fuego and started going on about how much a lemon the car was and how hard it was to fix. My assumption was that they probably didn’t have enough experience with European vehicles to understand their makeup and blamed their lack of knowledge on the car…….but seriously to laugh at a paying customer is stupidity in itself I mean I need other more general car products as well.

    2 serious rust points in order are under the fuel port and right side windshield frame hopefully no hidden nightmares will check over car more thoroughly when I got a good day to spend on it


    First goal is to get the car rated I am close to Olivers and Skinners so I will approach them to do the initial analyst. Then I need to get the damm front seat modded so I can actually take my foot of the clutch in between shifts, they sure didn’t build this car with tall people in mind.

    Yeah most of the interior plastic fittings are dry and slightly warped and disappointedly flimsy I’m not sure if I should try and fix it or try and replace as much as I can with more solid, functional components from other models if possible. Tell me do you know if the tailfin is made from plastic or rubber? In its present state I find it hard to tell, if rubber it would be easier to repair.


    A star for Pioneer that the original radio/cassette player and speakers are still in A1 working order even though it is evident the car has spent long days in the sun .

    Speak of the wheels. I have the dried-out X’s that need replacement I am going to hold out for a set of 16’s for that go-cart handling. Later down the track I’d like to look at boosting the power of the car I am looking at supercharging/turbo/or whatever reasonable means of getting performance up. I would be happy with 125kws. Am I dreaming?

    Does anyone know how much I might be looking at for a basic black paint job? Or tips for cutting prices when getting the car painted. Could I get a cheap as chips paint job and do the polishing myself and still end up with a car that doesn’t look home sprayed?

    OK cam belt will raise that with the mechanic.
    Where would one start when seeking new aftermarket gas lifts for the boot? Are they expensive?


    When I look at the Fuego I think the wheels don’t suit the car they look like they are the wrong size for the symmetry of the car I do not know how I will correct this. Not looking forward to the price of 5 new tyres and rims.
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    If you cruise Ebay UK for Fuego, there is an Autodata Manual for the R18/Fuego. listed at GBP 0.99 I bought one of these manuals last year while I was in the UK. I like the descriptions on how to repair - a bit better laid out than in the Haynes.
    AUTODATA RENAULT 18/FUEGO REPAIR MANUAL, FROM 1979 Item number: 7908130197

    Also there is a Haynes Manual also listed on UK Ebaywith no takers yet.

    I have bought Haynes manuals (Haynes # 764) from the UK,via ebay only problem being the long wait while they come sea mail.

    Haynes Manuals for the Fuego were expensive here when they came out years ago, I think the list price on my daughters was over $44 so a lot of ex owners hang onto them for some reason. Occasionally they come up on Aus Ebay and sell at AUS $20 to $25 plus postage and handling..

    I have also bought the US version (Haynes #984) in soft cover (new) for around US $6 to $12 plus postage and handling the soft cover version could be airmailed as it is not as heavy as the hard cover edition. In comparing the English Haynes and the US version, there is not much difference in the text.

    I think that Caravelle phone (03) 9890 9061 In Melbourne have new copies also available (UK version) which was the version distributed in Australia.

    Ken

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    Already armed with a trusty bottle full of Armour all

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    Ha Ha, no two guess's on whom you are...
    Think I'll fix this one up first then on to a Citroen.

    Spent the afternoon cleaning up the fuego not too bad under all that dirt and crap even the dash came up well. Having second thoughts on a full paint job as well, might be able to get away with just the top half and a bit of spot work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sable
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    Where would one start when seeking new aftermarket gas lifts for the boot? Are they expensive?
    Struts can be regassed, and that saves you the hassle of trying to fit new ones. I think it cost us about $50 for both and they have been working fine for a couple of years now.

    Remember that Fuego struts actually conduct electricity for the rear demister & wiper. If you ever have any problems with those devices, just check the spade connections are secure on the struts!
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    always good to hear of a happy new convert..

    Welocome Sable!

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    Yo Sable, you fixed that fuel problem yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sable
    Hi everyone if you don’t wanna read the main body of text skip to the bottom for the questions.



    Are people crazy or what! I got this car at a steal.

    I had just started working on shift at work so it was time for me to get myself a set of wheels, the plan was to buy a bomb and save up for a decent car later on.
    Now at the time I had only 2 weeks and a spare grand in my pocket. my expectations were low and after 1.5 weeks of trolling around in the usual places for a cheap car my expectation became even lower, with people wanting a grand for their clapped out kingwoods or dealers trying to flog of their ugly magnas with rainbow coloured panels and bald tires.

    Then it happened.... I'm desperate by this time, I have only one day left to get a car and that rainbow magna was looking very tempting in that omg I NEED a car kind of way.
    As a last ditch effort I picked up the current trader and starting going back over the cars I hadn’t already circled it was then that I came across an add for an 84 Renault fuego $850.00 (that’s it no specs or features).
    All I wanted in a car at this point was decent running gear (engine, lights so on)
    and my knowledge of Renaults was limited to the 'babies got back' adds recently aired on TV and although a good car add as far as car adds go not very informative even about the car its advertising let alone the older Renaults but hey I'm not complaining!
    So anyway I find a few pics on the net and some general fuego specs and think its properly a clapped out 1.4ltr bomb but at least its different so I
    Call up and arrange to see it.

    When I get there I am not only surprised by the cars fair cosmetic condition but blown away by the fact it has a healthy 2.0ltr engine the gearbox is in great nick it has power this and power that it even beeps at you when you leave the lights on!!
    When it comes to the buy I still have the gall to knock an extra $150 off the price!!

    So here I am driving this crazy French car home thinking shite I bet this thing is going to blow up before I get it home, thankfully that didn’t happen and a few weeks down the track my little fire is still going strong and showing absolutely no signs of being a sour fruit.


    As already stated I know very little about Renaults but as my own comparison last year I went and had a look at an early model rx7 (81 maybe) and test drove it, it had no guts blew smoke and didn’t even have power windows and they wanted 5k for it!

    So I guess you could say I am happy with my purchase and am now thinking of fixing up the ‘relatively’ minor things (which yeah will cost a bit) 1 major bit of rust under the fuel port think I’ll need to cut that out, A paint job, Tint the windows and maybe get rid of those weird sized tires (....i wonder if spoke mags would look good on a black fuego???)

    Anyway first things first…..

    I need to find a good Renault mechanic in ADELAIDE who is familiar with the feugo who can look over the car and make sure its in tiptop shape but when I took it to my mechanic he was like “errrrrrrrr sure I’ll look at it a cars a car anyway right?” eerrrr no






    So I ask ye forum members for your advice on owning one of these little beauties,

    What do I need to look out for?

    Any tips for bringing sun dried plastic back into order

    or what to do about the current state of the paintwork on the car (its mainly the roof seems to be flaking back to the under coat)

    Does anyone have a mechanic in Adelaide they can recommend?

    Well thanks for reading.\

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    sable check out Jack Daniels give away in renault spares if not interested in tyres and rims at least interested in how and what he chose?

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