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    Any thoughts on the 25 on eBay? Currently at $265 with NSW rego just expired. Thinking of an alternative to running the Scenic to the station every day.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Renault-R...1#ht_500wt_922

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil the Greek View Post
    Currently at $265 with NSW rego just expired.
    At that price, the tear-up won't look so bad when you find out it'll cost a fortune to get it roadworthy, and Pick-A-Part will only give you $100 for it.......

    Also, it'll probably leave a bit of spare change to catch a reliable bus to get to the station when it conks out from a dodgy fuel gauge or some other electronic mishap.
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    Manual? Wow!
    ' didn't think they sold a manual 25 in Aus. Or was that the series 2?

    If it's only just out of rego then it should be a good thing.
    Consumables for 21s and 25s like plugs, belts, brake pads, etc. aren't hard to get at all.

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    No, I'll be good.

    I already have one that has sentimental value and should be restored.

    So - this one is also one of the very rare late model unleaded cars. Much better unleaded engine (with the better and simpler Renix injection as opposed to the complex earlier cars with all the anti pollution stuff) and the cable clutch NG series manual gearbox (like a Fuego or R21 - not the legendary UN1 gearbox).

    Its sad I can tell all this by what sort of bump guards it has on the doors...

    This is a very good car that in the right DIY hands will be good thing. Just go into it eyes open on a few fronts - such as get good at wielding a soldering iron (the electrics are fine once a few dry solders are dealt with) and be aware its from a time when things were not built with safety in mind as much...

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    Still a great car though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    ...and the cable clutch NG series manual gearbox (like a Fuego or R21 - not the legendary UN1 gearbox)
    Don't suppose you know what ratios it has compared to a Fuego?

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    Not really... About the same though roughly - bigger wheel on an R25, but more relaxed revs.

    Totally different clutch arrangement though.

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    Default Renault 25 on eBay

    Haakon, thanks for the info. It looks kinda nice on the photos. But it is Friday night after a long week and a few glasses of vin not so ordinaire.Will sleep on it, but much appreciate your obvious intimate knowledge of the model. Cheers, Phil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil the Greek View Post
    Any thoughts on the 25 on eBay? Currently at $265 with NSW rego just expired. Thinking of an alternative to running the Scenic to the station every day.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Renault-R...1#ht_500wt_922
    I've got a wreck I'd love to shed some parts from.... You'll need it!!!


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    heh, me too, but I had to wreck mine with most things still in-tact minus the gearbox

    I still have some parts, but I'm in VIC..
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    Funny, the seller mentions the trouble with the radio, my old man had trouble with his and it took the local Volvo dealer a couple of months (and several trips back and forth) to fix.
    The problem with the R25 is you just can't go to JB HiFi and get a replacement to slot in, because the system is intergrated into the dash and center consule.
    You could always put the replacement in the glovebox I suppose!
    My old man had 2 R25s at one stage, a Silver Auto and then when a White Manual came on the market, he just had to have it!
    They were comfortable cars and great for long distance travel, but yes, the electronics were troublesome at times.
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    I had an aftermarket CD player in mine, but went back to the original with an ipod adaptor. It was a really nice sounding system, good speakers and a nice amp. Very very good for its day indeed.

    All my spare OE R25 speakers went into the R21 as they're so much better.

    No one uses tapes anymore anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    No one uses tapes anymore anyway...
    Except for me!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reno1151 View Post
    Except for me!!!!

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    Hi,

    these stereos show up from time to time. I didn't know you can add an aux jack to the Phase 1 Radios...

    http://www.ebay.de/itm/RENAULT-Stere...item4abae3eb2f

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    There is something very attractive about tactile analogue EQ, especially when driving.

    I love the simple eq found on home combo amps like Luxmans, where just two knobs, high and low freq can effect any change needed for an already mastered track.
    Parametrics are great for audio surgery in a studio situation but have no place in a car replacing tactile knobs

    Whoever decided that software based EQ was a good idea in a car should be shot.

    I tried to help a mate set up his sony head unit.
    I have no trouble running a Digital audio workstation or an analoug studio with the pressure of live muso's in the studio's but I failed to navigate the EQ of his device.
    It was therefore a POS in my opinion, and I gave up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel R25 View Post
    Hi,

    these stereos show up from time to time. I didn't know you can add an aux jack to the Phase 1 Radios...

    daniel
    I don't think you can either. I have used a FM transmitter and a cassette adapter to allow for CD/MP3 playback. Would seem a shame to remove that head unit which looks so 80's and cool in the R25 :-)
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    Wow looks just like the first regestered car I owned! Same colour same gearbox same year, only difference, mine had stuffed leather!!!
    It was a really really nice thing to cruise in. Ample power good economy, and no working fuel guage!

    Should be a good car! Go for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Europa View Post
    I don't think you can either.
    I'm sure you could make an AUX in taking the unit apart, and finding it's line levels... Probably at the EQ end. I'd considered the same but ended up using an FM transmitter myself, as the tape adapters often deliver poor sound at best imo.

    Obviously an FM transmitter also doesn't give you the full dynamics, ideally I'd also try and hack an AUX in.

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    So did anyone from aussiefrogs get the car? If it was in adelaide I think I would have looked at it for a project

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    Hi Guys,

    Just thought I'd log on to tell you I was lucky winner (after a secon chance offer) of the R25GTX on Ebay.

    I've already had a chat to Thierry about parts (Glovebox latch and radio +++) but would love to hear / discuss your experiences with these cars. From what I've read it's mostly positive apart from Dodgy electrics and chronic auto gearboxes but I'd love to chat with people who have actually owned these cars for awhile.

    The gold one (88 model) i just bought is reasonably clean and compared to other 80s car's i've previously owned (Datsun 280C, Merc 500sec, BMW 528i, Falcon ute etc) is reasonably tidy and very original.

    Speak soon,

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    Hi Al

    I had a Silver 1986 Manual R25. Bought it in 1992. The first experience I had with the car was when I did work experience during year 11 at one of the dealers in Adelaide. That would have been in 1987. I fell in love with the car instantly. Could not have imagined a car that was so advanced for the 80's. Especially when you also look at the R30 that it replaced, the R25 was a leap forward. Possibly too soon for some of the electronics though, but the dash layout with it's LCD's, the integrated radio, the alloys, the curved rear tailgate and so on. A very unique car. The only problem I had with mine and it started to bug me so much that I ended up getting ride of it was how quickly the dash deteriorated in the earlier models, it was a type of felt that did not like the Australian sun at all. The updated 1987 unleaded version went back to a more traditional vinyl. At the moment I'm keeping my eye open for a white one, manual with the Vinyl dash.

    Hope you have fun with yours

    happy to given you more info on my experiences if interested.


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    Renault 25s... I think the phrase that fits is "they're good when they're good".
    In my 25 I had a 10 cd stacker, it had an fm modulator that pluged into the radio antenna socket and a control panel to change cd and track that mounted to the console. It was a little agricultural and it's anti skip wasn't the best over bumps (lucky the 25 had such a good ride) but it did what it did. I sold my 25 a few years ago now but took the stacker out first, if anybody is keen to have a fiddle, I could be convinced to part with it.

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the responses.... After three days with my new baby I can report on the following:-

    1. I absolutely love the ride and quietness of the car... And the gear change feel is nice and tight
    2. The styling is mad and the "french" controls are bordering on hilarious... I feel like i'm in a mid 80's James bond movie when I drive this car!
    3. I thought all my LCD readouts were cactus until the sun was behind me and I realised they need sun glare to be read?!
    4. I have no idea how to use the stereo.. Apparently the radio won't change stations but my Tapes (yes i still have some!) won't play either.. or that tape conversion device that I can plug my ipod into?
    5. Issues to deal with is a seeping rocker cover gasket, a rumbling L.H front wheel bearing, a torn passenger seat (Seat covers) and a glovebox that won't close but all in all, for $583.00 I think I did alright.
    6. Oh, And a service light that is constantly on but obviously wasn't reset at last service only 2000ks ago... any pointers on how to reset that?!

    I love my first Renault!

    Cheers,

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    I can access the ecu and reset codes with an XR25 diagnostic computer.

    I'm on the northern beaches, and also have a wrecked R25 if you need some parts.

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    Hi Jo,

    That sounds great... are you able to PM me your contact number / email so we can have a chat.

    Cheers,

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