Great to see such a big community for ‘niche’ French sports cars. And darn just missed the event a few days ago! I’ll look for the photos.
I bought my first RS last year from a dealer (Bright orange RS 225 Phase I - called Orangina) - always loved Renaults since first seeing the Renault 5 Turbo in France and the 6 wheel Renault F1 car at Charles De Gaulle Airport in the 80’s.
A little bit about my RS 225:
The car didn’t feel stock and Auto Paris in Melbourne confirmed that its had a few mods including intake, suspension, exhaust and ECU. I took it for a spin to Great Ocean Road last year and wow does it come alive in the curves.
Although would prefer less front body roll and under steer (welcome any ideas? Beef up from anti-roll bars?).
Mechanically good and reliable so far but looking a bit shabby inside - I dont know how the previous owner managed to put sticky residue all over the center console (covered it in black alcantara, painful job!) and stained all the orange seatbelts (fixed with elbow grease and warm soap water). Also the leather looks like it has never been cared for.
Overall its a fun little car, won’t depreciate much more, seems to be reliable but handling could be improved - maybe I was too spoilt as my last performance cars were a modified Lotus Elan and modified Daihatsu Copen.
Added a new model audio head unit and a ultra compact 10” subwoofer - the audio is now fantastic. You don’t even need to upgrade the speakers as the head unit improves their sound. Makes driving even more enjoyable. I got the head unit and sub for $220 on gumtree in excellent condition. It connects to my phone via bluetooth. Highly recommended.
Black plasti dipped logo, side mirrors and tired black plastic. Easy job if you have a dust free and well lit garage. My car is an ‘04 so it really brought it back to life.
The dealer also did a good job concealing the broken RH side mirror with black paint - it needs to be replaced so I’ll look out for the part on here. I should have tested the side mirror functions when I was at the dealership!
I’ve been getting intermittent injector warning lately but couldn’t get an error code when plugging to a VAG. Tried injector cleaner which helped for a few days but the lights are back on again. It seems to not rev as freely when the injector lights are on.
Fuel consumption is not good when driving economically - not sure if this is related to injectors or because of the performance mods. 11.4 l/km gentle city driving.
Gear lever is sometimes a bit sticky in 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Loud rattles in the back of the car - still trying to isolate where. Very annoying on bumpy surfaces.
I thought that turbo timers and cooling turbos are just for older cars. But I learned from experts that its best to let the car idle for a couple of minutes after hard driving before switching off. It lets the turbo internals cool.
Look forward to connecting with the community!