I never intended to buy a special car like this. It was a phone talk to one Renault
Club Praha member and he was just selling this car. After I had a test drive I have got
Worried about the winter and rain?
The biggest difference between cabrio and normal car comes on the bumpy road. Even if stiffened cabrio lost too much of its body stiffness with the hard roof. Car shakes, but you do not notice it on good roads. On my trip from Prague to Munich, Prague was the last place where this did not feel comfortable...
On the other hand, winter is not a problem. Car has insulated roof. It has something
like sleeping bag between outer and inner sheets. Rear plastic window is heated by fan,
which you can use as a hairdryer:-)
Engine and Handling
R19 Cabrio were made with two different engines:
I have got the latter one. It is not extremely strong engine. Given the weight of the car, it could be stronger. But it is one of the few Renault engines, that has maximum torque in low revs - 2750 rpm. It give this car quite good flexibility and pull at any speed.
This car is normally equipped with "normal" tires 175/60 R14. Previous owner
of my car has changed wheels to 195/50 R15. They give the car much better grip in the
corners, very good braking, but do not add very much to the comfort. I also have feeling
that it does not add to the life of the shock absorbers. After some 70K, I will have to
change joints of absorbers with the chassis (about 300 DM in Czech Republic).
I did not have any experience with similar cars before, but I have tested it at the
last Renault meeting in October 1999. I was fastest at the cornering race, which was only
possible thanks to very good handling of the car.