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17-04-2020, 17:44   #1
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Renault 19s - esp. phase 1 and TSE

Anyone here own a 19 or have a fetish for them. Are they starting to appear at classic car shows - many phase 1s are now old enough for classic status.

The 19 16v "valver" was one of the most well regarded hot hatches of the 90s but I only ever saw a handful on the roads in this country and am not sure if they were ever officially sold here.

The 1.7 8v and 1.8 8v were also not sold here. So here it was basically 1.4s and diesels.

The highest spec phase 1 1.4 was the TSE, I always thought these were very nice especially as a Chamade and in a nice metallic. They had the all important yellow foglights, velour armchairs, electric sunroof, dinky 13 inch Zenith alloys . I wonder do any survive. Chamades/4 doors were uncommon in the UK due to their preference for hatchbacks. Howmanyleft suggests that 4 door TSE and TXEs (1.7) are virtually extinct in the UK with 5 door cars not far off it.

There was an Irish brochure on ebay recently, pics below.






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17-04-2020, 19:39   #2
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ba_barabus has just restored his, it’s a ph2 though.
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17-04-2020, 19:59   #3
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ba_barabus has just restored his, it’s a ph2 though.
Yep, saw that - black RSi. Phase 2 discussion is welcome in this thread too and attached is a mini brochure for the Irish RSi
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17-04-2020, 20:05   #5
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http://www.limerickcity.ie/media/Garage006.pdf

Period advert for long gone Limerick Renault dealer. Looks like the 19 TSI was £13,200
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I had a Phase 2 95 saloon one almost 19 years ago. It was green, front fogs, side skirts, boot spoiler. alloys. 1.4 8v.

Didn't have it very long as a mate took a shine to it and i sold it... But it was a very comfortable car.... Great for the old Sunday morning tour of the parish pubs.
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17-04-2020, 20:14   #7
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My first car was a 1994 1.4 RSI saloon - in the same blue as below. I loved it



Ive always kept an eye out for them but they seem to be virtually extinct now. I imagine rust was a factor and the residuals were terrible so they were not that well minded.



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17-04-2020, 20:19   #8
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My first car was a 1990 supervan, absolutely loved it and if it could tell stories! My neig9had a black phase 1 16v which I used to drool over. Never really swayed by the phrase 2 but I'd kill for a supervan.
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I used to see supervans being driven quite fast, never drove one but had a few spins in Megavans and they were dead slow.

What impressed me about the 19 was how little was needed to morph it into the Megane 1 which kept going til 2002
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I used to see supervans being driven quite fast, never drove one but had a few spins in Megavans and they were dead slow.

What impressed me about the 19 was how little was needed to morph it into the Megane 1 which kept going til 2002
Mine was plenty fast for me but it was only a N/A engine, there was a turbo diesel van as well
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Yes, now that I think of it a lad at schools dad had a turbo diesel ph2 in red, he changed it for a Megavan when they came out. quite a step down looks wise with the silly back doors
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The phase 1 turbo diesels had an extra little air intake at the base of the bonnet just under the badge, it was the only distinguishing feature AFAIK. Not many of them around even back in the day.
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1st gen Megavan appeared in 96 here anyway.... Not much of a change from the 19 van.... In 1999 the second gen Megavan had a lot of changes....
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/112961...in/photostream
You can see the extra grille between the number plate and badge here.
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The phase 1 turbo diesels had an extra little air intake at the base of the bonnet just under the badge, it was the only distinguishing feature AFAIK. Not many of them around even back in the day.
Yes, the "Turbo DX" grille. Same as the cabrio I think but without the double optic headlight of the cabrios. So that means there were four different front ends for the phase 1 R19. The 16v had the double optic headlights but didn't have the little intake.

As you say, there were very few ph1 turbodiesels about back in the day. I saw a few of them around 1992. I don't recall seeing any vans with the intake.

edit: already mentioned above as I was typing


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