The Renault 19 Story | Nostalgia Nerd

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Head to ​ to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NOSTALGIANERD.... Last month, I had the opportunity to purchase a car from 1990, a Renault 19 TSE. It's a car model that has a lot of nostalgia for me, and indeed I've been was fascinated by them since the 80s. So it seemed the perfect opportunity to make a video about it. Little did I know that it would turn out to be almost an hour long.
This isn't just on a whim. I've been hankering to make a car video for ages, and now it's complete, I'm pleased I've done it. I have no idea how well it's going to go down with my subscriber base, but that's not the point. This was a labour of love, and I really enjoyed making it. It was nice to delve into something that isn't computers for a change. It was also nice to get outside and do some "proper" filming.
Anyway, even if it's not your thing, I hope you at least get something from it. Normal service to resume from the next video.
With thanks to my daughter for her excellent drone piloting skills.
🔗Video & Reference Links🔗
Renault Heritage:
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R19 Chamade, Chris Goffey review:
Renault Alliance:
📚Reference Material📚
The Renault File, An Eric Dymock Motor Book (1999)
"Renault 19" (Renault Direction de la Communication) (1988)
Renault Marketing Materials (1987-1995)
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  • This video took a tonne of time and effort, so I hope you enjoyed it. If you want more car content I suggest checking out Big Car ( Also, I don't usually ask this, but if you happen to enjoy my content please consider subscribing and clicking the bell icon. I've been told many times recently that my videos aren't showing up in notifications anymore, which is a little disheartening! Thanks for watching, see you soon!

    Nostalgia NerdNostalgia NerdMaand geleden
    • Your speedo cable needs greasing. Also the idle didn't sound exactly right.

      jarnoobjarnoob9 dagen geleden
    • That was an absolutely brilliant video, immensely enjoyable, and I think the emotional connection you have with the 19 makes it so much more meaningful than a lot of NLworld videos.

      Andy EveleighAndy Eveleigh9 dagen geleden
    • Loved it, do more car videos.

      Crocmaster McGeezaxCrocmaster McGeezax11 dagen geleden
    • Great Job!!

      Gerrit TjaardA MarinusGerrit TjaardA Marinus13 dagen geleden
    • Thanks for this awesome video!!!!! I enjoy computers as much as cars... And particularly, Renaults... My dad owned: Renault 6 Renault 12 Renault 12 Break Renault 18 Break Renault 21 Nevada Another Renault 21 Nevada Renault Laguna 2 phase 2 (the one that was the first in gaining 5 star Euro NCap rating) Renault Latitude.

      FranFran17 dagen geleden
  • I am here for computer/console related content. I hate Renault and their shitty cars. However your voice and the research you did to make this video I very much appreciate. I like history, cars and technology ... Thank you for making this video.

    Barry R. BrownBarry R. Brown10 uur geleden
  • Really enjoy the video as a once owner of a late 1994 top of line R19 16V executive in Black with leather as standard and also had the 1995 upgrades on and was used as show car in in its first year of its life by Renault UK before I took ownership.

    razor000999000razor000999000Dag geleden
  • The Renault 19? Does it have any similarity to the 1989 Opel gsi? Looks similar. I had one when I was stationed in Germany in 2004.

    Ruffman SavageVeteranRuffman SavageVeteran3 dagen geleden
  • Techies have an intrinsic interest in cars (in my experience). I really enjoyed this episode! 👍🏻 Big Car is quaking in his boots 😄

    TooleaterTooleater3 dagen geleden
  • Ive got those orange fuzzy dice on my truck!

    Abstract IdeaAbstract Idea4 dagen geleden
  • Renault, cars made to fall apart.

    VorrnthVorrnth6 dagen geleden
  • NN You should use the tune The Knocks - Classic for a video. Well maybe a few seconds of the chorus.

    ThAdonisThAdonis6 dagen geleden
  • I learned to drive in a Mk1 Clio. Nice little car, pretty robust too despite the French reputation for crappy reliability. It had a deceptively sloping Renault nose too, so much so that when our cat jumped up to greet us and absorb some engine heat, he'd slip off, looking bewildered.

    Alastair WardAlastair Ward6 dagen geleden
  • I appreciate the effort taken in pronunciation! Solid video as always. Merci!

    RaphaëlRaphaël7 dagen geleden
  • Just can't beat that old boxy look

    Homebrew InstrumentalsHomebrew Instrumentals8 dagen geleden
  • Thanks for this lovely trip down memory lane. I also learned to drive in a Renault 19 that my Dad and I owned together. I thought I’d take a quick gander at eBay to see if I could acquire one again. There used to be so many for sale, but now just one at four and half grand! Wish I’d kept my old one now.

    Jon PadfieldJon Padfield8 dagen geleden
  • Excellent work, im not even really renault fan (4cv and fuego aside) and still enjoyed this. thankyou

    Notmah CuppateaNotmah Cuppatea8 dagen geleden
  • Oooh, I had a GTS-X in white...about 20 years ago!! Sounds like I should've kept hold of it...

    sumorabbitsumorabbit8 dagen geleden
  • My father owned that very dark green second gen model when it launched, and a r5 gt turbo prior. I have only brief memory of it being very young at that time, but the 19 was a lot quieter and had more room. Guess it was the rt or some upper class hp because it was also pretty fast. Definite had leather inside because it burned my back every summer,

    Blitzen RCBlitzen RC8 dagen geleden
  • :O dude. I' have owned 14 renault 19's. 3 of them 16V's! and i have owned over 50 renaults.

    jarnoobjarnoob9 dagen geleden
  • Definitely restore it, and please give us updates of its progress! 🙂 I hope that it gives you many years of enjoyable service, and I suspect a lot of your followers will be interested in seeing how your ownership experience goes! 🙂 When I was a child, my parents also had a Renault 19, a white 1.7 TXE, G458 XMH, so I too have a slight soft spot for the model, and find it sad how rare they've become. My parents have had 4 Renaults: an 11, the aforementioned 19, a 2001 Clio, and most recently, a 2009 Clio. I much, much prefer the older Renault models to the current 1s.

    Andy EveleighAndy Eveleigh9 dagen geleden
  • I didn't expect to watch the whole thing but I did! Well done! Very interesting video.

    Hans de BruinHans de Bruin10 dagen geleden
  • So I just bought a 19 Chamade 16V from a scrapyard with the aim of saving it! Decided to look up videos about them and did not expect to see one from you! Great vid

    Carlstone13Carlstone1310 dagen geleden
  • Ahh, so nice to see the Renault 19 given some love! My old 19 TS was the first car I ever bought with my own money. It had 60,000 miles on it when I got it, and I then drove it another 100,000 miles, all over the UK, from Cornwall to Scotland. I taught two of my friends to drive in it, and it helped me move house five times. It carried everything from mattresses to surfboards. In all that time, the only thing that ever went wrong was a broken fan belt. Sadly, eventually it was consumed by rust, otherwise I'm sure it would still be running today.

    Rob GRob G10 dagen geleden
  • AMPEX 220 terminal in left bottom corner at 9:27

    InkSpot101InkSpot10110 dagen geleden
  • Love your computer videos about old programs, operating systems, hardware, etc. But We have something in common - We're both like computers and cars. I had Renault in the past and my parents as well, they were great cars on most aspects, but the second hand market for France cars isn't great mostly... Some diesel models are on demand in the second hand market, as well as the last generation of the Peugeot 3008 (whether it's a diesel or a petrol car). This Renault is pretty in my opinion for it's era. Even some cars that came after it, were ugly in my opinion (like the Toyota Corolla or the first generation of the Nissan Almera).

    Dor sDor s11 dagen geleden
  • I approve.

    André RenaultAndré Renault11 dagen geleden
  • I had the 16valve version. Black with black leather. I was 19. Insurance was £4000!!! But I did like it.

    biscuitsalivebiscuitsalive11 dagen geleden
  • You've done a car review, now it's time to get Doug DeMuro to do retro tech videos.

    Very CringeVery Cringe11 dagen geleden
  • I feel like shifting with my left hand is one of those things that I think would be a massive adjustment, but in reality only takes about 15 minutes to which to adjust.

    Crocmaster McGeezaxCrocmaster McGeezax11 dagen geleden
  • Not a car guy at all but this was really interesting and you obviously put a lot of effort and love into the video. Hope it does well for the channel.

    Ivan SorensenIvan Sorensen11 dagen geleden
  • First car was a 1990 Renault 19 with 300.000 km on it. I drove it like an idiot, hitting the rpm limiter quite a lot, but it never failed me over the 3 years I had it. Great car and engine!

    Martin Møller JensenMartin Møller Jensen11 dagen geleden
  • I know this comment will probably get buried, but I'd love to see you do a video on the Honda CBR900RR.

    AlcatrazAlcatraz12 dagen geleden
  • I have a 1990 ford sierra, nothing beats a classic

    Christina PritchardChristina Pritchard12 dagen geleden
  • Interesting, how the R19 Phase 2 already looks very much like the first Megane. (Evolution that is... ;))

    Loenne555Loenne55512 dagen geleden
  • 41:30 i liked the fact that the phase 2 advertisment was Dutch much more than i should have

    Nils den DekkerNils den Dekker12 dagen geleden
  • I had a 1500 cc Renault 5 for a while I used to call a pocket rocket because of its acceleration

    Tom TurnbullTom Turnbull13 dagen geleden
  • Damn, was that Mia Sara in that '92 commercial? Swoon.

    Adam PollAdam Poll13 dagen geleden
  • I had a 1.4 pushrod one in about 94. It was only s couple of years old, but was well on the way to being shagged. I preferred the Peugeot 309.

    conkerman01conkerman0113 dagen geleden
  • Loved this video and what I would of seen as an ugly car as a child I now find it very good looking . The love for retro cars is Changing

    Zach tatum-haggerZach tatum-hagger13 dagen geleden
  • When you start making that sound when getting out of a car, that is a clear sign you do not have long.

    JustAManJustAMan13 dagen geleden
  • Great video packed with content. Such a reminder of my old Clio RT with the 1.4 Energy engine which was still sweet at 100k when I sold it.

    Dave EdwardsDave Edwards13 dagen geleden
  • The many stylish car designs of the 80s that gave hints towards a sleek and sharp future gave way to identical mundane roundness in the 90s and beyond.

    Alan RizkallahAlan Rizkallah13 dagen geleden
  • This was one the cars my grandfather had when I was a kid, and I remember helping him wash it on the weekends. Great to see you took a shot outside of your comfort zone, with this video :)

    Diestro CorleoneDiestro Corleone13 dagen geleden
  • Oh I didn't know you were a fellow Renault sufferer and enjoyer. It's both a blessing and a curse really.

    Dat BoiiDat Boii13 dagen geleden
  • This was wonderfully produced. I know you don't normally do car related content, but I'd LOVE to see more!!

    will2993will299314 dagen geleden
  • I jokingly always thought cars from the 80s were so.... angular... because the early versions of CAD didn't exactly do well at curved lines xD Had no idea they were still using polystyrene models at that point!

    WillJR880WillJR88014 dagen geleden
  • As an American I loved AMC and every time I see Renault I just wanna strangle Renault for putting the nail in the coffin of my lovely AMC

    Alex FitzpatricAlex Fitzpatric14 dagen geleden
  • Love cars and computers too. More car videos please!!!

    Paul LeonardPaul Leonard14 dagen geleden
  • I live in the US. We had a Renault 'Medallion' wagon. I don't recall much other than it had a third row seating. We loved riding in the 'way' back as kids. I think it's similar to the 21 wagon?

    FailoFishyFailoFishy14 dagen geleden
  • What a great video - a real departure from your normal stuff, but frankly, it was worth the effort - excellent. The mother-in-law had a dark blue, 4-door 1.9 which I did a lot of the maintenance on, and I was always impressed at how easy it was to work on. Some real thought had gone into it. It lasted a long time and did many trips back and forth across Europe. We later bought a 1.8 16V Laguna serie 1, which turned out to be one of the best cars I've owned - superb vehicle: I was sad when it had to go. More like this, please!

    Rob SchofieldRob Schofield15 dagen geleden
    • PS. I agree, your daughter has some serious drone flight skills - the overhead night-time car park shots look *great*

      Rob SchofieldRob Schofield15 dagen geleden
  • IMO that’s a terrible looking car even for the period. But admire your passion and quality of this and all your videos. Keep up the good work.

    Power RyderPower Ryder15 dagen geleden
  • Wonderful video! I'm in Canada and French cars are virtually non existent but it's great to hear the history as I've always thought that 80s to early 90s French cars were some of the coolest of the era (19, Fuego, BX, CX, 205 GTI, 309 GTI)

    Justin RenaudJustin Renaud15 dagen geleden

    It'syeeOLEDskoolFurryIt'syeeOLEDskoolFurry16 dagen geleden
  • Did you REALLY trust tossing off your keys to a total stranger TRUSTING that they would bring it back AT ALL (much less still in one piece) back then!??!

    It'syeeOLEDskoolFurryIt'syeeOLEDskoolFurry16 dagen geleden
  • My first big car and I bought it on looks alone at the time, a ph2 1.4 "lack of" energy. For £900 and a Renault Clio. Best feature was the front speaker elements replaced with kitchen roll🤷

    Barry WellsBarry Wells16 dagen geleden
  • Congratulations! What a fantastic video, made me go back in time to my first beloved car that was Renault 19 TDE. It was a fantastic car for that era. Many Thanks!!

    Filipe CartaxoFilipe Cartaxo16 dagen geleden
  • Family car from my past renault 11 then renault 19 ^^

    antoine magnierantoine magnier16 dagen geleden
  • I owned a 1990 1.4 TSE Chamade. She was a good car by that time.

    Geeky Gamer's TVGeeky Gamer's TV16 dagen geleden
  • 37:04 Is this meant to be a married couple who drive away in their Renault's to cheat on each other??? I am really confused as to what this ad is about.

    Boom BoxBoom Box17 dagen geleden
  • O man, I had a Renault 19 16v Chamade (saloon) back in the day. I loved it and kept it for 9 years. It was shockingly quick in a straight line, but bugger me, it wouldn’t go around corners at speed for love nor money, chuffing deadly in the wet. But it was so much fun. Never had abit of problem with the engine, but anything else was made of chocolate - 2 gearbox’s and countless wheel bearings and started motors (which was mounted under the exhaust manifold) just wouldn’t last. I loved it tho. Not many left now. Sad times. O, and that lovely bonnet air scope is just there to funnel air onto the exhaust manifold.

    The DadThe Dad17 dagen geleden
  • The only Renault I have ever owned was the avantime one of the best cars I have driven

    Sir Ashley O.B.ESir Ashley O.B.E17 dagen geleden
  • I feel like we're brothers

    FranFran17 dagen geleden
  • Love Renault 19!!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    FranFran17 dagen geleden
  • I love this video. This is a car I would've loved and possibly would've owned if it had they been widely available in the US.

    Charles GrapeCharles Grape17 dagen geleden
  • Never heard of Renault!

    PharmdkeithPharmdkeith18 dagen geleden
  • Top gear aint top gear if there is no Jeremy, Richard and James. And on that bombshell... Back to the studio

    klizzard5166klizzard516618 dagen geleden
  • Still drive my R19 phase 1 till this day. Great car

    Yo BroYo Bro18 dagen geleden
  • that was the most exciting car video ive ever seen

    steven Gsteven G18 dagen geleden
  • in Portugal we also had the 1.9d atmospheric on the phase 2

    HardlyFunHardlyFun18 dagen geleden
  • Liked the video, however hate that car. Can not say why directly but I never agreed with my Renault 19. When the torsion springs broke and the price to repair it I gave up. Only good thing that came from it was my liking for Honda forward ;-) Thanks for a nice video, still as nostalgic as ever.

    Nisse HultNisse Hult18 dagen geleden
  • I stole a few convertibles in my time

    BiG AlBiG Al18 dagen geleden
  • As a huge car enthusiast and also fellow nerd of all things electronic, AV and gaming I whole heartedly mean it when I tell you this is one of the BEST videos I’ve ever seen on NLworld. Amazing work man!

    Joseph FranzenJoseph Franzen19 dagen geleden
  • "I have owned 10 Renaults" Slow learner? ;)

    Grumpy ModelerGrumpy Modeler19 dagen geleden
  • Pfft my 2010 Clio is much cooler! and it was made in my city! Seriously, this was super damn cool.

    EdEd19 dagen geleden
  • i hate the 90's obsession trying to make the 80's more oval and curve, BARF!

  • 46:12 Is that Tony Gardner from My Parents are Aliens?

    BlurredmanBlurredman20 dagen geleden
  • 44:30 "touch it" advert reminds me of the Peugeot 205 "see me, feel me, touch me" advert...

    BlurredmanBlurredman20 dagen geleden
  • This has made me want a Renault 19 😯 I found one on eBay with a leather interior it looks plush 👌

    Phill Wyatt OutdoorsPhill Wyatt Outdoors20 dagen geleden
  • All I remember of Renault was the Le Car, which was the vehicle of choice for Molly Maid over here back in the 80s, I think. I haven't seen either in about 30 years. Great video!

    Tech Time TravellerTech Time Traveller20 dagen geleden
  • Cant believe u had those in US,greetings from Europe.

    Novak SvrkotaNovak Svrkota21 dag geleden
  • My school teacher had one. I remember the day she came Into school one day on 1994 all excited with her new chamade. It was a silver colour coded model.

    Casual Retro CollectorCasual Retro Collector21 dag geleden
  • my sister had an 11, it was a great car to drive

    Taxi RobTaxi Rob22 dagen geleden
    • btw the 11 was the Encore in the USA, and the 9 was the Alliance

      Taxi RobTaxi Rob21 dag geleden
  • Weird how American cars were, at this time at least, more advanced than European offerings, even my truck. My 1990 F150 has electronic fuel injection, rear antilock brakes, power steering, air conditioning, then American cars had been phasing out leaded gasoline since the '60s at least.

    Lynestro The ConquerorLynestro The Conqueror22 dagen geleden
    • Then catalytic converters were required since the '70s ('87ish I believe for trucks).

      Lynestro The ConquerorLynestro The Conqueror22 dagen geleden
  • this a daily car in mid east and i cant even afford it

    wubwub23 dagen geleden
  • Love this - excellent video. Reminds me of my friend learning to drive in an early facelift dark green Biarittz. I remember the soft seats, gearbox whine and hooded instrument cowl

    S TomisonS Tomison23 dagen geleden
  • Had a Phase 1 16V 20 years ago. Loved the car.

    Mr.NelloxxMr.Nelloxx23 dagen geleden
  • 18:20 This mate mates!

    Mike BruschkeMike Bruschke23 dagen geleden
  • Haha I still have a GTS side badge which I recall pocketing from an R19 in Corsica back in the 90s. Not a cool thing to do, but when I was 13 on vacation in France, this is what all the kids were doing. A cousin of mine had a Chamade in Poland for a bit. I also recall these things when they were practically new. A few years ago, I saw a bunch of them in Portugal and Spain (as well as 205) - they have aged better than the R5 and the R11/ Alliance (we had those in Canada too).

    The KombinatorThe Kombinator23 dagen geleden
  • I learned to drive in my father’s Renault 19.. a lot of nostalgia here.. thanks for sharing!

    Massimo GrecoMassimo Greco23 dagen geleden
  • We had a Renault 11 is 1989/90, damn thing never used to start on cold mornings!

    The Legend that is AndyThe Legend that is Andy23 dagen geleden
  • Oh my gosh, this is fantastic.

    dwaynezilladwaynezilla24 dagen geleden
  • Whatever next a video by Aging Wheels servicing a Spectrum (edit also great video 👍)

    Nigel DraycottNigel Draycott24 dagen geleden
  • Wow enjoyed that, as usual. And this video did remind me a bit of Big Car. Thumbs up. :)

    Link to InsanityLink to Insanity24 dagen geleden
  • American viewers: What's a Renault?

    Hiro ShimaHiro Shima24 dagen geleden
  • Your production values are near flawless and Pro-Level given niche subject matter that you clearly love, makes for very enjoyable viewing...Kudos young man...!

    Justan Ol ' GuyJustan Ol ' Guy24 dagen geleden
  • This was unexpected 🤩

    MAXELMAXEL24 dagen geleden
  • I'm more into rally racing and found the Renault Clio to be quite the car for such things but sadly it never came to the US. Same for the Lancia Delta

    Jason BourneJason Bourne25 dagen geleden
  • Great film, Peter! My Mum had a pre-facelift Renault 25 when I was little and it was a great car. Sadly it eventually cooked itself in the Australian heat, as she could never find a mechanic that would take her seriously when she said the temp gauge sat about 30% higher than when it was new. I believe someone bought the car after we traded it in and engine swapped it, I'd love to do something similar with one but would go EV.

    James WilliamsonJames Williamson25 dagen geleden
  • Here in argentina we call that version renault 19 chamade. Then wen the factory in argentina (cordoba) manufactured, we have the r19 made in france and the r19 made in argentina. It was about 1995 when we manufacturrd that car. The changes in the body of the car was in the front with the grill and in the back witch the bandeux

    Patricio Eduardo Montegrande EganPatricio Eduardo Montegrande Egan25 dagen geleden
  • As a Renault Megane owner I approve this video.

    YoStuYoStu25 dagen geleden
  • Awesome!!! I am a real big Renault fan too! my dad loves Renault too and we had at least a Renault in our Garage always. My youths Renault would be a renault 18 instead, but the video really made me happy and nostalgic!!! Thank you very much from a "Renolero" in Mexico.

    Eduardo Capdeville CureñoEduardo Capdeville Cureño25 dagen geleden
  • my mum used to have a renault 19. youtube won't let me click the bell its stuck on none :S

    Paul RipperPaul Ripper25 dagen geleden
  • My brother owned a.... Uh, I think -91 Renault 19 TXE. I liked that engine when I got to drive the car, but holy fuck that car... It was a nightmare to keep running. The car also really, really hated our harsh winters with a passion. :D

    EFerrorfileEFerrorfile25 dagen geleden