Petit Fry: 1995 Renault Twingo

The Renault Twingo was released for the 1993 model year for European market sales with a name that was alleged to be a combination the words twist, swing, and tango. The little French city car was surprisingly successful and produced in France, Spain, Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay, and Columbia in various configurations. Today we’ve got a twingy that was sold first in Japan but appears to be left hand drive. Find this 1995 Renault Twingo offered for $5000 in Vancouver, BC, Canada via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1995 Renault Twingo
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 85800
paint color: grey
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: hatchback
Here’s something you don’t see every day in North America – a 1995 Twingo, and it’s up for sale!

I have had the car since 2013, it was my daily driver until 2017. It has always been parked in a garage. The last few years I haven’t been driving it much, but I have been using it as my daily driver for the last month to check that it is running well for sale.

The car was sold new in Japan; it has a catalytic converter and runs on unleaded gas. The previous owner brought it to Canada, I bought it in 2013 when he was moving to Europe. It has the OHV 1.2 litre C3G “Cleon” engine with fuel injection and a timing chain, rated for 55hp. The car has a 5 speed manual transmission, and has enough power to keep up with traffic. Mechanically, it is a fairly simple car; I have done the majority of the repairs and maintenance myself. Comfort and convenience features include Air Conditioning, a Japanese-spec AM/FM Cassette radio, power windows, power mirrors, and power locks.

It is amazingly spacious inside for such a small car – it fits in parking spots that are too small for most cars. When the sliding rear seat is pushed back, there’s ample legroom and headroom for 6’2” adults. With the back seats folded forward, there’s enough space to fit an adult sized bicycle in the car.
Other unusual features are the single windshield wiper, the centre-mounted digital instrument cluster, patterned upholstery, and the unique design.

Overall, the car is in good shape for a low mileage, garage kept original survivor. There is no rust. It isn’t “restored”, and I believe has its original paint. There are small door dings and scratches from parking lot incidents, a small amount of wear on the upholstery and the floor mats. The previous owner painted the bumpers silver, this paint is flaking off in a couple of spots.

There are a few things that don’t work quite right:

  • The remote lock/unlock doesn’t work, but the power lock system works.
  • The electric lock actuator in the hatchback unlocks but doesn’t lock.
  • The heater fan speed switch works on speeds 1,3, and 4, but not 2. I have diagnosed this to be the switch, not the resistor.
  • It sometimes has a miss at part throttle. I have done some work to track this down, and think it may need a new distributor cap and rotor. I know the crank position sensor and coil are OK.

I have a box of spare parts that comes with the car – brake shoes and drums, a coil, a crank position sensor, a few oil filters, and air filter. I also have an old laptop with the Renault Can-Clip diagnostic software, and the adapter cable to connect it to the car.

Repairs the car has had in the 12 years I have owned it:
May 2022 – 136,800km

  • All three belt tensioners replaced. The one for the AC was bad, I did them all to be on the safe side.
  • Front Brake Pads replaced.
    June, 2018
  • Replaced the muffler and cat-back exhaust pipe.
    August 2016 – 132,841km
  • Replace water pump
  • Head gasket, including resurfacing the head. The head had to come off to get the water pump off.
  • Rotor, distributor cap, spark plug wires, air filter
    May, 2016
  • Recharge Airconditioning, repair exhaust hanger
    November, 2014
  • Replace both Ball Joints
  • Replace both Tie rod ends
  • Replace Right Front wheel bearing
  • Replace Bellows for the steering rack
  • Front wheel alignment
    September 2013
  • Rear brakes: shoes, wheel cylinders, drums, wheel bearings (they are pressed into the drums)
  • Serpentine Belt

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