Keith’s Renault Avantime

 

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The Renault Avantime was a brave idea when new. And it’s even braver to own one now… We had fun with ours, but the ownership experience was cut short thanks to the arrival of a Citroen C6.

Blog: Servicing the Avantime

Blog: Servicing the Avantime

Servicing is not something to take lightly, and yet sometimes there just isn’t time to fit it into my hectic life. Since my last trip to Paris, I picked up all the bits I needed to give the 2.0-litre turbo under the bonnet a fresh lease of life – oil and air filter, and those all-important […]

By 22 February 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Blog: That new rubber feeling

Blog: That new rubber feeling

Last-minute tyre fitting for the Renault Avantime in anticipation for the trip to Paris. Okay, I’d put on a cheap set of  fronts just after I bought the car in order to keep things safe and legal for our trip to France last November. But in reality, I was saving up for a set of […]

Blog: Finally! United!

Blog: Finally! United!

Thanks to various logistical issues, and the need for reasonably clear parking where I live, today was the first time that I managed to get my freshly titavated Citroen Xantia Activa and Renault Avantime alongside each other. Given that they’re so vastly different in every way, I still can’t believe how both actually complement each […]

By 18 December 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Blog: Carefully does it…

Blog: Carefully does it…

Oh dear. Here’s a small lesson I’ve learned during my short period of Renault Avantime ownership – be careful opening the door when the weather’s icy. Those fantastic frameless side windows might be wonderful when they’re all rolled down and you’re posing down the Côte d’Azur, but in a chilly Northamptonshire, they can be a […]

By 26 November 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Blog: Renault Avantime heads home

Blog: Renault Avantime heads home

Bought on impulse, and without test or trial from a chap from the Internet, life with my 2003 Matra-built Renault Avantime is already interesting. I’d had good vibes about the Avantime since driving it back from Scotland after buying it. The engine – a 2.0-litre 16-valve turbo shared with various hot Clios and Méganes – […]

By 5 November 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Blog: Getting to know the Avantime

Blog: Getting to know the Avantime

Had my first ‘proper’ drive in the Avantime today, and came away mildly impressed. You wouldn’t normally associate the car with my favourite local road, and haunt of evo photographers, the B660, but do you know what – it did very well indeed. After picking up the car from Scotland, all I’d really learned is […]

Blog: Welcome to the new Avantime

Blog: Welcome to the new Avantime

The fact that Classic Car Weekly ran a buying guide for the Avantime has no bearing on my decision to buy one of these bonkers millennial ‘coupes’ to serve as my main classic transport in the coming months. Well, okay, it might have egged me on a little, but the truth is that after months of […]