Lets have a little competition then:
"who will be the first to spot a Maestro
anywhere in the UK with bonus points
if you actually spot a Montego
, and double points
if its actually being driven
on the road. Treble points
if you actually speak to the owner and get their name as an admission for actually owning one of these
There is a rather football-supporter my-team's-better than-your-team rivalry in this thread.
How many points for spotting a Renault 18?
Or any pre-2000 Japanese car?
The point is that Maestro/Montego's, along with equally-rare-now Escorts, Cavaliers etc, were built in this country, and owning one should give a little bit of pride in having supported jobs in this country. Yes some of the cars were poorly built, and it does seem that the workers at BL felt the country owed them a living, but I think the fact that only 32.2% of Renault owners here would buy another, tells us that the Montego wasn't the last car with reliability issues.
We had a Maestro 1.6, and the biggest problem with it was when the timing belt broke (preventive maintenance? What's that?) but I just fitted another and that was that, no bent valves. Then had a diesel Montego, had over 150k on it when I killed it by running into a 6-inch flood at 50mph..
A long read here, but tells the sad story of an under-developed, but potentially great car: http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/cars...lopment-story/