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    In , I bought Motor Trend's “Car of the Year.” Nowhere are quotation marks more appropriate than in that title, because just 12 short months.

    The debut of the AMC-Renault Alliance (essentially a Kenosha-ized Renault 9) in so I had a white two door Renault Alliance.

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    Renault Alliance: Still On the Scrapheap of History - The Truth About Cars

    Still, enough Alliances limped out of the showrooms that we can still see them in junkyards every so often. I had a white two door Renault Alliance. For one year on a lease as my company car in Colorado. It was fun to drive with the five speed manual. I had a giant sun roof installed which popped up and allowed open air driving. It was a good car for me. What made it unique were a couple of things I really liked about the car.

    If everything is OK, I would get a series of green lights, and when a fluid was low, I would get a red light next to the fluid needing to be refilled. It worked like a charm. The Alliance road extremely well and was excellent on curving mountain roads. It was my first experience with French engineering and I liked it. It was the best riding car I had at that time and since I spent so many hours in it, I really appreciated the ride quality.

    The interior design was excellent. The seat sat on pedestals, instead of tracks. The seats were excellent. This pedestal design also allowed for placement of extra stuff under the seat against the door frame. There was a lot of glass around me and the cabin was shaped with plenty of room, even for the rear seat. I popped off the huge sun roof, rolled down the windows and had a fun mountain car to spin around the Continental Divide in.

    I got sun burned a couple of times and had to remember the car was like spending the day in a convertible. The car looked great, in an European way, since it was French. It had modern monochromatic plastic bumpers which sealed against the fenders and grille. The Frenchness of its design was really pretty slick and novel for its time. When the Alliance was presented, it was better in many ways as its competition at the time.

    I did a lot of research and have spent hundreds of thousands of miles in its competitors at that time and was always impressed with it. They rusted out but were bone simple to maintain and lasted forever. They were a hoot to drive and if you got stuck in the snow two guys could lift one end and move it back onto the road. I remember reading an article which stated that the convertible version of the Alliance would do.

    Neither the Alliance or the Encore ever graced my driveway, but a neighbor had a Le Car, which proved troublesome. One of the engineering features that I noticed on the Alliance was that the water pump was mounted very high.

    Thus, the loss of about 2 quarts from the cooling system, which would be a minotr problem in any other car, would render the water pump completely innefective, and a severely overheated and probably trashed engine would result. I went to a presetnation of teh Alliance when it was introduced, with top engineers and managers and stykling people at AMC.

    Most of the presentation revolved around how they settled on teh number of lug nuts. Renault wanted to use 3, like they did in France. Theoretically 3 is enough. AMC wanted 5, like all their other cars. It took, apparently, many trans-atlantic conferences and negotiation at the highest levels in the 2 companie, to settle on 4 lug nuts. When I realized that the Chrysler LH cars were made from a Renault platform, I decided not to invest in Chrysler stock, which was then a little over a dollar.

    I figured that no Renault, however well designed, was going to sell in America. I was wrong, and the stock went into th teens without me. A Renault Premier was used as a test mule for the new LH front suspension. A picture of this mule was published in the buff mags of the day and is doubtless the source of that rumor. After the low of 9 it topped out at over This sure brings back memories. The Alliance was an awful car, truly one of the worst P s.

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