A friend of the family bought one of those new in the '80's. Biggest pile o' crap ever. It spent more time in the dealership than in her driveway. I say run away - especially at $1,000.
If you could get it for $500 or less, spend no money on parts while attempting to figure out what it needs to make it run - i.e. don't get into the parts swapping game figuring that you'll hit the right part eventually. Depending on the cost to repair, you could at least maybe come out even if you parted it out or you could have a runner if you can fix it for cheap.
If you do buy it/get it running for cheap, cut it loose when anything expensive breaks - don't get caught in the 1980's fringe-brand European car trap, because it will bankrupt you if it can.
Edit: There is no collectors value. Renault brings up painful memories of bad rubbish in this country.
'06 Rubicon Unlimited Sienna Jeep Club: Member #15
I bought a Renault alliance as a DD back in '85. It had just 5000 miles on it and I paid right around $5000 out the door. A year later at 13,000 miles the tranny was toast, belching fluid out the dip stick. Two different transmission shops told me it was the second most expensive transmission to repair at the time. My wife still likes to bring that POS up any time she think I am wasting money on a vehicle purchase. I would think there is little to no collector value with these cars but, a few internet searches should give you some indication. They built them here but, the dome light was located above the drivers door and every time I looked at it I saw "made in france" molded into it. That car was truly the low point in my car buying history. I would say save your money.
Just a slightly modded XJ with a little lift, some armor, four mud tires and a few decals, so far.
If its that mint, I would buy it and get it running at the least. If you dont like it flip it and make some money.
I dont think it would be maddening to wrench on. All motors start the same, and only need for things (well gas)
Make those 4 happen and you will have a runner. It sounds so intact its probably something stupid like a gummy carb, corroded wire in some loom somewhere or whatever.
Yes, but how the car maker made those four things accessible under the hood can be quite different. That and parts availability. It's been what, 24 years since they imported any Renault vehicles in the US?
Mindset, skillset, toolset - in that order!
Stay away from it. I had a friend with one that was nothing but trouble. Electrical issues, multiple trannys, never seemed to run right. He tried for two years then he just couldn't take it anymore any used it as a hammer car in a car show. You know where you pay a buck to hit the car with a sledge hammer.
07 Rescue Green Rubicon
AEV hood, AEV snorkel, ARB front bumper with Warn Powerplant winch, Pure Jeep rear bumper with tire carrier, Poly long arm, RR and Poly skids, 35 GY MTR ks, Hutchinson Beadlocks, 4.88 gears
78 Red CJ 7
v8 some mods. lifted
and other assorted old iron