1989 Renault 5 GTS 1.4
Cheap and ugly
Bad connection when regulating the fan. You have to turn it up and down until you get connection.
Very hard to start at sub-zero degrees Celsius.
The outer velocity joint broke down, had to change the drive-shaft.
The front-left suspension broke and the spring ate the tire to the cord.
The engine stalls, no warning, just stalls sometimes.
Basically, if you get a Renault 5 you get what you pay for, not much.
The engine is very small and weak.
It's very small inside the cabin and the seats are uncomfortable.
Handling is OK if your in the city, but once you get out on the country-side with roads that actually turn you realize it is kind of odd they used to drive rally with versions of this car.
You get an awful long distance compared to what you pay for it though. Buying it is cheap and it does not consume much fuel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th January, 2005
My oh my... You must have gotten a lemon. I'm on my second 5 and will buy another one! My current '90 TR has in fact amazing handling, brisk acceleration (OK, up to about 80 kph, from there on it takes patience) and has never stalled, anywhere. Some things broke over the years, but I'm glad I pulled through fixing them. Nothing so serious as to not being able to keep driving for a while.
I must admit that it doesn't like cold starts, but here in Holland, we have no winters anymore, anyway...
Having got my 5 GTS on a whim as it was far too cheap to let go, and was looking for a car to trundle about in for a bit of fun, I am now fully converted to the great little French cars. I have aways though of them as ugly, but now they just look dated and dare I say..'classic?' Performance is good from the 1.4 as it has a light chassis and the quirky design features make it very lovable.
A good heavy duty battery is necessary on a Renault 5 for cold winter starting I find. You might need several attempts before it should normally start, otherwise I found it easily goes dead. Make sure the choke is correctly adjusted and operating fully too.
Great wee car easy run with very good fuel consumption however the brakes are rather undesirable for my small country roads, lovely looking wee car far from 'ugly'.
Hey there, I just got my R5 GTS on the road again, and it's amazing. How could you not like these beautiful little cars?
One more question; can you turbo the GTS on the cheap??? Thanx.