1980 Renault 5 Reviews

1980 Renault 5 TL 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carRenault 12


Light, efficient, Fun. Why do small cars these days need to be so big?


Radiator developed leak shortly after purchase (fixed with Rad-weld)

Fuel Pump started leaking oil (split diaphragm, replaced pump)

Brake Fluid then joined in the act leading to a new master cylinder.

General old car problems (noisy heater fan, failed clock, dead bulbs on instrument panel and rust everywhere!)

General Comments:

I loved my Five, and still miss it today. I contemplated keeping it in storage until I had the money to restore it, but things didn't work out that way.

It leaked every possible fluid, but didn't fail to start or get me home. Until I decided to have it tuned by a professional firm who ruined all the settings rendering it hard to start. A bit of tinkering by me got it back to its best.

I think I was the first owner to clean it and the faded red paint came up nicely with some polish. The interior too had been heavily smoked in, but this too came up like (nearly) new. Drivers seat had sagged badly and split, but wasn't uncomfortable.

Rust claimed it. The bottom of the front wing and door bottoms were the most obvious areas affected. But it was the rear suspension towers that caused the most concern. They had been repaired, but the repair was poor and eventually the whole structure became unsafe.

Despite its age and the fact it had been abused (poor thing) it always gave good economy and was happiest cruising at 55 on a straight road. It would do 75 no problem, but it was never happy at that speed. My dad always told me to treat and old car like an old lady. Good advise to any owner of an old car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

1980 Renault 5 GTL 1.4 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1883
Engine and transmission 1.4 gas Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carMG BGT


Extremely well-suited for urban use


Thermofan, 1 fuse.

General Comments:

Efficient, rugged, comfortable performer in the N.Y.C. urban environment (salt, acid rain, potholes, gridlock, tight parallel parking, start-stop short-distance driving, etc.).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th December, 2000

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews