1982 Renault 5 GLT 1.4 litre from UK and Ireland
A lovable little car with a personality
Fuel pump conked out at about 100,000 miles, but the scrappy is a gold mine for cheap bits. Original parts cost a king's ransom.
CV boots seem to 'go' with disturbing frequency.
A solid little run around with excellent reliability.
The handling was very good and the grip wonderful.
The seats and suspension were hard, and so long distance hauls were a chore.
The build quality was very good and the engine responsive.
The clutch was a nightmare, and you needed a bionic left leg to depress it. The gear shift was very positive (stiff).
Needless to say, being a small hatch back, the carrying capacity was... that of a small hatch back.
The Renault 5 was an endearing little car and parting was such sweet sorrow. We had a lot of laughs in it, and enjoyed frustrating it by asking just too much!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th April, 2008