1983 Renault 5 GTL 1.1 from UK and Ireland
This was one of my wifes worst ever buys. She loved (and still does love) small cars. At first glance it seemed like a good idea/buy how wrong can you be. Shortly after purchase the following faults manifested themselves.
Steering rack had to be replaced totally.
Brake discs screeched like an old bus -replaced.
Cv boots leaked oil -replaced.
Linkeage between gear shift and gear box parted company at busy junction just made it to safety!!
This was my one and only French car and I would never have another. The vehicle style was cute (appealed to the wife) reliability was pathetic though. I well remember taking it up Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire (steep hill) and the useless thing COULDNT make it up the hill it just didn't have the power. its very scary changing down through a gearbox and realising that theres nothing left and you still aren't making headway!!!.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th August, 2006