- Rusty, rotten bottom. Had to be fixed for £200 (180000 km).
- Cylinder head gasket blew due to overheating (195000 km). My own fault, I drove top speed (160 km/h) about 40 km in combination with hot summer weather (32 celsius).
- New brake system (197000 km).
- New rear window, defroster didn't work (197000 km).
I got this car in summer 1998. This 5 was one of the first of the new series "Supercinq" (1984-1996). I got it for £200. A bargain, but it was kinda worn-out. It had run 174000 km.
Motor and technical parts were good and you couldn't find a rusty spot on the paint. But of course, a bargain wouldn't be a bargain if something was wrong. In this case, it was the bottom of the car. It was so rusty you could easily pinch a hole in it with your finger! I could choose between 2 options: take it to the demolition firm or repair it. I chose the last option.
I started to love this car and apart from overheating once, it never lets me down. It always starts immediately, even in cold winters. Enough power and good acceleration in combination with low fuel consumption. But not that fast despite its engine size (1.4 liter). Actually, it's the same motor as used in the GT Turbo, but without the turbo. It's noisy at speed, but what would you expect from a car from '84. Sometimes hiccups if you put your foot down suddenly. The GTL has a 5-speed transmission.
This GTL was one of the most luxurious Renault 5s in 1984. It has a luxurious interior trim with very comfortable seats and a Renault Audio System. But don't expect to find power windows, an external mirror on the passengers side or an interval on the window wipers. As said in other reviews, the plastic trim fades and looks tatty and dated after a while, the same goes for the exterior plastics.
For its age this car is surprisingly reliable. Parts are cheap. But most of all, it's fun to drive this 16-year old Renault. Always take a look at the bottom when you're planning to buy a Renault 5, especially the versions before 1988 which could be very bad.