1985 Renault 5 Le Car (GTL) 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland
Character and rarity, but requires patience
The car has overheated quite a few times, but this is now fixed by 'careful' driving.
Needed a top engine rebuild, as there was no compression (kindly done by a friend for a few pints).
Heater did not work, same with the fan once the heater was fixed.
Driver side shock absorber fell off (due to poor fitting by the dog of previous owner).
Despite the problems I love my Renault Five. I deliberately chose the mark 1 version, as it had more personality than the newer ones.
I hope to keep it for long and to put it back into pristine condition (eventually).
I don't particularly recommend it for people with no mechanical experience, as it requires some attention. However, if you would like to learn about car mechanics it is a good starting point, I have learned a load already.
Hope no more problems arise!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th March, 2001