1985 Renault 5 Le Car (GTL) 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Character and rarity, but requires patience

Faults:

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).

General Comments:

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

1985 Renault 5 TC 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good car for looks with economy

Faults:

Brakes (replace with GT Rurbo calipers and disks).

Front suspension is very soft (replace with new harder springs (Koni, Spax, Avon...)

General Comments:

Easy to get parts for because most GT Turbo parts will fit.

Hard to work on under the bonnet because it opens the wrong way.

Handles well with new springs and will look good with GT Turbo bumpers and side skirts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2001

1985 Renault 5 TL 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A car for tight people

Faults:

The usual wear and tear items, brakes, tyres etc.

General Comments:

The most basic and slow car I have ever driven, had a nasty habit of cutting out when pulling away from junctions.

Ran it on buttons, and it always started (eventually!).

It was making all sorts of terminal sounding noises when I got rid of it.

Quite rust resistant, which was surprising as most of the older Renault 5's I see are rustier than the Titanic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th March, 2001

1985 Renault 5 TL 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Simple to fix, small, light, no serious problems

Faults:

Leaky passenger door seal, results in a puddle in the passenger foot well.

Leaky radiator, replaced most of the coolant system.

Alternator blew and battery leaked, due to old age.

General Comments:

Fantastic first car. Solid as a rock and simple to fix.

Lightness makes for a relatively nippy vehicle, slow to warm up but fairly smooth after that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2001

1985 Renault 5 TL 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Cheap and chic

Faults:

Alternator failed at 80,000 miles.

Front brake pads/discs replaced every 2 years. Binding problem never sorted.

Battery replacement.

Water thermostat seized so no heat coming through to the car (shortly after I bought it).

Died at the MOT because of corrosion of the front offside shocker and suspension mounting.

General Comments:

Performance sluggish to say the least, but cheap to run and a comfortable ride. Good town runabout.

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

Review Date: 5th December, 2000

1985 Renault 5 GTR 1.4 Twin Carb Injection petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Tyres last 2000 miles! Re-tune and oil change every 3 months! Shocks every year, usual service stuff every year.

Central locking, sunroof leaks, oil sensor plays up now and then, front fogs every year.

General Comments:

Very rare model, 1 of 300??? Renault refuse to service it in UK, needs to go to France for computer service.

Carbs always need tuning, but goes fast (115bhp at wheels), lowered 45mm, BB2 exhaust, K&N conversion, electric everything, leather interior, 14" 5 spoke alloys standard!

Only Yokohama make tires for this car.

Drinks petrol! (120miles per tank!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999