1987 Renault 5 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1987 Renault 5 GT Turbo 1.4 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

Mega

Faults:

You name it, it's broke, and been repaired, so unless you like working on Renaults, or you won the lottery, don't buy it. However, if you want a car that goes like the proverbial dirt off a shovel then buy it, but try to make sure you get a recent well looked after model.

General Comments:

Just ensure you have two things on your hands........... time and money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2000

1987 Renault 5 TL Rio 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles

Summary:

Excellent all-rounder

Faults:

New distributor cap solved wet starting problems.

New interior as standard seats are flimsy.

Now on third windscreen.

Top mount fell off radiator so replaced radiator.

General wear on suspension.

General Comments:

Advice - get larger wheels. Excellent handling with wider tyres compared to skinny standard ones. Not that bad on the motorway, can keep up with traffic without too many problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2000

1987 Renault 5 GT Turbo 1.4 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

The piece of crap blew up.

General Comments:

The car was fast but only until the head gasket blew. I thought they were supposed to last. Maybe not.

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

Review Date: 10th May, 1999

1987 Renault 5 TL 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Seat frame broke, CV boot, wheel bearing.

General Comments:

The best car I've ever owned.

My first car was a 1985 TL, which my sister now has. It's at 150,000 miles and hasn't let us down once in 5 years, apart from the seat frame breaking.

My current 5 has a full service history and a genuine 60,000 miles. There is absolutely no rust and apart from the faults above (seat frames are an inherent fault I'm told), it's started first time every time (even at -8 degrees C last winter). It consistently returns 42mpg and has good acceleration for the engine size, probably because of the low miles. It's been converted to unleaded fuel, and has an alarm / immobiliser linked to aftermarket central locking, CD player and a host of other gadgets. I've been offered £1200 for it, not bad when I paid only £700 a year ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 1999

1987 Renault 5 TL 1.1 petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10

Faults:

Sometimes while running at high speeds (for such a small engine 120kmh is high..) the front wheels started to produce a loud rumble. Dealer said it came from the tires (Bridgestones) when getting hot! Can you believe that? With new Michelins I had the same problems, even in the winter.

Battery dead, my fault.

Small engine problem; stopped breathing.

General Comments:

Great car for city driving. Missed the interval on the window wipers, and especially the wiper on the back which was not present in this very, very, very spartan version.

Engine is not fast, but low on fuel consumption. On longer runs get the seats replaced by real ones.

It doesn't rust! (compared to the 4 series and previous fivers it will last forever).

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

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews