1988 Renault 5 Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1988 Renault 5 GTX 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Starter motor, the metal bit just inside the gearbox that the drive shaft goes into (technical description - cost £500 to repair!)

General Comments:

Nice car, fast, comfortable. Much less common than XR2. Expensive parts. Main dealer had car for 2 days and couldn't diagnose the gearbox problem, another Renault specialist garage found the problem in 30 minutes. Red paint suddenly faded dramatically.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

3rd Nov 2001, 01:51

I have a red Renault 5 GTS which is the 1.4 litre, the model down from the GTX, I have also found the red paint to fade, mainly on the mudguards (wings) and the rear tailgate.

1988 Renault 5 GT Turbo 1.4 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

The turbo has blown twice as I thrash the hell out of it but is now replaced and I have fitted a new dump valve which has cured the problem.

I have also fitted a water cooling system.

General Comments:

Has GT Turbo side skirts, rear spoiler, BB4 exhaust, lowered 50mm, 19 inch Venoms alloys - excellent condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

25th Jan 2001, 13:15

It must of taken a lot of time and effort to fit 19 inch wheels. I got 17's and I have a problem! Oh, and could you tell me how much a new Turbo on its own costs?

11th Apr 2001, 09:41

For the guy interested in how much a new turbo is: New one from Renault expensive about £350.

I managed to pick them up second hand one for £80 and one for £100.

Once removed shake turbo see if there is a rattle, if yes- don't buy. Also check the turbine blades, check not twisted or chipped.

25th Apr 2003, 10:26

I don't believe you fitted 19s on a Renault 5 you need your head looked at.

And it's a Renault 5 why do it it they look crap anyway.

1988 Renault 5 GTX 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Intermittent wipe.

Lights on dashboard.

Central locking.

Water pump.

General Comments:

Surprisingly fast and with plenty of torque. Sometimes hiccups if you put your foot down suddenly. Seems to drink petrol, but probably just needs tuning. Renault parts V. expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

1988 Renault 5 TL from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10

Faults:

Wheels all 50,000, last at 140,000km.

Catalyser at 135,000km.

Injection 140,000km.

Exhaust all 40,000 to 50,000km.

Alternator 120,000km.

Gears 140,000km.

General Comments:

The car was serviced two times badly - after that, the problems began. The engine's fine, the gearbox is not all too good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 1998

1988 Renault 5 GTTurbo 1.4 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Fuel cooler fan failed and the boot seal leaked like mad.

General Comments:

Absolute flying machine but needs good servicing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 25 reviews