1989 Renault 5 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Like a cheetah with arthritis


- Radiator split in two.

- Electrical and fuse problems.

- Constantly replacing parts on the front end.

- Drive shaft had to be replaced.

- Fuel cap snapped off in my hand.

- The ventilation fan broke (twice)

- Sun roof leaking.

- And many more adventures.

General Comments:

For a 1.4 engine, it runs pretty well. It's anything but slow in the city. 1st gear 0-40, 2nd gear 40-80. Once you get out of the city and try to overtake it feels like trying to push a donkey off a cliff. Above 80 Km/h it has an acceleration (if you can call it that) similar to a cheetah with arthritis. Very economical engine. 8 L/100Km city and 6L/100Km highway. It's not bad for off road too. The car is very high and the thin tires have no problem dealing with mud or snow.

The build quality is absolutely stunning. In a bad way. The creaking, squeaking and clonking you have to put up with while driving is simply a hell on Earth. There is no way to fix it, as once you have fixed one squeak, another one replaces it. Over 30 Km/h it sounds like you are in a fighter jet. The wind and tire noise make it hard for you to hear your own thoughts. Sometimes it feels like whatever you touch breaks off in your hands. Handles, buttons, seat levers etc.

If you buy this car, be prepared to spend the same amount of money you paid for it every year on repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th April, 2009

23rd Apr 2010, 09:35

"once you have fixed one squeak, another one replaces it"

Indeed, don't fix the squeaks: put lotion on it!

Hey, I am not kidding! Find those rubber and plastic pieces that rub each other as the body twists and bends. Put lotion there and the squeaks will be gone.

1989 Renault 5 Campus 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland


When it is cold or wet, it seems very hard to start, but eventually gets there.

Some parts of the car are placed in a very bad position for the everyday man.

General Comments:

A very cheap car to run on petrol.

The body is great, but needs care to stay that way.

The engine is very nippy and I was impressed as I bought the car for 40 pounds in near great condition.

For a cheap car the interior is practical, but as you go up the market you may not see it that way.

All in all, a more than good car for the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2005

1989 Renault 5 GTS 1.4 from Sweden


Cheap and ugly


Bad connection when regulating the fan. You have to turn it up and down until you get connection.

Very hard to start at sub-zero degrees Celsius.

The outer velocity joint broke down, had to change the drive-shaft.

The front-left suspension broke and the spring ate the tire to the cord.

The engine stalls, no warning, just stalls sometimes.

General Comments:

Basically, if you get a Renault 5 you get what you pay for, not much.

The engine is very small and weak.

It's very small inside the cabin and the seats are uncomfortable.

Handling is OK if your in the city, but once you get out on the country-side with roads that actually turn you realize it is kind of odd they used to drive rally with versions of this car.

You get an awful long distance compared to what you pay for it though. Buying it is cheap and it does not consume much fuel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2005

13th Jan 2005, 16:59

My oh my... You must have gotten a lemon. I'm on my second 5 and will buy another one! My current '90 TR has in fact amazing handling, brisk acceleration (OK, up to about 80 kph, from there on it takes patience) and has never stalled, anywhere. Some things broke over the years, but I'm glad I pulled through fixing them. Nothing so serious as to not being able to keep driving for a while.

I must admit that it doesn't like cold starts, but here in Holland, we have no winters anymore, anyway...

1st Apr 2005, 06:24

Having got my 5 GTS on a whim as it was far too cheap to let go, and was looking for a car to trundle about in for a bit of fun, I am now fully converted to the great little French cars. I have aways though of them as ugly, but now they just look dated and dare I say..'classic?' Performance is good from the 1.4 as it has a light chassis and the quirky design features make it very lovable.

2nd Jul 2005, 20:38

A good heavy duty battery is necessary on a Renault 5 for cold winter starting I find. You might need several attempts before it should normally start, otherwise I found it easily goes dead. Make sure the choke is correctly adjusted and operating fully too.

29th Jun 2008, 14:22

Great wee car easy run with very good fuel consumption however the brakes are rather undesirable for my small country roads, lovely looking wee car far from 'ugly'.


13th Nov 2008, 20:06

Hey there, I just got my R5 GTS on the road again, and it's amazing. How could you not like these beautiful little cars?

One more question; can you turbo the GTS on the cheap??? Thanx.