1990 Renault 5 Reviews

1990 Renault 5 Campus 1.1 benzin from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.1 benzin Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance112000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Buy it

Faults:

Electrics mostly.

The biggest problem I had, was the distributor to switch on the engine. I changed the battery, replaced the cables, but still had the same problem to start the car on cold and rainy days. The distributor got wet from inside and didn't made the sparks power up.

When I changed my stereo, the power turned crazy, probably my fault. Before the change, I had to replace the inner light. After, the power switches went off, and I had to replace some power fuses. Two weeks later, the rear signalization switched off for no known reason.

General Comments:

The car is perfect for city rides.

Economical and quick, and is quite comfortable inside.

Very enjoyable to drive with two persons inside, if more than 2 persons drive the car is not very powerful, especially on hilly roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2009

1990 Renault 5 GT 1.4 turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

More fun than chasing Miss World round your bedroom in your Y fronts!!

Faults:

The hybrid turbo fitted to the car when purchased gave its last blow after 10 months.

Clutch replaced.

Water pump.

Rear pads.

Exhaust down pipe.

...Now on a standard turbo. OK, they can be a bit of a money pit, but given its mileage, mine has given little trouble since owning it. It's fun, fast and worth every penny!

Luckily for me, I have an old friend who owns one and is happy to graze his knuckles and put his back out repairing mine (free!). I just pay for parts, so this helps greatly with repair costs.

This said, they are not the black art to repair as people make out, and service parts for the engine & brakes etc work out no more expensive than the average family hatch. Change the oil & filter every 3000 miles, and keep a good quality antifreeze (50/50 mix) in it, and things should be OK unless you are running massive boost. On tuned cars, the low temp fan switch is a must; this kicks the cooling fan in just before halfway on the temp gauge, keeping things cooler sooner!

General Comments:

Many are now tired and modified, but good examples can still be had.

Don't be put off by mileage over 100,000 if the car has service history.

http://www.renault5gtturbo.com/

This link has all you need to know when buying a 5 Turbo.

Loads of fun with cheap road tax and reasonable insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2007

1990 Renault 5 GTX 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance210085 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Montego

Summary:

Great fun

Faults:

Air leak on carburettor when first acquired.

Alternator and starter just worn out with age.

And now the heater control does not work - stuck on hot and the wipers do not park.

General Comments:

The car still drives like go kart.

I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2006

1990 Renault 5 TL 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired74600 miles
Most recent distance76800 miles

Summary:

Nippy and reliable

Faults:

Radiator

Very rusty brake pipe

Electrics - Battery, Brake lights, reversing light and Ignition system.

Cracked head lamp.

General Comments:

I sold this car 1 month ago, I have since bought a Citreon Saxo.

I bought the car for £50 with all the above faults. I fixed these faults for £30.

The car has been very reliable. In the 1 year that I have had it, it has broken down once due to my slightly dodgy electrics job.

Inside the car is in very good condition, considering it is 15 years old. Outside it doesn't have much rust, only a few scratches which where not caused by me.

The engine is a 47bhp 1.1 litre. Renault used the same engine in the Renault 4 I believe?

The acceleration around town is fine, quick from the traffic lights and so on. On the faster 50/60mph roads, the car will hold its speed, but you have to change down to 3rd to accelerate at any good pace above 50mph. Over taking is a bit risky, but if you boot it, then its just about OK... on a long road.

I preferred to avoid motorways whilst driving the 5. It would do 90mph at a push, but I still felt that I was overdoing it at 70.

Overall, the car was fun to drive.

It was rattly, but at the same time, strong.

If you want to get one, then I would say you should. They are rare and surprisingly reliable and strong,...well mine was.

Just remember to avoid the motorway!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 32 reviews