1990 Renault 5 GTS 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Good, but keep on top of the repairs
Well - what went wrong.
1.Picked the car up from this chap said it "Needs a good run" Discovered front left - (When sat driving) caliper was seized shut new pads got eaten before it unseized - major white smoke from wheel and bonnet dip - had to park and wait for cool down then drove OK until next pad fitted.
2. Overheated engine from Electric fan switch faulty - scrap replace fixed.
3. Major whirring from body cavity at 15mph plus thought wheel bearing - so loud! could not identify so ran to company in London who found front and only Differential stuffed - had to strip bottom of engine to replace as unlike other FWD cars is actually in the Engine - all done quiet now - can talk to partner.
4. Obvious wearing components - tyres, wipers Oh and faulty plug / in / out heater fan.
5. Fault at present is steering - round corner left OK - (at speed) then as straightening up to straight line car "Clunks from front end - and over steers to right!!!
That's after a M.O.T. and garage inspection, I think track rod ends, bottom pins or bushes on stabiliser bar. When we have some more money I think we will change the steering rack as the gaiters are on their way!
All in all it's an OK car 50mpg long runs starts well always no intermittant wipers though winding on wiper motor went when wiper stuck with ice to screen.
Cost us £350 but with all repairs = £1,346.49 in total for two years motoring I realise some expensive cars depreciate by that and the fact its not a magnet for car thieves.
So it runs and runs and runs - I hope.
Good reliable car - no rust body except windscreen surround - fill the join with sealant to solve - and maintain oil and water - see if we can sell it for what we got it for, with a years ticket next M.O.T, once I figure the steering problem or maybe it will go on and on and on.
P.S. If anyone reading this has same model or had one with same fault please put the remedy here or Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thks.
I think this site is great for finding out about faults, I will use it before I get my next car maybe a Renault!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th October, 2005
CV joint may be your "clunking" problem at the front. Ball joints easy and cheap to replace. Track rod ends, on the steering rack, even easier to replace. Don't give up. The engines and g/boxes are very straightforward components, unlike modern cars. Rust shouldn't be a serious problem.