1990 Renault 5 Campus 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland
Another excellent car by Renault
The horn unit went shortly after buying the car - this is a common design fault on the Renault 5, the horn traps water and rots away.
The Renault 5 is an excellent first car providing comfort, reliability and most importantly it is very cheap to run. Mine has only done 42 000 and it is 14 years old.
The service costs are very cheap, I had the timing, timing belt, brakes (new servo and pads), horn done for £160!! This is just general wear and tear though.
It picks up quite well for a 1.1 and maintains its speed very well on motorways no problem.
I used to own a G Rover Metro, a total rust bucket. I would recommend a Renault 5 to anyone who is looking for a cheap, but cheerful first car or a runabout.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th January, 2004
I totally agree that the Rover Metro is a total rust bucket!
The Renault 5 is an excellent car, great fun to drive with a sturdy long lasting build compared too many of todays models.
I have had 4 renault 5's throughout my time and each one I have owned I have had great times and fond memories.
My latest Renault 5 is a 'H' reg, 2 door automatic.
It needed quite a bit of 'minor' work doing to it, such as interior light replacement, steering alignment, bulbs replacing on the heater control (a total pain to replace) plus several bulbs needed replacing on the actual dashboard clock display, thermostat replacement, spark plug replacement, and a good interior dash, and carpet clean due to oil and dirt. (i done a proper job by removing the seats completely)
I removed the door panels which were quite dirty and cleaned them and I am quite impressed with the results now everything is in full working order and is nice and clean.
Now I have sorted the many minor annoyances, I now need to find time to 'patch-up' a couple of very minor rust spots forming around the rear window, and the front bumper needs replacing due to a minor crack, but apart from that she runs fine, starts first time and is a pleasure to drive.
Renault 5's can be slightly expensive on parts from time to time with the lack of suppliers, but well worth it to keep your pride and joy up to scratch.
Renault 5's are a great little classic car, and a joy to drive, and I must say that this one I recently brought for just £300 is a bargain, despite the time needed to bring her back up just a little, and she even has the latest in audio technology - a D.A.B head unit!
Does the 1.1 liter have a timing belt?
I'm 95% sure as it is basically the same engine as the old 1.4 unit it has a chain which should last engine's life time all being well.
Watch out for Renault service they are very nice, if you don't know about cars, but quick to take your money.
I have just bought a Renault 5 campus and I'm finding parts very hard to come by. is anyone else having this problem or am I just unlucky?
Parts shouldn't be any real problem. Dealers should have most stuff, but otherwise most motor factors will have general wear and tear items (filters, plugs). I have also found ebay a good source of bits and pieces too. And scrapyards of course.