This car gives it`s driver a constant knowing smile
Bottom end knocking.
Head gasket blown.
The Renault 5 GT Turbo is simply ace when the going is good (and boy is it good) and yet it is absolutely the worst when the going is bad!!
Having wanted one of these for 7 years, having a room adourned with posters - I simply had to get one. I have not been disappointed overall and am glad I ignored all the doubters.
If you have never been in a 5 turbo in full flight then you are missing out. Goes like a stink, corners on rails and owns the road when modified!!!
It is fair to say that overheating is a problem. Therefore certain mods are essential to combat this, eg Copper core radiator. Having said that it is fair to say these cars suffer from a host of problems - blown head gaskets being among the more common and painful!
If contemplating getting one, would advise you opt for the Phase 2 version to ensure you get the more reliable water cooled turbo.
What is for sure is that the pros of the car outweigh the cons, and that is why so many of us still love the car despite the pain it causes you. In terms of value for money - you can't go wrong.
A word of warning R5`s are excessively costly to maintain - you open your wallet and drop your trousers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd February, 2005