1991 Renault 5 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1991 Renault 5 Campus Diamond 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles

Summary:

Fun, cheap and cheerful say no more

Faults:

Just the radiator, one day it decided to leek all over the place and the next it got me 60 miles without going wrong. I bought one from a scrap yard for 5 pounds.

It failed its MOT due to a near side passenger ball joint on the steering column.

It had a slight amount of rust on the wheel arch. I corrected the problem and no problems since.

The bonnet has got a slight whole in it too.

General Comments:

The Plus points.

It is a lovely cheap, fun loving car. The insurance is cheap, it does 42 miles + to the gallon and can get you and four other passengers from a to b. With a 1.1 one engine it is nifty to fifty and can stop just as quick. The boot space is surprisingly big and I managed to fit a bike in the back with the seats rear seats folded down. The front seats are comfortable and the backs not so bad either. I have great appreciation for this car as

It is my first and I passed my test in it too. The tax is in the lower band bracket.

Against

Limited rear legroom, cheap plastic until I made it shine. The sunroof is hard to open.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th August, 2002

1991 Renault 5 GT Turbo 1.4 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

You have got to have one - a bit like a cossie

Faults:

Starter Motor failed after over heating from turbo.

Turbo heat-shield disintegrated.

Fog lamps stopped working.

Carburettor needed rebuilding.

Downpipe corroded.

Radiator Fan stopped working.

Intercooler split.

Steering wheel squeaks and screaches.

Heater fan rattles.

Electric windows are faulty.

Central locking button flashes the headlamps?

Head gasket failed.

Water cooling/heating pipes leaked.

Suspension top mounts have failed.

General Comments:

This is the driving experience of a lifetime! £200 boosted the car performance to 165 brake horse power.

Handling is firm and direct, and the steering is a joy. The feedback up the steering wheel is so good that you can tell what the road kill had for dinner.

Overheating problems are fixed with a £15 low temperature cooling fan switch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2002

1991 Renault 5 GT Turbo 1.4 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carRenault 5 Turbo

Summary:

Pocket rocket

Faults:

New clutch at 71,000 miles.

New front wheel bearing at 72,000 miles.

New S/S exhaust at 68,000 miles.

Many performance modifications too!!!

General Comments:

These cars are seriously rapid, up the boost and they're even better.

The interior in some cars has suffered over time, but if you look closely you'll always find a good one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2001

1991 Renault 5 GT Turbo Phase 2 1.4 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carFiat Panda Super

Summary:

Come get some!

Faults:

Wrong tires and alloys were fitted when bought.

Starter motor failed.

Anti-percolation fan and wiring was missing.

Water leaking from radio antenna.

Both front springs were cut before purchase and snapped.

Original 3" exhaust failed.

Spark plug on head was cross threaded by a mechanic at the last service before purchase and had to be helicoiled.

Horn/heater/rear wiper/front fogs were all not working.

Clutch cable snapped twice in 12 months!

General Comments:

Even though I only had a Panda before buying I have driven many cars and this beats all hot hatches and holds its own against some bigger motors.

I was looking for a clean car but I found it impossible to find a R5GTT totally clean and free of faults.

Despite it's faults this car has full service history (not at Renault), low miles and a full new leather interior and re-con turbo.

All the faults listed have been fixed as I'm a good mechanic which you have to be to own one of these cars and stand a chance.

I have replaced many parts with better equipment like a Peco 4" exhaust and new tyres and alloys.

I will never get rid of this car unless I stack it, nothing beats this car for sheer kicks and price, new or old.

If your gonna buy one, get it now, there's not many left in good nick, a good tip is to buy another one that's wrecked like I did to use as spares.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th February, 2001

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 12 reviews