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Now heres an absolute gem of a car......now i'm not saying its a diamond, because this car is not without its faults and is definitely not for the faint hearted!! These cars are prone to over heating....even engine fires are not uncommon! Looking past this though, you find me a car with more grunt and more character for the money and I'll eat my hat!
These cars are all fixer uppers now and you'd be hard pushed to find one in amazing condition, but, provided you are aware of the work you need to put into these to get them running well, you'll definitely get a few looks at the traffic lights!
i've had two of these little beauties and had to get rid just because i was too young to insure them!
I think I should give a brief history of the car.
The 5 turbo was a 2nd gen in 1985 to keep inline with its competitor at the time, the Pug 205 gti.
now then engine set up used was fairly dated and by no means the best available at the time, i remember some one telling me parts of the engine set up dated back to the 1950's !! Now this wasnt all a bad thing, yes it was a slightly ancient set up, but t did weigh next to nothing... i think the the whole car weighed a measly 850kg and was 115bhp, this thing could almost take off!
The seats are with out doubt still my favourite, most comfortable seats ever! As the car had go kart like handling, you need seats that are gonna keep you firmly planted and in control of the car! They do exactly what they say on the tin. Not only do they keep you well planted but they are also comfortable too ( keeps you comfortable while waiting for the recovery services on the motorway!!)
Seriously though looking past its cheap and dodgy build, no car has ever put a bigger smile on my face when I stamp the noisy pedal!
I don't know what it is about this car but its a classic and an icon of the late 80's and early 90's!
If you've got a spare £2k you could get yourself a fixer and fix it!
great fun and a cheap to insure.
Three years ago i bought a brand new clio 1.2rn, one with the bubble shaped back. It had been the most reliable car i had ever had untill 6 months ago i over took someone with the engine at 6500revs. The cam belt snapped and i was left with a complete disaster under the bonnet! For the past two years i have spent a small fortune doing all the bodykit and alloys etc. 3 months ago i had the option of putting a new 1.2 back in the car (min 1200quid) So i paid 2500quid for a R5GTT lump, laguna gearbox and brakes and a paddle clutch. It has to be the best feeling going from a standard 1.2 to the beatiful sound of the R5GTT engine, i have no sound insulation for the engine so the turbo sings while you drive. The engine isnt as reliable as the last but goes like a rocket and so far has had no problems accept minor electrical ones which just needed a thourogh search for loose wires etc. As for the renault 5 in general, i had a campus 1.1 which in two years before i rallyed it to death never gave me a problem, if it didnt start first time it was usually the distributor cap and moisture, no probs. My advice, get a good turbo R5 and have fun.
I Love This Car! I'm just about to buuy one to modify. I think it is super car to modify. You can pick this cars up 2nd hand for as little as £150/£250 up to nearer £1500 depending what condition they're in. If you buy them ready modified then they'll cost more. Price will vary on the modified cars because of what they've had done to the car. This car is a very good car to modify and it's rather popular too. U can get great body kits for it and fat spoilers, chips, engines, injections, exhausts, alloys and much more for it. This car is good either modified or just a standard normal car to drive about in. But if i were u i'd modify it. There is so much fun in modifying. When modifying your car once u've done the exterior u can add a bit of ice (in car entertainment) such as fat subs, tweeters, amps ps2, TVs, head units neons 'in and out of your car', upgrade ur seats to sports seats upgrade the dash board the list goes on and on. This car is great to modify!!!
I got one of these just recently and I must admit I am quite happy with it. Like all second hand cars it is not perfect but it does have things going for it. My own model is a 1108 cc and does 40+ mpg. Parker's guide tells us that it does in the range 38-62 mpg (as far as I remember). I had hoped for nearer to the 60 than I get but you can't have everything. It is quite a nippy vehicle, which comes I think as a surprise to the baseball cap wearing Nova drivers who you tend to find tailgating you at some point in life. You can see the look of bewilderment, as you glance into your rear view mirror, as you quickly speed up when you get into a 60mph zone. I paid £400 for this little number as it was a 1988 model. Although you can pick them up for cheaper than this, this particular example had been well maintained and does not look, nor indeed, act its age. As you might expect, the interior styling is a little angular and it is not difficult to hit the windscreen wiper control as you roll down the window. The dashboard is littered with little cubby holes for God knows what (a couple of packets of three perhaps) and there are the usual holders in the front doors. There is a fair bit of room inside the vehicle. For those of us who have not graced the five foot zone since teen zeit it makes a pleasant change to be in a car that doesn't have you cleaning the ceiling with your hair. The exterior styling has stood the test of time. It is quite distinctive without being garish. Worth considering if you want a reliable, reasonably economical (oops, nearly forgot, you may have to use 4 star) vehicle that is unlikely to have been the car of choice of the boy racer ( this last comment does not alas apply to the GT versions of the 5).
I love my Renault 5, it's simply great. It looks cute and friendly, drives well, is cheap to run and insure, and will go on for ever. I bought my 5 in the summer of 1999. It's caused me no major problems really, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap way of motoring. For starters, the fuel consumption is great. I've got a 1.1 campus, and she does about 40-50 mpg, which I can't complain about. Drive-wise, french cars tend to have soft suspension, giving you that "sailing in a boat" sensation. I love it, but some people don't, and the Renault 5 is one of the softest cars I've driven, you've been warned! It's like driving a go-kart at times, and going into corners at even quite slow speeds can be great fun, which is what I like about it. They don't make them like that these days. Visibility is fantastic, you sit very high in the car, and stearing is surprisingly light for no power assisted stearing (I'm comparing to the Peugeot 205 which is really hard work in multistorey car parks!). It's great on the motorway, easily getting to 90-100 (naughty me), and is fine around town, of course. Needless to say the turning circle is great. One thing I would say is that accelleration isn't too hot, but for me that's fantastic, because the insurance is relatively cheap (about 350 quid a year fully comp for a 19 year old female isn't too bad!). Look around you when you're next out and about. There are loads of Renault 5s out there. If they are looked after well, they live for many miles, although rust is a common problem with these little beauties, especially on the sills under the doors. On thing to add here is that my battery died last winter, which was a bit of a pain. When I changed it I realised it was the original, which was 11 years old! Not too bad really. Looking inside the car, the interior is actually quite funky and forward looking with lots of little cu
bby holes in which to bung tapes and general "stuff". My 5 was made 12 years ago in 1989, and the styling is very modern thinking about it. I like it becaue it's fairly simple and sparse, and the buttons for the rear washers and heaters etc are cool. It's very "square", the indicators and wiper levers are square, and so is the gear knob, which I love as it's sort of sporty and chunky, again, forward looking again from Renault. I've been told that the ride in the back is comfortable. A couple of little touches which I find interesting are the fact that the rear wiper only works on intermittent (which is all you really need), and if you leave the windscreen wipers on when you turn off the ignition, and then cancel the lever after it's all switched off, the wiper blades return to horizontal. I think that's cool. I'm impressed with the load space too. I can easily get a suitcase, television, hifi, full desktop pc, 4 large boxes of books and loads of other things in there to get to University. Again, comparing to the 205, the load space is deeper (as the spare wheel is underneath the car rather than in the boot), and so the space available is probably more useful as a result. The car drives absolutely fine when fully loaded. Parts-wise, I've been told that there can be difficulties in getting some parts from Renault, although I've never experienced this as I've never really needed any, which is good! I've also been told that parts are expensive, but again, there are ways and means of not spending too much, and I haven't had to. As for security, another thing that Renault have done which is good is to have a separate ignition key from the door keys. Seems silly, but from a security point of view, it's a good idea. All in all, it's a lovely, tight little car, and I love them.
I had a three door 1.7 GTX R5 from new, this being my first new car. Ironically, my old warhorse MK1 Golf GTI had finally gone west ,and without a large deposit, a new car was the only one I could afford ( you know, £99 down etc.) Despite foreknowledge that Renault's build quality was suspect, the car never gave any problems in that direction. Having some aspirations to be top-of-the-range along with the GT Turbo, it felt OK, but this could have been down to better sound-proofing. Slamming the doors soon showed it up. The combination of small car with large engine was great (in straight lines, at least). I used to have great fun on motorways, after being flashed to get out of the way by some fat git in a Jag. I'd accelerate AND pull over and watch them wheeze past at about 1 mph more than me! In power to weight, it was about the same as the contemporary XR2 Fiesta but didn't look so flash. Cornering was a strictly French affair, with lots of roll. Fuel economy was very good on long runs, 50+ mpg being just possible, thanks to the understressed engine and high top gear. One major niggle - clutch cables. It went through them quicker than some cars empty their washer bottles. To avoid being stranded, I kept one with me, so all the AA man had to do was fit it, not go off and find one. Also, to engineer the fault out of the system, I had one fitted at every second service. If there are any around, don't be beguiled by equipment levels, make sure it works instead. At least the 1.7 engine (also used in Dutch-built Volvos) should have been good for high mileages. Mine was sold with 72K on the clock, and still felt good, having only been troublesome within the first month, which was down to a faulty carburettor (what's that I hear you cry).
~ ~ The Renault 5 “Gordini” Turbo was the predecessor to the highly rated and successful Renault 5 GT Turbo. This car was one of the first “hot” hatchbacks, and spawned such competitors as the Volkswagen Golf GTi and the Peugeot 205 Gti. ~ ~ I bought my “Gordini” in the late 1980’s. It was a 1984 model, and one owner, with average mileage. (about 50K, I think) Like a lot of the cars I have owned, this car was bought on impulse. I was indulging one of my hobbies, namely nosing around second hand car lots, when I spotted it sitting tucked away in a corner. It looked “different” to the standard models, which is what first caught my eye. ~ ~ A half-hour test drive later and I was “smitten”. This was/is a SERIOUSLY fast little car. It boasts a 1.4 Litre turbocharged engine, which when given its head, could compete favourably on speed with much larger and illustrious competitors. I'm not 100% certain of the 0 to 60-mph time, but if I were to hazard a guess, I would probably put it around the six to seven second mark. ~ ~ I still remember one little incident with some relish. On the motorway one day, and sitting behind a slower moving vehicle in the outside lane, I was suddenly made very rudely aware of the presence of a Jaguar XJ6, which had come up behind me at speed, and was now proceeding to both flash his lights and pump his horn to try to overtake. Where he thought he was going is another question, as he would still have had to pass the car in front of me, who was in no hurry to pull over. ~ ~ Eventually, the car in front decided to let me pass, and I decided to have a bit of fun. “Pedal to the Metal”, and my tiny Gordini reared up on its rear tyres, and as the turbo kicked in, left the Jaguar wallowing in its wake. What was memorable was the look of absolute astonishment on the face of the Jag driver; if his jaw had dropped any further
he would have had to book himself in for a face-lift. ~ ~ The car interior was fairly basic, although the previous owner had fitted some very comfortable “Recarro” sports seats in the front. All that distinguished it from the standard Renault 5 of the day was a rev counter and dials for oil and voltage readings. ~ ~ On the outside, it had colour-coded bumpers and mirrors, and a set of tiny spots set in the front spoiler. A nice set of alloy wheels, and a big, fat set of Pirelli tyres (I can’t remember the size) kept her nice and firmly on the tarmac. Although, in fairness, great care had to be taken in wet conditions, as it had a most disconcerting habit of sliding all over the road if the accelerator was pushed too hard. ~ ~ However, this was not a practical car. Nothing about the mechanics or electrics was standard Renault issue, with the result that any repairs tended to run into overdraft territory. And it was temperamental, with a bad habit of letting you down at the wrong time. Eventually, it was this that led me into parting with the car. But to this day, my wife grieves its passing, as I bought it on the pretext of a “car for the wife”.
I’ve owned my 1989 Phase 2 GT Turbo for a few months now – it’s my second car (to a Renault 19 16v), which I bought for something to work on, and something fun and smaller to throw around the country lanes. The build quality is typical of late 80’s Renault basically – although my car seems to suffer less squeaks and rattles than my 1994 Renault 19 – others aren’t so lucky. Mechanically sound in standard trim, they do tend to get abused – so watch carefully for thrashed, smokey and rattly engines. The bodywork can rust badly if not cared for – so that is another area to check before buying. Have a look at the buying guide on the UK Owners Club site for good information – www.gtturbo.org It’s best to buy a totally standard, late model (Phase 2) car, with low miles if you can – high milers, and modified cars tend to be thrashed. It’s good to try and get a car with at least some (full is rare) service history. The spec is good for a car of it’s age – electric windows, optional sunroof, front foglamps, adjustable seats with good side bolsters etc. Certainly a very good package for the prices you can pick them up for these days. If you are after a fast, fun car for the weekend – and you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then I’d say go for it! You’ll not regret it.
This is such a mint car. It is like a little pocket rocket and it is one of the finest hot hatches ever built. It has stlye, power, and plenty of finesse to make it that little bit better than the rest. From the stylish grille to the spoiler on the back it is a fine specimen of man made machinery. It has a huge fan base and is highly regared as one of the most tweakable cars available. Barely ever is there a Max Power without a maxed up R5 GT in it, which says a lot about the cars caliber. I cannot afford one of these little beautys because the insurance is so high but as soon as i can, i will be straight into the back pages of Max Power looking for that illusive bargain.
This was the first real car I brought and it was brilliant, I had it for nearly 4 years, even though it was an E reg and it was billiant, I had only a few things wrong with it the whole time I had it and they were mainly wear and tear and each MoT only cost me about £100 or less. I brought it 4 years ago and it only cost me £1300.00 and it was well worth it's money. It was also very economical to use (when peterol prices aren't sky high) it used to cost me about £20 to fill up and although I only went on short journeys that would last me about 2 weeks and I didn't find the parts that much more expensive compared to other makes, the insurance premiums was always quite low too. I had to sell it a few months ago, we didn't need two cars anymore and mine was the oldest and I didn't really want it to go, if I ever needed to buy another car I would seriously consider buying another Renault.
If you want to buy a first car, or you are on a budget, then this is the car for you. I have owned three Renault 5’s so far and all three have been worth every penny I have spent on them. They are relatively cheap to buy (if you compare them with similar Ford Fiesta models or Metros) but can be more expensive than other makes to maintain as the parts have to be imported from France. They use very little fuel but do have a big tank so a full tank of petrol lasts me for just over a month at a time (I do about 6000 miles per year). I have also had a horrible crash in one of them, I turned the car upside down twice and while the car itself was a write-off, I didn’t even get a scratch! Very reliable and great for a first car as they are not expensive to buy second hand.