FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

1 HOLD BACK

Don’t be too keen to try to make im­prove­ments, be­cause Re­nault 5s are gen­er­ally best left stan­dard. Buy­ers tend to be sus­pi­cious of cars that have been mod­i­fied, so any changes may make them very hard to sell. 2 SER­VICE IT Per­haps the best thing you can do to make the car run as sweetly as pos­si­ble is to give it a good ser­vice, re­plac­ing the oil, fil­ter and spark plugs. Also re­place the coolant reg­u­larly, us­ing Re­nault’s of­fi­cial Type D; it’s dirt-cheap, even from deal­ers.

3 RUSTPROOF IT

The thing that’s by far most likely to kill your 5 is cor­ro­sion, so main­tain­ing a rust­proof­ing regime will pay div­i­dends. Fo­cus on the sills, in­ner wings and all of the other places men­tioned in the Body Beau­ti­ful sec­tion above.

4 OPEN IT UP

If your three-door car has fixed rear side win­dows, change them for open­ing ones – it’s a straight swap from a suit­able donor car. This doesn’t just boost us­abil­ity, it helps pre­vent rust – the fixed items trap con­den­sa­tion at the bot­tom, which then eats through the me­tal.

5 SPRUCE IT UP

This may sound ex­treme, but if your 5’s cabin is look­ing tatty, in­vest in a donor car with a mint in­te­rior – they’re cheap and sur­pris­ingly avail­able – and trans­plant the trim into your car. Just £100 buys a suit­able donor car, so it’s al­most daft not to.

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