FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
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.