BODY BEAU­TI­FUL

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

De­spite its rel­a­tive youth, cor­ro­sion can be savage; and it’s this that’s most likely to turn a 5 into a parts car. Don’t ever buy one with­out first in­spect­ing it from un­der­neath, as the floor­pans, front sub­frame and chas­sis rails all rot badly. Expect cor­ro­sion be­hind the head­lights (in­side the front wings), in the sills, and be­hind the front and back bumpers. The lat­ter is hard to see but if things are re­ally bad, you’ll see see day­light if you look in­side the boot. If you’re look­ing at a GT Turbo there’s also the spec­tre of poorly re­paired crash dam­age; a lot of these hot hatches have been crashed or just badly mod­i­fied. Panel avail­abil­ity is good; de­cent used doors, tail­gates and bon­nets are plen­ti­ful. Re­nault can sup­ply more bits than you may think but with so many cheap used parts, very few own­ers buy new com­po­nents for their 5s.

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