French cars spotted that we don't see often..

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Michel wrote:My first girlfriend had a Renault 5.... that turned into a bonfire. My uncle had a Renault 5..... that turned into a bonfire. My R5 GTt.... turned into a bonfire. My mate's R18... turned into a bonfire...

My sis-in-law's Scenic 07 plate auto.... didn't turn into a bonfire, but it's s**t.

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Did the insurers not catch on? :)

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Gibbo2286 wrote:
Michel wrote:My first girlfriend had a Renault 5.... that turned into a bonfire. My uncle had a Renault 5..... that turned into a bonfire. My R5 GTt.... turned into a bonfire. My mate's R18... turned into a bonfire...

My sis-in-law's Scenic 07 plate auto.... didn't turn into a bonfire, but it's s**t.

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Did the insurers not catch on? :)
The only one that was ever claimed for other than my dad's Twingo was my DRK back in early 2015. The rest weren't worth the loss of NCB and hassle!

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The only R5s I have any first hand experience of didn't turn into bonfires although the GTT me & a mate caught in a car park had made a valiant effort to do so... It was parked up with steam & all gurgling hell spitting forth from the pressure cap & was just about to have cold water poured into it's overheated engine. (guess it had a bad BHG but at least they took part of our advice and boiled a few kettles worth to top it back up, whether it saved the engine or not I don't know, I'm sure they were adamant about driving home)

The other one never got near burning, the battery wouldn't have had the oomph to light a bit of wire wool & the brakes leaked all their fluid before the engine had a chance to get in on the act & overheat...

That said, an R5 (even a sporty one) is still on my bucket list to own, as are a 25, 21, Fuego and Vel Satis :D

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We hired on on Malta once, loved it (& I don't really like small cars) - I remember being particularly taken with the door pocket, carefully shaped to hold a wine bottle; si Francais!! :-D

I then determined that a 205 would be even better - & a GTI was mooted that, however, somehow morphed into a BMW 323i. Would still entertain either now (even I have to concede that an XJ40 is not the ideal device for Devon lanes :) ) but I suspect that they are now collectable &, therefore, over priced.

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Almost posted a picture of a Fiat Vignale Samantha that I though looked nice, then realised it was Italian :(

Had never heard of that one previously.

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Re: French cars spotted that we don't see often..

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ekjdm14 wrote:
13 Jun 2017, 12:00
The only R5s I have any first hand experience of didn't turn into bonfires although the GTT me & a mate caught in a car park had made a valiant effort to do so... It was parked up with steam & all gurgling hell spitting forth from the pressure cap & was just about to have cold water poured into it's overheated engine. (guess it had a bad BHG but at least they took part of our advice and boiled a few kettles worth to top it back up, whether it saved the engine or not I don't know, I'm sure they were adamant about driving home)

The other one never got near burning, the battery wouldn't have had the oomph to light a bit of wire wool & the brakes leaked all their fluid before the engine had a chance to get in on the act & overheat...

That said, an R5 (even a sporty one) is still on my bucket list to own, as are a 25, 21, Fuego and Vel Satis :D


If you ever have the chance and money, buy a well sorted late 5 GTT, E or F reg. They're the most fun you can have on 4 wheels, utterly bonkers.

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The budget I tend to buy cars within would dictate some extreme good fortune (and complete madness on behalf of the seller!). Never paid more than £400 for a car, in fact I think it's closer to 3 ton. Have to admit a GTT would be a laugh but perhaps not suited to my current style of driving, a really good base spec car with beige interior and a tiny engine would be more "me", or a bad one stripped out with a matt respray & lowered on wide steelies with hub caps...