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Renault R5 Revisited



  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,603
    I had a couple of 505 diesel wagons.

    These are TOUGH, rugged cars that hold a lot and they have seats that are the most comfortable you will ever sit in.

    But, yeah, strange, oddball cars. It took about a four step procedure just to turn the head lights on as I recall.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    Yeah, I liked the Peugeots I had...certainly more reliable than any Saab I ever owned. But nobody, as in NOOOOO-Body....wants to help you work on them, and parts can be tough. Also stay away from the turbo 505s.

    The 504 was the best model they made, IMO. They ride great, run forever if cared for, and are quite comfortable, economical, and utterly worthless if you need to buy a parts car. Nothing rides as well, not even a Benz or BMW of that era.

    What you have to get used to with French cars is that odd combination of excellent handling but LOTS of body roll.


  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,704
    I do hate to ask this, but did you find the Peugeots to be more reliable or durable than Volvos from the same era?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,603
    Now that I think of it, one of my wagons was a 504. Thre was something about that car that I can't describe but it rode like a dream.

    You're right. The shops HATE working on them and very few (if any, anymore) will.

    Even the oil drain plug requred some bizarre wrench.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I really have no sound basis to judge reliability of a 504 Peugeot over a 142 or 242 Volvo, but I can say with total assurance that a Peugeot is far more comfortable and fun to drive and just as sturdy. Probably what might hurt Peugeot reliability is the lack of adequate parts and service, leading to postponed maintenance and botched repairs from incompetent people.

    I think in France a Peugeot would be just as reliable as a Volvo, as long as you stay away from a) turbos and b) the not-so-good models, like the...was it....604? Of course Volvo made bad cars, too, like their diesel and their own 164 and 264 series....

    So you know, it depends on what models you compare to what models. The newer compact and subcompact Peugeot turbo diesels are fabulous little cars to drive but I have no idea about how they hold up.


  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,603
    That was the problem. People would defer maintenance or take them to shops who didn't understand them. Those diesels were strong and long lasting but people who had no business owning one would just kill them.

    There was a guy around here who specialized in them and had a pretty captive market. He pulled no punches and he would give stern lectures to abusive owners. If the abuse or neglect was severe, we would simply refuse their business.

    I remember he once told me, that a well maintained Peugeot Diesel could easily go 300,000 miles an more but the average owner would "kill" them in about 150,000 miles.

    My buddy bought a 604 Turbo Diesel new and drove it withou major incident for something like 230,000 miles. he dumped it when the heater core started leaking...I think it called for 14 hours of miserable labor plus parts!
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,511
    Go to Buenos Aires and you'll see (and smell) hundreds of 504 diesel taxis. I imagine they're experts at maintenance. (sorry for the big pic)

  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    My amsoil rep when I ran my shop had a Turbo Diesel wagon that ended up with the same fate as your friends. It went to about 275,000 miles before something broke that they couldn't get the part for.

    The guy next to me could fix any of those, "funny fogiun cars" as people in southern Virginia used to call them. He pronounced thew wagon DOA after he saw what part has failed. You just couldn't get them in the US anymore.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    Renault Samsumg Motors., the South Korean affiliate of French automaker Renault, unveiled Monday (Nov. 19) its first ever SUV, the QM5 which will go on sale in the domestic market from early December. The same car but with a different grille will also be available under the Renault brand as the Koleos in 2008. The QM5 is based on the underpinnings of the Nissan Qashqai crossover which has proven quite successful in Europe. This is the news.
    How can a company in the US import such a vehicle? It has supper off-road and on-road characteristics by the use of a switch (on/off). When it is ‘on’ all the AWD and front and rear suspension are affected electronically.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    They can only import it by building it to USA Federal specification. I suppose they could sneak a few in as museum pieces or race cars.


  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    Perhaps the same could be said for cars imported into Europe (specifications). The reliability of American cars is just appalling.
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