Peugeot 205 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1988 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance14500 miles
Previous carRenault Fuego

Summary:

Fast, comfortable, cheap and wonderful

Faults:

Ignition leads, normal for its age.

Hatch badly rusted.

Headlight leaked.

Constant idling problems.

General Comments:

Really enjoyed owning this car, it was comfortable and very quick.

It had the original 1.6 injected motor, which was surprisingly economic, it returned around 32mpg on a regular basis.

The steering was heavy and clutch was difficult in stop start traffic, but was amazing to drive on open country roads.

Was very reliable in all the time I owned it. I used it mainly to commute to work, which was a 120km round trip.

Very comfortable seats, and large boot once the seats were folded down. While playing bass guitar in a band, I managed to fit in 2 large speaker cabinets, 1200W amplifier, bass guitar, a few drums and part of our P.A. in the back and passenger seat.

The plastic used on the interior was of pretty poor quality, and rattled and squeaked.

The only thing that I really disliked about the car was its inability to idle properly; some mornings it would start and idle at 1500rpm, after a drive at 2000rpm, after another drive 500rpm, and sometimes even stall at traffic lights. I replaced the air flow meter and cleaned all the intake, but it never really improved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2010

1991 Peugeot 205 Si 1.6

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 kilometres
Most recent distance116000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Charade

Summary:

Its tiny, comfortable, loves the freeway and other 205 owners wave to you!

Faults:

Nothing so far in 5 months.

Creaky steering and suspension.

General Comments:

I was sceptical about buying a secondhand 205, imagining they'd be pretty unreliable. However, I was hooked on the character of this rugged little machine and so far this one has been a very happy little pug.

The last Peugeot I had was a 404 in 1990 and even though the 205 has a plasticy interior and knobs, it still somehow has the same Peugeot charm.

No rust, no leaks, starts instantly every morning.

Its quirky, but the 'funness' grows on you and you end up getting attached to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2006

4th Aug 2008, 09:01

Now I've had the Pug for 2 years I've spent about AU $4000 on it - Drive Shaft, Clutch, Injection, all brakes, Distributor, Coil. But, still I like it. Nothing has broken immediately so it still seems like a reliable car. Still starts immediately every morning!

30th Sep 2008, 02:49

Coil Pack and then the rear brake cylinders... hope it doesn't continue too much. Amazingly the windscreen water jets started working only this year by themselves! Well that's a bonus - clean windshield.

In the last 2 years I've spent roughly AU$5000 per year on maintenance. But you do pay more here in Australia for European repairs.

1990 Peugeot 205 GR 1.3

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles

Summary:

Timeless, Economical and Reliable Hatchback

Faults:

Brake lights worked intermittently. This was put down to the switch. It was taken out and squirted with CRC which solved the problem.

General Comments:

Interior is plain, but attractive with well laid out functional controls.

Seats are unusually comfortable, compared with other vehicles.

Lack of power steering in this model can be a problem for parking.

Driving this car on the open road is wonderful, steering is smooth and responsive with good acceleration (passing).

Hand operated windows, they wind freely and operate well.

This car certainly attracts attention wherever it goes, due to it's unique timeless styling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

1992 Peugeot 205 GR 1.4

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Cheap, cheerful and a lot of fun

Faults:

The starter motor failed, would have cost $2000 to replace (as much as the car cost me!) so it has been fixed - badly.

The clutch is in a bad way, starting to slip and may need replacing, another expensive job.

The brakes need regular attention.

General Comments:

For a very cheap Euro, this car has been a dream. Small enough to fit into the tiniest parks in town; yet get it on the open road and it feels like a car twice its size.

I've taken it on road trips on New Zealand's worst back country roads, over winding dirt roads, up ski fields - and it's never missed a beat. It eats gravel for breakfast; unusual in a small car.

It's heavy in the city; lack of power steering makes it feel like a truck and the clutch makes for a gym-like workout in traffic.

The only problem is, living 12,000 miles from Europe, if you have a problem it tends to be major and expensive. Find a good mechanic who knows what to do and it won't be so bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2003

26th Jan 2003, 04:29

You were the object of a "rip off". Five years ago I owned the same car in France and had the same problem of a starter motor failure. To replace it cost me...200 $!

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 12 reviews