1988 Peugeot 205 CTi 1.6 fuel injected Overhead cam


A stylish pocket-rocket for under 1600 pounds!


Replaced cracked C. V boots (protective covers for the joints that link the front wheels to the axle) Cost of repair New Zealand $220.00.

Patched leaking radiator, cost of repair New Zealand $300.00.

Replaced hardened driveshaft seal (keeps the oil in to lubricate drive shaft) New Zealand $100.00.

Fixed heater connection, replaced oil level gauge, re-glued dashboard segments as one segment as had come loose & let light thru the instrument panel. Total New Zealand $200.00.

Full tune-up of engine. New Zealand $100.00.

New Clutch installed. New Zealand $800.00.

General Comments:

My friends say the car is 'cute', but it's a wolf in sheep's clothing...it's really quick.

Also the gear ratio's are excellent.

Being a convertible the body twists a bit on corners, however it holds the corners well.

The convertible top is great! It doesn't leak & is easy to put up & take down.

It's a bit thirsty on fuel, having said that my last car was a 1.1 litre.

No power-steering so, the steering is heavy.

After the engine re-tune it still stalls really easily until I've been driving the car 10 minutes or so. The engine revs when idling fluctuate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2002

15th Dec 2002, 22:45

Updating the review. I've just spent $200.00 getting the horn fixed, god knows what was wrong with it. The engine-stall problem is halfway fixed (there was a hole in the airflow meter housing). Now all I need to do is spend $350.00 on a new temperature sensor for the air inlet manifold. Otherwise I am still in love with my car!

1989 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9


A flawed masterpiece


Front shocks, expensive.


Water pump, the day I got it back from the radiator!

Front wheel bearing and drive boots.

This was the first 6 months.

Since then I have replaced:

The clutch.

The front brake rotors.

A heater hose burst and left me stranded half way up a mountain.

The timing belt idler collapsed.

The aircon stopped working, very bad news here in Queensland.

Finally, the rear suspension bearings and mounts needed replacing, so I traded the car for a Nissan 200sx.

Considering that the seats are in tatters and the plastic rattles like crazy, I feel I got quite a good deal.

General Comments:

This car was the most fun car when it was working, but it cost me a fortune to run.

Great performance and amazing handling make this a real driver's car, but it is difficult to overlook the problems I had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

1990 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9i


Great fun


Front left drive shaft boot had cracked and let dirt and water in. That was cheap to replace, just difficult. Brake vacuum assist drum, old seal cracked and gave. Cheap to replace, just scary whilst driving.

Rattles, everywhere. The only really annoying thing. Had to remount and tighten all inside panels, very noisy.

General Comments:

Good car to throw about, really has a lot of go in the dry but can get hairy in the wet. Really needs a little bit more go and bigger rear discs.

Looks very understated, can surprise bigger and more powerful cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2000

1990 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9i petrol


High perfomance, fun, good value but temperamental and not entirely reliable


Clutch slip got progressively worse, had to replace.

Muffler rusted through, exhaust system needed replacing.

General Comments:

I love the way this car goes, when it goes. The problem is how often it goes, it plays up when wet and has required two expensive pieces of work withing the first 8 months of ownership. Hopefully these are beyond me now and I can get back to enjoying it as a toy, although I may just get the belts done to be on the safe side.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2000

4th Jun 2001, 10:57

I do not belive you have ever owned a 205 GTi as they are very reliable, I have owned one for 6 years and have never had any problems. I find your report inaccurate and un-true.

28th Oct 2001, 13:36

Hehehe, he wouldn't be the only one to have problems with his GTi, loads of people seem to, however mine has been almost totally reliable in the 20 months I've had it, needing only a driveshaft, alternator, battery, and other minor things (1989 1.9), and I thrash it everywhere!