1986 Peugeot 505 SLi 2 litre

Summary:

Old fashioned grand touring comfort

Faults:

Air cleaner cover came loose causing the car to surge/kangaroo hop vigorously, which was annoying, but not fatal.

An intermittent drivers' side door lock niggle (it has power locks).

The clutch throw out bearing is noisy (big deal) and 5th gear is rumoured to have no case hardening left, but fixing the clutch pedal throw length seems to have quietened that down.

General Comments:

I've fixed the niggling little problems listed (present when purchased).

I love the ride and handling combination which is still, even 17 years on, truly superior.

I love the seats. No-one makes car seats like Peugeot.

I love the cavernous boot.

It is a little slow (having the olllld Peugeot pushrod 2 litre with injection), but the fuel economy is good.

Parts are no problem at all either.

Visibility is outstanding. The dash is a vast improvement over the series one 505s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2003

25th Oct 2005, 02:34

Thanks for the comments about the SLi. We have had one in Autralia since 1996, the 1986 sedan with sunroof. Well worth spemding the money on, but only if you can find a reliable Peugeot mechanic. Handling is sharp and steering is pin-point. Paint finish still has a new gleam after 18 years: my friend looked out the window and asked if I had a new car. (His eyes are not that good).

1986 Peugeot 505 GTi Executive 2.2 litre

Summary:

A quick touring car bargain nowadays

Faults:

Gearbox seal leaking, was fixed under warranty by dealer.

Needed a new rear brake caliper, as ratchet teeth for handbrake had stripped.

Fuel pump problems-hard starting, after much head scratching and diagnosis was fixed without replacing pump.

Throttle body needed cleaning, O2 sensor similarly, big improvement to acceleration and general running after-wards.

Handbrake does not hold well-works on rear disc's.

Interior is very comfortable, light and airy, air con. has worked well until recently-gas has escaped from compressor seal, but car not used much now except for Car Club activities as I keep it in Concours condition (and have a 91 405 Mi16 as my daily runner).

First bought a 505 as a tow car for boat towing, it has been best tow car ever. Having a slippery diff. it pulls boats up sandy or slippery ramps easily.

The car has a timeless Pinin Farina grace to it, is admired for both style and comfort-seats back & front are superb. and legroom vast. Like all Pugs over last 30 years its ride & handling combination is excelent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2002

19th Feb 2005, 08:14

Tip for Turbo diesel: If stop solenoid switch fails (symptom: cranks, but does not start), pull off electrical cable and short to body (ignition on). This will cause stuck plunger to reverse so when electrical supply is restored, hopefully plunger is pulled back allowing fuel to injectors. A diesel engine is stopped by cutting fuel supply. This could save your bacon on a Peugeot 505 diesel.

1982 Peugeot 505 GR 2L carb

Summary:

A very comfortable sedan with excellent handling, just needs a more powerful engine

Faults:

Oil leak from rocker cover.

Rear brake callipers seized up occasionally. This means the handbrake doesn't always work.

Tweed wool seat cloth has started to un-stitch itself on the driver's seat.

Linkages in 5spd manual gearbox broke, meaning no gears could be selected.

General Comments:

Considering this car is 20 years old, it is extremely reliable and cheap to run. The things that have gone wrong are fairly minor really, and fairly inexpensive to do.

It's an absolute joy to drive. Fantastic handling through corners, yet maintains one of the most comfortable rides I've ever experienced. This is due to its amazing 8-valve (Peugeot patented) shock absorbers and fully independent suspension setup. It can go through corners faster than many new cars.

As I've mentioned it has a very comfortable ride. It soaks up all bumps. While you might hear them due to a fairly rattly dash board, you never actually feel bumps through the seats. Seats are very comfortable and supportive.

The cabin is a fairly airy place, with good vision all around.

However, driving position is not very good. The brake and clutch pedal are far too close together. The steering wheel is not adjustable at all. Gear stick is a long way away, and when in 1st (on Right Hand Drive model) it can be hard to reach if you have short arms. It also has a weird gear-knob which looks like a golf club. You do get used to this however, and other more conventional cars feel a bit strange!

Gearbox and clutch are very easy and light, although the gearbox has a long throw, which means it feels a little imprecise.

The engine, while strong and reliable, is quite wheezy and underpowered. It only has 71kw and 161nm, which isn't much to haul around a large sedan. It is fairly willing to go, and will rev happily up to 6750rpm, although there isn't really any performance benefit from doing this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2002

14th Jun 2003, 21:11

Since writing that review the car has cost me around AU$3500 in repairs. It needed a new clutch, clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinder, rebuild the rear calipers, replace the steering flector, and the carburettor has failed.

Still love it though and would happily own another.