Peugeot 405 Review from Bulgaria

1992 Peugeot 405 GLXi 1.6 injection

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired169000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

Perfect engine, poor suspension, roomy interior

Faults:

Rear axle damaged at 175000km. Repair - 400USD.

Front mounting bushes often have to be changed, especially on Bulgarian roads.

Fuel injection problems. At 180000 - problems with cold start - over-rich mixture. At 195000 - poor mixture after the engine heats up to above 80C.

Noisy gear shift.

Engine mounting bush was worn out.

Cam-shaft toothed belt bearing worn out.

General Comments:

Excellent road handling and steering feel. The engine (1600cc, 89hp) is not powerful enough for this car, but the acceleration is reasonable.

Huge space inside, comfortable interior. This is probably the most roomy car from this class (compare with an Opel Vectra for example).

I drive on LPG (liquefied petroleum gasoline) - power decreases further, but this protects the engine (the LPG does not dissolve the oil film in the cylinder).

Engine is perfect, no major problems until now. No oil consumption whatsoever.

Poor gear-shift and clutch feel.

Lack of powersteering is a problem on this big car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2001

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review