1991 Peugeot 405 GRD 1.9 diesel


All in all a nice car, reliable, economical (IMHO well built and robust)


The timing belt and the water pump were replaced at 180.000 km.

The tachometer is working intermittently.

The cover for luggage compartment is making strange rattling noise.

General Comments:

During the time when we were building our house, I broke our Volvo 740.

So we needed a cheap family car.

It should be cheap to run... and I should be able to transport bulky things in the car...

The car is incredibly cheap to maintain. Fuel consumption is an average of 5.2l/100km - 54 mpg (I was able to achieve 4.8l/100 - 58 mpg on the way to Ebeltoft DK).

Has enough place for transporting bulky things (cannot be compared to the Volvo 740 estate).

Seats are comfortable (quite often the case with French cars).

The car grips to the road but it is definitely lacking power... I own the diesel version without turbo (I wanted one without turbo due to the easier/cheaper maintenance).

The car does its 150 km/h on motorways though.

In Germany the tax for diesel cars is high (even though the car has a catalytic converter) and not every shop is willing to fix a Peugeot!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2008

17th Apr 2008, 03:58

Timing belt has to be replaced at 120000 km. You had luck it did not break before the replacement at 180000 km. Changing this belt is normal.

1991 Peugeot 405 SRi Estate 1.9 inj.


Well-designed and spacious


Cooling system needed a little care. Nothing else besides the usual wear, until to The End. The 5th gear ceased his further cooperation without any noise nor reason entirely; 5.000 km later the cooling system failed (at a constant 160 km/h @ 5.500 rpm or so), leading to an instantaneous heat death.

General Comments:

The 405 estate is old-fashioned in the sense of relative window surface (bigger than actual models), weight (2/3rd of his mates nowadays) and absence of some rather negligible features (air bag, rear head rests and stuff). It's handy in the exterior and roomy in the interior, the least giving a light and pleasant situation (comfy chairs!); I could not spot a comparable solution at any present model. Also noticeable is it's unaggressive styling by today's measures; the car has a social statement of moderate, saying something like: "It's not so f...... important."

Build quality is trad. french, but no complaints. The mechanics is sort of OK, not necessarily a 250.000 miles/motor runner, but reliable enough, as opposed to the 307 obviously. Possible top speed is 200 km/h (130ish in miles), fuel consumption varied surprisingly little between 9 and 11 l/100 km (31,5 - 25,7 mpg). The engine is not a miracle in torque nor in speeding up (the rpm, that is). It is silent enough however and the speedometer wanders steadily upwards, if you want. It likes a sip of oil her and there though (1l/1000 km).

Despite the "bigger, better"-habit I also tend to fall into I would have bought it again, but they're all now being puzzled together in Africa probably. I was tempted to order a new one out of Ahmadinedschad's country (Iran Khodro bought the design) but the reasons to drop such plans were technical rather than political..

The strong points here are the - I find - very smooth design and the exceptional room layout for the footprint (4.40m length). It's but a bloody car, but I found myself liking it. The rest is ok to live with.

If you find a good one, buy it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2006

1993 Peugeot 405 T16 2.0 turbo


Superb performance camouflaged in functional family pack


Nothing major, a flat battery and an oil leak, that's about it.

General Comments:

Absolutely amazing car.

Very, very quick, but doesn't look it! Very much understating car.

Handling is brilliant. Especially with the 4x4 it seems really calm especially in the wet. No never seem to feel the speed.

Dash is nice in design and functionality.

I love the engine. It can be super smooth in the lower revs and has the performance when you want it. Nothing seems to be an effort for that engine.

Thanks to its turbo lack - which can be nice - and a fairly heavy clutch it can be uncomfortable in town driving, but open road I never drove anything better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2003

1st Jun 2006, 10:41

Can you tell me where I might be able to buy a 405 t-16 as I would be interested in one I know they are rare.