1985 Peugeot 505


Reliable family car, but make sure you get one in good shape


Leaky radiator and overheating problems.

O-ring on a piston broke, then the piston itself broke. Expensive repair.

Speedometer and odometer stopped working just after I got it.

Numerous electrical problems due to poor maintenance by previous owner.

No air conditioner/heater when I bought it.

Doesn't seem to get good gas mileage (hard to tell exactly because the odometer doesn't work)

Seat springs aren't in good shape, but the upholstery is OK (but not original)

Trunk lock tends to stick.

People tend to hit their heads when climbing into the back.

General Comments:

This car would have been a ton better if the previous owner had even lifted a finger to do maintenance on it.

I bought it without giving it a thorough mechanical inspection (I was desperate to get a Peugeot station wagon) and have paid for it in spades.

It drives well, and has great acceleration abilities. If it were in better shape, it would be a great family car.

A big plus for my family: it has 3 rows of seats, unlike pretty much most other station wagons. That's why I bought it, plus for its reputation for reliability.

If I had to do it all over again, I might buy the same car, but get it completely checked by a mechanic I trust FIRST.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2005

10th Aug 2005, 21:55

Hi, I read your review and agree with all your comments. My family has a 505 station wagon in Australia and we have found it to be a reliable family car, but our trunk lock sticks too. Our's gets reasonable gas mileage, but it is a heavy car. I'm glad to find someone else who appreciates this car.

27th Nov 2005, 04:55

Just take trim off tailgate inner side and spray lubricating stuff, its just dry.Great cars, I ve got a Turbo D in Melbourne. Magnificent machine!