1989 Peugeot 405 DL 1.9 petrol


I love the overall design purpose and execution of the 405


Very little.

The engine underwent a Peugeot recall campaign (received new piston rings and valve guided seals) at 98K miles to eliminate a bit of excessive oil consumption. Never any engine or Bosch Motronic 1.3 injection problems. Still has original clutch and throw-out bearing.

Alternator brushes replaced at 65K miles.

Replaced cracking rubber shrouds on lower joints.

Replaced old cracking rubber brake hoses on all four corners, two years ago.

Original fuel pump, starter, injectors, water pump to the car.

A couple of small rust spots showing up here and there, but have contained them and prevented further spread.

Lost the A/C Freon years ago due to leaks somewhere in the piping lines. I didn't want to go through the work of tracking down the leak.

Original shocks (front and rear) to the car. I replaced the front shock absorber rubber pads years ago due to the aging condition of the rubber.

General Comments:

Fantastic design, if you ask me. I couldn't ask for a better combination of seating comfort, economy, reliability, ease of service, suspension ride/comfort and agility, roominess, driving position, reasonable acceleration performance, and overall pleasing sedan appearance.

I am a conservative/conscientious driver with a mechanical interest in cars. So, I assume this helps with keeping the car in good shape and in reducing failures, but this car, as well as my other two 405s (an automatic S and a Mi 16) is top notch in my experience. I plan to keep driving all of them until something catastrophic happens. This car fits me perfectly in size, purpose, and in design philosophy. Thanks, Peugeot!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2016

20th Jan 2016, 22:52

Would you happen to be Marty Karo by chance? If so, it's Steve from the old Rant n' Rave.

21st Jan 2016, 14:19

I can't say that I am. My name is John... and I live in Lexington, KY.

24th Jan 2016, 03:57

Really neat review!!!

FYI -> drove one of these new with the automatic transmission -> DUD, subtract 1 forward range while keeping the ratio spread, add the parasitic drain of a hydraulic pump to actuate the internals, and say Hello To Slow :(

Enjoy the manual :)

1989 Peugeot 405 Mi16 1.9i


Nothing major. It has been very reliable car.

General Comments:

The most fun car I have driven. I am now looking for one with Turbo engine cause I am hooked on the Mi16's speed and control. A true rally car and I've smoked every car I raced on the roads including Fords, Acura, and Subaru.

In the US people make fun of Peugeot, but that's due to ignorance and lack of appreciation to craftmanship (hence, the crappy american cars).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2005

14th Sep 2008, 03:09

I've got a Mi16 and I'm only a young kid. It is my second car after a Holden Commodore, and people are so ignorant and just don't understand Peugeot's.

The first comment is perfect.. lack of appreciation for craftsmanship. I just don't understand why people buy slush boxes and try tell tell me my car isn't a sports car, and it is no more sporty than a Commodore?

1989 Peugeot 405 MI16 1.9 Fuel Injection


A great performer that should be still on the market to rival the Japanese


The clutch broke, not worn out! At 130,000km.

Driver seat wears out where the seat belt rubs on it.

Replaced a CPU at 150,000km.

I keep burning out the distributor caps.

Replaced the fan blower twice and will have to be replaced soon.

Braking system does not last long enough.

I have to replace the switches for the power windows repeatedly.

General Comments:

When the car is running well, it is a great pleasure to drive. I used to push the car to the limits, but I have found that this is very costly. These days I take my time, and everything seems to be OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th December, 2002

1989 Peugeot 405 Mi16 1.9 16v petrol


An amazing car for an unbeatable price


I have replaced:

Shocks and Struts.

Dunlop SP Sports.


Radiator Cap.

Power steering belt.

General Comments:

After driving this car, you will never go back to driving anything else. This car handles amazingly. It's like nothing else I've ever driven. After driving a Volkswagen GTI VR6, a Passat V6, Saab 9000, and an Audi, I can say that this car handles the best of them all. For the price I cannot think of a better car.

The 16 valve 150 HP engine likes to be driven hard, high up in the revs. The powerband is really awesome in this car from around 3500 RPM all the way to 7000. My only complaint is the amount of low end torque this car has. It is very fast if you are at the right RPM.

The engine has been very reliable to me.

The Mi16's came with all sorts of options as well. Such as: Leather, power windows, central locking, heated seats and a power moonroof. For exterior the Mi16's had fog lights, different wheels, and a rear spoiler. The car is quite good looking, and still looks like a very modern car.

The seats are first class. They are very comfortable. The cabin is very nice, but the build quality is questionable. The car seems to rattle and creek quite a bit.

The 405 handles like it's on rails and has great power. It is a rare car in the U.S. that stands out just enough in the crowd. Go with an Mi16 for the pure driving pleasure. I could not go with a better first car.

The only thing with these cars is they should be maintained well, or else you start to encounter problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2002