1985 Peugeot 505 2.3 turbo diesel
Practical and charming!
Fuel pump started leaking at 300k km. Rebuilt at a diesel injection shop.
Hard to start in cool damp weather.
Has always smoked a bit, especially when the motor is cold.
Heater valve stuck on during a summer road trip, which was just brutal!
Rear main seal has always leaked, bi weekly oil level check needed.
Probably the best car I have ever owned, even with its faults, most of which are due to its age. Unbeatable in comfort, cabin space and economy.
This car can carry sheets of drywall, move the contents of a small apartment in one go, or facilitate a car camping trip for you and 4 friends, and all your gear.
It's mostly totally reliable: apart from things wearing out, or electrical failures due to the previous owner's wire grafts coming apart 15 years later... otherwise, this car is unstoppable!
L/100 fluctuates quite a bit: it can use as little as 8/ 100 in the summer, and as much as 12/100km in the winter.
This car seems to really like fresh premium diesel fuel: it sounds like it ate nails on 'discount' diesel, and the power and mileage plummets...
Overall though, I love this car. People stop and stare, since it's so rare now, and I am addicted to that classic diesel sound (ratta tatatatatata!)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd May, 2011