Hooligan machine ;)
Front shocks replaced once, rear shocks twice.
Alternator rebulit at 100,000km.
New water pump at 120,000km.
Seats front & back badly worn. Original material very fragile.
Twin Webber's require constant & expert tuning to keep them on the boil.
I've driven quite a few "hot hatches" from the 90/s and without a doubt the 205 Rallye is the most satisfying driver's car of the lot.
It's not the fastest hatch in a straight line or even around corners, BUT it wipes the floor against any other front wheel drive hatch when it comes to driver involvement, pure FUN.
Best times are slow to medium corners (when safe to do so!), sideways, car balanced on the throttle, the un-assisted steering talking to you all the time. Not a motorway cruiser!
Beware that you have to treat this car with respect or it will bite you. Not recommend to someone who's just tossed away their "L" plates.
Lastly make sure the shocks absorbers are in tip top condition (especially the rears) otherwise you WILL lose it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th September, 2003