Peugeot 404 Review from South Africa

1974 Peugeot 404 GL 1.8

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles


Reliable, comfortable and addictive!


Had a leak on one of the front brakes but was fixed with a new rubber seal.

Had difficulty starting in the winter at some stage, but a professional Peugeot mechanic fixed the problem with a proper service.

Had to fix the radiator more than once.

General Comments:

There are very few modern cars with as comfortable seats and such pleasant and comfortable driving ability on gravel roads!

As long as the 404 gets its service before winter - you have no problems.

You can get more than 11 km/l petrol on the open road - not bad at all for a '74 car.

Parts are easily available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2000

11th Oct 2011, 08:52

Thank you for a wonderful comment on a truly beautiful and care South African diamond. I'm currently looking for one; it's very hard to find a GL. You couldn't have said it better. I remember my Grandfather in 1996 driving 4 hours in that thing with water and oil mixed! Amazing.

4th Jul 2014, 08:52

Yes!! The 404 1800 GL was a really great car!! I had one when I was a little younger. Wish I had one now :(


Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review