1989 Peugeot 309 GTi 1.9 petrol


Vtr killer!


Hand brake cable snapped whilst doing handbrake turn.

Headlamp and fog light bulbs blown.

Indicator lenses fly off at 110mph!

A few rattles here and there.

General Comments:

This car is built for country roads, with its superb handling and more than ample speed it will give most other hot hatches a run for their money.

This is truly a wolf in sheep's clothing and is a very understated car.

It develops about 130bhp as standard which you will have a job to use to its full on country roads, but a bit more power would be nice to use in a straight line.

Having said that it will keep up with a Astra 1.8 GSI up to about 80mph, and will eat Novas and Saxos for breakfast.

One of the cars best features is the handling which is excellent, and a good set of tyres will be needed to take full advantage of this.

It has plenty of extras and gadgets, such as air horns, a power boost valve, pressure/temp gauges, etc.

I would recommend one of these cars to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2003

1989 Peugeot 309 D 1.7D


Ageing now, but an Escort-beater for ride and value


Absolutely nothing "went" wrong with the car. I bought it cheap with faults (worn clutch, body corrosion, torn seats, leaking sunroof), some I fixed, some I didn't, as it was a "disposable" cheapie.

Oh, just the one extra thing broke while I had it, the towing eye came away, but that's what you get for dragging a friend's broken-down Sierra up a steep hill!

General Comments:

As a disposable car, absolutely fine. As a car to keep for a long period of time, check it out well die to the model's age.

The 1.7 Diesel lump is very economical, returning decentish performance at a low cost. Not quite as good as the 205 (which this car is based on) but approaching it.

Trim level is basic and typically French '80s car - plasticky and a little on the rattly side.

Comfort is French too - way above other similar class cars. Handles pretty well too.

I do miss this car - it had to go, it wouldn't have lasted too much longer (as mentioned I bought it as a throw-away banger), but it was one of the most pleasant and economical drives I have owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2003

1989 Peugeot 309 GTi 1.9


High speed fun with a boot


Hose from heater matrix split.

Slight corrosion above sill.

Discs and pads replaced.

Seat mechanism failed.

Dash Bulbs.

General Comments:

This car handles a lot better than my 205 did and it's a lot more comfortable to drive on motorways etc my only gripe is the fact its hungry for fuel and also engine oil. The oil consumption is due to valve wear which is my next expense (Because models made previous to 1989 didn't come with hardened valve seats which means no unleaded fuel which is a bind, but care of millers lead replacement and octane booster additive its o.k. I've had an Ashley exhaust system fitted along with a Ram air induction kit and must say it feels slightly quicker of the line and a lot more responsive. One bonus of owning this car is the parts most of them are common to 205 gti and there's plenty of Peugeot spares or scrap yard dealers around and generally parts are cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2003

1989 Peugeot 309 GTi 1.9 i


Excellent performance at a bargain price


Near side bottom ball-joint needed renewing--Near side c. v joint was worn.

General Comments:

The car is very quick and handles really well.

The interior is a bit of a let down, as it is a bit tacky.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2002

17th Jan 2005, 15:45

Good review, but not many words. The 309 gti is underrated compared to the 205 gti, but is absolutly rapid and handled like it was on rails.

1989 Peugeot 309 SR Injection 1.6i


The best 309 bar the GTi!


Head gasket at 100000; engine replaced (lasted only 100 miles before major crankshaft problem developed).

Original engine repaired and re-conditioned, but crank prob developed after spending 5 minutes @ 6500RPM (not surprising really) racing a darn Saxo VTS 16v.

Front suspension arm replaced (same type as GTi incidently).

1 Door and boot actuators inoperative at time of purchase.

General Comments:

This is a very quick car with handling much better then other cars of its age and class.

Interior is spacious with good layout, and velour seats look/feel and are more comfortable than those on many new cars (drivers has adjustable lumbar support!).

Excellent general spec. - ie EW, SR, Remote CL, map reading lamp, rear courtesy lamp etc. etc.. The car does not have PAS though and steering can be heavy, especially with wider than recommended tyres.

I have had bad luck with engines in my car, but the 1.6 GTi unit used in the car is otherwise very tough and very powerful at 115 BHP. It should also be noted that the gearbox is ultra slick, but the close ratios are not suited to high speed motorway cruising.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2002