1994 Peugeot 405 GLXDT 1.9 turbo diesel


Most reliable and cheap to run car that I have ever owned. Wish they still made them


Normal long wear items: Water pump at 120K miles.

Sun roof slide failed, passenger window guide failed, rear wiper intermittent due to earthing - all minor and non essential, and not related to motoring reliability.

Clutch has periods when it appears to be weak - but it's the original, and it's on 200K miles.

General Comments:

The most I have ever spent on maintenance was £180 for the water pump, timing belt and pulley. It's just SO reliable (the XUD engine is the key).

All other maintenance I have done myself (during 12 years); bottom ball joints, brake cylinders, discs, 1 exhaust, brake pipes etc. Annual servicing usually costs me £30 total.

Galvanised, so has never failed an MOT due to bodywork or need for welding etc.

Now past the 200K mark, I want this car to go on forever. It has a huge carry space and the rear springs can take it, even when filled with paving slabs! I bought an 07 BMW 318D to placate my wife and kids, as they worry about image and being in the 21st Century - but I continue to drive my old white, more fuel efficient, low running cost 405.

I got my older kids to buy 306's with the same XUD engine, but they have trouble with rear beams and drums, and front suspension components and disc wear (all replaced by me), but the engine on 170K (as expected) delivers no problems...

We rely so much on this car as a workhorse, and never bat an eyelid at the prospect of a 350 mile round trip to collect or deliver bulky items.

I wish they were still in production. It was so difficult trying to decide what to buy to replace it - I hope that won't happen for a good few years yet. To try to find a car with low cost maintenance and high end reliability is going to be a challenge. I worry about the fibre optics in the later Peugeot's, and overall they don't seem to have the same reliability tag. I indicated that I would buy from the manufacturer again, but at the moment, I would only buy another 405 XUD estate!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2012

1994 Peugeot 405 1.6 diesel


Put it this way, I would buy another one


On the way back from collecting it, the fuel pump went.

At 197917 miles it cost £400 ($800) for a service.

Power steering isn't at it's best.

General Comments:

It's 90 brake horse power engine pulls well and will do 120 MPH. It will do about 35 MPG and it is a diesel.

There are a few rattles and squeaks when idle.

The clutch is a bit dodgy, and the gear box is rough through the gears.

Suspension knocks when you go over a bump in the road.

Engine can get quite hot when driving over a big distance (over 40 miles).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2008

1994 Peugeot 405 GTX 1.9 turbo diesel


Very Good worth the money


Radiator leak, Solved with abit of Radweld.

Air Conditioning and Heating system not working resulting in lack useability in colder winter months.

Damper failure resulting in a £60 bill to put it right.

General Comments:

My car has a 1905cc Turbo Diesel engine in GTX trim. The engine is bomb proof and has never failed previous owners before.

It sees 125 off and then runs out of chuff, and is generally a very smooth car.

1st and 2nd are too short 3rd provides optimum boost from the engine.

The cabin is very practical and the car has a big boot making it suitable for a family.

Very good handling, this car isn't a 0-60 car. But cruises well and on long journeys is epic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2006

1994 Peugeot 405 gldt 1.9 turbo diesel


If this car was a horse, it would be a solid, safe, dependable strong shire horse


Rear axle bearing went.

General Comments:

This is a good honest workhorse of a car. I am a small woman and find the seats very comfortable indeed since you can alter them to suit, up and down, back and forth and even lumbar support.

I have lots of animals and when the rear seats are folded down, it can hold 4 bales of hay easily. Mine has a tow bar fitted and tows very well. Even with a heavy livestock trailer behind it is gutsy. This is the second peugeot 405 diesel estate I have owned and will definately get another when this one dies. The last one had 248000 on the clock and still ran well. The only reason I scrapped it was that it started getting electrical faults and refused to start in winter. Once did DID start it ran very well.

I have had this one for just over a year now and it has proven as reliable as the last one. I wouldn't say it is a pretty car. Those interested in style and street cred' wouldn't want it. But for anyone who wants value for money, space and reliability I can highly recommend this car. I regularly get 55 mpg and this summer have been running it on pure vegetable oil and it has performed as well if not better than before.

If I cannot find another 405 diesel estate next time around, I will definately be looking at the 406 diesel estate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2006