1988 Peugeot 505 Review from UK and Ireland

1988 Peugeot 505 GR 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

A comfortable workhorse

Faults:

The cental locking is intermittent in behaviour.

My car is fitted with a Magnet Marelli distributor, I lost all power to the coil and after much searching this turned out to be a relay wire corroded away underneath the distributor plate. The relay sends a demand to the coil for the pulse. A replacement cost £52.00 inc VAT and took 15 minutes to fit.

The petrol tank dropped out from the bottom of the car. The tank is held in place by a cradle similar to that of the spare wheel, it is secured to the frame by a single bolt and metal plate, the plate had broken away. Potentially lethal as you can imagine.

General Comments:

This car is an excellent work horse and very comfortable, ideal for a large family or, like me, for someone who has to carry large loads for my job.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2001

31st Oct 2002, 15:28

I've experienced the exact same problems with my own P 505 GR Break; worn wire inside distributor and broken bolt/plate that holds the petrol tank cradle. But a reliable workhorse - though thirsty!

19th Feb 2003, 15:22

This has been a great insight. I have a 505 GR 8 seat estate. 13 years old 118,000 miles. I'm the second owner from new, I've had the pleasure of owning her for three years. (its the third one I've owned) It's got a few general problems. Recently broken down, no spark, so points to the pick up in the distributor Magneti Marelli, new part is on order from local pug dealer Bristol UK. about £50 inc VAT. I should be back on the road by the weekend! I have to be I've got six kids and a Springer Spaniel!!

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review