2002 Iran Khodro Samand Elegance 1.8 from Iran


A good old shoe that will last for years


The car had to have a new clutch just after I got it, but the mechanic said it was the original so that's OK. Apart from service items, this car has been very reliable.

General Comments:

It's quite a good cruiser, but is slow in the city. It's based on a 405, and that's a good thing, they're solid cars. My uncle crashed one into the back of a bus at over 50 KPH and only had a cut on his head from the steering wheel, and a broken ankle from the footwell that shrank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2009

2002 Iran Khodro Samand Elegance 2.2L Twin turbo from Iran


A National Car, That lasts forever!


When I purchased my Paykan, it did not have enough motor oil nor transmission fluid in it.

The factory tinted windows got me a ticket!

General Comments:

This car will last you forever if you only change the oil, and do the basic maintenance.

Installing a Turbo on A 1.6 Liter motor was quite a challenge; but it can beat any stock Civic out there!

I have seen the same car last over 40 years (and is being driven as a taxi every day) with no problems.

Finally, by owning a Paykan you know that you are supporting your own country.

My Paykan also has 20 inch rims, leather seats, and a power moonroof, as well as 2 1000w 12-inch subwoofers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2004

15th Nov 2006, 02:44

Peykan is an old horse that's been beaten to death over the past 40 years and deserves to be put to rest. Its old technology engine, it pollutes the air more than it is acceptable now, and yes, taxis drive it still, but that’s more out of desperation than choice.

In a country where an original Korean Hyundai is a prized possession and something to show off with, it’s no wonder people still drive the Peykan.


2002 Iran Khodro Samand 1.8L fuel injection from Iran


Nice ride and handling, solid chassis and body


I have changed the clutch, because I have driven it for 60000 kilometers.

I can hear little squeaks from the instrument panel.

General Comments:

This car is built based on Peugeot 405 chassis, and it has a 1.8 L. engine with 100 horsepower.

It has good ride and handling, the car corners very well, especially since I have put on 16-inch wheels with 205/50/16 tires. Its top speed is 200 Km/h.

This car is made in Iran. They should work on its exterior design (which was designed by Rover exclusively for Iran Khodro, which is the biggest car producer in Middle East).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2004

30th Jun 2005, 20:03


"Samand" means "yellow horse" or "dun" = dull grayish-brown (Oxford: dun = a horse with a sandy coat, black mane, tail, and lower legs, and a dark dorsal stripe.) and it's about 13500 dollars in Iran! (01 July 2005)


15th Nov 2005, 19:32

I have this car. I live in Toronto Canada and I got it shipped here just to have rare car.

It's a GREAT car, it comes standars with seat belts and a cluth. The only problem I had with it was that the engine blow up while I was driving it.