1985 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Engine rebuild at 150,000, alternator at 170,000, starter at 175,000, throttle stop switch at 175,000, all brake pipes (inc flexibles), clutch at 145,000, watch out for bonnet safety catches as they are weak and bonnet can fly open at speed (as it did on mine)! Heater fan motor at 170,000, watch out for rust on rear quarters!
This car was a lot of fun! It's very fast in a straight line and on corners and the seats and driving position are excellent. The main problem is build quality and the prices of parts and servicing. If you can put up with that and are willing to look after it you have got a great car capable of BIG mileages! Enjoy!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 1999
Parts are cheap, not expensive and the engines are French so they will need rebuilding every 100K!! Get the Haynes manual and do it yourself it makes sense!
I have a Peugeot 205 GR from 1985 which I bought in 1994, and I still have it. The clue is simply to be willing to look after it, that's my experience, and I see that other owners of a 205 say more or less the same. Since I bought it I have not had any problems with either engine, gearbox, clutch or other really vital things. The garage bills have more been for change of worn out parts, a few reparings of rust injures etc. What has been of rust has mainly been of superficial character. Here in Norway we drive on the right side of the roads, and what has been of rust has therefore almost entirely been on the left side of the car (the drivers side). My car has now gone approximately 180000 km, and if I want it myself I think I can continue to have it for years and years.
A lucky owner of a Peugeot 205 GR in Norway.