1988 Peugeot 205 CTi 1.6 fuel injected Overhead cam from Australia and New Zealand


A stylish pocket-rocket for under 1600 pounds!


Replaced cracked C. V boots (protective covers for the joints that link the front wheels to the axle) Cost of repair New Zealand $220.00.

Patched leaking radiator, cost of repair New Zealand $300.00.

Replaced hardened driveshaft seal (keeps the oil in to lubricate drive shaft) New Zealand $100.00.

Fixed heater connection, replaced oil level gauge, re-glued dashboard segments as one segment as had come loose & let light thru the instrument panel. Total New Zealand $200.00.

Full tune-up of engine. New Zealand $100.00.

New Clutch installed. New Zealand $800.00.

General Comments:

My friends say the car is 'cute', but it's a wolf in sheep's clothing...it's really quick.

Also the gear ratio's are excellent.

Being a convertible the body twists a bit on corners, however it holds the corners well.

The convertible top is great! It doesn't leak & is easy to put up & take down.

It's a bit thirsty on fuel, having said that my last car was a 1.1 litre.

No power-steering so, the steering is heavy.

After the engine re-tune it still stalls really easily until I've been driving the car 10 minutes or so. The engine revs when idling fluctuate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2002

15th Dec 2002, 22:45

Updating the review. I've just spent $200.00 getting the horn fixed, god knows what was wrong with it. The engine-stall problem is halfway fixed (there was a hole in the airflow meter housing). Now all I need to do is spend $350.00 on a new temperature sensor for the air inlet manifold. Otherwise I am still in love with my car!

1988 Peugeot 205 GRD 1.7 diesel from UK and Ireland


A superb town car with surprising performance


Diesel injectors:

Were removed after diesel was bubbling from around the base of one of them, this leak was cause by a copper seal washer that had been reused when the injectors had been removed in the past. All four were reconditioned by "Deisco" (and came back looking like new) after testing showed their spray pattern was misaligned, at a cost of £24.00 each.

Front disc calipers:

Were replaced after breaking the bleed nipple-off (corrosion had welded the nipple into the caliper) when attempting to bleed the brake system, at £40.00 exchange each.

Front shock absorbers:

Were replaced because one of the two was leaking the shock oil out of the rubber gaiter and all over the spring etc. So both were replaced, at about £18.00 each.

Front suspension top mounts:

These are a little arrangement of plates and bearings and rubber discs that the car rests on, on the top of the suspension.

These had become rusted and extremely stiff to move, and resulted in heavy steering, and when cornering a coarse rubbing sound.

These were replaced at the same time as the shock absorbers. The kit to replace them came from the "Peugeot Spares Dept" as it seemed you could not get them elsewhere. They cost about £32.00 for the pair.

Manifold exhaust resonator box:

This is a box resembling a small beer keg, that is joined onto the exhaust manifold. It is a muffler for the exhaust but referred to as a "resonator".

The resonator box had become quite rusty and a hole had broken through the top of the box, this resulted in a "raspy" exhaust note when you put your foot down. It sounded a bit like a small hole in the exhaust pipe.

To replace this the inlet manifold along with vacuum pump had to be removed, as the exhaust pipe had to be disconnected (the sound of the engine without the exhaust system at tick-over was almost like a big V8).

The exhaust gasket was replaced.

The resonator box came from from a third party manufacturer, and cost £28.00.

Driver's seat has become worn on the outside edge with people getting in and out (suprisingly little overall wear for 180K miles).

Rear speakers are awkward to get to as they are behind a plastic panel that that has to removed very carefully as it is quite brittle and has lots of mounting screws.

General Comments:

The fuel economy is not-bad, I've worked it out with fuel bills and mileage records at about 48mpg, but it's still going up. Considering how badly I drive it I think this is quite good!

The book says over 70 mpg when driving in motorway conditions at 50 mph in 5th.

Performance is excellent for a diesel. The 205 GRD (1.8) seems to be much faster than a Mondeo 1.8TD, and able to get 25 mph in 1st, 50 mph in 2nd gear, and 70 mph in 3rd, I see 4th and 5th as over-drive gears for cruising when at lower speeds.

It's also able to go at 30 mph in 4th with the engine just ticking over returning super economy.

Top speed is a bit lacking, as this car is over 10 years old wear and tear on the engine has resulted in reduced power output, so the poor old thing can't quite get to 95 mph, but I've seen 87 mph and my Dad 90 mph, there just doesn't seem to be any straight road long enough for it to creep up to its top speed.

4 speaker sound system, this is a good thing, as I've put a new CD player in mine which has four channels, so no waste.

I would say to anyone who is thinking of buying a cheap second-hand car, go for a 205 diesel!!!, but make sure it's the later model with power steering!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2001

2nd Oct 2001, 07:43

Excellent choice of car for someone looking for cheap motoring...

Decent performance for a diesel and parts can be obtained very cheaply now, either from breakers or pattern part suppliers.

When buying look out for perished CV joints on the front and check when the cam-belt was renewed.

The engine should be good for at least 250k miles if properly serviced, and later cars should last forever due to improved rust-proofing.