1989 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 petrol from UK and Ireland


It's a driver's car!


Manifold cracked.

Brake pads changed.

Head gasket went at 1400000, so the engine was replaced.

New clutch needed.

Horn broke.

General Comments:

What a car! I previously had a 1.1 205, and ever since a 1.9 flew away from me at the lights I have always wanted one!

Its handling is unlike any other car I have ever driven, or been in, and it loves to be driven hard.

There is always some extra power left in it and you are not going to be embarrassed by many cars.

It still looks amazing and its style has not faltered over time.

The insurance is very high (I'm 19 and got quoted £5000) but it is worth every single penny. With a little work, and money, it can be amazing.

My car has been very expensive to keep on the road, I have already spent twice as much on it, than I bought it for, but once again, it is worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2001

12th Jul 2004, 10:14

That insurance is high. I'm 18 and I've got a 1.6 GTI. It's kitted out to road rally spec, and costs £1317 to insure.

1989 Peugeot 205 Open (Special Edition) 1.4 from UK and Ireland


A great value all rounder


The water pump had gone when we brought the car, but that only cost £30 quid to repair.

Overheating due to the water pump not working.

General Comments:

This car is great, I would definitely buy another one. It has great spec, good performance, is cheap to run and it looks great.

The only thing that I don't like about it is the fact that it has green tartan seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2001

1989 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 twin carbs (TU3S) from France


Little devil


Transmissions (very fragile - 50.000 km).

Driver seat in bad condition at 170000 km.

Spark module broken at 170000 km.

Clutch changed at 120000, and at 200000.

General Comments:

Very nervous.

Faster than many cars, even some 1.6L and 1.8L ones.

Starts great when cold!

Starts badly if not hot enough.

Noisy at 120 Km/h and above.

Be careful with the manual brake.

Brakes are not very efficient at high speed.

Uses the same 4 tires for a good balance (it's true for the grip AND braking).

The interior has been attacked by the sun at 150000 km (South of France!).

My next car will be a 1.9 GTI.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2001

1989 Peugeot 205 Rallye 1.3 from Finland


Real 205 Rallye


Front brakes replaced.

Rear brakes replaced.

Seats were in really bad condition.

Seats changed to leather ones from a 1.9 GTI.

Some problems with the electrics because the previous owner had made some clever "adjustments"!

General Comments:

This car is very aggressive.

Handles better than any car I have driven.

Much more fun than my dad's 1.6 GTI and my brother's 1.9 GTI.

Not suitable as a first car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2001

15th Sep 2001, 15:18

Is this the 103 bhp 205 Rallye?

And how is it better than a 1.6 / 1.9 Gti?

24th Sep 2001, 01:41

Yes it is a 103 HP Rallye.

- Better build quality than a 1.6 or 1.9 (especially the paint work and rust proofing).

- No side strips/panels that come off and gather rust.

- No electric windows, central locking, air conditioning, power steering or catalyzer that are very expensive to repair or to replace.

- With little mods such as a K&N induction kit, it's faster than a 1.6 with 115 HP!

- Much cheaper insurance and the overall running costs are lower.

1989 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 from UK and Ireland


An everyday usable performance bargain


The starter motor failed at 107,000 miles, however it gave plenty of warning.

The alternator failed at 110,000 miles.

Both driveshafts failed.

Replaced both rear brake compensators at 117,000 miles.

General Comments:

Although the car has been quite unreliable, and has been the only car that has ever let me down at the road side, I would still recommend the car to others.

The parts that have failed, are parts worn through age, not design faults.

This car is also good for long journeys. I drove mine from London to Rome, in 20 hour non-stop trip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2001