1989 Peugeot 205 GR 1.4i from Norway


A cheap high performance car that never breaks down!


Nothing out of the ordinary.

Driveshaft on one side (180,000km).

General Comments:

The car is the best cars you can own if you look at petrol consumpsion, part prices, reliability and things like that. The car can hit 60 miles an hour (100 km/h) in 10 seconds! We tried the top speed (in Germany) and 105 mph(180 km/h) was no problem!

No rust at all (after 12 years with Norwegian roads). The original rust treatment is absolutely perfect.

Great car to drive to work with! It starts every day. Buy one now, take good care of it and save money! You will never regret it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2000

13th Jan 2001, 18:06

I've got a GR (carb version), but with slight modifications. The GR has the same engine as an XS, except a smaller carb and longer gear ratios. I changed the carb to one off an XS, which makes for a much quicker car, plus lower revs while going down motorways (about 3000 something rpm at 90mph). It pegs off the speedo at over 110mph no problem - going well past that by reckoning from the rev counter I added.

Agree with the car's good handling.

Had to get the gearbox reconditioned, new starter motor, driveshafts are in need of replacement..

1989 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 from UK and Ireland


If you want a car that has great performance at low insurance costs then the XS is perfect!


Initially when I bought the car there was a lot of work to be done - this included new engine mounts (due to the previous owner having a field day wheel spinning the car!). This is a common problem, so watch out when buying. Have also spent £700 repairing engine problems, this involved mainly changing warn gaskets.

Since the initial problems were sorted, I had about half-a-year of trouble free motoring, but then the handbrake cable, front/rear brake pipes, CV joint, exhaust and eventually the front pads and rear shoes needed to be replaced! Overall since buying the car I have spent £1500 on repairs over 2 years but most of this was needed as soon as I bought the car!

General Comments:

My previous car before the Pug was a Metro and I can tell you that the XS is like a Ferrari compared to it! I couldn't afford the insurance of a GTi so I opted for the next best thing - the XS! It has superb performance and will beat anything on the road with the same engine size or less (that doesn't include a turbo or injection!).

I have added 1.9 GTi alloys to my Pug and this has increased the car's road holding ability.

One thing you must look out for if you want an XS is 'Has it been well looked after?' Make sure it is checked out before you buy anything because this can be costly as I have found out - you may have to pay a little more but it will definitely pay off in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2000

1989 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 from UK and Ireland


It can still see off most things on the road!


We had to fix a few things on purchase such as brakes and discs. Since then it's had a cracked manifold, new clutch, and quite a few minor service items.

General Comments:

After getting it sorted after purchase it's been great! It's my wife's car and after her 1100 Renault 5, it's turned her into a road monster!

She adores it and forgives it for all the little niggly things that TLC in previous ownershiop would have avoided.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd June, 2000

1989 Peugeot 205 XLD 1.8 diesel from UK and Ireland


Outstanding pocket-lorry with pocket-rocket performance


Alternator needed repairing, driveshafts worn away, rollbar bushes, tracking rod ends.

General Comments:

Outstanding. Amazing performance for a diesel - leaves many so called hot-hatches (Fiesta XR2) standing. Can be thrown about or driven lightly. Seriously good little diesel. Engine can be noisy at higher speeds but, let's be honest, that's what makes a diesel a diesel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2000

6th Jan 2007, 16:40

Theres no way in 1 million years it would beat a xr2. I own one of these as my workhorse and they are not that quick at all. another dreamer!!!

16th Dec 2017, 14:09

This is my review from about 17 years ago - I can't believe it's still on! Anyway - it definitely did out perform a few XR2s, but it had the pump turned up quite a bit. However, now I drive a modern 2.2 Civic CDTi and I'm a trade plate driver and get to drive some exotic machines - they'd definitely destroy an XR2 - if you could find one without tin worm! As for calling me a dreamer... yet another soulless keyboard warrior!