1990 Peugeot 205 Reviews - Page 9 of 13

1990 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles

Summary:

Almost the quickest 1.4 with no let downs, you will not be dissapointed if you buy one

Faults:

Had to replace the hose from the header tank cos it split.

A little seat wear, but to be expected on a 12 year old car.

Clutch had to be replaced when I bought it.

General Comments:

The car is unexpectedly quick for a 1400cc engine.

Beats almost any other 1.4 out there and surprises a lot of bigger engined cars.

The acceleration is absolutely awesome.

I have beaten my mates 1.4 Ford Fiesta, Various SR novas, kept up with a GSi one time, a Ford Orion 1.6i, a few Fiesta Si's (1.4 and 1.6), Fiesta Mk4 1.6 Zetec and this is with no modifications to the engine at all.

The car is now lowered 60mm on 15's and is looking pretty phat, I got a Peugeot 106 Gti (16v) engine ready to be put in, can't wait for a 0 - 60 time of less than 8 seconds, may surprise a few people with that one.

The XS is an incredibly quick car and my next will definately be a 1.6 GTi with 1.9 engine conversion (just don't tell my insurers :-) OK)

Planned mods for the XS after engine; De-catted exhaust System, Custom made twin 6 x 4 oval exhaust tailpipes made by powerflow, K & N air filter plus lots of others.

After a bit of saving, may get a supercharger conversion for even quicker 0 - 60, possibly NOS, but it will be a while before I do these sort of mods because of cash shortage.

In conclusion I would advise this car to anyone as it is group 7/8 insurance and relatively cheap for an 18 year old (as I am) and you will not get a better deal, Cheap car, mine cost £400, cheap insurance: £440 under my dads name, sports seats also found in the GTi, just a different material.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2002

1990 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles

Summary:

A good little runabout

Faults:

Drive shafts replaced.

New gear-box.

General Comments:

For my first car I'd say it was an excellent choice price/performance/economy wise. Steering is very responsive & gears are relatively smooth, although the brakes feel a little spongy.

Drives well about town, but not so confident on motorways at high speeds, feeling too light & rattley for my tastes.

Hates cold starts & also blows some smoke on engine start-up.

Bodywork still in good condition although it's easily dented/tarnished.

Interior is spartan but nicely designed, with all the controls situated at comfortable positions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2001

1990 Peugeot 205 Rallye 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired197000 kilometres
Most recent distance214000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

The best 2WD 205

Faults:

Not a thing (touch wood).

General Comments:

Fantastic performance, the best Rallye incarnation ever.

Better than both the 1.6 and 1.9 GTi (I still have a 1.6 and turned my 1.9 into a rally car).

Very uncompromising, a genuine stripped-out homologation special.

Not good on the motorway (70mph = 4100 rpm) so buy a decent road map and head cross-country where it is in its element.

This car is NOT the warmed over 1.4 excuse for a 205 Rallye that we Brits were forced to have, but the genuine French 1.3 LHD barn-stormer (103 bhp @ 7000 rpm, very short gearing, twin Weber 40 DCOE's and the lightest performance 205 available).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2001

6th Aug 2001, 02:12

I own also a 1.3 Rallye. There has to something wrong with your car because my Rallye's figures on the motorway are 82mph = 4100 RPM!!

6th Aug 2001, 07:25

Correction! 130 kilometers per hour at 4100 rpm!

2nd Sep 2001, 11:26

Any advice on weak points - what's the first thing to break when it's pushed hard off road rallying? I'll find out soon.

Replies to jhbrophy@yahoo.com

4th Oct 2001, 10:39

I have a Rallye too. The car is more fun than a 1.9 GTi (I had one too).

I'm looking for a second hand exhaust manifold and a K&N filter kit. Have you got one?

1990 Peugeot 205 XS 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance155500 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

Nice, quick, cheap to run car

Faults:

Drive shaft needed replacing.

HT leads and coil.

Rear wheel brake pistons.

Universal joint on the steering rack.

General Comments:

This car is generally good and it does drive OK. BUT I have a feeling other things are going to go wrong and it's going to be expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2001

11th Apr 2001, 17:06

I have had exactly the same problems with my 205 xld, working out expensive so now going for a fiesta now, shame, I really did to start liking that diesel, only had it 2 months!It is a H reg in case anyone wanted to know!

2nd Feb 2004, 14:26

How wrong I was!! I posted this review when I first got my 205 XS in 2000. It had already done 137,000 miles and needed a few bits fixing. Well, 4 years later and 193,000 miles on the clock, it's still going as good as when I first got it! apart from a new alternator and general maintenance (which is easy to do it yourself), there haven't been any major problems. Shame it's looking a bit dated now, but I'm going to try and keep it past 200,000 miles. Watch this space!

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 52 reviews