Rugged and bomb-proof
One electric door lock was a bit sluggish.
Gear box sometimes popped out of gear.
Number plate came loose.
My mate and I bought this left-hand-drive 1.4i "Green" (named because of a golf tournament I'm told) for the Plymouth-Banjul 4000 mile charity old-car rally. Heavily loaded, it took us through France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal to Banjul, in Gambia (West Africa) without missing a beat. Didn't use any oil or water, ran on rubbish petrol, took us over the Pyrenees and Atlas Mountains, and across some diabolical rough African roads.
Some fellow travellers had a big Jeep Cherokee (loaded with equipment) which developed problems in Senegal, so our little 205 TOWED it several times. The thing was bomb-proof and a credit to Peugeot.
As the rally requires, it (and all our gear) was donated to a charity on arrival in Banjul, where it is probably earning a living as a taxi. I'm looking for a 205 now as a second car. Can't sing it's praises highly enough.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th May, 2007