1992 Peugeot 205 Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1992 Peugeot 205 GR 1.4 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Cheap, cheerful and a lot of fun

Faults:

The starter motor failed, would have cost $2000 to replace (as much as the car cost me!) so it has been fixed - badly.

The clutch is in a bad way, starting to slip and may need replacing, another expensive job.

The brakes need regular attention.

General Comments:

For a very cheap Euro, this car has been a dream. Small enough to fit into the tiniest parks in town; yet get it on the open road and it feels like a car twice its size.

I've taken it on road trips on New Zealand's worst back country roads, over winding dirt roads, up ski fields - and it's never missed a beat. It eats gravel for breakfast; unusual in a small car.

It's heavy in the city; lack of power steering makes it feel like a truck and the clutch makes for a gym-like workout in traffic.

The only problem is, living 12,000 miles from Europe, if you have a problem it tends to be major and expensive. Find a good mechanic who knows what to do and it won't be so bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2003

26th Jan 2003, 04:29

You were the object of a "rip off". Five years ago I owned the same car in France and had the same problem of a starter motor failure. To replace it cost me...200 $!

1992 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

Buy a good one and it's the perfect car

Faults:

Both front drive shafts replaced.

Both front anti-roll bar drop links replaced.

Distributor cap, leads & spark plugs replaced (Car bought as a non runner-this was the problem)

Car also has typical 205 GTI running faults - high idle revs and occasional misfire in 3/4th gear when engine under load.

General Comments:

205 GTI's come with reliability faults, and it's always the injection electrics, but this is irrelevant to owners as once you drive one you realise what a fantastic car it is, we also have a brand new Corsa SXI in the family and even though it's technology is 10 years ahead of the 205's, it's always, always the Peugeot keys I take.

The downside of the near perfect engine/chassis blend is a bumpy ride and a revvy engine drone on long journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

26th Dec 2006, 08:34

If you had a GTi, then why was it a 1.6 and not a 1.9. By the way, has anyone driven the T16 or Rallye?

1992 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 from Colombia

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Fast and furious

Faults:

The car has an electric failure, it needs to warm up a bit too long before performing with out stopping the engine.

General Comments:

This car is a wonderful toy, it runs like hell, and the design is just perfect, having this car is a real dream come true.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2003

1992 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Hot Hatch

Faults:

These are the problems that the car had when I purchased it:

Front brake pads too low.

Front brake discs too low.

Rocker cover loose and leaking oil.

Rear brake cylinders leaking.

Rear wheel bearing seized.

General Comments:

When you are buying a Peugeot 205 GTI you should already be aware that things are going to go wrong with it and it will be comparatively expensive to maintain and insure. 205 GTI drivers do not care about these things because they become trivial as soon as you turn the key. It is a fantastic car and nobody has made one like it since. We know its not a sensible car to buy, but if you want sensible, fuel economy, boot space and a nodding dog go and buy a Daewoo not a 205 GTI.

Highly recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2002

15th May 2003, 10:14

"Because of its age, it's cheaper to insure than my 1.1 Saxo. " Your having a laugh mate, I'm sorry, but I have owned both a 1.6 and a 1.9 GTi and am part of the main 205GTi forum on the net. Comparatively the car *is* expensive to run and saying it is cheaper than a 1.1 saxo to insure is absolute fiction. You speak to 90% of GTi drivers or read the reviews on this site and look at the list of problems people have had. This car is getting old now and thus reliability suffers as it is a highly tuned and often hard driven engine.

Gaz.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 32 reviews