1993 Peugeot 205 GRDT 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Fast (ish), fun and cheap as cheese
Both drive-shafts (in both cases due to CV boots splitting and shedding grease)
Starter problem (occasionally wouldn't start when hot) - ultimately turned out to be inherent wiring design problem, sorted with aftermarket relay.
Central locking periodically goes loopy - requires micro-switch contacts cleaning.
Some bars of heated rear screen have stopped functioning.
Speedometer over-reads (indicated 75mph=actual 70mph)
Rear speakers sound distorted.
The car is reasonably quick (0-60 in 9.5 with 1 person and ~empty fuel tank (measured) ), yet typically gives ~53MPG on combined country/A-road/motorway run.
Gives a range of about 500miles.
Handling is pretty good, although ultimate grip could be better, and non-power assisted steering is a bit slow.
Interior is comparatively low quality, thus is somewhat rattly, although hard plastics wear well.
Overall, it's the best car I've owned - (moderately) quick, pretty reliable, good fun and (almost) completely DIY-able repairs. Plus, no-one is likely to pinch it :-)
Oh, and pretty good headlights - better than many a more modern steer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th March, 2003