1999 Peugeot 205 GLD 1.7 from Argentina
A car that will get you there. Always!
The alternator is a tricky one. It got stuck once and before that I had to change its belt twice in less than 10.000 km.
Apart from that, nothing else.
The GLD model was sold in Argentina until 1999, unlike other countries so my model (1999) was one of the last 205 built around the world. And still, I don't know why Peugeot stopped manufacturing it.
Its design is simply beautiful. Needless to say, Pininfarina knows his job very well.
The car is a great all-rounder. It's cheap, it's reliable, and has one of the best performances on its category. Mind you, though, if you want a hot car get a GTI and spend your salary fueling it. That's not the idea of the GLD. It will take you wherever you want to go at minimum cost.
I've put this car at 160 km/h (100 mph) and although the handling is quite unstable at such high speeds, it means that you can do whatever you want with it. Yet street-driving is this car strongest point: No other car will behave as good as this one with such a economical performance.
The 65 HP -max engine output- comes into play whenever you get at 2500 RPM; I never got that feeling of being driving an underpowered car.
The only weak point of this car is the gearbox. It is too street-driving oriented. The gears (specially the 1-2-3) overlap each other too much for my liking. It is true that it might be appropriate for city driving, but whenever you get to 60 km/h (40 mph) the engine starts pleading for fifth gear, and it's the last one you get until the top speed.
Like all Peugeot spares, they are quite expensive; but the key to this car is to keep up with maintenance. As long as you do what's strictly required, it won't let you down. I've driven it in snow with temperatures well bellow 0ºC, in desert-like landscapes with 40º+C, high above the sea (3500 m) and it behaved just great.
A car to own, as long as you want a car to use intensively and not depleting your wallet in the process.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th September, 2004