1987 Peugeot 309 GE 1.3 from UK and Ireland


A perfect run about for those on a low budget


Car stalls on cold mornings.

Worn drive shafts.

General Comments:

I purchased the car in late 2002 for only £50 as it had no tax or MOT. The only parts that the car needed to get through the MOT was a horn, hazard lights switch and a off-side wing mirror, all of which I found at the local scrap yard.

Body work was, and still is, very good for its age with only odd patches down the sills.

Performance from the 1.3 engine is brisk, but not breath-taking and any serious speed involves rapid gear changing and foot pumping.

Compared to my last car, the handling is much more precise and fun although there is high body roll round corners and no power steering makes parking awkward.

Inside trim has lasted well considering the mileage, but the drivers seat is very uncomfortable over longer journeys.

I have been amazed at the reliability of the car and have spent nothing since the car was taxed six months ago. The only replacement part the car needs is a new set of drive shafts as the current ones make the car incredibly noisy at high speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2003

1987 Peugeot 309 GR Profile 1.3 from UK and Ireland


The best £300 I have spent


The starter motor is the only real complaint. Otherwise just general wear and tear. Have only used dealers for some parts, but found them unhelpful.

General Comments:

This car appears bullet proof.

The 1.3 overhead valve engine pulls as well as any modern day equivalent.

I don't think I could find a bad word to say about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2003

1987 Peugeot 309 GTi 1.9 injection petrol from UK and Ireland


Very capable, under-rated car!


Power steering reservoir leaked when I crashed into the back of a 106! This was cheap to replace direct from Peugeot.

Master cylinder failed due to brake fluid boiling. When bleeding the brakes through after replacing the master cylinder, the bleed nipples broke in the caliper... new calipers!

Exhaust back-box fell off when playing with an RS Turbo.

Dash board smoked when the wiring for the headlights burnt out.

General Comments:

Performance, especially handling is unreal, even good comments from fanatics of other brands. Tyres fail before the car stops gripping.

Sounds fantastic, partly due to carbon race can.

Seats hold you in place and are comfortable on long journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2002

13th Oct 2002, 12:13

This man is a genius!

1987 Peugeot 309 GR 1.3 petrol from Belgium


Very cheap and fast car


Starter-engine malfunctions, fixed with replacement of only 1 new wire (rust)

5th gear kept on switching to neutral automatically once in a while for a few months, until it finally broke down and was unable to switch to ANY gear. Fixed quite cheaply with secondhand engine and swift-parts.

Under-pressure cable blew off.

A few electrical malfunctions like; interior lights, horn,...

Noisy rear-suspension, needs replacement.

General Comments:

Excellent first car, will be my favourite last car too.

Believe it or not, but mine goes from 0 to 50MPH in 6 sec. in 2nd gear only (6500 RPM)!!! Max speed of 108MPH at 5500 RPM!

Incredible performance and acceleration for a small 1.3 engine (no modifications, original parts) and 15 year-old car.

Leaves numerous modern and much more powerful cars wondering shortly.

Lots of fun, loves a good under-steering and then to go off like a rocket.

Bombproof, the more abuse the better it seems to perform.

Car "talks" to you with noises, and tells exactly what he is doing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2002

14th Mar 2003, 10:48

Hello! My 309 1.3 isn't nearly as fast as yours. Come on, be honest - what mods have you done to it?

I think my clutch may have started slipping though...

1987 Peugeot 309 SRi 1.6i from UK and Ireland


An effective stealth machine


Headlights get damaged by stone chips - use stone guard covers.

Replaced suspension strut at 30,000 miles.

Front tyres last for 15,000 miles hard driving. Rears lasted for 76,000 miles.

Brake pipes replaced after 60,000 corrosion.

Hatch struts failed at 30,000.

Camshaft belt changed at 50,000 as a precaution.

Front pads wore out quickly due to a stone trapped in the unit.

Heater fan diode failed at 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

I went to buy a 205 GTi and walked out with this car, it was newer by one year, cheaper and cost less to insure.

After test drive on a back road, I was smitten. Was a bit noisy on a motorway compared to the VW, but with the Pug, I prefered country roads. Best was on a summers day with the windows down.

With the exception of a plug failure it was faultless considering the demanding driving. Servicing was religiously adhered to. Took it out of the service network to a specialist after 50,000. No harm done. Parts prices vary between dealer and specialists - ring around before buying.

Dashboard was tacky. Car began to get ropey at 80,000k. I sold it because I was moving abroad.

Because of its understated looks and superb handling, I could maintain high average speeds without attracting cops, self righteous drivers etc.

Peugeots are not built like they used to, would buy a VAG product or something German next time around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th April, 2001