1987 Peugeot 309 GRD 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland
Solid reliable workhorse
Usual wear and tear stuff: cam belt change, wheel bearing, exhaust, tyres etc.
Bizarrely, the fuel shut-off solenoid failed open so engine wouldn't switch off - had to use the manual cut-off switch on the fuel pump. How the mechanic laughed - but it only cost me twenty pounds to fix.
Fantastically reliable. Has never let us down in forty-odd thousand miles.
Handles very nicely, and is quiet and comfortable at speed.
Not quick but very strong. From a standing start you can work your way up into fifth gear without using the accelerator!
We've worked out the car has averaged 54 miles per gallon over the last four years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th March, 2001