1988 Peugeot 309 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1988 Peugeot 309 ge 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired154000 miles
Most recent distance154500 miles

Summary:

Slow, but bullet proof

Faults:

None so far.

General Comments:

154500 miles and still going strong.

Ideal school run car and second family car for my wife to drive (I run a 405)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2002

1988 Peugeot 309 GL 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A bargain family-fun chariot

Faults:

Where do I start?

Short driveshaft (gearbox side!)

3 new sets of pads

Brake-drum cylinder

Track-control arm

Fuel pump (mechanical)

General Comments:

Not the most reliable car, although I'm sure that this is due to it's age.

A good all-round car - goes well and handles like it's on rails, despite only having 165/70 R13 tyres!

I intend to lower it at some point, possibly using air-bag suspension. Some GTi alloys would be good.

It's a good car for Mummy and Daddy Max Power!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2002

1988 Peugeot 309 GE 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired81756 miles
Most recent distance90200 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

It's great, really... an absolute bargain!

Faults:

Rear brake backplates had rusted badly and needed replacing.

Rear brake cylinder was leaking.

Brake pipes needed replacing.

Sub frame bush had worn out.

Car is about 15 different colours of blue (due to badly done bodywork repair job after a rear-end shunt!)

It's very hard to get hold of spray paint in the particular blue mine is (calypso blue)

Rear drums need replacing (wheel bearings)

Seats are starting to fray quite badly.

Fuel consumption seems quite erratic (sometimes it can touch nearly 60 miles to the gallon, at other times it will struggle to reach 30)

Tappets need to be forever adjusted.

Burns far too much oil when starting up.

Choke knob has parted company with the dashboard.

Interior light is extremely temperamental.

Dashboard illumination blub has blown.

Clutch is rather heavy, and extremely snatchy.

General Comments:

I purchased this car from an Internet auction site, and as fate would have it the vendor was a friend from college!

Absolute bargain, low mileage, looked good (I was prepared for virtual scrap!)

I did expect it to ride a little better, as the car reviews talk it up to be "smooth as silk" etc., but this seems not to be the case with mine...

Rattles a lot, bangs, creaks, and groans from just about every possible place, although it is a lot better since the sub frame bush was replaced!

When the car was sold to me, the seller informed me that the only work required was that the rear windscreen wiper would need to be fixed. At the MOT station, they took a different view. It needed the whole rear brake assembly renewing, and they said this could cost me 200GBP+. Fortunately, many trips to the scrap yard and a very very good friend saved me 180GBP, eventually only costing me 20GBP!

The tappets seem to forever need adjusting, but the noise never seems to get too intrusive (except when idling!), what can you expect from an engine that first saw the light of day in the late 60's?

Everyone comments on how powerful the car is for its size, and my brother was almost adamant that it was a 1.6 until I showed him the registration document!

Absolutely no rust anywhere to be found, which is a real surprise for a 13 year old car, but it was kept in an aircraft hangar for 3 years!

A great car, it has taken me all over the place, and with minimal cost. The parts are dirt cheap, and the fuel consumption even cheaper (when I don't feel like developing a heavy right foot!), it is certainly a respectable car to own, especially when given the bargain basement prices they can be had for. Not only that but they are surprisingly cheap to insure!

If you are looking to buy one, my advice would be to go for the GL model due to the fact that they have full length door panels, and a clock on the dashboard!

However, I won't be getting rid of mine in a hurry!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2001

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 12 reviews