1989 Peugeot 309 GRD 1.9 from Romania


The best car ever!


Never something important.

General Comments:

The car still works fine at this mileage and never repaired the engine. It has no rust compared to other cars (Opel). The actual maximum speed is 160 km/h even after 13 years and 400000km.

It's an reliable car and I want to buy another one because it's fantastic. Nice driving with sport springs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

1989 Peugeot 309 GTi 1.9 from UK and Ireland


High speed fun with a boot


Hose from heater matrix split.

Slight corrosion above sill.

Discs and pads replaced.

Seat mechanism failed.

Dash Bulbs.

General Comments:

This car handles a lot better than my 205 did and it's a lot more comfortable to drive on motorways etc my only gripe is the fact its hungry for fuel and also engine oil. The oil consumption is due to valve wear which is my next expense (Because models made previous to 1989 didn't come with hardened valve seats which means no unleaded fuel which is a bind, but care of millers lead replacement and octane booster additive its o.k. I've had an Ashley exhaust system fitted along with a Ram air induction kit and must say it feels slightly quicker of the line and a lot more responsive. One bonus of owning this car is the parts most of them are common to 205 gti and there's plenty of Peugeot spares or scrap yard dealers around and generally parts are cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2003

1989 Peugeot 309 XR 1.6 petrol 98 Octane from Norway


Cheap and reliable


Water-leak in the boot area, having trouble locating it. Totally ruined the back seats.

Also having problems with condensation in the petrol when weather changes from cold to warm.

Rear-window wiper stopped working, hard to access.

General Comments:

The car is reliable never had problems starting even in -15`c.

Not very nice looking interior.

Would recommend a 4 door version, my 2 door is very unpractical.

Used parts is almost given away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th March, 2003

10th Aug 2003, 12:36

The leak in the boot is more than likely coming from around the rear window as they had a tendency to rot there. Peugeot did once do a fixing kit so might be worth asking them, all the best and hope this helps other people lee.

1989 Peugeot 309 GTi 1.9 i from UK and Ireland


Excellent performance at a bargain price


Near side bottom ball-joint needed renewing--Near side c. v joint was worn.

General Comments:

The car is very quick and handles really well.

The interior is a bit of a let down, as it is a bit tacky.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2002

17th Jan 2005, 15:45

Good review, but not many words. The 309 gti is underrated compared to the 205 gti, but is absolutly rapid and handled like it was on rails.

1989 Peugeot 309 SR Injection 1.6i from UK and Ireland


The best 309 bar the GTi!


Head gasket at 100000; engine replaced (lasted only 100 miles before major crankshaft problem developed).

Original engine repaired and re-conditioned, but crank prob developed after spending 5 minutes @ 6500RPM (not surprising really) racing a darn Saxo VTS 16v.

Front suspension arm replaced (same type as GTi incidently).

1 Door and boot actuators inoperative at time of purchase.

General Comments:

This is a very quick car with handling much better then other cars of its age and class.

Interior is spacious with good layout, and velour seats look/feel and are more comfortable than those on many new cars (drivers has adjustable lumbar support!).

Excellent general spec. - ie EW, SR, Remote CL, map reading lamp, rear courtesy lamp etc. etc.. The car does not have PAS though and steering can be heavy, especially with wider than recommended tyres.

I have had bad luck with engines in my car, but the 1.6 GTi unit used in the car is otherwise very tough and very powerful at 115 BHP. It should also be noted that the gearbox is ultra slick, but the close ratios are not suited to high speed motorway cruising.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2002

1989 Peugeot 309 GTi 1.9 L gas from France


Not bad, but it can be only a step in a life


The spring of the throttle valve went off, and the RPM reached the limiter until the engine was turned off and the thing was fixed. Funny downtown!

Two exhaust manifold bolts broken. During the fix, I had a competition manifold installed.

Heavy oil consumption, due to this engine head design defect. Problem found on a lot of 309 and 405 cars. Not a big problem, just add 5 Liters of oil between 2 services.

Clutch and then gear box command rods changed following difficulties to go in first gear sometimes. Solved after that parts replacement, without knowing why.

General Comments:

Good car for the money. Really better equipped than a 205 GTI with only 50 Kg more and the insurance fees are lower (family car!)

The previous owner (an architect) had the back lights tinted with a tinted Peugeot specific plate between them and the lower part of the doors/sides painted exactly the same color as the bumper plastic! It was nothing, but it really made the car beautiful.

Under steering on wet surfaces.

Expensive tyres (185/55/15).

Typical, not pleasant Peugeot gear box.

130 HP is definitely not enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2001