1991 Peugeot 309 GTi 1.9 from UK and Ireland


Underrated rocket


Fitted new starter motor, vacuum advance, fuel pressure regulator & serviced the car.

General Comments:

Very fast car. Keeps up with Punto GT Turbos. Beats most other so called hot hatches.

The car does 30mpg.

Plenty of knocks, squeaks and rattles, but fun to drive.

Excellent road handling. Brakes are good.

Find a good car breakers yard for spares. Don't use the main dealers.

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

Review Date: 20th July, 2001

1991 Peugeot 309 iXLS 1.6 from Finland


More for less


The self-adjusting system for the rear brakes just never works.

Interior is frequently falling apart.

Needs many oil changes.

General Comments:

The bright side is, it's a darn good "semi-sports car". I have noticed that not many cars with bigger engines stand a chance when my 309's on her best!!

Handling is outrageous when you lower her and stiffen her up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2001

1991 Peugeot 309 GR 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


Boring beige bombproof bargain


Broken glove box lid.

Loose drivers door.

Brake discs & pads overheated (too thin) @ 98,000 miles.

Drivers seat knackered.

General Comments:

This car has been completely bombproof and has never failed to start.

Economy not as good as I expected because the auto choke stays on for about 25-30 miles from startup, but on a long journey it's superb.

Ride, steering and handling are very good (more grip and faster steering than my old Mini) but it is just so dull. The interior is brown and the exterior is beige, it's just extremely boring and I want a MK2 Golf Driver. In red.

It's a shame its so boring cos it could make 200,000 miles easy. Performance is better than you'd expect for a diesel, but it's no ball of fire. Very practical and it only cost £900 and for that I got PAS, central locking, sun roof and leccy windows. Hoping to sell it for a grand.

If you want a very good car and aren't bothered about looks there's none better for the money, if you want excitement look elsewhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2001

10th Oct 2003, 10:52

A diesel with a choke? I think not...

1991 Peugeot 309 GR 1.6i from Finland


Economical family car


Fuel cap didn't open in Winter. Glovebox locking system broke several times. Have driven over 100 000 km and all plastic parts of the car have started to make a noise.

General Comments:

Generally a good car if taken care of. Pretty good acceleration and economical. Very reliable. AND NO RUST AT ALL!!

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

Review Date: 24th May, 2000

29th Jan 2011, 23:33

I have a 1991 Peugeot 309 GR, and I think it is actually pretty quick. Even 20 years later, it gives most new cars a run for their money at the green lights.

1991 Peugeot 309 GRDT 1.8 diesel from UK and Ireland


After getting the car at 38,000 miles all filters were changed, oil changes were done, K&N filter put on, and a new cam belt.

Good car up until 92,000 miles, regular oil changes had been done every 4,000 miles along with filter and a new radiator at 70,000 miles.

At 92,000 miles exhaust went - not bad for an 8 year old exhaust, but then the turbo went and the head gasket and then the cylinder head. Peugeot's are crap to work on.

General Comments:

Although good on fuel, attaining 60 to the gallon was not hard. But the replacement of parts offsets the cost of the gains of fuel consumption. I've had Peugeot's all my life and am finally gonna go Japanese. Stuff the French.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 1999

30th Nov 2003, 16:09

I also have a diesel 309 - the naturally aspirated type though. I feel that this comment is also a bit of wingeing about a £60 piece of metal that you expect to go at some point. I think this guy was lucky to get 8 years out of it, most people are lucky to get 18 months. I think a thing more to grumble about is the head gasket etc.