1988 Peugeot 405 GL 1.9 petrol from UK and Ireland


A reliable and fun to drive family sedan


Interior trim was very breakable.

Brake cable snapped at 76,000 miles.

Brake pads needed replacing at 81,000 miles and again at 96,000 miles.

Window motors failed at 88,000 miles.

General Comments:

Was a bargain at £2,000 for a well equipped seven year old family saloon.

Engine reliability was superb.

Interior was comfortable and spacious, but showed its age.

Fuel bills were a bit on the high side otherwise running costs were low.

Excellent handling and splendid performance.

Was an absolute bargain to the seller who received it for £500 when it was eleven years old and had exceeded 100,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2006

1988 Peugeot 405 GRI 1.9 injection from Czech Republic


Reliable good looking car


Door locks changed, problems with central locking system.

General Comments:

I've bought this very very used car 2 year ago as my first car. The car was 20,000 kms after main engine repair. It is very reliable when taken in mind the age of it (16yrs). Consumption is great! (below 10 l/100 kms in urban cycle and about 7.5 l/100kms when running on highways). No special problems with it except normal wearing - clutch, dumpers, catalysateur. However the workshop manufacturing is poor so the cabin is very noisy when running over 100kms/h. Excellent engine, running always for the first ignition, no oil consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th January, 2005

1988 Peugeot 405 Mi16 1.9 DOHC from North America


A beautiful car, comfortable seats, wonderful engine and drivetrain



General Comments:

I bought this, a fourteen year old car with 79,000 mile, from a college lad on eBay. I had to install four new tires (Michelin GT Pilot). I have subsequently, as a matter of sensible maintenance, installed a new cat-back exhaust system, timing belt, water pump, new rear break calipers, and spark plugs.

The car loves to be revved to 7,000 and needs to be driven at the higher revs, lower gears, to enjoy the engine's potential.

This model is a perfect example of the type of car which Peugeot should have imported here; the stodgy 405S with the ZF won't win over buyers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2004

21st Mar 2017, 18:58

I have to agree with your assessment of the "S" model; the automatic ZF transmission not delivering a particularly scintillating 405 driving experience, especially with it robbing power from an already power-limited petrol 1.9 liter engine (mated as such here in the US). I have one of these, along with an Mi16 and a manual DL to compare my S against. But, what I will say positive about the automatic is that the ZF behaves well enough; very smooth in its operation, if not particularly remarkable. Add this smooth shifting ZF to the agile, but well-dampened, suspension and seating comfort attributes of a 405, and you have a well-heeled, peaceful and competent drive/ride experience. Just don't be in a hurry to get anywhere.

1988 Peugeot 405 SRi 1.9 from Finland


Ahead of its time, classic


Electric window switch broke.

Rear breaks (disc) were stuck when I bought the car. (The car stopped with the front brakes only).

Peugeot has been so far a lot more reliable than Buick.

General Comments:

Very comfortable ride.

So far it has also been reliable.

Performance is surprising, 0-100km/h takes only 9.5s.

Fuel consumption is only 7.3 litres/100km on highway.

Overall very good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2002

23rd Nov 2005, 13:34

Peugeot 405 rear brakes do stick and sometimes get very hot!!! whats the best way to solve this??

23rd Nov 2005, 14:46

I've never looked at the rear discs on a 405 but I know on other makes if you disassemble the caliper and reassemble it with everything treated with copper-based grease, this should free up the caliper.

You might have to work the caliper a little to get it to free up without the spring in place.

1988 Peugeot 405 GR 1.9 from Finland


Faster than it looks


Clutch wire snapped twice.

Boot floods.

Overheats sometimes when driving in city.

General Comments:

The car is quicker than most of the new 1.9 or 2.0 cars.

But the suspension is too soft.

Nothing big hasn't ever broke down, but the clutch wire snapped two times in a couple of months (fixed badly at the first time, the pedal didn't go all the way down anymore, replaced the whole wire when broke again and has worked perfectly ever since).

When leaving from traffic lights, even a Mi16 can't escape too badly, comes very close to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2002