1989 Peugeot 405 DL 1.9 petrol from North America
I love the overall design purpose and execution of the 405
The engine underwent a Peugeot recall campaign (received new piston rings and valve guided seals) at 98K miles to eliminate a bit of excessive oil consumption. Never any engine or Bosch Motronic 1.3 injection problems. Still has original clutch and throw-out bearing.
Alternator brushes replaced at 65K miles.
Replaced cracking rubber shrouds on lower joints.
Replaced old cracking rubber brake hoses on all four corners, two years ago.
Original fuel pump, starter, injectors, water pump to the car.
A couple of small rust spots showing up here and there, but have contained them and prevented further spread.
Lost the A/C Freon years ago due to leaks somewhere in the piping lines. I didn't want to go through the work of tracking down the leak.
Original shocks (front and rear) to the car. I replaced the front shock absorber rubber pads years ago due to the aging condition of the rubber.
Fantastic design, if you ask me. I couldn't ask for a better combination of seating comfort, economy, reliability, ease of service, suspension ride/comfort and agility, roominess, driving position, reasonable acceleration performance, and overall pleasing sedan appearance.
I am a conservative/conscientious driver with a mechanical interest in cars. So, I assume this helps with keeping the car in good shape and in reducing failures, but this car, as well as my other two 405s (an automatic S and a Mi 16) is top notch in my experience. I plan to keep driving all of them until something catastrophic happens. This car fits me perfectly in size, purpose, and in design philosophy. Thanks, Peugeot!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 2016
20th Jan 2016, 22:52
Would you happen to be Marty Karo by chance? If so, it's Steve from the old Rant n' Rave.
21st Jan 2016, 14:19
I can't say that I am. My name is John... and I live in Lexington, KY.
24th Jan 2016, 03:57
Really neat review!!!
FYI -> drove one of these new with the automatic transmission -> DUD, subtract 1 forward range while keeping the ratio spread, add the parasitic drain of a hydraulic pump to actuate the internals, and say Hello To Slow :(
Enjoy the manual :)