1989 Peugeot 405 Mi16 1.9 liter 16V from North America
Fast, fun, rare
I bought the car used (for next to nothing), as a fixer-upper to supplement the SAAB. Expecting it needed a couple thousand in work, it turned out to need suspension bushings, thermostat, timing belt adjustment, CV boots, electrical repairs and a host of other things, that ended up costing me more than double what I thought it would. But considering cosmetically the car was in incredible shape, and the miles were reasonable, it's been worth it. And since the repairs, it's been very reliable.
A total blast to drive. This car handles better than almost any other FWD car I've ever driven. Whatever Peugeot did to the suspension, they did it right!!
One of the nicest revving 16 valves engines out there too. Incredibly comfortable seats too, front and back.
The interior build quality is very mediocre, and the car rattles like crazy. But open the windows, turn up the stereo, keep the revs in the 3500 to 7000rpm range, and you fall in love with this car instantly.
Even at 11 years old, the car still looks modern. And it gets a lot of looks from other Euro car drivers.
If Peugeot returns to the US, the new 406 will be on my shopping list!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2000