1990 Peugeot 405 GR 2.0 carburetted from Australia and New Zealand


What a fun driving chassis, but those long drives mean plenty of spending over the gas pump


Automatic transmission needed a service.

Carburettor needed to be re-built.

Usual wear and tear stuff like brakes and the like.

General Comments:

What fun to drive!!

The fuel gauge was more a G-force indicator. Turn left and it swung to the right, turn right and it swung to the left. So you always kept in mind how many km to a tank and sorta relied more on the empty light coming on solid.

Not the gutsiest car on the streets, but on the country roads it took on more than its fair share of better competition. Turning into corners and things, it would just stick to the most unbelievable lines without getting disturbed. My partner and I both discovered this independently and would take turns to take the car out on long drives for this very reason! On the straights it just kept up speed, but in the twisties you didn't have to shed a lot of that speed to get around.

The transmission was close to the end of its life and the carburetter was a demon of a bygone era, so had to look at EFI 405s. Had a 405 SRi. It had the same great chassis, but too many electrical issues to count and an oil leak, so returned it to the dealer.

My partner and I still look longingly at 405s when we come across one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2015

1990 Peugeot 405 GL 4 wheel drive 1.9 petrol from UK and Ireland


A quality family car


Power steering failed at 68,000 miles.

Both electric window motors failed at 74,000 miles.

Wore tyres at an alarming rate.

General Comments:

Considering how some people have been so disappointed with their Peugeot's, mine was a very good car. It had major electrical and steering faults, as well as wearing tyres very quickly, but it was otherwise a reliable car which was as hard as nails. Its ride, handling and performance were all excellent and it was a joy to drive the Peugeot while sitting in its comfortable and spacious interior. The dealers were also very good and I was surprised to hear how many customers have been dissatisfied by the service from some Peugeot dealerships.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2005

1990 Peugeot 405 GLD 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


Superb engine trapped in a dungeon of dodgy French electronics!


Needed new head gasket as soon as I bought it.

CV joints knock badly.

Some sort of electrical fault. If I leave the battery terminal on over-night, battery is flat come morning guaranteed. Tried all manner of things, from new alternators, batteries, fuses the lot. Checked electrical system and it shows an all clear!

Rear doors don't unlock with remote.

General Comments:

A superb car to drive. Plenty of space and nice and comfy on long runs.

The good old diesel has done over 218000 miles, and still runs fine providing I take the battery terminal off every night.

It has a few problems, but rest assured it just keeps on going, soldiering on.

Runs excellent on Bio-Diesel, pulls a good 50-55 MPG, and although it has a few faults I just can't bare to part with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2003

2nd Jan 2004, 06:09

Use an ammeter to check the current being drawn from the battery when the vehicle is parked. Get someone to pull out the fuses one after the other. If one of these circuits is faulty (i.e. drawing current when it shouldn't be) then the current will drop to zero when the fuse covering that circuit is pulled out.

My thoughts are that an interior light is either on all the time or has a low resistance short.

16th Jan 2005, 05:17

My 405 GLD is exactly the same. Leave the battery on overnight, come morning it is dead. I also have checked every fuse with an ammeter and everything comes up rosy and fine according to it. I have changed batteries, alternators and the like also. I suspected it might have been the radio so I disconnected it, but to no avail. French electronics are crap, but otherwise this is a great and reliable car. Mine has done nearly 250,000 miles and desperately needs a head gasket, but it rattles on regardless and still delivers 48Mpg.

7th Dec 2005, 12:30

My 405GLDT has a problem with the diesel heaters, the heating sign comes on sometimes and it needs it to start does anyone know how to fix it?