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?

1990 Peugeot 405 GL 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Good car spoiled by engine/auto transmission mismatch


I cannot remember that much went wrong with it.

This was a contract leased car from my company - so if it started and ran when you turned the key any noises could be ignored until the next service - maintenance costs were all inclusive in the lease.

General Comments:

This was a big comfortable car, and I liked it, but it had one major shortcoming.

The engine was 1.6 petrol with a carburettor (fuel injection was less common in 1990) and the engine was a poor match with the automatic gearbox. Exiting a T junction could be lethal - press the throttle and the car would creep at slow speed into the traffic. Press harder in panic and it continued at the same lethargic pace. I very quickly learned to allow extra distance when doing maneuvers from a standing start. The rest of the handling was fine - auto box worked well, kicked down OK, and car could cruise effortlessly on motorways. But the carburettor flat spot on pickaway from start was always there.

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

Review Date: 26th February, 2003