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.
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