1990 Peugeot 405 GL 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


A cheap 'n' cheerful form of mobility


Central Locking had fault which meant the car would unlock its self.

Noisy Diesel engine bad at speed

Chronic oil leak

Water pump replaced at 78,000

Timing belt tensioner pulley badly worn and replaced at 78,000.

General Comments:

Typical cheap, tatty Peugeot workman ship, a slight improvement on the smaller vehicles in the Peugeot range i. e the 205.

Good fuel economy... but it was a Diesel!

Good size car, mine was the estate model, plenty of room for all passengers, loads of boot space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2002

1990 Peugeot 405 mi16 1.9 from Finland


Very fast, beautiful, but choose carefully


Ball joint on the driver's side was busted when I bought the car. Made a horrible noise and took out all fun from driving. Very easy and cheap to fix.

Both front wheel bearings were worn out and noisy, changed them. No biggie.

Power steering was sticky, changed the belt -> OK.

Engine mounts have worn too much, this needs to be fixed. Affects transmission and exhaust mountings (broken because the engine moves too much).

General Comments:

A very, very fast car. Still great looks after all these years, a true classic.

People seem to be afraid of old Mi16's, so they are cheap. Just check the car well before you buy it. Can have tedious electric problems, but the mechanics and chassis work. 405's don't rust.

I love the engine. My engine was overhauled completely at 300000 km. This is a pure race engine, it wakes up at 4000rpm and then it's pure joy.

If taken care of, this car is reliable. Interior is very comfortable and durable. But who cares. It handles well and it's fast. And it's a looker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2002

1990 Peugeot 405 SRi 1.9 from UK and Ireland


Needs tender loving care


Heater hose burst shortly after buying the car.

The alternator was replaced.

Brake switch underneath the brake pedal failed - easily replaced for under £5.

Rear brake pads replaced - watch out for sticking calipers on the rear brakes.

Drinks oil - 1-2 litres every 2 weeks - valve stem oil seals?

Radiator requires topping up every week.

May be losing water from the heater matrix?

General Comments:

This car requires regular attention to keep it in good running order.

A responsive car - lovely to drive - great handling and fantastic brakes.

Body work has no rust, but now looking shabby.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2001

23rd Jun 2002, 11:23

The coolant leak, if not in the engine, will definitely be the heater matrix. Check if the carpet in the passenger footwell is wet/sticky. Check the O-Ring seals on the two pipes going into the matrix.

1990 Peugeot 405 GR 1.9 from Finland


Nice driving without lights


Almost every electric thing is broken, or needs to be fixed. And if you try to fix electric things by yourself, this car will break more.

Central locking works only sometimes.

And manual locks don't work at all (inside, or outside).

Choke does not work at all.

Speedometer does not work.

Some synchronization problems with the transmission.

General Comments:

This car is pretty quick because of the 1.9 engine (110hp), but that's only good thing in it.

All electric things are from hell in this car.

I want a mi16... :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2001

1990 Peugeot 405 GR 1.9 carb from UK and Ireland


Gas guzzling shed. Cheaper to drive a Bentley


Carb replacement.

Front wheel bearings.

Rear brake cylinders.

Front shocks are shot.

Handbrake cable.

Front O/S caliper.

Water leak.

Front O/S door hinges.

Immobiliser fault.

Gearbox syncromesh.

More to add...

General Comments:

This car has been less than reliable. Goes OK for a few weeks, then something else goes wrong. Which of course means spending more money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2001

9th Jul 2008, 11:48

Thirsty; 11.3L/100km. I do believe there is *something* wrong with it however.

The interior is cheap and tacky.

Very comfortable compared to Japanese cars I have driven. Great on long journeys.

Suspension and handling good.

Looked good in its time.

Has resisted rust pretty well.

1990 Peugeot 405 SRi 1.9 from Australia and New Zealand


A good sound car


Auto transmission required full overhaul, perhaps due to little service from other owners.

Sun roof frame rusting.

Radio had a bad earth and shorted out.

General Comments:

Now we have sorted out the problems we bought, the car is good. The auto makes it a bit on the slow side on pickup and overtaking, the MG Montego would leave it for dead. The level of comfort is OK and best of all my wife loves the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2000