1990 Peugeot 405 GL 1.9 8v petrol from UK and Ireland


Oil leak from O ring seal around distributor.

Faulty heater blower fan.

Boot leaks water which is a pain because I transport a lot of computer equipment.

Nothing too serious though.

General Comments:

When I bought the car from a local dealer (Parkhills garage, Bury), it was supposed to be a 1.9 8V petrol. Low performance got me suspicious about the CC of the engine and on closer inspection the engine had been replaced with a 1.6 8v petrol without informing the DVLC (naughty). I have since taken the car back to the garage and had the engine exchanged for a 1.9 8v petrol. The car has a lot more performance now (I've reached 130 mph on a stretch of motorway at 2 o'clock one morning, scary stuff). Performance seems a little slower now than when I had the engine changed 8 months ago but I think it just needs a tune up and service.

Reasonable spec central locking, electric sunroof although not windows, no power steering but it's quite light none the less. Good performance and cheaper to insure than similar spec cars eg. Cavaliers and Sierras.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2000

1990 Peugeot 405 Mi16 1.9 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


Brake sensors failing, ABS pump switch not working on warm days (?), sunroof cables snapping, central locking plays up.

General Comments:

My car has covered 160,000 miles without a hint of engine or gearbox troubles. It's only let down by silly little things as mentioned above. a very sturdy car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 1999

1990 Peugeot 405 GR 1.6 petrol from Finland


Would be easier to tell the things that haven't gone wrong...

Speedo doesn't work.

Heater gone broken.

Rear axle is broken.

Cylinder head is broken.

Charger has busted about 4 times.

Rear lights gone berserk (disco lights).

Gearbox gets uppity with me.

Clutch pedal comes off every now and then.

Water comes thru roof (and if washed in machine, water comes thru everywhere).

Electrical problems (lights flash when engine running)...etc...etc...

General Comments:

Handles great! But that is the only good thing in the car...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th January, 1999

6th Feb 2001, 15:23

405 GRI 1.6 1991, 378.000 km's without engine, gearbox, brake, electrical and so on problems.

The engine and gearbox have never been opened and also the charger and the other main parts are original.

The most driver friendly car I have owned since 1964. Altogether (8 cars) over 1.8 million kilometers, 95% in Finland.

29th Apr 2001, 13:47

I live in Belgium, have a 405 GR and the only thing that have gone wrong are the brake lights.

9th Aug 2001, 12:11

I live in england. I took my 1.9 gr auto to France for a day trip. I was quite tempted to leave it there!!!

3rd Feb 2007, 10:46

Since I have had my GRI 405 I have never had any major problems except for once.I,unwillingly, took part in a chain crash and my headlights burst, but does that count...

Of course I change the oil every 9k km and the brakes. In conclusion, it's a great car and I would never trade it whatsoever... Have a nice driving, guys!