1991 Peugeot 405 GRDT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Peugeot's brief was to design the perfect family car, so why are they miles off this target?
There was a suspicious smell inside right from the start. We first thought it was the dealer's interior perfume, but due to there dishonesty, we eventually realized the smell was in-fact the odor of a dog!
On a regular and typically expensive service, the dealer "forgot" to reconnect the turbo - and this was a Peugeot Main Dealer! This occurred only a few days before we went trekking across France in it, so luckily "we" discovered the problem before it was too late.
The rear electric window decided to stop working. Fortunately, the window was closed at the time.
The clutch snapped without warning at 66,000 miles.
It was a pain trying to close the boot. It took several forceful attempts before it locked.
The parcel shelf rattled constantly. It drove us mad!
This was the biggest financial mistake of our lives.
We just could not trust this car. The electrics were reluctant to work - especially the electric windows and central locking.
It was capable on the road, practical and very economical, but Peugeot missed out on a vital aspect of owning a car - reliability. If Nissan and Toyota can do it, why can't Peugeot?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th September, 2002
6th Sep 2002, 16:05
Cannot believe this review as mine has performed perfectly and I have had no problems at all apart from wear and tear i.e. tyres and brake pads.
Have enjoyed every minute with this car.
My previous cars where a mazda and a hyundi this one beats them all.
21st Sep 2002, 10:52
Nope I can understand the car costing money. I had one which ended up costing me over £1200 in three months despite regular care and maintenance. Put me in some financial pressure as I was still a student at the time.