1993 Peugeot 405 Reviews - Page 3 of 8

1993 Peugeot 405 GLDT Estate 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired231000 miles
Most recent distance302000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Great pleasant drive, just keeps going!

Faults:

Brake servo failed at 285,000 miles.

Glow plugs replaced this year.

Central locking/Alarm recently packed in.

N/S front wheel bearing failed at 297,000 miles.

General Comments:

This has been an excellent workhorse, and considering the mileage is in amazing condition. As said in a previous review, if you service these cars regularly they last for ever and are very easy to work on.

This still pulls very well and I carry a large amount of weight in it regularly. Recently been to a Peugeot after-market specialist for the timing belt replacement, and he said it's one of the best he's driven!

If you want a cheap workhorse that's nice to drive with more than enough grunt, you won't go wrong with one of these. Also the loading space is slightly better than the 406 Estate, which is why I still have the 405!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2005

27th Dec 2005, 12:45

I completely agree with you.

I purchased one of these from a mate's dad, with 207,000 miles on the clock, for a grand total of £100.

I thought the car would only last a few months, wiht it having over 200,000 miles on the clock already.

How wrong could I have been?

I had the car for around 5 years, and I have driven it up to 362,000 miles, and it was still pulling just like it did when I got it.

It was a bit sluggish to start sometimes, but ALWAYS started.

The A/C didn't work when I got it, as there was a gas leak and it never got fixed apparently.

No real major mechanical failures, until the cambelt snapped one morning (That's why I scrapped it. Would probably still be going otherwise).

Overall, great workhorse.

1993 Peugeot 405 GLDT estate 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

A reliable, practical workhorse with power and economy

Faults:

Synchromesh on 5th gear is faulty. Only £30 for a scrap gearbox to replace, which I'll do soon.

Water inlet manifold went at 75,000 miles, which looked like a water pump leak, but wasn't. A new one cost only £9 from Peugeot, and I fitted it in an hour and a half. This is a very common fault with 405s it seems.

Driver's side front window sticks (electric window motor needs replacing). Not in a rush as it's easy to cure with a quick thump to the door!

Squeaky bush on front nearside. Again, cheap and quick to fix.

Screen-washer pump for rear window (located in luggage compartment) doesn't work (yet).

General Comments:

This is my second 405 (the first one was vandalised and written off).

Despite the faults above, this car has never let me down on the road. There are certainly a few of them, but as you can see they're really only niggles rather than major mechanical worries.

The vehicle came with a full service history from Peugeot, and I changed the cam-belt upon purchase just to be safe.

Each fault/job has been relatively minor and a cheap fix, and won't need re-doing anytime soon.

The cabin is well laid out and quite comfortable, though somewhat "cheap" looking and plastic by today's standards (I still prefer Sierra seats!). Everything is in easy reach and quickly becomes intuitive.

The gearbox and clutch are typical of the range - quite heavy and sluggish, but still very capable.

The car can and will keep up with most modern vehicles "off the lights" and will certainly hold its own in the 50 to 70+ stakes thanks to the turbo. I've left many a silly young boy racer wannabe chewing on diesel fumes before now! This car will happily cruise at motorway speeds all day (and night) long.

Economy is excellent for its size. I run this car on pure biodiesel (Rape Methyl Ester) and get 40mpg around town and 50+ mpg on a motorway journey.

As a workhorse for driving serious mileage over long periods of time you really won't get better than one of these for the price. I've done 1,000 miles a week since I bought the car and it just laps it up. They'll take you to the moon and back if properly serviced on a regular basis (cheap and easy to do yourself).

If you care more about reliability and economy than looking cool, you'd do much worse than to buy a 405; the estate especially is very practical for a family or tradesman.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2005

25th Feb 2008, 12:59

Biodiesel is technically no worse for components than normal diesel... it is quite different to neat veg oil.

Veg oil can upset the seals on your fuel pump due to its chemical nature, and if you were running at 90-95% SVO (straight veg oil) you might break the pump or pop a seal due to the increased viscosity of it. Causing the pump to operate at higher pressures.

I've owned two 405s now. The first I broke due to running too much veg oil through the injection pump, causing the seals to 'rot' and it leak more than it provided. The 2nd I've just bought and it looks tidy! I'll probably do a 50/50 svo/diesel or 80/20 svo/petrol mix.

28th Apr 2008, 01:46

Basically bio fuel rots seals if you use it exclusively as I have found out to my cost. My 405's fuel injector pump is shot, I wouldn't advise anyone to use it unless it's mixed with a lot of ordinary diesel.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 35 reviews