1994 Peugeot 405 GLXD Estate (SW) 1.9 D from UK and Ireland


Brilliant. Get one. Becoming a retro classic


Battery and starter motor (consumables in my opinion - it's 22 years old!!!)

General Comments:

This car is probably the best car I have owned. If I take away my snob view of it and think about what I really want from a vehicle - this car ticks all the boxes.

Bought early 2015, after looking for one for sometime, mine is not in great visual nick, but mechanically it's amazing. I bought it to dip my toe in the water with regards to 405s. I have to tell you this car is amazing, it runs on fumes (amazing MPG) and the reliability is superb. The seats are the best in any mainstream car I have owned, and it's pleasant to drive. It won't win any glamour awards, but as stated, if you want a car purely for reliability, you can't go wrong.

I have decided to buy another because of my car's beat up looks and no other reason - so I will move this one on as it has 220,000 miles on clock, yes you read it right - and it doesn't miss a beat, even starts off the key.

It's a shame Peugeot don't make cars of this quality anymore; it really is a big load lugger with brilliant reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2016

10th Jan 2016, 17:03

The 405 was a good car, and the 406 was pretty decent too. 407... I've heard mixed reviews, but never owned one so can't comment. However I 100% agree with your review - 90s cars rule. Take a look at the reviews on here for similar cars from that time period, Ford Mondeo, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Avensis, etc etc. Whereas any car made after the year 2000 or there about seems to have problems with injectors/filters, and so on. 70s/80s cars are a bit too old now. Cars in the last 10 years - too new. 90s - balanced, happy medium :)

10th Jan 2016, 17:27

Why worry about the looks? Keep the thing and "beat the system" - you'll probably spend in a year what most people spend in one month's finance repayments on a new car!! If it works, keep it - you said yourself it was tough to track down.

A guy near me owns a coach firm and runs these and early 406s as company hacks - they HAVE to be the old XUD (?) indirect injection unit he says though - what little you lose in ultimate MPG, you gain in refinement, simplicity and ease of maintenance.

15th Mar 2017, 20:52

I totally agree with you on your '90s cars (being-best) conclusion. The Alfa Romeo 164 falls into this '90s reliability and simpler design also. It checks all the boxes. And Peugeot certainly falls squarely into this category with the 405. I have three of them: manual DL 1.9 petrol, automatic 1.9 petrol, and Mi 16 manual. I have 205,000 miles on the DL with the original clutch. Never had any significant issues; just simple maintenance. The Bosch Motronic 1.3 injection is so solid in its reliability and good gas mileage. The whole 405 design execution is simple and successful. Forget the newer more-complicated cars of the 2000s; too many issues/problems with supposed mechanical design "improvements". And, the rust issues with the '80s and '70s are a problem. Exactly right, this early '90s era car model production is the best of the sweet spot, all things considered. Keep 'em maintained and enjoy them... no matter what others say or think. ;)

1994 Peugeot 405 GLXDT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Most reliable and cheap to run car that I have ever owned. Wish they still made them


Normal long wear items: Water pump at 120K miles.

Sun roof slide failed, passenger window guide failed, rear wiper intermittent due to earthing - all minor and non essential, and not related to motoring reliability.

Clutch has periods when it appears to be weak - but it's the original, and it's on 200K miles.

General Comments:

The most I have ever spent on maintenance was £180 for the water pump, timing belt and pulley. It's just SO reliable (the XUD engine is the key).

All other maintenance I have done myself (during 12 years); bottom ball joints, brake cylinders, discs, 1 exhaust, brake pipes etc. Annual servicing usually costs me £30 total.

Galvanised, so has never failed an MOT due to bodywork or need for welding etc.

Now past the 200K mark, I want this car to go on forever. It has a huge carry space and the rear springs can take it, even when filled with paving slabs! I bought an 07 BMW 318D to placate my wife and kids, as they worry about image and being in the 21st Century - but I continue to drive my old white, more fuel efficient, low running cost 405.

I got my older kids to buy 306's with the same XUD engine, but they have trouble with rear beams and drums, and front suspension components and disc wear (all replaced by me), but the engine on 170K (as expected) delivers no problems...

We rely so much on this car as a workhorse, and never bat an eyelid at the prospect of a 350 mile round trip to collect or deliver bulky items.

I wish they were still in production. It was so difficult trying to decide what to buy to replace it - I hope that won't happen for a good few years yet. To try to find a car with low cost maintenance and high end reliability is going to be a challenge. I worry about the fibre optics in the later Peugeot's, and overall they don't seem to have the same reliability tag. I indicated that I would buy from the manufacturer again, but at the moment, I would only buy another 405 XUD estate!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2012

10th Jul 2015, 19:06

My first 405 GLD estate was brilliant, as a friend's father got it delivered from the factory to the dealer in three days. Some kind of wax was then put into the sills so it lasted very well. I still have it, but it's off the road due to MOT nit picking.

Other higher technology cars used when the Pug was laid-up have been an absolute curse, so when I saw an ex-police 405 "Style" Turbo Diesel Estate on eBay, I snapped it up. Unfortunately the police and prison service mechanics were in my honest opinion incompetent, and this has cost me a lot of money. The problem was the spare wheel cage. Now on the Peugeot 405 MK1 the tyre option is normally 175/70 R14. On the MK2 it is normally 185/65 R14. The wider tyres WILL NOT FIT into the spare wheel cage unless they are deflated first or jacked into place, but there is a reason for this! There is a second set of captive nuts in the spare wheel cage brackets. If the lower nuts are used, the tyre sidewall will not be pinched and stressed, and the tyre will still be OK when it is needed. This faux-pas made by a long succession of previous owners cost me £161 when a tyre failed on the way to Gatwick, and the spare was found to be unserviceable. I had only had the car for a week! Take care!