1995 Peugeot 405 GLX 1.9 TD from UK and Ireland


Drives well, many minor problems


Heater fan stopped working (not fixed yet - occasionally works intermittently)

Remote locking / alarm sometimes leaves the Left indicators on permanently so you have to lock and unlock upto 5 times to get it to turn it off. Usually I use the key now its less hassle.

Fog lights were corroded beyond repair - a common problem.

The exhaust rattles at idle.

The speedo wobbles.

The clock didn't work - fixed by replacing the bulb behind the clock.

The rear left door was difficult to shut and creaked a lot, improved greatly by adding grease.

Little room to use the clutch (easily fixed by pulling the plastic cover off above the pedals)

General Comments:

I bought the car cheap (ish) as it had a few minor faults (speedo / exhaust / remote locking)

Generally very nice to drive, but flat before 2000rpm before the turbo kicks in. Lots of luggage doesn't bother it. Plenty of grip in the wet or dry.

Lots of nice touches e'g well lit interior when you unlock. Boot light as well. The stereo can be hidden by closing the front panel on the car (saves removing the face of it). Heats up the inside v. quick in winter (though the fan is not working now!)

Seating position for me (6ft) a little cramped from my legs to the bottom of the (nice leather) steering wheel.

Clutch is a bit heavy (probably the cable).

My stereo (which is prone to overheating) also overheats in this car.

Still annoyingly lacks the flick on /off main beam headlight switch for flashing other drivers, instead you leave your main beam headlights on (if your running lights are on).

Large tank and I guess 45+mpg, only used one tank and not sure if it will get 50mpg on this tank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

1995 Peugeot 405 SRi 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A reliable, comfortable, attractive car that has aged well


Heater core, 115000.

Radiator 117000

Front pads 162000

Heater hose 175000.

General Comments:

Car has been very good. I service the car myself and it has only needed normal consumables such as light bulbs, tires etc.

Motor is still good with no oil consumption or exhaust smoking.

Car is a pleasure to drive, is economical and good at covering long trips in comfort.

Interior is as new although car has always been garaged in the 6 years I have had it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2005

1995 Peugeot 405 GLX 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Very reliable work horse


Always have an oil leak.

Heater has been tempremental - cold in the winter too hot in the summer.

General Comments:

I haven't had too many problems with my car. I paid £1000 for it nearly two years ago and it costs me £450 a year to service.

Otherwise it has been great and reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2004

1995 Peugeot 405 GLX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


French Classic


Rocker cover gasket was replaced 3 times during my ownership as it was diagnosed by Peugeot to be the culprit for an oil leak.

Brake pads 'jumped out' of the callipers on the drivers side- luckily I was driving slowly and managed to stop the car with the handbrake.

Front tyre wear was atrocious- 10,000 miles was about par.

Radiator hose wore out.

Brake flexi-hose needed replaced.

Front fog lights became non-functional after the connections became corroded.

General Comments:

My 405 GLX was a very flash car when I bought it and it came equipped with plenty of goodies; Alarm, remote central locking, electric windows, Air-con and sunroof! and big comfy seats.

The engine was a very quiet unit that was more than adequate for pulling the car even though it was the smallest in the range, though I suspect it did have to work hard as it rarely managed more than 35 mpg which is 1.8 territory. It was flexible and powerful though perhaps the gearing was a little too tall to release it's full potential.

Ride is very good and handling is also good for a car of it's size, it's not going to out-corner a Saxo, but it doesn't do anything to cause alarm. the rear end is very light and if you get too enthusiastic you can spin the car despite it's front-drive layout though this is only really applicable in the wet.

Brakes are adequate though not of the same standard as it's cousin; the Citroen Xantia, the 405 would have benefited from having rear discs too.

Interior is very comfy and the GLX trim is also quite sporty aswell. it's good to see Peugeot didn't bother trying to tart it up with that fake-wood.

I found running costs high for a car of this size a full tank of petrol was nearly £50 and you'd get little over 400 miles from it.

It is a great family car and there are loads of them out there, and they are capable of intergalactic mileages.

Owning the 405 was pleasurable and in the end I was sad to see it go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2004