1995 Peugeot 405 GLX 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A good car with many flaws


The clutch cable have snapped three times in less than a year.

The timing belt broke less than six weeks after a Peugeot P3 service.

The headlights do not function in low beam.

The fan/heater works intermittently.

The alarm still triggers even after disabling it under the bonnet.

General Comments:

The dealer service is appalling; for most of the repairs, I have had to approach general garages that provide better service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd May, 2002

1995 Peugeot 405 GLX 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A small yellow sour tasting fruit, often sliced and served with Martini


The front fog lights have never worked and are too expensive to replace.

Three new tyres. The wheel brace bent the first time I had to use it

The exhaust front pipe blew and as this is connected to the Catalytic converter I had to have a new one of those too. £200.

The relay to the fuel pump has been replaced.

The key fob alarm control is temperamental. Sometimes it works from a few feet away, sometimes only when the key is touching the sensor. I have actually driven it with the headlights flashing ambulance like for a distance of 5 miles before I was able to turn the alarm off.

The alarm is not connected to the horn resulting in a 'silent alarm' situation, allowing it to be driven away as described above!

Not sure that the air conditioning is working as it should.

The wing mirror has been replaced.

The wiper arms both need replacing.

All this in 4 months of ownership.

General Comments:

When it goes, it goes well, but its just too temperamental.

Its comfortable, well equipped, quick and very roomy.

I have discovered that the likelihood of breakdown is directly proportional to the amount of toys one has to play with.

There is nowhere to store cassettes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th April, 2002

4th Apr 2003, 02:37

I have now parted company from this appalling piece of rubbish and not a moment too soon. Since the last update:

Linkages fell out of the gearbox again.

New alternator.

New key fob (£50) because the locks were about to fall apart (£200 for a new set)

My advice Stay away, don't even think about it.

19th Mar 2004, 12:14

Electrics are starting to go faulty in mine now, sometimes the intermittent wiper works sometimes it doesn't, sometimes the central locking works on all doors sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes the fuel gauge works sometimes...

It's a nice car, it's a shame to see this happening, but it has done 97000 so what do you expect?

Also motor has gone in electric window, this is probably due to me smoking too much though!

2nd Feb 2007, 12:07

Poor man.

Your car is a disaster.

I have a 1988 405 Gri and during my first year it hasn´t failed at all. I have my own review in the 1988 list.

I think you were very unlucky when you bought that car.

Where did you buy it?

My knowledge of the model is that the 405 is very solid concerning the engine and other major parts.

The weakness tends to be electrical gadgets (as all french cars up to year 2000).

Come visit me in Sweden and I will give you my 405 for free so you can enjoy a nice ride without havocs.

Good luck with your next car.

1995 Peugeot 405 GLX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


The GLX TD was a fast reliable work horse


Handbrake cables to the rear wheels - outer case split (replaced twice at 85k & 128k).

Oil filler pipe split at 128k.

Rocker box oil leak, progressive from 90k.

General Comments:

I owned my GLX TD for three and a half years doing 52,000 miles, a total of 130,800 miles.

While the fuel economy was excellent, 50 MPG at 80+ MPH, the cost of main dealer servicing was expensive especially as a service was required every 6,000 miles.

There were no major mechanical failures, wear & tear failures were non-existent due to regular servicing.

Body work was excellent with no rust, the only body fault being worn hinge pins on the driver's door.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2001