1996 Peugeot 405 GTX TD 2.1 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Large family saloon that offers outstanding value and comfort


Head gasket blew at 69,000 miles, this is very costly to repair.

Bulbs fail, intermittent fault on Peugeot.

Wish my car was known by Peugeot, no dealer has any record, yet car does appear to have many odd items.

General Comments:

Very quick for a TD, fun to drive.

Very comfortable on long haul trips, seats hold up to lots of abuse.

Huge boot.

Cabin is much nicer that the pre face-lift model.

Great heater in winter and Air Conditioning is a great boost in summer.

High spec for car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2002

7th Sep 2004, 10:45

I have owned an L reg(94) 405GTX turbo diesel estate since buying it in 96 with 80000 miles on the clock. It has now done 190000 miles and runs like a dream. I can drive all day without feeling tired or uncomfortable. Wonderful on motorways with plenty of power left at 70mph. Very economical and I can still get 700 miles from a 70 l tank. It has been very reliable although the water pump and a suspension bush went at 130000 miles, head gasket went at 150000 miles, radiator at 160000 miles, clutch at 180000 miles. Struggled to pass emissions a few times. Had a new handbrake cable too. Cabin heater wasn't very effective in the cold. All electric windows and sunroof are still fine and seats look like new! What a shame they don't still make them, as a lorry hit me on a round about and it is now a right off!!

21st Feb 2006, 01:15

Also had the STOP light coming on due to potential low coolant. It seemed almost randomly!

However it happened on inclines mostly which could be exacerbated with a trailer.

It was the coolant switch in the radiator. My rad had a slight leak and just needed topping up every 3000 miles (not worth replacing on a car a bought for 400GBP)

As a run around best car I've ever owned!

9th Mar 2009, 17:31

Having had the old 405 1.9d. I knew these beasts were reliable and resourceful (to the point people are now trying like crazy to get these old cars, because they want to run them on used cooking oil / used engine oil! Yes used engine oil!!! Blimey!)

Drove my 96 405 GTX TD estate home after winning it on ebay for £127, and wow was I surprised! It handled like a dream!

Picked up faster than I thought it would! (was expecting no response) LOLOL

Everything worked (except air con).

Even had a 6CD changer in boot (original radio with car!)

Just MOT'd it, and it needed a bush! Wow, this old Trooper has not missed a beat at all!

It's showing a few war scars, but I would say if you come across one, buy it! For your money you won't go wrong!

All its needed is 2 new tyres, a new battery and a end cap for injector returns (would not start in mornings after the cap split letting the derv siphon back to the tank).

As for the 210,000 miles it's done, it drives like it did new! Just as long as you remember to change the oil every 6k or they don't like it...

I'd have another any day!!!

1996 Peugeot 405 GTX DT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A great motorway car


Overheated after I got the car, new engine block and gasket.

New alternator at 107,000 miles.

Small wheel came lose on the fanbelt, needed replacing.

General Comments:

A great family car and a excellent motorway cruiser.

Cheap to buy.

An excellent package with the car air con and CD player, but I do find the clutch a bit heavy and the pedals close together.

Nice illuminated dash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2001

1996 Peugeot 405 GLX 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Smooth, quiet, well balanced bargain


All oil seals replaced under warranty.

Noise comes from the front suspension (left side), and nobody knows what it is,

Engine is slightly pinky.

General Comments:

Very smooth car, with no rattles.

Very comfortable.

The best car I've ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2001

22nd Aug 2001, 09:41

I agree with your comments on 405 saloon GLX. Lovely to drive. This model was well equipped, with a willing engine.

1996 Peugeot 405 GLX TD Estate 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Some minor electrical faults, the rev counter stops working occasionally as does the temperature gauge.

The wheel trims are forever falling off, I don't bother to replace them any more.

General Comments:

Very well equipped and very comfortable. Good family wagon. Performance is pitiful below 2500 rpm but acceptable above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1996 Peugeot 405 DT Executive Estate 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Front fog light blew. Seals around rear windows lifted and intermittent fault on in-car CD player.

General Comments:

A great car and grand motorway cruiser.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 1997