1975 Peugeot 504 GL 2.0L from Australia and New Zealand
Best car ever?
Brake load compensator.
Brake master cylinder.
Steering rack boot.
HT leads, belts, plugs, thermostat and other service items.
Bought this car cheap to drive and fix up. When I first got it, someone had painted it in red oxide and cut the front springs. I have since re-painted it in its original dark green and done a bit of work to it.
It now goes great, though not the fastest car on the road, it is very comfortable and quite reliable.
Most of the work I have done so far was due to neglect from previous owners, the air filter element was disintegrated from old age for instance. It is one of the best cars Peugeot (or anyone else) has made, far better than the Porsche 924 it replaced or the Peugeot 306XSI I also own.
Buy one that has been well looked after and it will be great for many years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd September, 2009
Lots of these are still being used as taxis in Egypt.
Yes, I just got back from Egypt, and had the chance to ride in the back seat of several 504 taxis while I was there, and it took me back down memory lane. I had a '74 diesel for a couple of years, and I loved it. My taxi rides in Egypt were not quite as wonderful as in my memory, but then I was not driving, I was in the back seat of wagon models, and the interiors were much less luxurious than the US sold version I had.
I believe that if you were to find an example of a sedan that has not been used as a taxi or "decontented" down, that you would be hard pressed to find a better or more comfortable ride: certain Citroens excluded, of course.
Wish I had one now. I liked it much better than my '81 505.
I had exactly the same experiences as you have had. We were in Egypt last year, and rode in the back seat of several 504 taxis. I also felt like they were not as solid or comfortable as the '76 diesel I had years ago back in the States.
Like you, I also owned an '81 505 (though I actually had mine before I had the older 504) and I agree that the older 504 model was a much more enjoyable driver.
My 505 was also extremely comfortable and handled well, but I think if it had been a manual rather than an anemic, underpowered automatic diesel, it might have a bit more enjoyable to drive.
Both of my previous Peugeots were sedans, but I wish I had a good 504 or a 505 wagon now.