1979 Peugeot 504 GL 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand
The best car Peugeot ever made
Rear suspension rubbers needed replacement.
A/C needed regassing.
Like many old 504s rust was an issue. I removed the major spots in the firewall (near the windscreen wiper motor) and in the front door sills. Get one without any rust if you can!
The usual Peugeot oil leaks around the gearbox.
A fantastic car that I constantly regret selling, the 504 epitomised everything that was great about Peugeot. While the next model, the 505 was a more capable car, the 504's aesthetics were spot on.
While certainly not fast, 504s (especially later models) are easily able to keep up with modern traffic. Mine consistently returned fuel consumption of 11L/100km, down to about 8.5L/100km on a trip. Not bad for an old car.
Mechanically very simple, the 504 is easy and cheap to maintain. Although they have no power steering, 504s are very easy to drive. The best thing about 504s though are the seats - the most comfortable of any seat I've sat in. Mine were brown velour - just like big armchairs. Mine also had factory A/C, 505 alloys and CD player - what more does one need?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th October, 2009