1980 Peugeot 504 Review

1980 Peugeot 504 GLD 2.3 diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired186000 kilometres
Most recent distance213000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Swift


Would probably last for ever if looked after properly


The rear brakes seized, and I had to drive home with the brakes on!

There was a major oil-leak from the gearbox, which became more apparent after it's first service, when it dumped half a liter of gearbox oil in the driveway.

The radiator was blocked causing overheating; this blockage was caused by the previous owner removing the thermostat and causing a loss of pressure in the radiator.

The head gasket blew in spectacular fashion in the middle of Sydney, I almost made it home, with steam pouring from the exhaust, but I decided to stop in case I did more damage. The repair bill was $2,800...it would have been cheaper to leave the car at the side of the road and walk away!!

General Comments:

Undoubtedly the most comfortable car I have ever driven, but it was past it's prime when I got it, not helped by sub-standard repairs by previous owners.

Comfy seats were very handy when waiting for the breakdown truck!

It was eventually sold to a gentleman who exported old Peugeot 504s and parts to 3rd world countries to use as taxicabs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2004

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review