1982 Peugeot 505 S XDS2 turbo diesel from North America


Safe, reliable and comfortable transportation that no one else has!


My car has traveled less than 6 miles per day since new.

Maybe considered the lowest mileage turbo diesel in the states. Has become a modern classic, and is becoming an extinct model in the USA.

General Comments:

One of the safest and most dependable Peugeot models ever built. How many 28 year old cars would you trust on a journey across the states without hesitation?

This is not my first owned 505.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2009

27th Dec 2009, 06:27

My mom handed me down a 505 as my first car. Loved it to death. It was like a very attractive best friend, made out of iron, that moved quickly (it was a turbo). No subsequent cars I've had (Saabs, Volvos, BMW's) have been as indestructible. The cars that came closest were (German made) VW's.

1982 Peugeot 505 GR 2L carb from Australia and New Zealand


A very comfortable sedan with excellent handling, just needs a more powerful engine


Oil leak from rocker cover.

Rear brake callipers seized up occasionally. This means the handbrake doesn't always work.

Tweed wool seat cloth has started to un-stitch itself on the driver's seat.

Linkages in 5spd manual gearbox broke, meaning no gears could be selected.

General Comments:

Considering this car is 20 years old, it is extremely reliable and cheap to run. The things that have gone wrong are fairly minor really, and fairly inexpensive to do.

It's an absolute joy to drive. Fantastic handling through corners, yet maintains one of the most comfortable rides I've ever experienced. This is due to its amazing 8-valve (Peugeot patented) shock absorbers and fully independent suspension setup. It can go through corners faster than many new cars.

As I've mentioned it has a very comfortable ride. It soaks up all bumps. While you might hear them due to a fairly rattly dash board, you never actually feel bumps through the seats. Seats are very comfortable and supportive.

The cabin is a fairly airy place, with good vision all around.

However, driving position is not very good. The brake and clutch pedal are far too close together. The steering wheel is not adjustable at all. Gear stick is a long way away, and when in 1st (on Right Hand Drive model) it can be hard to reach if you have short arms. It also has a weird gear-knob which looks like a golf club. You do get used to this however, and other more conventional cars feel a bit strange!

Gearbox and clutch are very easy and light, although the gearbox has a long throw, which means it feels a little imprecise.

The engine, while strong and reliable, is quite wheezy and underpowered. It only has 71kw and 161nm, which isn't much to haul around a large sedan. It is fairly willing to go, and will rev happily up to 6750rpm, although there isn't really any performance benefit from doing this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2002

14th Jun 2003, 21:11

Since writing that review the car has cost me around AU$3500 in repairs. It needed a new clutch, clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinder, rebuild the rear calipers, replace the steering flector, and the carburettor has failed.

Still love it though and would happily own another.

1982 Peugeot 505 GRD Estate 2.5 diesel from UK and Ireland


Going well after 20 years on the road.


Clutch plate replaced.

Clutch master cylinder leak.

Gear lever assembly replaced. It became loose after the abuse I gave it when the clutch was failing.

Oil warning light failed. This could have been expensive if not detected.

Radiator leak.

Power steering hose leak. The pump would start growling when it ran out of fluid.

Rear seat cover has worn away recently.

Drivers seat belt unit has worn out recently.

British climate has caused extensive corrosion on bodywork recently although the floor is in good condition.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable and has excellent suspension.

I think this car is almost clapped out. At 20 years old with the rust and growing repair bill I think it is time for a younger model. I don't think I will forget this one though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2002

12th Jan 2005, 19:13

Hi, I have an '84 505 STI and have been driving it since 1984. I am now going to sell it on ebay for the same reasons you listed. Sadly though. I have really loved it.

Marci Hanson

Bellingham, Washington.

1982 Peugeot 505 GR 2.0 gasoline from Indonesia


Muffler needs to be replaced every 50,000 km. If the engine doesn't want to start easily, it needs ignition adjustment.

General Comments:

It runs easily to 160 kmph, I have lowered it by 12 cm at the front and 20 cm at the back. I put on 16 inch rims and 50 ratio of wheel. It's a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 1999