1983 Peugeot 505 S - Silver Edition 2.3 turbo diesel from North America

Summary:

At 21 years old, she's still turning heads!

Faults:

Major oil leak when purchased (due to the amateur "mechanic" who previously owned the car) - easily repaired by re-seating the valve cover.

Had alternator rebuilt at 125,000 miles. I didn't even KNOW that Motorola made alternators (neither did the mechanic who rebuilt it).

Replaced vacuum pump at 126,000 miles.

Replaced one rear window motor at 126,000 miles.

Speedometer is a little bouncy (I have read that this is common).

Sunroof and heated seats do not work (but are on my project list).

General Comments:

After several bouts of retroactive maintenance dealing with the neglect of the former owner, this car is starting to shine.

The car is hands down the most comfortable car I have owned, the ride is excellent, and the legendary Peugeot seats do not disappoint.

The turbo diesel is satisfactorily noisy and just a little bit smoky on hard acceleration (great for keeping away those who follow too closely).

I would buy another in a heartbeat (and am looking for a good 405 mi16). Please Peugeot, PLEASE come back to America!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2004

18th Dec 2009, 15:13

I am feeling the loss with you. Peugeot, please come back to America.

1983 Peugeot 505 S Silver Edition 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Fast, economical and reliable

Faults:

Master cylinder.

EGR valve.

Sunroof doesn't work.

Some rust.

General Comments:

Peugeot's are great cars. It can be interesting to own one in the U.S. I think Peugeot's would do well if they were sold here again (at least I would buy one). The Europeans just have to stand behind their products more than they did/do.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2000

1983 Peugeot 505 GR Estate (wagon) 2.0 carb petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Little ancillary items such as distributor, alternator, fuel pump and radiator.

General Comments:

The major mechanicals seem to be solid. At 164,000 miles I still have all the original major mechanicals (even the clutch).

Fantastically practical workhorse.

Rust can be a problem with these early models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999