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Another reasonable buy if you are looking for a cheap work horse and nothing more.I bought a 1993/4 L reg petrol estate GL model with a 1.9 engine,sometime after I sold my Sierra Azura back in the mid 90s.A 3 or 4 year old with 42,000 miles on the clock and only one owner with Peugeot history,a good time to buy a car like this as its lost its value and has not been abused by every man and his dog.Dark blue and grey cloth,very boring and unnoticable car,I have no problem with that.Very similar to my old Renault 21 Savanna in many ways,same colour even,I guess I like blue.
It was comfortable,soso economical mid to high 20s mpg is fair,diesels are much better.A friend had a dark red N reg turbo diesel model and he claimed it did around 50 Mpg but I find that hard to believe,maybe thats why people buy them in preference over a petrol model.His was quick too,faster than mine but he paid alot more than me for his from the main Peugeot dealer and he had the engine blow up on him after only 50,000 miles but luckily it was covered by a warranty.They fitted a brand new engine for him,so sometimes it does pay to buy from a main dealer!
Petrol cars are generally cheaper to buy and less trouble,not sure whether a diesel would be better or not in the long run for the extra cost.
I had no trouble with mine during a year of motoring and 20,000 miles or so,it was a second car used for business,not bought to impress.It suffered no rust,I guess it was not that old at the time,only thing that went wrong was a coolant hose,pretty minor and they fixed it in 5 minutes.
The body work is a bit light and thin,typical French build quality,cheap plastics abound but seats were comfortable and the cloth hard wearing.Not a drivers car so handling and performance are not great strengths for this kind of car.
I PXed it for a first generation A6 Audi estate,a far better quality car that my father bought off me years ago and its still going,250,000 miles or so and climbing!
Not sure if the Peugeot could be capable of this without major expense,so I would not recommend one of these unless you find one thats been kept in a bubble for years and looks like its been driven off the factory floor!
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This is one of the best cars I have ever owned. My Diesel 405 is now 15 years old and I have owned it for some 6 years. Apart from the air conditioning springing a leak, a central locking servo failing and the drivers electric window jamming, the car has been totally reliable.The engine although only making 90ps has good torque from 2300-4000 RPM so downchanges are a waste of time. I managed to get 750 miles out of one tank of fuel driving gently and it will cruise well over the speed limit without a hitch. It is also a very comfortable car and quite at legal speeds. Front end bushes tend to wear especially on the diesel models, and a slight clonk when driving on bumpy roads from the front is fairly normal. Diesels will do over 600,000 miles with regular oil changes and servicing.
I paid £300 from a friend for this my first car. Brought in 2004 and I only replaced it when it failed 18 months later. The 405 GLX is a good powerful mid-sized car which is comfortable and hard wearing.
I drove the 1.6 GLX model, and I would suggest choosing a fuel-injected model as it packs that extra punch. The saloon models have masses of space in both the back seat and especially in the boot, more than enough for a family holiday and too much for a weks shopping.
The GLX is the top of the range with lots of little extras; electric front-seat windows, driver air bag, dual breaking system, power steering, factory air conditioning, fuel injection, fold down rear seat, center arm rest and small covered opening into boot to store ski's extra. Also contains velvet-like seat covers, adjustable lumbar supports for both passenger and driver, adjustable steering wheel and seat. All this and metallic burgundy paint for £300. The 405 GLX's 1600 engine is a powerful little beast, especially seeing the considerable size of the car, it is able to put a lot of grunt under the acclerator pedal and cruises at any speed with minimal engine noise.
The interior is hard wearing and comfortable, even on long journey of up to 5hours. Seat are comfortable and air conditioning is effective and demists very quickly. The list of equipment on my current 1.6 GLX M 95 is excellent. I paid very little for the car and it had Electric windows, sunroof, remote central locking/alarm. BARGAIN! I am 6foot 3inches and there was good leg room and I never felt confined in anyway, including headspace (which is often a problem with cars any smaller than this). The lack of noise inside is impressive, the car is definately a big step up in comfort from the pletora of hot hatches now on the schene.
Economy is ok but the GLX model can be a bit thirsty and the massive 70L fuel tank puts a bit dent in the wallet when filling it up at the pump, however this does allows a massive range. A lot of the mileage was done with a roof-rack (and sometimes rowing boat) on top and this again further compromised fuel efficiency. The 1.6 is group 6 insurance, being around £450 for TPFT for a young driver with 0 years no claims. Service costs varied, but tended to be around £200, so certainly wan;t cheap but thats whatu get with an older used car.
The 405 did me proud for 18months, running well and having only a few minor problems. One of these problems was the warning lights on the dash board being faulty, flashing on and off every few minutes. I tried to keep abreast of all possible problems, by regularly checking oil, water etc. After around 130k, the car started burning oil very fast and this in combination with the electrical problems on the dash board resulted in the 405 running out of Oil on the M40 and violently ceased. As you can imagine, that was the dramatic end of the engine. The AA guy who picked me up and tried to fix the car didn;t work out it was not a diesel until I was in the cab of his truck getting a lift home. The 1.6 engines are notoriously unreliable, with the peugeot engines often requiring frequent tuning and often fail.
In conclusion this car was a great bargain and ran well for 18months. The 405 GLX was comfortable and responsive, with ample space for carrying whatever u have. However it must be remembered that it was the little problems that led to a total falure.
When our Skoda decided to give up the ghost, we were already in the market to replace it due to all the problems it had caused us. So, this small disaster wasn't too much of a change in plans. After much looking, it came down to a choice between two second-hand cars and when one owner decided not to accept our offer, we ended up with a 1995 Peugeot 405 GLX.
Some boss-man who traveled abroad frequently had apparently owned this little baby. In other words it had low mileage (or kilometerage, as the case may be) but was a bit neglected. For instance, the passenger seat's electric window was somewhat sticky, and there were some loose things here and there - but nothing that a few pulls with a wrench couldn't handle.
The 405 GLX was considered to be the luxury model of this car for its model year. It has all those nice little extras like the electric front-seat windows, driver air bag, dual breaking system, power steering, factory air conditioning, special adjustable reading light that you can point to the driver's or the passenger's side (in addition to the regular cabin light), fuel injection, vanity mirror, fold-down rear-seat center arm rest (that also has a reach-through door to the boot), plush velvet-like seat covers, adjustable lumbar supports for both passenger and driver, adjustable steering wheel, and a driver's seat that adjusts up or down (in addition to the usual forward and back). It was therefore very appropriate that this car was a snazzy silver metallic colour, in addition to everything else.
Oh, yes, this is really was very fancy car for the year it was manufactured. You want to dress up to drive in it, you do. Why, when I get in and I've not put on make- up, well, I feel like I've cheated this car. And the main reason why it feels like that is because this car is very driver and passenger friendly. It is the absolutely most comfortable car I've ever had the privilege to drive or ride in. The seats seem to welcome you and almost conform to your body. I've even toyed with the idea that when this car died, perhaps I'd pull the seats out and put them in my salon - they're much more comfortable than my sofas were (at the time)!
The ride is so smooth that you feel like the asphalt has turned to clouds underneath your wheels. The gears (yes, this is a manual car) shift like a warm knife going through softened butter. The clutch has this spot near the bottom that seems to gently hold it so that if you're in stop-and-go traffic, your leg doesn't get tired from strong pushing to keep it engaged when you have to hold the clutch down often or for longer periods of time. The steering wheel is gently padded so that its easy to hold onto, even when the car's been standing out in the hot Israeli sun. There is practically no play in the wheel, either, so it responds quickly and efficiently to every turn - keeping your arms from getting tired when you need to maneuver the car into that small-ish parking space.
This car has a 1600 engine and although the body is fairly heavy, the fuel injection really helps give this car some zip and helps it pull on those steep hills up to Jerusalem. No more having those little bitty sporty cars pass me up I was right out there, passing up the slow guys, with the best of them, I was!
And there's more, but... I bore you here, don't I?
I'm sure that you all want to know what's not so good with this car, as well. OK. I have to admit. All is not perfection in Peugeot-land. This car has a problem, well several, actually. To begin with, its a petrol-holic. Yes, my friends, my lovely silver chariot had a drinking problem, and I'm afraid that, eventually, this was part of the death of it. We are already considering letting this baby go because she was costing us so much at the fuel pumps. Very sad. But that's not all. Unfortunately, this car also has fairly expensive parts, so when something goes wrong or just goes in for a check-up, its not easy on your wallet either.
Now, you're saying, "oh, things have gone wrong with this car. Can't be a good car then, can it?" Well, in all honesty, the previous owner caused most of the problems by his neglect. Had he taken better care of it, most of the repairs I've had to do on this car wouldn't have been necessary. This is what my (very trusted) mechanic informed me. According to him, while the engine was basically in good order, there were things that shouldn't have needed to be done on this car. Even before we told him about the previous owner, he had guessed that this was the case. This was the first time we had bought a used car, so we were obviously learning the hard way of how to go about that. We know better now.
However, some of the problems were just age-induced. For instance, when we first got the car, the heaters heating element didnt work properly. Since winters here in Israel are hardly severe, we didnt bother fixing it. But when the air conditioning started losing its gas and stopped cooling me off in the hot summers, I started to lose patience especially after Id added gas twice. It was after the second time that our mechanic said that there must be a crack somewhere causing the gas to escape and I didnt have the funds to replace the whole air conditioning.
Then the alternator went, and that was another huge expense. Then that sticky electric window went on the blink. Finally, it started to overheat since there was some sort of a blockage or crack in the radiator. Thankfully, my son got into a small accident with the car, which had crumpled the front fender and cracked a headlight. We ended up having the insurance fix these and for some reason they thought that the accident had caused the crack in the radiator and replaced that as well! (Hey, I didnt cheat them, from what I understood from my insurance company, I could have had that fixed through them anyway, and would have paid the same deductible.)
But you know, I should mention that even with all the problems, the engine on this car purred like a contented cat, hummed quietly while on the road and when you turned the motor off, youd hear a gentle, elegant sigh as it wound itself down. The dashboard has very clear indicators and there's both a speedometer and a revolution counter. There are both front and back fog lights (that I have had very little use for, but still, they're there), which can be activated separately. It also has nice flip-up covers for the radio and the ashtray, so that when they aren't in use, you flip the covers closed and no one can see what's behind them - making that area look clean and tidy. Finally, one thing that was really nice was that the signal indicators have a gentle clicking sound to them, so that if someone is sleeping in the seat next to you on a long drive, when you change lanes, they aren't rudely awakened by a horrid noisy clicking sound.
I should also mention that although I have an almost 6 foot tall son who has his own driver's license, he sometimes had to sit in the back seat. With this car he still had space for his knees when he was back there. The rear-seat space is truly one of this car's best features. It also has a boot that's practically cavernous, which easily holds shopping for a hungry family of five.
But seriously, what's the most important thing when you choose a car? In my mind, its safety, and this is where this car came up smelling of roses. The body of this car is very strong and it has stabilizer sidebars that protect the passengers in case of a side impact, and I think they also help prevent the car from flipping over. I've been in a couple of situations where someone has bumped us here or there (and yes, I did bump someone once), and my car seems to come away with little to no damage, where the other car sustains easily visible damage. Since the traffic accidents in this country are so very high, this is extremely important to me - especially since I have a beloved husband and three children I love dearly. So you can see that I'm not willing to risk my family's lives with just any old car. I turned down some newer used cars (such as Subaru) because I knew that their safety record wasn't nearly as good as the Peugeot.
All in all, I'm glad I had this car, and to my mind, the drawbacks far outweighed the advantages for quite some time. I'd say that prior to the overheating and air-conditioning problems, this was generally a 4 star car. I'd also say that someone who has to do long distance driving would find this car far more economical than someone who just drives around town, since the mileage was easily doubled when on the open roads. And since its so comfortable, it would make the longer journeys far more pleasant.
But of course, all good things must come to an end, and when this car started costing us more than we could afford, we traded it in for a Hyundai. Still, I do fondly recall putting on my lipstick here, touching up my hair, giving a quick brush on the sleeves of my designer suit, and going out for a little pleasure drive - during which I'd gently wave (Royalty-style) at the poor, dirty masses who were forced to drive lowly heaps of tin. Ta-ta, my adoring public, ta-ta!
Thanks, ever so, for reading this.
Davida Chazan © September 2002, updated June 2006.
While you may not be able to find this car easily to buy second hand, Ive checked around and seen that prices for this are in the range of anywhere between £200 and £2000!
My review is based entirely on my experiences with my current car (405 1.6 carb model) and a previous 405 (1.9 SRi). Brief history: The 405 was launched back in 1988 as a competitor to the Ford Sierra and Vauxhall Cavalier and in my opinion singlehandedly raised the standard of the family saloon. The mk 1 cars were far better equiped compared to competitors cars, but had a few niggles such as squeaky interior trim (mine suffers this!) and some reliability issues (a lot revolving around the carburettor units). Available engines - 1.6 & 1.9 carb, 1.9i and 1.9 diesel (and turbo diesel). In late 1992 the mk 2 range was launched, in which a new 1.4i engine was introduced for reasons unknown to me (far too underpowered for the size of car), and most 1.9 litre engines were superceded by a new more reliable 2.0i engine. All engines on the mk 2 cars were injection rather than carburettor, which increased reliability substantially. Also the squeaks were reduced! Discontinued in 1996 and replaced by the 406, a car with somewhat less 'character', the car still does not look particularly dated to this day. Reliability: The engines themselves are pretty hard wearing and can take a lot of abuse. The same cannot be said about the carburettors (as in my car). They are very prone to faults as is the automatic choke (if the car has it fitted). This is the sole reason why Weber have sold so many replacement carbs! I think it was actually a recall issue at some point, I may be wrong though. Everything else about the car is hardwearing, such as body panels, gearbox, steering system and surprisingly the interior! Also, they are not prone to rust at all. My car itself has not got one spot of rust. If serviced regularly they can carry on for at least 250,000 miles on one engine, and even if not particularly well looked after they'll still soldier on! Driving: This is the most com
fortable car to drive that I have ever owned and I would definitely recommend it as a good old family saloon. Steering and handling are fantastic (even if you are unlucky enough not to have power steering). It literally stick to the road, which is not very common for a front wheel drive car. Brakes aren't brilliant, but they definitely do the job. I think to be honest they feel lighter than they actually are. The engine is very competant and is actually pretty quick as long as you are not scared to push it. It isn't particularly noisy, but you can hear a very reassuring drone as you drive along. Any differences are very easy to pick up on. Safety-wise the 405 seems to be built like a tank. If I was heading towards a rather fearsome looking tree in one I wouldn't be fearing for my life as I would be in something like a Ford Escort (see my other review!) An added bonus is the fact that, even at 11 years old, the car still returns a nice even 30 miles per gallon for unleaded! Features: Electric windows Electric sunroof Peugeot standard spoiler adequate engine (90BHP) Central locking (although it is disabled as it is faulty) Power assisted steering It is very roomy inside and can easily accomodate me, my wife, and both our kids as well as a boot full of bags. And even with all this it drives as if it is not loaded at all! There's plenty of leg room in the back, and the driving position is very comfortable. All manner of ways of adjusting it too. Buying a Peugeot 405: Engine - Be sure to check the oil filler cap for mayonaise like deposits. These indicate engine problems such as head gasket failure, warped cylinder head, or, at best, blocked breather system (as mine had). Minor oil leaks are common in mk 1 models as, through age mainly, rubber seals tend to perish. No major concern, just be sure to check oil levels regularly. Steering -
Be sure to check the steering rack for leaks or rubber gaitor splits. Repairs aren't too expensive, but they generally aren't for the home mechanic to do. Body - check under rear of car for any rust patches (or even holes) in the chassic arms. This was the reason my 1.9 SRi bit the dust. Major welding is the only way to repair. Windows - both the front and rear windscreens are very prone to leaks. So remember to check for signs of dampness inside the car (and in the boot). Cost: For £400 you can get hold of a car just like mine (but not mine as it is NOT for sale!), or for nearer £1200 you can pick up a nice 1991 1.9 Mi-16 which is the high powered model (160BHP). One for my wishlist! As a workhourse you can't go wrong with £1000 for a 1994 TurboDiesel estate car. Will go on and on and on. My personal experiences: Having applied for car credit back in May 2003 I was feeling pretty low at being turned bown my every single company going so I was very surprised at what I was offered when going back to the last place I tried to pick up my docs. The salesman said "are you after a cheap runaround instead then?" so naturally I asked to see what he had. Out the back of the car yard there was this slightly dirty looking K reg 405 1.6 litre (carb) with a slipping clutch. I ended up buying it for a whopping great £180 (yes you did read correctly!). It still had 2 months MOT and a month of tax so I thought it would be ideal to work on. The car is a late mark 1 (registered at the beginning of 1993, but built in mid 1992) so does not have all the revisions such as noise reduction and refined interior as other 1993 models have. But personally I prefer the looks of the older 405, as the more recent ones look a tad anaesthetised with their smoothed off boot lid etc. There were 106000 miles on the clock when I bought it, so I was very suprised to see the engine was in s
uch a good state. It needed a few minor repairs to get a new MOT (such as exhaust bits and a tyre) which didn't cost any more than £100 and I managed to struggle by without replacing the clutch for 3 months (eventually cost me £200 for a new one)! I have had no reliability problems with this car, although I must admit it needs a couple of pumps on the accelerator while starting it up. Any work I have done has been suprisingly cheap and easy to do (and that's going some, considering I was a novice when I bought it). This is definitely a car for the home mechanic. All you need is a socket set and a Haynes manual! Not a speck of rust at all either which is pretty good considering the car is 11 years old now. That is one thing that Peugeot always seem to get right from what I have seen. Only real gripe I have is that it doesn't ever reach the fuel economy that it should do according to the manual. But hey... I'm willing to live with that. Parts are extremely easy to get hold of, both new and used. Car Breakers are full of them and they really are easy to take parts off of (which is a bonus). Marc
The day I bought my 405 GRD was the day I discovered there is such a thing as a perfect car. Having owned a huge array of cars over the years I had come to the conclusion that you either had economy,space,reliablility,safety,power,style or comfort, and never all together. Now I know that having held on to this motor for over a year,the only way I will part with it is for another of the same make and model. General specs** 1.9 direct fuel injected diesel engine 5 speed manual gearbox 4 door saloon weight aprox. 1 tonne optional extras (air conditioning,electric windows etc) 55 pmg+ Airbags Body** Made from pressed mild steel this body is made not to rust.I have seen dented and banged 405's but never a rotten one. The shape and style of this car is not particularly special or impressive,but it is descent and nothing to be ashamed of.It doesn't date much and is unobviously appealing. The thickness of the shell panels is good,and offers a feeling of being in a sturdy and solid car. The paintwork is available in a variety of colurs although some are optional extras and cost more,and is a twin pack and laquor finnish.This is as far as I can tell the only possible downfall as an older vehicle can suffer from the laquor cracking and will need a bit of tlc,but still the body will not rot. Engine** This is one of the best features of this great car.The engine is bullet proof.Mine has been round the clock twice and still hasn't missed a beat,and runs like new.Of course to get that sort of service out of any engine it needs regular oil changes etc,but it's well worth it. For a diesel it is amazingly nippy.Most deisels tend to be sluggish at best,but this little babe will make you proud,and leave similar sized pertrol engines and cars standing at the traffic lights. Oh,I did find one more downside to the car...the engine is diesel so despite being fairly quiet inside the ca
r,you will still hear that familiar "tractor" sound when you start it up and if you are an early riser so might your neighbours! Handling** I have already established that it is fairly nippy,and on a motorway the performance is just as good.Now 110 pmh is illegal on british motorways,but this car will sit at it all day long and is very smooth at this sort of speed.It won't slow down on a hill, having alot of passengers wont slow it down either,and towing is a pleasure. The handeling is pretty good and it sticks well to the road,The gearbox is gentle and yet precise. Safety** With sturdy body panels.Good seatbelts,airbags and good ABS breaks you feel and are pretty safe in this car. Should I have the misfortune to hit a ford sierra head on in my 405,I have no doubt that the crumple zone will be the sierra. Interior** My family of 5 fit nicely in with plenty of leg room and reasonable confort even in the back.The seats are very comfortable and the drives seat provides an excellent drivers position. It doesn't have the fanciest of trims,but it's not tacky or flimsy. With good soundproofing it is nice and quiet inside and allround makes for a pleasent and comfortable drive. The boot is also very roomy and I can easily place three good sized suitcases in along with a host of other bags and some tools. Econnomy** You can expect to pay a little more for a descent diesel car in comparison to its petrol equivalent,but it is well worth it.At 55+ MPG you can soon save the extra plus a whole lot more.I have managed to exceed 70 MPG on a long and steady run,and have no problem averaging 60 MPG round town. Reliability** I have never had occasion to question it's reliability as mine has never let me down,starting easily even on the coldest and wettest morning. In the slightly unusal weather conditions we have had lately too,it has proved its reliability to me aga
in an d again,as the beauty of diesels is that the engine does not cut out in water.With the large quantities of rain this year and the area I live in I often have to drive through a foot or two of water..which is more than the petrol driven cars can manage. Miscillanious** Insurance is reasonable,and lower than for many comparable cars. Parts are easy to obtain as the engine is the same as is used in all citroen diesel vehicles,and as pattern parts are now available the prices for parts are excellent. Conlusion** This is not a large car,nor too small.It has excellent performace coupled with great handling,looks,economy and reliability. If you need a family car or just a run about,this car is ideal.I cannot recomend it more highly,it is a dream to own and drive.
I bought my 405 gld for the small sum of 700 quid, and what did i get for my money, well i got leccy windows and sunroof, a comfortable if bland drive and the economy, wow!! This car regularly returns 60mpg it might not have earth shattering performance, 0-60 takes about 14 seconds but once its upto speed it can keep up with the fast traffic. in the 18 months i've had it all i've had to do is replace a set of tyres(done 35000 miles) the brake discs and pads and the brake servo, it wasn't the cheapest car to replace but on a car with well over 100'000 miles on the clock you cant expect perfection but all in all i have a comfortable good handling and very economical car for not alot of money
As a taxi driver, I have driven two 405 saloons and one estate version, over a period of nearly three years. They are popular in the trade - especially the diesel version, which can do anything up to 60mpg even doing cabbing round the city. Parts are readily available & cheap enough, but tend not to last as long as one would hope (e.g. drive shafts seem to manage only about 70,000 miles). Handling can be really good, except for the characteristic Peugeot suspension's rolling effect when going round bends or corners - you really have to concentrate on using the accelerator pedal at exactly the right moment to try & reduce this effect on winding roads. There is reasonably good leg room in the back, and passengers find the seats very comfortable, but not all drivers find the seat so satisfactory, and there is very little room in lots of places one would like to have it - no headroom at all if you like an upright driving position, not enough room to get your foot off the clutch pedal, not enough toe room above the pedals, not enough room between door and seat for passengers to put walking sticks &c, no room to put anything (fire extinguisher, books, road atlases, newspapers, whatever - the glove box is really only big enough for gloves and the door pockets are neither wide enough nor deep enough). The only exception is that the boot is big enough to get several suitcases in. Bodywork is dreadfully poor: front door stays come adrift all too easily, and with a strong gust of wind you soon get a big crease in the door panel.
It seemed like a good idea at the time ! Buying the car from my mate, which i had admired since he had it. A peugeot 405 SRI 1.9injection, low suspension , alloy wheels , power steering , electric sunroof and the finishing touch , me , the boyhood racer ! Without a doubt , i enjoyed driving around in it , with the radio on and the wheels in motion , but then came the down side. The insurance (ouch) . Being young and owning an SRI only meant that the insurance company was be proud of the profit! Then comes the fact that the car is not British. This means that certain parts are not only hard to come by, they are also expensive to pay for. However, i still own it and although it has had its problems in the past it is still a good feeling to be behind the wheel and in my own personal opinon i think that the parts are worth paying for, simply because once the fault is fixed it is on the road and feels great. Also, as time has gone by the insurance has gone down and my no-claims remains in tact.
I have owned my peugeot 405 GL for 18 months now, and it has proved to be the best value second hand car that I have owned. I paid £500 for the 'E' registered car, with 6 months tax and a full M.O.T, which is round about the going rate,although a mint example is well worth paying a little more for. One of the worst things about driving a cheap car is that everyone can tell it is cheap,usually by the rust (if it is a second hand Ford), or the billows of smoke (if you went for a Vauxhall, but the beauty of the 405 is that you wouldn't imagine £500 could buy you a totally rust free,economical, mechanically sound family car. They are an absolute steal second hand. The interior is spacious and reasonably well laid out. There's plenty of luggage space, and on the motorway it just eats up the miles efficiently and quietly. A well built sturdy car that will do your bank balance the minimum of harm when it comes to maintainence,I really cannot recommend the 405 highly enough. For those of you who think it looks a bit on the dreary side, take a look at the GLX models, they come with a bewildering array of features, and a bit more pace. I've already decided on one for my next car.
I owned a Peugeoy 405 GLD, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best all round family saloons that I've owned. It was a vary well built sturdy car which made you feel safe on the road, it also had many features that similar cars on the road did not, like remote central locking, electric windows etc. Mine was the deisel model,which gave excellent fuel consumption and was actually surprisingly fast on the open road.The boot space was large and wide,just right for packing in the suitcases for the annual nightmare of holidays with the kids and her indoors. Servicing was a doddle to do your self, or really quite reasonable for your local dealer to do. I can't really think of a down side to this car except maybe the style, but if it's a good, solid family runaround your after, then buying one of these, second hand(obviously), would be a good idea.