Peugeot 405 (1994) – Enthusiast Wanted

If a car has to remain relevant on the European market for more than ten years, it will cry out for a facelift at some point. The Peugeot 405 also got it, in 1993. The 405 that we hoist on the digital shelves today saw the light of day in 1994 and is therefore one after the facelift. That means that it has a much less excitingly designed dashboard than previous 405s, although that of this copy is nicely decorated with ‘wood’. Together with the light metal wheels, dark green paint, contrasting window frame and woven upholstery, this ensures a chic appearance. But don’t be fooled, because this Peugeot is – certainly by modern standards – certainly not luxurious. It does have electrically operated side windows at the front, a tachometer, a coolant temperature gauge and a (non-original) radio, but that’s about it. Airbags were not yet commonplace in the mid-1990s and they are therefore not included. You also search in vain for air conditioning or things like cruise control. Nevertheless, according to the private provider, who replaced a variety of parts himself (see the advertisement), it is a mile-eater par excellence. And we immediately believe that. 70 liter tank capacity! Thanks to the towbar underneath, you could even drive a caravan to the south of France – nice and cliché. The relatively large tank capacity of 70 liters ensures that you don’t have to stop for fuel too often. The current owner of the 405 writes that he always filled that tank with Euro 98 (E5), which indicates a conscious handling of the animal. Refueling with E10 would indeed not benefit the lifespan of a car like this, but we believe that many owners of a somewhat older car do not shy away from the stuff. The provider of this one did – and rightly so. With pain in his heart he again gives away the car and offers it in almost original condition. It is clear from the advertisement that it is technically well maintained. In addition, in the interior only the gear knob and slightly loose seat upholstery indicate wear. However, the provider does not say a word about the condition of the carriage. Unfortunately, the photos don’t tell us much about that, because they were taken in low light and during a rain shower – actually a no-go. However, the fact that the owner replaced all kinds of parts under the skin in recent years gives us good hope that the state of the coach is not too bad. If rust had been lurking in every MOT, it probably would have left all that tinkering. Moreover, you do not have to be too critical due to the price that is asked for the car, because it is downright soft at € 1,600 (the car has run 137,000 kilometers and is still valid until February). For that money you can buy a Frenchman from yesteryear that, with a little bit of luck, could remain faithful for many years to come.


Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.

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