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205 3-Doors Van 1987 - 1.8 Diesel
Not a mistake, but I couldn't pay enough attention to a 504 at that time because of my demanding job. This car was a 'Van' (who said Vans are big cars...) and therefore lacked its back seat. Ideal ! The boot looked often more like a 'garbage bin'. The mounted 1.8 liter diesel engine is very powerful for such a small car and together with the excellent suspension system it makes these 205 go like a 'little devils'. I normally drove it with my right leg stretched. It's top of 140 km/h always felt very good and safe. Once (as you can see), we got stuck in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night and me and my wife tried to sleep in the back after having stuffed all the luggage on the front seats. Although the boot looks pretty big I can tell you the I do not recommend it if you are over 1.50 m, or if you ate too much garlic.
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205 5-Doors 1990 - 1.8 Diesel
When we came back from our period abroad we needed a no-nonsense car because there we other more important things in life to settle at that moment. Because of the excellent experience with the blue one above we simply could not resist this one. Very easy to handle and just an excellent choice when you are looking for an economic but reliable car. But as you can guess, after a few months it had to go again because of the 504 virus striking back again.....
 
405 GR Saloon 1988 - 1.9 Carburetor
Recently a guy stopped in front of my door. He always saw me busy with those old 504's and wondered if I wanted to have his 405 for free because he had bought a 406 and didn't want to bother trying to sell his 405.... Any more cars are welcome guys !! The engine needed some attention (gasket), but besides that it's was still in very good condition. We did another 50.000 km in one year on LPG on top of the 345.000 km it already showed on the speedo !! Because of its high mileage and considerable costs coming up it had to go early 2004. The other good thing about this story is that when I told my wife's auntie about the 'gift' she promised me her golden 307 she had just bought when it would have the same age. HELLO AUNTIE, I HOPE YOU READ THIS ONCE AND REMEMBER !!
 
 
405 GR Estate Airline 1995 - 1.8 Injection Automatique
This car looked like a winning lot from the lottery. We bought it in January 2004 for just over 2200 Euros with acceptable mileage. It has lots of fabric options (I love the electric sunroof) and besides that it has an automatic gearbox an runs on LPG (exactly what we were looking for). Unlike the other 405 we drove before, you can't really drive too fast with this one. It has just enough power to not feel uncomfortable on the road, but who cares. After fitting the much more comfortable chairs from our former 405, a mid-arm rest and a cruise control, it's only relaxing and relaxing and relaxing. But as you can see below another one came into the picture so I sold this one for 850 Euros to a happy family man and with 330.000 kilometers still going strong.
 
405 Estate Executive 1996 - 2.0 Injection Automatique
Prices of 2nd hand cars in England are amazing, while the cars also tend to be more luxurious than on the European mainland. I have been following the ads for a while, trying to spot a decent successor for the 1995 Airline break. It wasn't very urgent, but we do lots of miles a year, and there was a period in late 2005 that it had some vague engine problems. Time to have something at hand. The focus was on a 405 Executive Estate Automatic, with the 2.0 liter engine and loaded with options. Found one  in Aquamarine green with low mileage for virtually nothing (1500 Euros). After thorough cleaning, it was safely stored for almost a year waiting to be used one day (since the Airline engine problems were suddenly solved by disconnecting the Lambda sensor cable), but that proved to be a long period if you know you can enjoy full leather trim, heated seats, more power, more safety features, and so on, and so on. Finally in August 2006 we decided to get it officially imported and with its recently mounted state of the art Vialle LPG system we now drive like kings but spend a servants wage on petrol.
 
406 Estate V6 Gentry 2004 - 3.0 Injection Automatique
Very, very nice car to drive.