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A Grand Monday: Peugeot 405 TD LX Estate

Published 09 October 2017

It takes a very special car to win European Car of the Year, and an even more deserving one to win it with the largest majority of votes in the competition's history.

Yet, an astonishing 30 years since it made its debut, the Peugeot 405 still holds that honour. It also still looks terrific, with sleek Pininfarina styling that has aged beautifully. Even in a modern context, a nice 405 doesn't look out of place.

A year after the saloon was launched, Peugeot introduced an estate version, which was not only one of the best looking large estates on the market, but also one of the most capacious. Coupled to the fact that it was also terrific to drive and the 405 was a compelling proposition.

The good news doesn't end there, either. Thanks to its galvanised bodywork and simple mechanical layout, the 405 has withstood the ravages of time far better than its contemporary rivals. They tend not to rust, and they also tend to keep going.

Peugeot 405 (5)

That means that, among aficionados, 405s have a bit of a cult following. Especially if they are estates and have a diesel engine. If they're turbodiesels, even better.

And that's what we have here. A mid-spec LX with PSA's trusty 1.9-litre turbodiesel under the bonnet. It's a late one - 1996 was the last full year of production - and it's also low mileage for a diesel, having covered 63,000 miles from new. 

It has been in the same family for 21 years, has always been kept garaged, and even has a tow bar - making it the ideal workhorse for pulling a classic Nineties caravan.

Throw in a 12-month MoT, a new clutch and a new cambelt fitted last year and it looks like a fantastic proposition for reliable classic family motoring. At just £875, we reckon it's a steal.


Fenwoman    on 4 April 2021

After my Chrysler voyager, this was possible my favourite car. I drove them for years and they suited my lifestyle of massive dogs, wheeling and dealing furniture, carting sacks of feed and bales of hay and towing a horsebox.

I used to joke to people that if you had one of these, you had to beat it to death because it ran and ran and ran.

I have no idea why Peugeot had to mess about with a winning formula and turn it into something which looked prettier but was less functional like the 407SW I was daft enough to buy a couple of years ago.

Last night this car died and frankly, it was a relief. I hated it but it wasn't economically viable to replace a car which functioned. Now I have the excuse and am going to see if I can find another 405 estate.

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