Buy­ing Clas­sics Abroad

Peu­geot 205 GTI/CTI

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

1 BODY AND CHAS­SIS

Bodyshells were gal­vanised from 1987, but do check for rust. In­spect floor­pans, sus­pen­sion mounts, fuel tank area and the wind­screen sur­round. Look for un­even panel gaps and other signs of crash dam­age. Some re­place­ment pan­els can be tricky to find.

2 EN­GINES

The 1.6 and 1.9 are both re­li­able, but check the ser­vice his­tory for reg­u­lar changes of cam­belt and en­gine oil. Worn valve stem oil seals is the like­li­est cause of blue ex­haust smoke. Other run­ning is­sues can be due to a faulty air­flow me­ter or cold-start valve.

3 GEAR­BOX

Im­pre­cise gear se­lec­tion is com­mon, nor­mally reme­died by re­new­ing the joints in the gear link­age. A stiff pedal may just mean the clutch ca­ble needs ad­just­ing or re­plac­ing: the clutch it­self should be durable un­less the car has been thrashed.

4 TRIM AND IN­TE­RIOR

Seats without worn bol­sters are very hard to find. Mod­els with a sun­roof used a vac­uum pow­ered by the en­gine to seal the roof; check it works and look for leaks. The con­vert­ible CTI gained an elec­tric roof in 1990.

5 RUN­NING GEAR

Worn rear ra­dius arm bear­ings can dam­age the axle, so check for even tread wear on the rear tyres. Outer drive­shaft joints have a ten­dency to fail on 1.6 cars. Other fail­ure points in­clude the ABS sys­tem (1990 on­wards) and worn steer­ing rack and bushes.

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