Through the eyes of the owner

AGAIN ABOUT the 405th

It is quite normal that the opinions on certain cars published on the pages of the SR do not always coincide. For example, about the "Peugeot 405".

Sergey GREK, Brest

I would like to return to the material sent by an auto mechanic from Kiev F. Baransky (ZR, 2000, No. 3).

I will make a reservation: I am a "rider" and do not, like Baransky, repair machines. For me, only elementary procedures. But, having traveled for ten years on cars of different brands, I believe that I have the right to express my opinion to fellow readers of ZR. Started in 1989 with the new VAZ 2109 (before the sale it took me 158 thousand km), then there were the 1988 Volkswagen Passat - 42 thousand km, the 1989 Peugeot 405 - 45 thousand km, Audi 80 "of 1988 - 73 thousand km, " SEAT-Toledo "of 1992 - 27 thousand km, BMW-525 of 1992 - 38 thousand km and, finally, " Ford Mondeo "of 1995 - until 18 thousand km

So: scolding "Peugeot 405", a resident of Kiev pretty thickened. The wear of the piston rings, the gaskets of the valves, and the other “sores” of the motors, which he reports, have become stupid - the trouble is not at all “four hundred and five”. These are the traditional ailments of almost all foreign cars, pretty train on the roads of Europe. I can say that in the vast majority of cases, the second-hand drive to the CIS countries has speedometers already wound back in Germany, Poland, or Belarus. The actual mileage of purchased cars can be established, as a rule, only by indirect signs or if cars are bought from the first owner without intermediaries.

The poor condition of the cylinder-piston group is typical for cars from Germany. The reason, in my opinion, is simple: it is a country of convenient autobahns with infrequent speed limits. When the driver "drowns" as much as possible, the spirit sooner or later kicks out of the most durable engines. Where there are more restrictions, cars with the same mileage are better preserved - for example, in Switzerland.

It is surprising that the author attributed the "crying" and "grunting" sounds that the heater fan makes to the birth defects of the model. The heating system in my "Peugeot 405" was extremely quiet and very efficient. Much more noise from the fans in the Passat saloon.

For some reason, the master called the rear suspension “the Achilles heel”. But she did not cause any complaints from me, the suspension, which would seem to be a very reliable "Audi 80", delivered much more concern. While in the “405th” torsion rings will be fatally tired, the “barrel” will have to change all the sleeves, and maybe more than once.

It seems to me that the claims to the injection are just as deliberate. Yes, the “freezing” of the nozzles, as a result of which idle speed floats, sometimes happens. But is this a reason to return to carburetors? Someone like that, but I was satisfied with the operation of the injection engine, its characteristics, ease of maintenance, however, and the whole car as a whole. Recently turned up the case once again inexpensively buy a "Peugeot 405". I could not resist. Fawn is a workhorse for me. A galvanized body, a very economical and high-torque diesel engine (consumption of 6 liters per "hundred" at a speed of about 100 km / h), a raised rear for greater cross-country ability (thanks to the torsion bar suspension - it allows you to change ground clearance) - what more could you ask for for reasonable money? Shod in good winter tires, the “405th” deftly scrambled over the muddy primer and even plowing.