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A year in chod - 01/02/2019 Return from Exile and £150 405 MOT PASS!

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#151 OFFLINE   davehedgehog31

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:45 PM

405s are actually really good cars. I've liked both the early TD and 2.0 auto I've had so far....both had great seats and a nice driving feel, a bit more enthralling than BXs and Xantias in my opinion.


Agreed, the steering feel is great. I actually think the white one feels a bit sharper without the heft of the XUD over the front wheels.

My red one is a really nice car, in good nick, a nice trim level and the right engine. The white one is a bit crusty but seems fundamentally solid and it was also £150. The seats are spectacular.

1994 Peugeot 405 GTXD - Big Red

2002 Saab 9-5 Aero Estate - The Spruce Moose

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 10:34 AM

405's are great cars. I had one for a short while (GTX TD Estate), which unfortunately let me down at the wrong time - I was doing a 120 mile daily commute and the neglect it had suffered from previous owners led to me spending most weekends underneath fixing something. It eventually had to go and was replaced with my trusty K10 Micra. When it worked though it was a lovely waft mobile, the steering wasn't overly assisted, the brakes had the right amount of feel and stopping power without being stupidly effective (like all the modern toss) so I could drive it smoothly in a selection of unsuitable footwear! The long travel suspension and deep tyres meant it was quiet and smooth on the motorway, it wasn't fast but it didnt matter. 

A friend has a 405 Executive estate, also TD, and that thing is simply sublime. He's put over 40K on it and it never misses a beat, just keeps going and going. 

The XUD is an excellent engine, it couldn't be simpler and yet is refined enough to be useable and will always return a decent MPG - provided they get regular oil changes and you keep an eye on the coolant system, they go on for ever. A 405 that visits the local garage every year has 400k on it and the guy has had it from new! 

 

Any car post ~ 1998 is too heavy, too complicated and no more reliable. Nothing has really got better, just more safety and more emission controls and all the shite that goes with it. That and I despise anything that I has been deliberately designed to stop me fiddling with it! 


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#153 OFFLINE   davehedgehog31

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 09:42 AM

So I've been absent from here for a bit owing to some personal issues. With that dealt with I have now re-found my shite mojo and will be contributing regularly again. 

 

The £150 pug's MOT expired at the start of January and it had been languishing in the lockup. The most obvious issue requiring attention was the non functioning handbrake. Up on stands and a quick gander revealed a snapped handbrake cable. The handbrake cable is in three parts, one from the lever and one to each wheel through a compensating bracket thingymajig. 

 

I bought the two required cables and set to replacing them. Rear lifted and the red fleet support vehicle 405 on hand with tools.

 

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As you can imagine, access was claustrophobic with the rear up on axle stands. I got the old cables out fairly easily. At this point Mr 320T turned up to collect vegetal and lend a hand. It was much needed as routing the cable up through the floor was an absolute bastard with four hands, nevermind two. With the hard bit done, I connected everything up, adjusted the drivers side drum brake and re-assembled. 

 

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With it's arse still in the air all seemed fine, handbrake locked both wheels. 

 

A quick check round revealed no other obvious MOT nasties, save for a non functioning indicator. Obviously, when I removed the lens the plastic holding it to the wing disintegrated. A quality* repair with indicator lens repair tape and super glue was implemented. Good as new*. 

 

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So it went in for it's test and promptly failed on the handbrake. Home, jacked up again and sure enough, the wheel I hadn't changed the cable for had no resistance at all, not sure if the cable had stretched or something. Either way, I changed the cable in question and with assistance from Brothers Touring, we got everything adjusted up properly. 

 

In for it's retest this morning.... pass!

 

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Now lowering the tone of the work car park;

 

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Quite satisfying, as it was probably destined for the scrappy but seems a fundamentally good car. It rides superbly, much better than the red one in fact. I think the red one may need new dampers. Will now be pressed into service. 

 

The battery seems royally fucked but is only a year and a half old. Got the receipt so going back to halfords to chance my arm.


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1994 Peugeot 405 GL - Tighty Whitey

2004 Vauxhall Astra "enjoy" - Disastra


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 11:03 AM

Great work Mr Hedgehog!
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 12:03 PM

The thing wants to live!

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#156 OFFLINE   davehedgehog31

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:42 AM

Well the 1.6 pug has done about 150 miles in the last 24 hours with no issue. 

 

It is not fast.


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1994 Peugeot 405 GL - Tighty Whitey

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:01 AM

Do any 1.4 405s still exist? I'd love* to try one of them.
Good to see you back Dave.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:21 AM

Fascinating Mr. Hedgehog, the 405 was indeed one of the best cars ever. Had mine from new, June 1994, did 400K in it, and parted company with it in 2004, part ex`d against a Synergie. Serviced every 6K miles without fail, it got through 7 cam belts, 3 radiators, 1 brake compensator, a few steering and suspension parts, numerous tyres, and not a lot else. Never had any problem with the engine - it was still returning 45 to 55 a gallon when it went. I seem to remember it needing a new starter and alternator now I think about it. My only regret was that it was a saloon and not an estate.  I can`t remember the last time I saw one - they just disappeared of the face of the earth one day.     


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#159 OFFLINE   davehedgehog31

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 10:18 AM

Do any 1.4 405s still exist? I'd love* to try one of them.
Good to see you back Dave.

 

Cheers dude. 

 

I've never been in one, it must be glacially slow. 

 

Fascinating Mr. Hedgehog, the 405 was indeed one of the best cars ever. Had mine from new, June 1994, did 400K in it, and parted company with it in 2004, part ex`d against a Synergie. Serviced every 6K miles without fail, it got through 7 cam belts, 3 radiators, 1 brake compensator, a few steering and suspension parts, numerous tyres, and not a lot else. Never had any problem with the engine - it was still returning 45 to 55 a gallon when it went. I seem to remember it needing a new starter and alternator now I think about it. My only regret was that it was a saloon and not an estate.  I can`t remember the last time I saw one - they just disappeared of the face of the earth one day.     

 

Thats a good innings! 

 

I've only seen two since I got mine and both have been estates. I see one of the two reasonably regularly on the way to work, I give the old buy who drives it a knowing wave each time.


1994 Peugeot 405 GTXD - Big Red

2002 Saab 9-5 Aero Estate - The Spruce Moose

1994 Peugeot 405 GL - Tighty Whitey

2004 Vauxhall Astra "enjoy" - Disastra


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