The Peugeot 605 saw the light in the late eighties and was thrown into an unequal battle with such grandees as the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. Where are the pros and cons of this car? In the arsenal of "six hundred and fifth" - front-wheel drive and, it seems to me, a more spacious interior - with slightly larger than competitors dimensions. And, more importantly, the lower price, which, in my opinion, is due not to the quality or “quantity” of the car, but to our Russian mentality: we do not accept French cars and just recklessly love German ones. It seems to me that because of this “prestige” of the brand, the prices for the Peugeot are about one and a half times lower than those of the mentioned competitors. However, in the West they are also cheaper than the "Germans" …
“Six hundred and fifth” can be safely called a conveyor long-lived - it was discontinued only in 1999. It is not surprising that the price range for the car is very large: from $ 3, 000 for very early or "rolled" samples to 13-14 thousand for cars of the latest release. And yet, if you are not a “home-made” and not Kulibin, and you don’t feel like lying under a constantly breaking machine, do not waste time on copies cheaper than $ 4, 000-4, 500. These machines are running - no one looked after them, no one loved them.
Talking about high prices for “fawn” parts is actually nothing more than a myth, although they have some basis. Here are some examples. The ball bearing, which will serve you faithfully in eighty thousand commercials, is worth 500 rubles. Is it expensive? And the steering tip for 450? Racks front and rear stabilizers, which go under fifty thousand - within 1000 "re". Relaxed? And here, as if with a butt on the head - glass headlights for $ 80 apiece! You have to put up. Further, it is easier: an external GLO grenade in full costs 1870 rubles. - a little more expensive than the "top ten."
In general, the suspension of the "605th" is reliable and unpretentious. In the back, except for those same stabilizer struts, it seems that nothing is wearing out. Silent blocks and ball joints of the front are changed separately from levers, which again saves on repairs. The knocked steering rack on my car was calmed down by installing a more powerful clamping spring. But there are no complaints about shock absorbers in general - they are very reliable and give the “fawn” excellent handling. On the winding paths, the “six hundred and fifth”, even with the least powerful motor, easily breaks away from many competitors.
In general, the suspension settings are such that, while maintaining excellent handling, the car remains quite comfortable - without rigidity and nervousness. True, in pursuit of a smooth ride, French engineers, in my opinion, missed an important detail: in a very quick, extreme turn, the “605th” rear suspension breaks into a skid. Fawn does this without warning, very sharply. By quickly operating the steering wheel and gas, it is possible to avoid a U-turn, but at the same time the car is still driven away from the trajectory, a meter and a half in the opposite direction from the drift. Of course, driving on the verge of a foul is contraindicated, but knowing the capabilities of your car has not hurt anyone.
Since we have touched on the negative “advantages” of the car, I note several abnormal zones. The first is the starter: either it dies right away, or it takes a very long time to powder your brains, either working or not. I don’t recommend a Beus starter: it is likely to buy the same. It is better to take a new one for 150-170 dollars, or at least restored - for 130-140.
The second abnormal zone is the ignition switch. One evening, getting out of the car for five minutes, upon returning, I simply could not insert the key into it. The larva fell apart, and in a terrible cold, like Hippolytus from a famous film (in shoes with thin soles), I stormed the bastion for “good warmth” for an hour and a half. In principle, the lock is removed simply - you just need to insert the key and turn it into the desired position. But this is precisely what did not work: I had to break it. This is a six hundred and fifth family fault. Not only is the deficit worth 100–120 dollars.
Motors "fawn" reliable and unpretentious. They may not have a bright character, but they spin quite confidently in the entire speed range. And exactly, without obvious pickups and failures. They are high-torque at low and, especially, medium revs, allowing you to switch to higher gears early. Timing belts go under 100, 000 km, and my friend on the same "fawn" waved on one belt - it’s scary to think - almost 200 000 km. But this, of course, is an extreme.
“Six hundred and fifth” was equipped with an in-line two-liter “four” and a three-liter V-shaped “six”. Powerful V6 gives the “fawn” excellent dynamics, for which you can even forgive the increased fuel consumption. But the chain stretches higher rates for maintenance - whether it is an ordinary oil change or something more serious. In addition, the heavy "six" changes the weight distribution of the car and, as a result, slightly affects the handling.
The inline “four” is simple and easy to maintain. The motor is economical - for example, on my car, the consumption, even taking into account Moscow traffic jams, fits into 10 liters and only jumps to 11 on very “busy” days. True, the car is very demanding on spark plugs, periodically reminding with twitches about the necessary replacement. And, of course, it is pointless to compete with a more powerful one in acceleration or in pulling power to a weak motor. But 11.5 seconds to hundreds - a good indicator for such a large car. Is not it?