My first car was a 1979 Peugeot 305, here it is. I bought it when I was a student and it was in a bit of a state. I bought it for £125. The engine had frozen solid and it needed a lot of welding. Once I got it going (with a lot of help from a friend) it proved to be reliable transport for the next year.

This car had the following spec:

Engine:

1548cc XID diesel

Transmission

4 speed

Mileage:

350,000 miles (560,000 km)

Model:

305 GLD

Year:

1979

I'm pretty sure that this car had been a taxi, I can't quite see how else it racked up half a million kilometres in ten years. A year later I sold the car for £350, so I did pretty well out of it. These cars were mechanically curious. The engine is mounted transversely in the middle of the engine compartment; the four speed transmission sits underneath the engine "in the sump", sharing the same oil. The engine is all alloy, with steel wet liners.

My second car was a 305 too, but a Mk2. I bought it when I graduated. I still have this car eight years on, but my faithful Freda (as it is called) is nearing the end of her life. It's now done 207,000 miles (330,000 km) and appears to have a leaking valve on number three cylinder. It's fine once it's warm, but runs very roughly and blows out copious amounts of smoke when cold. The body work is pretty bad too (the car has had three serious accidents during its life), so is probably not worth repairing. Here are some pictures of how she looked eight years ago before her paint faded:

I have a fair few photo's of Freda, maybe she's worthy of a page of her own. I've driven her from here in England to Holland, Denmark, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Andorra, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. She has seen me buy my house, lapse from and re-join the Church, meet and marry my wife, and maybe she'll see my first child. Here are her statistics:

Engine:

1905cc XUD diesel

Transmission

5 speed

Mileage:

207,000 miles (330,000 km)

Model:

305 GLD estate

Year:

1988

 

I've now got a "new" Mk2 305 from a friend.

 This one is in remarkably good condition for an eleven year old car. Here's the details:-

Engine:

1905cc XUD diesel

Transmission

5 speed

Mileage:

124,000 miles (198,000 km)

Model:

305 GRD estate

Year:

1988

 

Modifications which I'm planning (in no particular order):-

Turbo charger, already has a turbo injection pump so the job is half done already.

GTX alloy wheels, I already have the wheels, just have to fit some tyres to 'em.

GTX instruments, needs some GTX wiring too to achieve, and some electronics to convert the diesel engines flywheel sensor to drive a petrol rev counter.

GTX antiroll bars.

Towbar.

GTX interior.

Update

Now with alloy wheels:-

These cars are mechanically very similar to the 405. They use the same iron block / alloy head engine, and 5 speed gearbox. On the Mk2s the gearbox is mounted on the end of the engine conventionally. The rear suspension is derived from that used by the Citroen BX. It uses independent trailing arms with horizontally mounted coil over shocks. The coil springs are underneath the floor giving a huge load space.

Even though we will have a new VW Passat to drive around in, I'm pretty tempted to hang on to this car. I drive about 20,000 miles (32,000km) per year, so I might use it to keep some miles off of the Passat. I think that I actually prefer driving this old Peugeot to the Passat too, somehow it has more character. It must be that gallic temperament.

 

Ecosse have a 305 van fitted with a chipped Mi16 engine!?!

Thomas Forsman' Peugeot 305

We also have a petrol 305 GTX saloon:-

Not the best example in the world, but should be suitable for my wife to drive once she gets her licence, as the car has power steering. This car has the same XU9 1905cc petrol engine as the 205 / 309 1.9 GTi's, but with a Solex 34/34 carb instead of fuel injection. They're still pretty quick though.

A rare site in the UK these days, two good 305s together:-

The one on the left is a real petrol GTX. You can see the stripes running down the side of the car, which the non GTX doesn't have, the blacked out "B" and "C" pillars, the black trims underneath the side windows (instead of chrome) and the tinted windows.

May 99

The blue diesel estate come GTX has moved on.

October 01

The GTX saloon has moved on too. I am Peugeot-less.

 

Bas Snijder's globe trotting diesel 305