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Things to look out for

Rusty 205's are a rare sight, even the A & B reg examples are usually pretty rust free, although it's worth checking the rear hatch for signs of rust around the rear screen.  Check carefully for signs of accident damage, particularly on the (often enthusiastically driven) GTi's.  Also on GTi's, look out for signs of it having been stolen/recovered - One key should work the doors, hatch and ignition.

Petrol models tend to get a bit smoky with age, but there are no real problems otherwise. Cambelts need replacing at 48,000m intervals. Look out for signs of head gasket problems on 1.9 models.

Clutch cables can get stiff, making for a heavy clutch action, and the gear linkage (made of bits of coathanger and little ball joints) will not take too much heavy use. Make sure the second gear is shitfing smoothly, but still feels quite tight.

No problems apart from the handbrake on the 1.9 GTi (rear disks) which won't work.  Check the brake pipes for corrosion, and ensure that they are replaced with copper (which doesn't rust) if required - it's well worth the slight extra cost.

Is the main brake cylinder dry? It may show a little leakage but not too much.

Check for perished driveshaft gaiters, and play in the steering rack.

Check the stabilisers. They have been revised by Peugeot 2 (two) times but they still wear fast.

Distributor wear on the GTi, particularly the 1.9 can lead to a lumpy (or should that be lumpier?) idle or even stalling and cold starting can be a problem. Make sure all electric things are working. Peugeot is very (and I mean VERY) expensive when it comes to swithes and other electronics.

Check that the thermostatic fan comes on when the temperature goes up, and that the heater works efficiently.

The spare wheel lives underneath the boot floor, and is an easy target for theives, so check that it is still there. The 1.9 Alloys are easily kerbed, particularly if the wrong tyres are fitted (the right ones have a protruding ridge on the sidewall which is designed to hit the kerb before the wheel does).

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