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Old 07-29-2008, 10:30 AM   #1
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peugeot 504D diesel wagon

I am completely unfamilar with it, but am considering it. I am looking at Escort,Saturn,Subaru, and Camry wagons and found this.
Can anyone tell me about this car ? Good/bad what to look at.

1976 peugeot 504D diesel wagon

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/car/773431008.html

I would like to know what the MPG is rated comparing to those others as found on :
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/

Is there another site that could tell me ?
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:43 AM   #2
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I am completely unfamilar with it, but am considering it. I am looking at Escort,Saturn,Subaru, and Camry wagons and found this.
Can anyone tell me about this car ? Good/bad what to look at.

1976 peugeot 504D diesel wagon

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/car/773431008.html

I would like to know what the MPG is rated comparing to those others as found on :
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/

Is there another site that could tell me ?
Thanks !
All I have to say is "Only French men should buy French cars". I've heard this many times over the years. OTOH, its lasted this long. If its running well you problaly got a good one there. Personally if you are looking for a diesel wagon I'd recommend a Mercedes or Volvo.

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Old 07-29-2008, 11:24 AM   #3
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For that price I'd be looking for 1st and 2nd generation VW diesels. VW service is poor, but it exists, as do parts. Pug parts and qualified service is as scarce as Citroen's or Renault's.
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Well I beat at the intarweb a few with the google stick to see what fell out, and saw claims around 29-30 mpg with one guy claiming 36-37.

They did have a poor reliability reputation here, mostly due to the automatic that most of everyone bought, but they are regarded as tanklike in their unstoppability elsewhere in the world. Particularly popular for desert and back-country use in Africa if that tells you anything.

IF you want parts you better bruch up on your french and be prepared to wait 2 months though, so for a daily driver it's gonna be impractical. However, they rebuild them on the side of the road in Africa when they need to, so if you're willing to personally re-condition stuff, rebuild worn stuff with weld etc, then it's doable that way.

It would be a cool old boat to tool around in though, many owners are diehard fans. If I saw one local+cheap I'd be tempted to do a whacko mini RV conversion to it. (They don't look soooo big in photos, but when you're standing next to one, they seem compact truck sized.)
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My father bought a used Peugeot 505D sedan automatic in the late 70s or early 80s. Total dog...couldn't get out of its own way. I don't think he had any problems with it (until my underage brother wrapped it around a tree and totalled it), but it was my least favorite car that he owned when I was growing up. Some of his other cars included 1982 Maxima diesel, 1980 VW Dasher diesel, 1975 VW Rabbit gas, 1978 VW Rabbit diesel.
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couldn't get out of its own way.
my underage brother wrapped it around a tree
I guess it couldn't get out of the tree's way, either.
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You'd be crazy to buy a French car, lol! Definitely stick to companies that still sell cars here. Meaning Volvo, VW, and Mercedes. There is a reason those companies are still here and Peugeot is not.
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You'd be crazy to buy a French car, lol! Definitely stick to companies that still sell cars here. Meaning Volvo, VW, and Mercedes. There is a reason those companies are still here and Peugeot is not.
At the very least, parts for a car made by a company that still sells cars here would be cheaper and far easier to get.

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If you haven't discovered it yet, take a look at http://www.504.org/ they've got a Peugeot parts catalogue and a repair manual online, and a US owners handbook/manual.
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You'd be crazy to buy a French car, lol! Definitely stick to companies that still sell cars here. Meaning Volvo, VW, and Mercedes. There is a reason those companies are still here and Peugeot is not.
My Peugeot 405 gasser has 225,000 miles on it and the car is all original and has lots of life left in it.

Typical French-bashing, it gets SO old....or is that Freedom-bashing, I forget.....

My other Peugeot is 42 years old.

Parts are not much of a problem. Join Yahoo group Peugeot-L.
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