Finnish Line – For Sale: 1988 Peugeot 405 Mi16 USA|Hooniverse

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Finnish Line – For Sale: 1988 Peugeot 405 Mi16 USA

Someone#8217;s selling what must be one of two US market Peugeot 405:s in Finland, and it#8217;s even the hot model. The Mi16 isn#8217;t a super-rare beast here, but their numbers are dwindling just like anywhere. They often have really high odo readings, way past 300 000 km, as the bodyshells are relatively rust proof and what electronic issues they have haven#8217;t really killed them; the major ways for a 405 to die here is either by underbonnet/dashboard fire or the rear axle crapping out.

This one is for sale in southern Finland, and I do think I#8217;ve seen it at least once when fueling up at the cheapest service station when on my way to Helsinki, some years ago when I still lived in that part of Finland. I rarely forget a US-market sighting, as they stand out quite prominently amongst the slim-bumpered and non-sidemarkered European market cars. The USDMi16 for sale here is cheap, but it#8217;s also broken.

Take a quick look.

It#8217;s weird to see a 405 with the bumpers jutting out a touch more, and with a narrow plate embedding suited for narrower US plates. The French plates are as wide as baguettes, but the only plate fitting here is the narrow US import plate seen here. And yes, it has a tow bar.

Inside, there#8217;s leather, glorious leather everywhere. No 405 really had it here, so the Peugeot would make a good parts car buy for that reason only. If I had a cloth Mi16 parked on my yard, I#8217;d swap in the leather interior in a heartbeat.

Caution, though; even if it doesn#8217;t really show here, I believe the US-model car has automatic front seatbelts.

The MPH/Fahrenheit gauge cluster is also a funny thing to behold, and not for the federalized outlook only; the speedo also features the characteristically limply hanging needle. From what I#8217;ve gathered, it#8217;s a common thing on Peugeot Jaeger dials.

The engine is the 16-valve 1.9-litre 150hp unit. It makes a little less power than the Euro model, due to different emissions gear and a catalytic converter. 1988 Euro cars didn#8217;t need a cat and got 160hp out of the engine.

I#8217;ve driven one of those, and it definitely was a hoot on twisty riverside roads.

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And here#8217;s the reason the Peugeot#8217;s being offloaded for the affordable price of 600 euros: the cambelt has snapped and at least six valves have been bent. The car has 250 000 km:s on it, so chances are it would have needed an overhaul anyway. I don#8217;t know if it is viable to fix it up unless you have access to a 405 parts stash, but as a weird parts car it#8217;s definitely unbeatable.

The seller claims the stick-shift is six-speed, which I somehow doubt.

Of course, I#8217;d love a Mi16 anyway, and a slightly different one would definitely have a dose of novelty value. I also like the two-tone paint, which is stock as far as I know.

The car has stood for a couple years, so in addition to the head work it would need a bit of brake fixing and light detailing here and there to make it a daily driver again. Would you pick it up for 600, or let it lie?

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