Peugeot 405 mi16. A car with crashes

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Hendri Kampherbeek gave his heart to Peugeot. Even when it has to be overhauled for the second time. He bought his Peugeot 405 mi16 with a broken engine and after the restoration it was almost wrong again. 

By: Max the Warrior

Making chunks has haunted this Peugeot all its life. The Peugeot 405 mi16 was bought new in October 1987 at a Peugeot dealer in Mechelen, Belgium. With only 6000 kilometers on the clock, things went horribly wrong. The engine was completely broken. The connecting rods had come out through the engine block. The engine was then replaced under warranty from Peugeot. 

175 €

“I bought it in 2010, when I was 16 years old. That's for me, I thought. While I didn't have a driver's license yet, ”Hendri looks back on Peugeot history. Meanwhile, the engine had broken down again. At the time, the Peugeot 405 mi16 cost Hendri only 175 euros. The bearing shell of the third cylinder was broken due to oil shortage. This Peugeot has been completely disassembled. That took two and a half years. "Everything out, to maintain it."

After this approach: go for a ride, not a speck of air. You would think so. But the ailment of the Peugeot 405 mi16 is not combated with years of restoration. On the way, Hendri almost has a crash. Everything went out the second time. A stronger oil pressure spring with 6 Bar is now inserted. Also a new oil pump and partitions in the sump. Then the oil can no longer slosh back and forth. He now drives without ailments. Even went back to the first owner. The circle was completed in no time. 

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  1. I suspect that such a revised engine has an oil cooler, in case of damage in the engine it must be renewed, stepchild during engine overhaul, the particles will float again in the pumped-around lubricating oil with all the consequences that entails

  2. Was certainly not the best period and type of Peugeot, all models had types with such problems. The 205 GTi series also sucked oil and also the 405 models with the drone guided engines.
    Was working at Peugeot during that period and just before I left for Toyota I just bought a new 205 Gti, 1 liter of oil at 1200 km. A diary kept for Peugeot and then (showing that the one is not the other oil) to use BP Viscoroute 2000, consumption went to 1 in 2500, however, Peugeot has new pistons and springs mounted under warranty.
    Another vulnerable item with the Mi16: the engine management computer, when left under the windshield under the hood, the first ones were full of water.

  3. Peu 405 None Luxury Diesel. XP17HS. Nearly 200k km driven. Performance did not exactly look like the MI16. But always started and ran smoothly. Despite my (then) binary driving style, until the motorway quiet, and then ADHD speeds. That it remained whole was more due to the car than to the driver. 😎
    If you were to drive like this, driving a car would become a very expensive activity, despite the renowned FlashMeister.

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