With a heavy heart, the time has come to sell my 205 GTi, after 14 years of ownership. This has been my pride and joy for many years, with much time and money spent on it. This has to go to an enthusiast who will look after her as I have done. With that and mind, this is a warts and all description.
It is a rare colour (steel grey, lighter than the more common graphite) that was only available for one year. Unusually, steel grey cars come with a green interior.
I know this car inside out and, although not mint, it is a really, really nice example. Much better condition than many that are described as mint!
In the last 15,000 miles (although that stretches about 10 years of my ownership!), it has had:
Suspension refresh, to include re-conditioned rear beam and all new shocks (Peugeot originals - hard to find!).
Comprehensive engine rebuild. I had the original rebuilt, rather than a replacement so it is a "matching numbers" car. This included such things as new pistons and a complete top end rebuild (which actually was done twice, due to a stetch bolt failing). It was completed by CG cars Leicester, a known specialist.
The car also had a complete, glass out respray 9 years ago, in the original colour (engine bay remains original paint). It still looks the part, although there are now stone chips and a bit of crazing on the roof (I'll need to point it out to you). I also had known 205 weak points attended to. This included work to the inner wings by the head lights and new metal at the end of the sills. On the end of the sill, there's a small amount of surface rust come through, but again I'd need to point that out to you as it doesn't really photograph. This is where all the new metal was put in so I really doubt its anything too serious. The boot floor is still pristine and didn't need attention.
The interior is unrestored but not shabby in any way. I'll only mention that the stiching on the driver's seat is loose (see pictures) and the ash tray is held shut with blue tac! There's also a crack in the instrument binnacle.
The car drives better than any other 1.6 I've driven. It is extremely eager and with the fresh suspension drives exactly like it should. The only downsides is that the cold start valve is a bit erratic - sometime it idles perfectly from cold, other times it doesn't come on so the car wants to stall. I've bought numerous second had replacements and most don't work but this one nearly does! Sometimes the starter sticks too, but this has done it for 14 years and it always does start! I've spent my life chasing oil leaks on this car and there is a minor one present and correct. It really is minor though. I suspect sump gasket this time.
I've done so much to this car over the years - its a bit like triggers broom. Off the top of my head, other major stuff includes, all silicon coolant hoses, fuel rail, radiator, clutch, driveshafts, brake master cylinder etc. etc.. I've got a folder bursting with receipts. I've always changed the oil myself on a yearly basis, which is usually around a 100 miles.
The only area where there's not been serious attention is the gearbox. It works fine, but the gearchange can be a little clunky if rushed.
Remarably the wheels have nerver been refurbished. There are some kerb marks, but they still look remarkably fresh. The vacuum sunroof also works perfectly with no leaks.
Comes with loads of spares, including spare plastic trim, AFM, new rear badges etc. etc.
Overall, a well sorted, very smart 205 GTi that will put a smile on anyone's face. If interested, please come and see it
This is one of the lowest miles and fewest owners out there.
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