You don’t see a lot of modern French cars in Phoenix, Arizona. You’ll see the occasional Citroen at a car show or auction, but if you come across something produced by a French car manufacturer in the last thirty-years it is usually a Renault that made its way north from Mexico. Those Renaults were never intended for the U.S., and I’m not sure when we can expect French vehicle manufacturers to develop and market vehicles for the American market.
But alas, there are opportunities to own a Peugeot, Citroen, or Renault in North America and this involves importing a car from across the Atlantic. All efforts to get that vehicle here, or buying an already imported one, could be worth it for the exclusivity and as a conversation starter from curious onlookers.
“I am the third owner of this car, well kept with minimum wear and tear,” the listing states. “Previous owner mostly kept in the garage, then when I purchased the vehicle it became my faithful daily commuter. I then imported the Peugeot to Texas from the UK in 2019. Since then, it has been driven minimally (ie inspections etc), but kept in my garage full time.”
The seller advises that the Peugeot has had regular maintenance and in 2016 a new water pump, timing cambelt kit and timing belt (alternator aux belt) were installed.
This two-door hatchback is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four SOHC 8V engine that produced a factory-rated 88 bhp. The engine is paired with an automatic transmission. This is by no means a rocket ship off the line, I think a drag race with a Renault Le Car would make for dramatic viewing, but a 205XL could be a solid commuter that’s pretty good on gas.
This right-hand drive 1993 Peugeot 205XL is available for $15,000 and serious offers are welcome. I’m not sure when I’ll have the opportunity to buy a new Peugeot in the U.S., but this one is a solid choice until I can get a new one at a dealership in Phoenix.