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Porter87

205 gti as a daily driver 2019

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Porter87

Hi All,

 

Its been a while since I posted on here (old email and user name now long forgotten) but I've been getting a huge itch to return to the 205 owners club.

 

I sold my  205 mi16 on carbs about 8 years ago now H935 FFW if anyone knows of it? Since then I've owned a seat Leon Cupra r, Focus RS mk1 and Astra 888 which is currently up for sale.

 

My question to you guys is what do you think to running a 205 Monday to Friday for a 18 mile round trip to work and back on backroads. We own a VW Tiguan for the family car so the 205 will mostly be sat on the drive at the weekends and used solely for my trip to work and back. I've done a search on the topic but most result that come back are 4 years plus old and I wanted an up to date opinion.

 

I've attached a couple of picture of my old 205, I really regret selling it!  

 

Thanks

 

Steven

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jackherer

It depends what you're prepared to put up with. I basically daily my 200bhp Mi16 with cage and harnesses but I do very little mileage and it would probably annoy most people quite quickly. It's not very economical to run either, fuel consumption is fine but I spend a lot on keeping it running as it should. It's also due for a lot of bodywork now which is going to be expensive.

 

H935 FFW was last MOT'd in 2014 which is not a good sign but that sort of car could easily still be in use as a track car or just locked away somewhere waiting to be resurrected.

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Telf

I ran my 1.9 as a daily for 7 years until it went on its extended restoration. I was doing about 250 miles a week and had no real issues. Probably 9000miles a year. In terms of reliability it was ok. Had the odd problem every now and again. I think I was spending maybe £40 a week in fuel.

 

Serviced it every 6000 miles and tried to fix any minor issue before it became major.

 

Parts are ok to come by so there's no reason not to run it. As Kieran says it depends on what you can put up with. It's no modern car as you are undoubtedly aware. I'm driving a 207 GTi at the mo as a daily and that's positively plush,quiet and comfortable compared to my 1.9. However my 205 will shortly be back on the road ...I don't think I'll look at the 207 until the winter when I might use it to save the 205.

 

I think the constant use took its toll on the bodywork etc but I was never bored driving  it.

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tartanbloke

Jump on a bike and cycle the 18 mile round trip to work, then enjoy the 205 for weekends and evenings.

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Porter87

The Astra is a pretty harsh ride to be honest so I'm not so worried about that. I'm more worried that I'll fall out of love with a 205 once owning one for say 6 months and regret selling the 888. I also worry that ill wreck the body work with using it as a daily (rust wise)

 

I do ride to work in the summer months probably 3 days a week (sunny weather rider), but the roads to work and back will be great for the 205, country b roads with the odd 30 road in there.

 

I'm keeping my eye on a couple on Ebay at the moment. ive added a pic of the 888 below just to show you what im currently driving.

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DamirGTI

Im over 15 years of daily driving 205 now .. and as far as it seems it'll be continued further .

 

As said , consumable spare parts are still available , if you don't mind some spannering from time to time keeping the car well serviced you should be fine .. pretty easy car to work on and there's not much to go wrong either (if you don't start with some pile of ..you know !) .. obviously it term of comfort , road noise etc. not much point comparing it with modern stuff out there , it is after all an "analogue car" so you'll ether like it or not as daily transport .

 

Try and see what happens !

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Rob_the_Sparky

It will initially be a shock to the system after driving modern machinery (I know as I have just put my 205 into daily use after a 7 or 8 year break).  Got used to it now though and the TVR feels positively civilised after the 205.  My comparison is with a BMW E61 diesel so possibly more extreme than you though.

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Callum

I've used mine daily since May and its fine as long as you don't get water ingress! 

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Adamstanford

Mine is also a daily driver and other than the unbearable noise from the twin carbs it's absolutely fine 

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boldy205
On 3/8/2019 at 7:50 PM, Adamstanford said:

Mine is also a daily driver and other than the unbearable noise from the twin carbs it's absolutely fine 

Unbearable?! It's a fantastic noise!! I miss mine!!

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