For all intents and purposes, the 505 was the only Peugeot sold in the US throughout the 1980s (Peugeot did offer the larger 604 for awhile, but it found very few homes in the US. The old 504 station wagon was still available the US in the early eighties, until the introduction of the 505 wagon) . Peugeot made the most of the 505 by offering a dizzying array of models and drivetrain choices, including the "GL", "S", "GLS", "STI", "DL", "Liberte", "STX", "Turbo", "GLX", "SW8" and "Turbo S". There were a few "special editions", too. Engines included a 2.0 liter 4, a 2.3 diesel and turbodiesel, a 2.2 turbodiesel, a 2.2 4, a 2.2 turbo 4, and a 2.5 V6. There may have been a few others I missed. Most of these powertrains were available with 5 speed transmissions, all were available with automatics.
There have been 4 505s in my life. An S and GL wagon, and an STI and an STX sedan. They were all good, comfortable, reliable cars. The sedans - one with the turbo 4 and the other with the much maligned PRV 6 - were incredibly fun to drive, too.
This car is an S station wagon. It has the normally aspirated 4, which will not win any drag races, but has enough power to get out of its own way and has proven to be reliable.
This is not a perfect car, but it's not a basket case by any means. The seller does not know the correct mileage, but says the engine and transmission were rebuilt "recently."
The body looks good (the seller says it has some scratches and dings), but the front fenders look a shade off from the rest of the car's color, indicating a possible accident at one time, or maybe some rust repair. I'm not a fan of dark window tint and would remove the tint on this car's windows.
The interior looks decent. The front seats have been replaced by newer ones. (Peugeot seats are incredibly comfortable, by the way.) He says the dash is not cracked and the cargo area (which is huge) is in nice shape. He mentions that there are "stress cracks on the shifter." I have never seen that and have no idea what he means.
The best part about this car is the price. The Buy It Now is (US) $1250.00. As I write this it has been bid up to (US) $810.00, with over 4 days left to the auction.
I would not recommend buying this car to be your only driver. While it will most likely be a reliable car, it's 27 years old and when something does break, parts - other than the basics - are not all that easy to find. It would, however be a perfect car for the weekends and for doing some light hauling. (You can actually fit sheets of plywood and wallboard in the back. When my ex-wife and I bought our house in 1991, my 505 wagon was a common sight at the lumber yard and Home Depot. It was amazing the amount of stuff we were able to cram into it.)
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, click here to see the eBay listing.