Merde Incorporated: Peugeot 604 Turbodiesel Gives This 300SD Owner Pause

The good: The cops won't know what it is. The bad: They'll have no trouble keeping up with you.

Ask the average hoon to name a European full-size (by Continental standards, anyhow) sedan from the waning years of the Malaise Era, and chances are he or she will drop the name of the W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Series III Jaaaaaag Jaguar XJ, or the E23 BMW 7 Series. Above-average hoons might also cite the Maserati Quattroporte III or the Citroën CX. The Euro-Barge that person probably won’t name (unless of course he or she is a convicted Francophile) is the Peugeot 604. (If said person also mentions the Lancia Gamma and/or the Talbot Tagora, it’s an automatic Hoon Hall of Fame nomination.)
The rear-drive, Pininfarina-penned 604 was in production from 1975 to 1985, and was offered with either a PRV V6 or a four-pot turbodiesel. This U.S.-spec ’82 example features the oil-burner – which the seller claims “runs great” – paired with an automatic transmission. He also says it has new glow plugs, hoses and belts, plus new brakes. The only issue he mentions is a cassé speedometer and odometer, but if it’s any consolation, the odo on my one-year-newer 300SD has crapped out twice. Of course there are bound to be dozens of other warts hidden within the bowels of this Gitanes-huffing-communist-built money pit it would be wise to inspect this vehicle for yourself before pulling the trigger on the Glock 17 pointed at your temple sale, but honestly, for $1,750, can you afford to not buy it?
Craigslist Ville de Anges via Rusty But Trusty.

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  1. BGW Avatar

    If it was on the East Coast, I'd rock it. I mean, it's no 505, but what it lacks in, well, most everything, it makes up for in bogging down under acceleration and garnering death threats from fellow commuters.
    Why is everyone looking at me like that? Is it something I said?

  2. DeadinSideInc Avatar

    Haha – Jaaaaaagg (I'll be warming it up outside luv, pay the waitress will you?).

  3. engineerd Avatar

    It's no mime, but the people behind you when the light turns green will find you as obnoxious as one. Stock up on high-sulfur diesel from Mexico for that extra-smokey effect.

  4. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    I didn't even know the Tagora existed.
    Also, those bumpers might actually be worse than an E23 or '28's, which is… impressive.

    1. straighteight Avatar

      Peugeot thought it would be more cost effective to produce the Chrysler-designed Tagora than scrap it. Conventional design, miserable quality, no appeal whatsoever.

    2. DeadinSideInc Avatar

      Yea – it seems to have been the planned/launched car ever in the history of cars.
      Mmmm Chrysler Europe + oil crisis + insolvency + Peugeot + random Simca/Talbot parts + 2 other derivative models + crappy engines = 2 year model run and a huge write off

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    The first gas-engined 604s were funky, too. The 3.0l Douvrain PRV V-6 (a design shared with Renault and Volvo) used two carburetors in the Peugeot incarnation; a one-barrel that acted as the primary, and a two-barrel that was the secondary.

  6. VivalaFrance Avatar

    I own one of these old diesels, and it's massively entertaining if only for the looks on other people's faces trying to figure out what it is. While admittedly dog slow from 0-40mph, the car wakes up at 40 and actually moves quite well from 50 to 80mph once the engine gets turning fast enough to get the turbo working. 26mpg around town too.

  7. Pete M Avatar
    Pete M

    I've got an '84 V6 one. Love it. More fun than my Jaaaaaag!

  8. Avatar

    Thanks for introducing W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Really great.

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