When my buddy drove a Peugeot 305 back in the 80’s I hated this car. Because sometimes pants could get wet inside it, because of all the rust in the car. It was under-powered, slow and boring and faster decaying than a frommage out in the sunlight.
But when I missed my train back to the airport because I couldn’t let go of my childhood room at parent’s house (or rather dad’s port wine), I quickly got myself a rental car and they gave me a Peugeot 407 instead of the tiny Nissan Micra I ordered. Next day, was sober of course.
I know someone on this Forum will vomit black liquid but I looooooved this car. It is big (4.69m) but does not have that much space inside. But it is a beauty and looks like a sports car basically. I had the sedan and to my surprise I first felt a bit constrained in the rather small cockpit, but then I found it to be fitting like soft leather glove. Everything was where it belongs, the interior was beautiful and comforting. The car responded immediately to all commands via pedals or steering wheel, never showed any adverse reaction. In fact I enjoyed the direct responses to the gas pedal and the find sound of the motor so much, I felt as if the French craft was caressing me with like a 12 times overpaid hook… ah never mind.
First I was speeding at 170 km/h on the Autobahn, it was 5.00am and I was still a wee bit tired and after all that Taiwan slow driving I didn’t want to go higher, but then snow was setting in and everybody was driving 70 km/h on the right lane, which was free of snow. I didn’t have that much time though, so I steered my French companion into the snow on the left lane and … overtook the slow SUVs and snow plows on the right lane. The Peugeot drove through the snow like that Gaul warrior Asterix through a mass of Roman soldiers, it was great. Never before I felt so comfy in a car like in the Peugeot.
Buying one on the rock here may be a bad idea, probably the local mechanics are not able to maintain such a European driving machine. But when I go back home I definitely want one.
Yeah OK, last year I wanted to buy a Corsa after driving one back home…
Thankfully mine had the steering wheel on the other side…