Peugeot 604 STI Automatic

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Pete M
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My dad was a Peugeot salesman in the early '80s and as a young whippersnapper I remember the 604 as being insanely comfortable. So comfortable that when one turned up needing rescuing I had to do it. - despite A: not really being able to afford it, and B: Not having enough time to do it myself.

Fast forward a year and it's back on the road. It is rather wonderfully comfortable, although I suspect the drivers seat to be sagging just a touch.

From what I can gather, it's the only RHD 604 STi on the road in the UK.

604 STi back from the dead.

It was one of those itches that needed to be scratched. 

I should be at the Cholmondely thing in May, so if anyone would like to marvel at the whole brown velourific interior, come over and say hello.

 

'94 Jaguar XJR, '82 Peugeot 604 STI, '78 Escort 1300 Sport

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That looks really nice - like it's just rolled off the showroom floor.

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Pete M wrote:

My dad was a Peugeot salesman in the early '80s and as a young whippersnapper I remember the 604 as being insanely comfortable. So comfortable that when one turned up needing rescuing I had to do it. - despite A: not really being able to afford it, and B: Not having enough time to do it myself.

Fast forward a year and it's back on the road. It is rather wonderfully comfortable, although I suspect the drivers seat to be sagging just a touch.

From what I can gather, it's the only RHD 604 STi on the road in the UK.

604 STi back from the dead.

It was one of those itches that needed to be scratched. 

I should be at the Cholmondely thing in May, so if anyone would like to marvel at the whole brown velourific interior, come over and say hello.

 

At the risk of a tongue-lashing because this model may, or may not, belong on a 'classic car' site, I have to say thanks for reminding me of two related cars. My old mate Richard from West Hampstead had a very nice black one, tinted glass, leather trim, and although it fell somewhere between Granadas and Mercedes at the time, it was a fine car, and much overlooked.

It also reminded me of a Volvo 264 I had (definitely NO classic) which was a fine daliy driver, and it's only recommendation was that it was so bland and insignificant that speed limits did not apply as no traffic cop would lower himself to chasing it.

But one night while running past King's Cross at about 55 or 60mph, it threw a chain, and I had plenty of time, as it coasted to a halt, to hear the valves bouncing off the pistons and running up a bill. So, strip it down, assess the damage, and off to Volvo for parts.

Er, not quite, it paid at the time to shop around, and for some reason, the same parts cost a lot more from Volvo, than they did from either the Renault or Peugeot dealers.

Strange that.

Chris M.

 

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Pete,

Nice car and thank for sharing.

Even they are not classics yet, if no one preserve this kind of "youngtimers, in a few years no one survives and it will be a pity.

nuno granja

 

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The reason I put it on here is because it's a car which was never particularly common in the UK, and this is quite probably the last MOT'd 604 STI left. It's also a car which CAR magazine rated as 'interesting' and which won a fair few group tests back in its day, so although it's not a Zagato Aston or an MGB, I thought it'd be nice to share.

After all, there are quite probably more Ferrari 250 GTOs in regular use in the UK than 604s... 

Shame about Volvo dealers being more expensive than Peugeot ones, I was hoping it'd be the other way around. :-)

'94 Jaguar XJR, '82 Peugeot 604 STI, '78 Escort 1300 Sport

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Pete,

And from my point of view you are right.

Thanks again for sharing such an unusual car.

nuno granja

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The reason I put it on here is because it's a car which was never particularly common in the UK, and this is quite probably the last MOT'd 604 STI left. It's also a car which CAR magazine rated as 'interesting' and which won a fair few group tests back in its day, so although it's not a Zagato Aston or an MGB, I thought it'd be nice to share.

After all, there are quite probably more Ferrari 250 GTOs in regular use in the UK than 604s... 

Shame about Volvo dealers being more expensive than Peugeot ones, I was hoping it'd be the other way around. :-)

From what I remember of Richard's black one I was very impressed.

Not sure now of the various labels on the bootlids, or whether it was an STI but I do know he looked long and hard for whatever was top of the range at the time.  And it was on a T suffix plate I think so that would have been a '79 or '80? Anyway, it was far superior to my Volvo 264 in every measure of driving or performance, but yes, when it came to parts prices, Volvo charged a lot more. I do know that once the timing chains went AWOL and took the guides with them, I was faced with a decent bill, and for example I do remember the valve rockers with the specially hardened cam faces were eight quid each at Renault and similar at Peugeot, but double that at sixteen for an identical part in a Volvo plastic bag.  It was quite a job all up.

But here is where I may be of help!

The chains failed because they accumulate a little bit of stretch with use over the years, and the tensioner (to keep pressure on the chains to keep them tight) is fed by oil pressure. So, if there is any reason for the oil pressure to drop. you could be in for a similar bill.

Just thought I would warn you, keep to regular oil and filter changes, it would be a shame to lose one of the few remainig 604s.

Chris M.

 

Pete M
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It's only been on the road for a couple of weeks, and the oil and filter has been changed. No timing chain noise.... yet.

T plate could well have had the injection engine like this one. Much better. Still barking mad, mind. I've still not actually seen the distributor on this as it's buried underneath rather a lot of pipes and insanity.

 

I'll keep an ear out for rattly chains. :)

'94 Jaguar XJR, '82 Peugeot 604 STI, '78 Escort 1300 Sport

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Hi Pete

Sorry, only just noticed your post but I had spotted the car when it was for sale. We had all sorts of French cars when I was a kid, including three Renault 16s, a Citroën D Spécial and several Peugeots. Seeing the photo of your lovely STI reminded me of going to the launch of the 604 at Grocott's garage in Crewe in 1975; we had a 104 at the time, but not long after that there was a 504TI for sale at the same place that I talked my parents into buying. I once drove it on Pendine Sands... Happy days!

Anyway, I reckon the 604 is definitely a classic. The mags at the time used to rave about the ride and handling and there are so few left. It's a great colour, too. Looking forward to seeing it a show some time – maybe Tatton Park if you're there one day over the jubilee weekend...

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