Peugeot 504 GL

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Peugeot 504 GL

1969 - 1984
Country:
France
Engine:
In Line 4
Capacity:
1971cc
Power:
69 kW
Transmission:
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
170 km/h
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
2 star
Peugeot 504 GL
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2

Introduction



During its tenure, the Peugeot 504 would become one of the oldest cars on the Australian market – but even as it neared the end of its production life it was still considered to be among the world's best ten sedans.

Originally released in Europe in 1968 and in Australia in 1969, it was, world wide, the largest selling model of Peugeot. The 504 was assembled by Renault Australia from knock-down kits at Renault's Victorian plant.

The 504 was powered by a conventional 2.0 litre, four-cylinder pushrod engine. Available for some time in both fuel-injected and carburetted forms, unfortunately too few opted to pay the extra cost for the fuel injected model, and it was subsequently abandoned for the Australian market.

The engine offered only modest power output, but it has an excellent reputation for reliability and strength as well as having the ability to return good economy figures. Power was transmitted through either a four-speed manual transmission or three-speed automatic gearbox to the rear driving wheels. These details may sound dated but technically the Peugeot was an extremely advanced car for the time, as borne out by its survival in the market place for such a long time.

In suspension design and road-shock suppression, the Peugeot has few peers in the automotive world. The four-wheel fully independent suspension was well isolated from the body, transmitting an unusually low level of harshness and noise to the cabin and its occupants. On paper the 504 was never going to be a strong performer, combining high body-weight with modest engine output.

However, the gearbox ratios were well suited to the torque characteristics of the engine and performance on the highway was actually rather good, the car being particularly tireless over long distances.

Good point-to-point times could be achieved due to the 504's superior road-holding and ride-comfort levels. Poor and indifferent road surfaces did not worry the 504 - in fact, it really came into its own on Australia's outback roads. The brakes, being four-wheel power-assisted discs, offered excellent stopping power and complete stability, even when stopping from high speeds.

The elegant Pininfarina body design disguised what was a deceptively large interior. Few cars at the price were able to carry four adults in as much comfort as the 504, the rear leg room and head room being better than many large sedans of the day. Boot space was also good, the spare tyre being located in a tray under the rear of the car which was released by a catch inside the boot.

At over $11000 the 504 was not given away, but it was a car that proved it could last for the better part of ten years while always retaining good resale value.
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Edgar
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it is still the ride for long journeys....and wow she can glide.....and the maneouverability is perfect....a 78' 504 GL and still a turner in the street.
Gary
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Purchased a 1972 Peugeot 504 about 18 months ago. What a beautiful ride. In original condition with original motor and still turns heads, big car, small engine but still holds its own amongst most new cars. Many comments on the plush seats and the silky ride. With a new set of tyres it handles wonderful.
Murothi
Posted Recently
A 1.8L carb 504 with solid live-axle was my 1st car.Have covered 200,000 kms in it over the last 9years. Really a pleasure to drive in the less than ideal & winding roads of rural Kenya!
Spacious with comfortable seats; returns 9l/100km on highways!
Gichman
Posted Recently
This car took me to school in the 70's and 80's and 90's and now i am taking my kids to school in it in 2012. it just keeps going. Just avoid heavy and slow traffic cause it can guzzle. superb over long distances and the spares are so cheap and available its like a joke sometimes. I just love this car.
L D
Posted Recently
I have owned five Peugeot 504s: one manual and four automatics; still have a 1974 GL auto. Supremely comfortable – amazing seats and ultra-smooth suspension; very quiet. Nowadays it is let down by poor fuel economy, no power steering, lack of a high top gear for motorway cruising, and lack of air-conditioning. Still one of the finest cars ever made at any price – driving it is a real treat.
chandra
Posted Recently
favourite car until now....., i used it everyday
ery
Posted Recently
I owned Peugeot 504 GL 1975... i love this car
fadi
Posted Recently
it is wondorful car my father has one and i drive it every day
Alex
Posted Recently
My wife had a 1981504GL, 11 years a go which her uncle gave to her for 18th birth day which he had bought new, she had it for 5 years the car needed a new starter and a service, so I placed it for sale the $400 back in 1999 which it was bought by an Egyptian which he sent to Egypt to be used as a taxi. I have all ways regret selling her car as it has been smoothest car which I have ever driven on the road, and I have driven some nice cars over the years. So I bought my wife a 1973 504GL which is like the old one she had, she all ways loved that car and talked to me about the memories she had with her first 504.
I think she will surprised to find the car in garage in a few days.
The 504 are a very good car, looking forward to the new memories to be made with my wife new 504.
Penny
Posted Recently
ORLY? does anyone know where i can buy one then?
Roy
Posted Recently
I have a 1978 with Carburetor. *** n easily move at 120km/h and i have done 500kms without a fuss..but fuel consumpion on slow traffic seems to be a challenge with the high cost of fuel.
Gary
Posted Recently
Still driving a 75 TI ,called "pooh"(same colour) Fabulously comfortable classic! Goes and handles well, costs nothing to run everyone loves "pooh"!
pascal
Posted Recently
i have a rare peugeot 504 TI fuel injected with all the options including full leather and power steering 1980 model,got it for 12 years.The only expenses i had was the water pump and a set of ignition leads,the car has 293500 kms and is still going very well.Definetely the best car i ever had.Never it had let me down!
Peter
Posted Recently
My Peugeot 504 GL is 32 years old. I've had it for 20 years. Done everything with it. Has never broken down and maintenance costs are almost not there. A monument!
Marco
Posted Recently
When my father bought a 1978 504, he never thought that in 2009 his grandchildrens day after day still enjoy the excellent drive of this majestic car.
Joel
Posted Recently
By far one of the best and easiest cars to drive, i got a 77' 504 as my first car and havent needed to give it up yet. In fact we have since bought 2 more to accompany it
Evan
Posted Recently
10 years? What are you talking about. This car is permanent.
Mine is 36 years old and runs just fine.......I planning to keep for another 36!
babak
Posted Recently
we had one for about 30 years.I never forget that car .it was more than a vehicle.excellent!
fugativ
Posted Recently
the best
 
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