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About Peugeot 205


The Peugeot 205 was for many years one of the best hatchbacks you could buy. Although contested by VW Golf fans, the 205 GTi versions set the standard in hot hatch dynamics. The 205 is still a winner on road and track.

Introduced in 1983 as a 5 door hatchback, 3 door versions arrived in 1984.

Initially, chain driven overhead camshaft engines were fitted, with the engine mounted over the transmission. The 1.6 GTi arrived in 1984, with a fuel injected belt driven overhead cam engine.

1986 saw the CTi and 1.9 GTi arrive. In 1987 the TU belt driven overhead cam engines were fitted to all models except the GTi and diesels. Diesel and Turbodiesel models are also available.

All models have independent front suspension and rear semi-independent trailing arm suspension with torsion bars.

Peugeot 205 Gti
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Positions

If in doubt about whether a part is the right one for your car, the VIN can help. We may ask you for the VIN number to identify the exact age or model of your car.

The following diagram shows you where to find the VIN number for your Peugeot. It is in two places: attached to the bodyshell on a plate (this may also show other information such as the paint colour) and also stamped into the bodyshell.

Derivatives and Engines

Information common to all Peugeot 205 models:
- Front wheel drive
- 4 cylinder Overhead Cam (OHC)

The following table shows the 205 engine derivatives. This may help you identify which part you need.

Model and
Special Editions
Dates VIN Numbers Features Engine
- 83 to 87 - - 954cc (XV8)
- 87 on - - 954cc (TU9)
- 91 on - - 954cc (TU9M)
- 83 to 87 - - 1124cc (XW7)
- 87 on - - 1124cc (TU1/M)
Rallye - - - 1294cc (TU2.4)
- 83 to 87 - - 1360cc (XY6B/XY7/XY8)
- 87 on - - 1360cc (TU3/3A/3S)
Alloy Block
- 91 on - - 1360cc (TU3M/FM)
Iron Block
- - - - 1580cc (XU51C)
GTi 1.6 - - -
1580cc (XU5J/JA/J1)
Multipoint Injection
GTi 1.9 - - - 1905cc (XU9J1/JA)
Multipoint Injection
GTi 1.9 - - - 1905cc (XU9JAZ)
Multipoint Injection
Mi16 Conversion - - Mi16 Conversion 1905cc 16v (XU9J4)
Multipoint Injection
Alloy Block

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