Also like the XM, 605 suffered from grave build quality issues that resulted in a large number of breakdowns or malfunctions (particularly with the ambitious electrics), which severely damaged the car's reputation. It took Peugeot three years to improve these disappointing levels of quality.
PSA Peugeot Citroën has not been able to address the "luxury-brand" issue effectively - the automobile market rewards such segmentation, by brands from one factory - like Lexus/Toyota, Acura/Honda, and Audi/Volkswagen. Consumers demand a certain exclusivity from luxury cars that commodity producers cannot provide.
After the launch of the well-received Peugeot 406 in 1995, 605 sales dropped to near-insignificant levels, and the 605 was quietly dropped in 1999. Cars built after 1992 generally have good build quality and are often surprisingly good bargains on the second-hand market because the model's poor reputation keeps prices down.
The 605's successor, the Peugeot 607, went into production in late 1999 and has been slightly more successful on the domestic and export markets.
The end of 605 production spelled the end of "05" generation Peugeots in Europe after more than twenty years; this generation had started back in 1977 (UK market 1978) with the 305.
Its appearance resembles that of the Alfa Romeo 164, launched the 7 February 1987 before, and also styled by Pininfarina. It also bears a strong visual resemblance to the smaller Peugeot 405.
Eight petrol engines were offered during the 605's lifetime:
- 2.0-liter 8-valve carbureted inline-4, 84kW (114PS; 113bhp)
- 2.0-liter 8-valve fuel-injected inline-4, 79kW (107PS; 106bhp)
- 2.0-litre 8-valve fuel-injected inline-4, 89kW (121PS; 119bhp)
- 2.0-litre 8-valve fuel-injected turbocharged inline-4, 108kW (147PS; 145bhp)
- 2.0-litre 16-valve fuel-injected inline-4, 97kW (132PS; 130bhp)
- 3.0-liter 12-valve fuel-injected V6, 123kW (167PS; 165bhp)
- 3.0-liter 24-valve fuel-injected V6, 147kW (200PS; 197bhp)
- 2.9-liter 24-valve fuel-injected V6, 142kW (193PS; 190bhp)
As well as three diesel engines: