1 million smiles for SA Pug owner
Drive the most far-flung parts of Africa and you’re bound to bump into vintage Peugeot 404 and 504 models on dusty tracks. This local Peugeot owner is only too happy to attest to his 504’s reliability...
Robert Hotz’s 1983, 1.8-litre Peugeot 504 station wagon, bought as a demo model for R5500, remains in perfect running condition almost three decades later.
The secret to his Pug’s longevity? It’s been regularly serviced by Peugeot technicians, even when the automaker wasn’t represented in South Africa.
Hotz recalls: “At one stage parts became a problem but I found somebody in Pretoria with a workshop full of Peugeot spares. He even found an indicator lever when the one in my car broke and the same chap also serviced the car during that time – every 10 000 km or so.”
THE EVIDENCE: Hotz's 1983 Peugeot 504 is poised to clock amillion kilometres.
“I’ve had lots of offers to buy the 504 but I would never sell it. There’s nothing like these old Peugeots – they just keep going on for ever,” Hotz says. His first Peugeot was a 1970 404 which was replaced by his first 504 in 1974.
Hotz recently drove his current 504 to the Peugeot South Africa head office to show it off to managing director Francis Harnie only days before the odometer was due to clock back to zero, achieving the magic million mark.
Hotz owns and manages his own business and still uses his 504 for business every day, although these days he has a chauffeur.
Fredster - 2011-11-29 13:10
And the comments from the non French supporters?
Peter - 2011-11-29 13:26
Try owning one now pal. Lovely cars, pathetic back-up.
SublimeOwl - 2011-11-29 18:57
nowadays they offer you a car with service plan & warranty to only last 3 of the 5 years that it takes to to repay the loan... and then rip you off as soon as either of those expire... and that's if you're lucky!
phillip.havenga - 2011-11-29 20:08
Well all I can say is two Peugeot's in and I've never had a days problems, reliable and awesome to drive.
Marius - 2011-11-30 10:01
I have a new Peugeot 207 and I couldn't be happier.
Lourens - 2011-11-30 12:27
Yes that's because it is still new. Wait a while and we'll talk again.
phillip.havenga - 2011-11-30 19:49
Now why would somebody give a thumbs down? Marius ignore these idiots, I've done a combined km's of 330 000km's between two Peugeot's and have never had any problems
Pritesh Makan - 2014-02-07 20:44
Good day, i am currently building a Peugeot 504 station wagon, but also struggling to find a few spares. Can you please provide me with details of the person in pretoria? thank you