I could rant all day about the annoying things in this car, but it has done 90,000 miles and is six years old.
To name a few things that have been replaced on my car, it has had a new gearbox, gear linkage, rear torsion bar, clutch, clutch cable, head gasket, engine mounts (twice), gearbox brackets, alternator, washer jet pump, misfires (spark plugs) and the brake master cylinder (scary when your brakes fail and you have your children in the car).
What I can say about this car is that it's very quick due to a few minor mods (chip, exhaust and induction kit, fast road cam). I've beaten Honda Civic Type-Rs, VW Golf GTIs, Citroen Saxo VTRs, Peugeot 106 GTIs, Ford Focuses and plenty of BMWs.
This is my own opinion, the 106 Quicksilver is a stunning looking little car from any angle, and while somedays I hate it, most days I love it.
Very good to drive but in the Zest2 model the sunroof tends to leak. Apparently it is a fault with those makes
Garages tend to say you need the whole sunroof replaced but I put a clear sealant on it and its perfect - saved me £600.
Unfortunately, I only owned my used 106 for six months before it was sadly written off in an accident, so I feel I can give judgement on the result of the crash.
The car was pretty badly smashed up as it was a head-on at about 30mph, but myself and the passenger were fine and the airbag deployed no problem. So, all in all, the car performed better than expected.
The only bad bit about the car was a leaking roof where the aerial is fixed. Driving wise, the car is spot on for a 1.5D with only 60bhp and is fairly nippy and grippy in most situations.
The gearchange is nice and the engine, which is shared by the Citroen Saxo is quieter. The interior is well equipped in the Zest 3 with plenty of kit. I didn't use a main dealer and a service cost me just £60. Well recommended.
We have a Peugeot 106 Independence 2000 - X plate.
Well it's just passed its second MOT, just needed front discs and pads at £90 - not bad but then it was a non dealer - £140 + vat!
Just taken back to garage as there is a tapping noise from the engine... not good news - a piston slapping about? I've been advised to get rid of car before the problem gets worse or the cost to repair is more than a new engine!
We have had this car since new and as a second car run-about it's not been bad on costs. However this news about the engine is not great and has really let the Pug name down for me, considering its only done 56,000 miles.
My mum's Micra is a similar car and is a year older. If I compare both cars for driving and costs, the Micra wins every time.
My advice... a good little car but beware of the latter costs as they could mount up. Find one that's hardly beern driven!
Would we buy another one... No! Dealers could do with improving customer service and PRICES!
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