This car is noisy to drive everything in it creaks. The building quality is rubbish the seats get stuck and nobs fall off. Although it is a good car to have if you can put up with that as you can have a convertable and still get 4 adults into it with a sqeeze. My mother has sat in the back of it and she said "its ok and there is enough room". I owned one of these cars for 1 month on a 52 plate the roof didnt leak it was winter and we had plenty of rain so it was tested well. I only had it a month as I was so disapointed with the quality of the car I got rid of it. In my eyes I think these cars are over priced so look around before you get it.
This car is one of the cheapest 2 crush 2's that has a sensible sized boot on the market (Ford Escort sized), easy to park in London and is economical; my 2 litre gets about 30 mpg around town and 38 on longer runs. Acceleration in the gears is good enough for passing cars on country roads without inducing white knuckles from passengers. My 2 litre SE was bought new in 2002 on the basis that the 1.6 seemed a bit gutless and no diesel was available then. And I wanted air conditioning!
I have had no mechanical disasters with the roof in 24,000 miles, apart from 2 leaks from a join on the corner between the edge of the roof and the windscreen frame, and that can be adjusted by the garage. The 206CC is a great shopping car and an excellent tourer. Nothing seems to fallen off or broken. Maybe I have been unlucky. Most people seem to find the seats comfortable, even in the back for short journeys with the roof up or down. WhatCar? doesn’t agree! The driving position is not state of the art, but nor is it atrocious. The sports suspension with low profile tyres make the ride firm around town, but body control is good. Front tyres (Goodyears) lasted 22,000 and the rear tyres may last 40,000 miles!
Gripes: no spare wheel (very inconvenient on a Sunday afternoon trying to get back to London) and if the side window is slightly open when raining, water gets into the cabin.
Would I buy another or recommend one? Yes! Buy the 206CC as it will be a classic long term!
With this car, the roof works well and is easy. The car feels steady on the road, it's nice to drive, has comfortable seats, and there's big boot space when the roof is closed. It looks nice and quite economical.
However, the exhaust is noisy - it has had two new brackets but it is still as bad. The driving position is poor, too - you can't see the front or boot of your car when parking.
Road noise is bad - you can feel every bump in the road and the roof rattles when going over a bump or around a corner. I wondered if anyone else has had this problem - or is it just me?
Have owned this car for 12 months now and whilst it was my girlfriend that decided that this is what she wanted, and dispite the fact that I tell everyone that it's a 'girls' car...... it is actually rather good fun to drive.
In terms of reliability of roof, electrics etc there have been no problems at all. The car has been used on long motorway trips and regular short local journeys with no problems at all. The 1.6 engine isn't the quickest thing around but it is very easy to drive, and still cruises happily at near 3 figures on the motorway (or so I'm told). You have to work the engine hard but this still provides reasonable fuel economy - more than I get from my new 320d.
Overal it is a good fun car to drive and so far problem free. The back seats have been used once or twice but don't see this as anything other than a two seater with a decent amount of luggage space and the capacity - should you really need to - of carrying a couple of passengers.
The only niggle with this car is that the peddals are a little too small and close together and on numerous occasions I have either caught my shoe on the underside of the pedals or the underside of the dashboard. This is a worry, but as long as you're aware of the problem you are ready for it.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!