This car has been a big let-down for me. I bought it at 12 months old with 11,000 miles on it.
The first fault appeard after 15,000 miles, with the car cutting out on the motorway. I took it back to main dealer four times for the same fault, only fixing it after the Watchdog programme about the same fault.
I took it for the 20,000-mile service and had to have the brake servo replaced, because it was failing (at 20,000 miles?). At the 30,000 mile interim service, it needed new discs on the front. Then at 35,000 miles, the electrical gremlins started to creep in - lights came on when they wanted to, it didn't indicate when it needed to, the boot came open, and the central locking works when it wants to... Oh, and the immoboliser kicked in.
It went back to the main dealer for the 40,000 mile service, which cost £302. Then I was told that the ECU had gone. It could be one of two models - one was a product recall, changed free of charge; the other I would have to pay for (both were faulty). The head gasket had gone and the head may be cracked, too - that was another £600. All on a three-year-old car with 40,000 miles on the clock. It was a well-looked after car, too!
I would advise caution on buying a Peugeot, judging from the queue of angry owners at my local dealer - all seemed to be suffering reoccuring faults... It's a real shame, because I always loved the styling, but the reality is that they are very unreliable on all my evidence.
I have just traded in a six-year old Saab 9-3 LPG for a Peugeot 206 SW 1.4S. I have no regrets - this is a very good, practical car. It drives well, handles well and it accommodates two large dogs.
The dealer in Kirkwall has been excellent. I should have bought one of these years ago. So far so good. It's very economical. I am converted from Saab.
I needed a car that was economical, and not too big with a low loading height so my eldest collie could get in and out OK. It also had to safisfy the go-fast, look-good criteria that all drivers who like driving require.
Mine is metallic black and ticks all those boxes. Suffering from a bad back, I was surprised at how comfortable the seating position is, though you have to be careful if you wear wide shoes, because it is very easy to catch the clutch and brake pedals at the same time.
Reliability has been fine, although I've just had to replace the front discs and pads at 53,000 miles. A cost of £105 at a local independent wasn't too painful. Performance is OK, though the gearbox is very notchy with a fairly heavy clutch - typical Peugeot. Economy is brilliant - I easily get 500 miles to a tank driving locally, at over 50mpg.
I love the lift-up rear window in the tailgate. I don't like with a passion the auto-sensing windscreen wipers on intermittent setting.
I have had to change it for an automatic, though, as my back needs a rest from gearchanging for a while.
After purchasing my black Peugeot 206cc Allure back in April, I have had nothing but problems.
By this stage the following faults were present: - Roof leaking in three places (from both clips and the rear driver's side window). - Doors not closing properly – I have to slam them to get them to shut. - Headlights were misaligned, which made driving at night difficult. - Brakes squeaking - Wind noise from the driver's window - Unexplainable noise from the rear when driving. - Loss of memory on the passenger seat settings - Problem with the radio memory - it always seems to always divert to Radio 1.
Less than a quarter of a mile down the road, I could see water dripping form the passenger side clip. I immediately called the garage and they said that they had tested it. I'm absolutely disgusted. On my return home, I inspected the entire vehicle. This is when I found the damage the dealer had caused while my vehicle was in their possession:
- The passenger door was pushed in to the vehicle and so did not align with the other panels on the car. - From above the passenger door on the roof, continuing all the way down the bodywork, across the boot, and down the rear of the car over the lexus lights until the bottom of the bumper were various deep scratches in the paintwork. More were found on the passenger door. - The right headlight was failing to work, causing an awful sound when driving. - There was a chunk out of my alloy wheel - Scratches on the front bumper
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