Review is really for 307 SW Quiksilver 2.0 HDi 136
Good Points: Panoramic Roof Loads of space Great engine, lots of grunt with 50 mpg economy Ride quality
Bad Points: MASSIVE depreciation!!! Eats tyres (no more than 20k with front or rear!) Brake Disc wear and poor corrosion protection - Rear were changed after 3 months as defective, changed again for 1st MOT, THEN Peugeot dealer messed up routing of brake piped as almost wore through rubbing on shock absorbers. Questionable electrics - in cold weather airbags switch off and fuel gauge show full Brake servo had been replaced under warranty and showing same problem again (sounds like air escaping and brakes spongy) Locking wheels bolts made of soft metal so easily worn - needed these burning off Alloys wheels rusting Nearside door lock failed 2 weeks after warranty finished (despite the dealer having investigated the problem previously when door could not be unlocked) - would have cost OVER £400 to repair but goodwill warranty applied after I argued. RUST inside tailgate on a panel seam - tried just out of warranty to get this repaired - 7 year anti-corrosion warranty is only if rust eats completely through the panel so complete waste of time + Peugeot dealer wanted £300+ to repair it!!!
NOT cars for long-term ownership so anyone buying 2nd hand had better GET A WARRANTY as dealer costs are expensive and you WILL have problems.
I've had this car for over 18 months now and had a few ups and downs with it.
Ups - I average 55mpg with this car. - Loads of space and very practical. - Easy to drive and park when you get used to the size of it. - Can be fun to drive as well! Driven the hatchback version before and I have to say this drives better!
Downs (and many of them) - I've had the cataylic converter break into small pieces clogging up my exaust pipe, which rendered it useless and couldnt drive it more than 30 mph. Before I knew this I called RAC thinking it was in Limp home mode for some reason and when he plug in his computer to my car he couldn't communicate with it at all! he couldn't get one reading! After that he suggested I got to the garage where they could find the problem. After limping to the garage they said it would cost me £80 just to look at it! Then when they found out the problem it was going to cost me over £500 to fix! the car had only done 40K miles! - Had the steering stop working for a moment at high speed! - Had leaks from the tank when filling up! - Just been informed that 4 of 5 recalls had been carried out on my car where the missing one is a possible fault with the ABS! - Theres a knock at one side of the car when you drive over pumps when its wet!
If anything fails in this car it makes it impossible to drive.
If you are going to buy a Peugeot, make sure its something else!
Typical Peugeot, looks good and has a nice interior but let down by reliability issues and common faults. So far these include faulty clutch, faulty electric windows and has needed far too many sets of discs and pads. I also dislike the ride which is very poor with the car crashing over even the smallest imperfections and long journeys get distinctly uncomfortable. On the plus side though, the handling and grip are good and 50mpg plus is easily achievable.
I had this car for a year and put about 30,000 miles on the clock through daily commuting and general family running about.
I purchased it at two-and-a-half years old and sold it at three-and-a-half years old. I have just bought a new BMW 320d M Sport and miss the 307 (in some ways)!
The 307 was always comfortable and with a simple adjustment of the seat fitted either my wife or me. The handling was never race-track responsive but always tracked true and safe.
Engine performance (I had an Avensis T180 diesel before) was a bit slow to pick up at times from a roundabout or starting up a hill, but once moving, the car sped along with good mid-range torque and reasonble refinement.
Cold starting was a bit of a noisy affair with the local farmer thinking his tractor was being stolen!
Overall, it was a great car with loads of space, was good looking and very economical (52 mpg overall)and practical.
I travel 160 miles round trip to work and back each day and arrived refreshed at all times. Reliability was fine, with very little going wrong (the clutch was changed at three years under warranty).
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