I have owned my 307 Estate for just over 3 yrs now and done 28500 miles. It has never needed to go back to the dealers outside normal servicing schedules,the only attention it required being a very light skimming of the front brake discs. I have found servicing costs to be very reasonable, compared to my wife's Nissan Micra, and have been generally delighted with the car. It is very comfortable, spacious, airy and can swallow up huge loads without its performance being adversely affected; itlooks good in any car park (metallic blue with alloys etc.)and the paintwork is holding up really well. This is the 5th Peugeot I have owned and I can honestly say that it is the best to date. My only minor gripe with the car(maybe it's only me!) is tyre rumble; I have just replaced the front tyres (at 28000 miles - not bad -)and asked the dealer if a different brand might make it quieter but they weren't aware of any other complaint about tyre noise. The new Dunlop SP 200 (against the original SP 300)actually seemm to be quieter! I would definitely buy another one!!!
I had the opportunity of driving this car for a week.
The first experience of driving it (compared to my own vehicle, a Skoda Fabia 1.9 SDI estate)was very favourable, but driving the 307 over Orwell Bridge near Ipswich, I found it unstable in a reasonable crosswind, and the vehicle required more adjustments to the steering than I expected.
The economy was not as good as the 1.9 VW diesel engine in the Skoda. Another annoyance was that driving at between 50 and 70 mph on the motorway, the rear view mirror has a slight vibration. Overall, though, it's a very good car and a delight to drive.
My car is approaching three years of age, with 55,000 miles on the clock. I was towed in by the recovery services three times in the space of eleven weeks.
The first time the engine management system shut down with the message 'Insufficient oil pressure' which proved to be a faulty cam-speed sensor. On the second occasion, the car lost all drive due to the flywheel dampers failing (not an uncommon fault with this engine, I believe).
As the car was approaching three years of age, I arranged for an MoT to be carried out. In addition to a new flywheel/clutch assembly, it needed a new steering rack, new seals in the turbo and relacement of the nearside drop-arm, as the bush was hanging out. This part had been replaced six months earlier, raising serious questions about quality. Two days after the getting the car back, the starter motor packed up.
Experience of the Peugeot dealership was not good. It took them five attempts to fix a non-functioning horn and twice I was let down after arranging for them to lend me a replacement car.
The words 'quality' and 'reliability' seem to be missing from the Peugeot dictionary.
The 1.6 engine has never struggled even with full loads and is very practical for a family. The level of electronics is too high - too many gadgets that 'almost' work. The automatic wipers are a headache. Overall fuel economy is 47mpg, a little disappointing. Levels of driver comfort are very good. The glass roof is a waste of time after the novelty has worn off.
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