I have changed recently from a Peugeot 405 turbo estate to a 406 TD estate.
On comparing the two, the 406 is rubbish. The 406 eats diesel, managing just 40-ish to the gallon. It's slower on acceleration, not so swift on long hills, has a narrower turning circle, and a slower top speed. I was under the assuption that a newer model would bring improved benefits, but this is clearly not the case.
I would advise anyone thinking of buying a 406 to look for a low-mileage, good condition 405 instead. My old clapped-out 405 still gave me 55mpg on average, and it was a 1991 H-reg - pity it rusted out.
This 406 is starting to display problems - the air bag light for some reason acts like the glow-plug light, and the glow-plug light doesn't work at all. If you lift the soundproofing felt up under the rear passenger seat to look for rust, the seat well metal in this location seems very thin gauge and you can bend it with your thumb!
In short, I can't see this model being a long-lasting one... buy something else!
I bought this car in August 2004 for £7000, and it has been a nightmare. It had the whole instrument panel replaced under warranty a few months later, broke down three times with fuel problems, the window fell into the door and the trim fell off.
We later discovered it had been in and out for repairs since new. It leaked fuel and had a new petrol tank, the doors rattled, water leaked, the ignition coil was replaced, and now we have just had to trade it in due to major wiring loom shorts which would cost £2000 to repair!
We cut our losses and traded for a Toyota Yaris. I know we're probably unlucky but it put us off for life. It's a shame, because otherwise the 406 is a nice car.
18 months ago, I purchased this top-of-the-range estate with 22,500 miles on the clock for £7,500. When you consider the equipment levels, reliability and general performance, you have to ask yourself where you would get this much car for so little money.
The car is an absolute joy to drive - the 16-valve engine is very keen with quite amazing acceleration, the chassis very pliable and the ride typically French, with always a little bit of give. On twisty mountain roads, this car takes the strain and roll out of such journeys.
The ABS is more than adequate, and very responsive. When fully loaded with five people and all of their luggage (for which space is more than ample), the car still manages to return over 35mpg on a long run.
The leather interior is excellent, and the CD player and all of the other toys are just what you would expect - they all function perfectly.
The front tyres (Yokohamas) will easily last me about 40,000 miles, which is amazing, bearing in mind that the car is front-wheel drive. All in all, I got a first class deal and one that I will stick with for as long as I can.
Servicing costs over the last 25,000 miles (18 months) have amounted to no more than £175, so it's more than excellent in that department too.
Peugeot make an excellent product, and second hand you can pick them up for silly money.
The amount of space for front and rear passengers is more than average. Even when the driver's seat is back, the rear passenger can still enjoy the journey.
The GLX provides great equipment levels, the air-con is superb and quick to react, the radio provides good all-round sound, and the radio stalk is handy addition for not taking your eyes off the road.
The driving position is infinitely adjustable with the steering wheel adjusting for height and rake, and all equipment is within easy reach of the driver. The 110bhp TD engine with the well spaced gears is a pleasure to drive, whether it be urban or motorway commuting.
Travelling at the stated motorway 70mph is quiet and smooth with the torquey diesel allowing swift overtaking with the effortless in-gear acceleration. With urban driving the steering is light, low-down power is strong and, taking into account the size of the car, it’s really easy to park.
Country driving can be done with haste and minimal body roll, as long as the character of the car is taken into account and driving style is adjusted accordingly.
The brakes can provide fierce deceleration, assisted by the trusty ABS. It's economical, returning in excess of 45mpg on long runs, and with the 70-litre tank you can expect to long periods between fill-ups if driven sensibly.
It's also very reliable. The only hiccup has been a replacement of the glow-plugs (a quick and inexpensive job).
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