I bought this car over a year ago and it is the best car that I have ever driven.
The drive and the comfort is excellent - mine is a 110 bhp so the speed is excellent too.
However, recently odd things have started to creep in - the left hand indicators keeps coming on for no reason and is difficult to switch off, and the airbag light has been on for about two weeks and then went off, never to come back on again (when being checked nothing was wrong with it).
Also, when the handbrake the is put on, the message comes up 'Brake Fluid Low' (and again it isn't) - I can't get this one to go away, though. The indicator is still a problem for me, so I will just have to go on driving and constantly watching for it to come on.
Apparently these are very common problems on this car and I'm not the first and certainly won't be the last - just others watch out. Otherwise, it's the best car I have ever driven and I would still buy one again.
I bought an S-reg 406 recently, and I love every minute of it!
In terms of conomy, most of my day-to-day driving is in town, and the fuel economy there isn't anything special - but then what did I expect from an automatic 3-.0-litre V6? It's been returning somewhere in the region of 23-25 mpg in town, but this rises to 28-30 mpg on the combined run. I haven't checked the motorway figures so far, but am hoping for around 30-35 mpg.
In terms of driving, this car goes like stink! My first experience of the potency of its engine had me pinned firmly to the back of the seat - a figure of 6.9sec is quoted for the 0-60mph on this car, and I can believe it. The effortless manner in which it has Golf GTIs, BMW 320s and Subaru Imprezas for breakfast at the lights is an absolute pleasure.
The car's styling and interior is flawless, too. It has beautiful lines on the outside, which are matched by appealing and comfortable leather seats and well-organised controls inside. This model has every little extra you could hope for, too. I especially appreciate the heated seats.
There are few downsides. I've given it a 'three' for ownership purely on the basis of the fuel figures. Really, it's a dream to own, and you don't buy a V6 if you're looking for 50mpg. My auto 'box has a peculiar 'whirr' to it when warmed up - almost a grating noise. Other than that, I've absolutely no complaints. Oh, actually, a bulb has blown on the radio display, so you have to squint to see it...
If you are looking to buy, then I would highly reccomend buying a Peugeot 406 HDi. Peugeot told me that the 110bhp engine is more economical than the 90bhp model. So I went for the 110bhp version and I had the computer software upgraded by a third party from 110 bhp to 140 bhp, yet still gaining more fuel efficiency.
The car now accelerates very quickly indeed, and does impress my passengers. The original 110 was averaging 59mpg at 65mph; I now get nearly 70mpg. The torque is amazing and you can zip around town in fourth gear without changing- even going round roundabouts I don't usually change lower than 3rd.
My 406 is the 2001 GTX estate and the comforts of the GTX is amazing - electric seats and windows all round, digital climate control, satellite-navigation, cruise control and more. It's a world of its own!
Just purchase a 1996 1.9LX TD and its the best driving car I have ever been in.
Mechanically sound and very attractive. All I need is a decent set of genuine Peugoet alloy rims now (if your selling?) email@example.com ;)
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