I have the auto verson and find it very easy to live with. The centre console at first seems daunting but you soon get used to it. The sat nav system is excellant as is the in built phone.
I have done 28,000 miles, over a year and have had no major problems other than a "Depollution filter" warning which turned out to be a faulty exhaust valve, quickly replaced by the dealer.
My 407 is now 22 months old and major problems have appeared.
It has required a new gearbox after 20 months. No gear box was available in UK, and it took four weeks to be delivered from France.
Most recently, the air-conditioning has failed, leaving no control of the air intake even when switched off - it blows hot at all times. It's very uncomfortable - the ambient temperature exceeds 30 degrees Centigrade.
The bad news is that no spare parts are available at present and no delivery dates can be given. On 15 May, Peugeot promised me highest priority - I'm still waiting. My local dealer is in despair.
The car is fantastic. The quality, space and comfort are second to none. When looking to replace my Peugeot 306, I tried a number of different models, such as the Ford Mondeo and Renault Laguna, but found my self back with Peugeot.
My young son has plenty of room for his things in the back, the equipment level is healthy and the drive is great. I found the sheer size of the car daunting, but it's not big once you are used to it. I have found, though, that a sixth gear would be handy and that, although supportive, the seats are quite firm and high.
In the year I have had the car I have covered 16,000 miles without a single problem. Since the car is so good, my parents have bought one and my husband has bought a diesel SW in SE trim, like mine. I would recomend it to anybody looking for a stylish, safe, fun, and practical family car.
I am now test-driving various cars to replace my current one. As our second car is a Peugeot 307 SW SE auto, and we have a good relationship with the dealer (Marshalls of Bury St.Edmunds), I wanted to try the 407, but it needed to be an automatic.
The only automatic available to try was a 2.0-litre diesel Zenith. The extended test drive was a 300-mile round trip and would cover A- and B-roads and motorways, including the dreaded M25. I set off on B-roads and the engine pulled well, and the auto gearbox was seamless, both on upshift and down shift.
The centre console that looked slightly daunting at first became almost instinctive, other than slight confusion over the heating controls while looking for the radio. All was going well although by now I was fiddling a lot with electric seat trying to get comfortable. Alas, I never managed to get comfortable and by the time I returned home I had a bad back.
The looks are simply stunning, the equipment levels superb. The chassis on this car appeared to be in two halves, where the front glided over any uneven surface, while the back managed to turn a cat's eye into a major pothole.
Having spoken to the dealer, I was assured that there was nothing wrong with the rear suspension, so I can only assume they are all the same. This surprises me, because our own 307 has none of these problems.
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