I am reasonably happy with the car but very disappointed with the fuel consumption. The best I am getting is 40.9mpg. I have driven 7000mile. This is very poor compared to the published combined figure of 47.1mpg. I am most annoyed as I do a lot of business miles for which I get a mileage allowance based on 47,1mpg.
Easily the worst (and yet most expensive) car I've owned in 25 years.
Since driving it new off the dealer's forecourt I've been plagued with a recurring problem. The tailgate window opens itself under speed and the tailgate itself decides whether it will or will not jam itself shut depending how it feels. The totally indifferent dealership in Chelmsford is unable or unwilling to fix the issue despite numerous visits. Actually, the visits to the dealer are almost worth it to hear the service desk comedy act of reasons why this is happening. I appreciate that some cars are destined to be lemons but at this price faking an interest would be nice.
The engine sounds like a tractor and for a diesel has poor fuel consumption. The brakes squeal like a pig on heat, which at least means the family know when I've arrived home. It burns more oil that the Iraqi army, which I’m told, is "normal". I also made the mistake of ordering a beige interior, which means that the beige dashboard reflects off the windscreen making driving very difficult. Still, beige is as beige does and I guess I deserve that one.
I also assume Peugeot hand make all their parts to order. Some *** knocked off my wing mirror, which is NOT a stock item. Who could predict that a car could lose a wing mirror? Also, the external air temperature sensor is in the wing mirror - no wing mirror no air cond.
Good points are that dash has loads of buttons and err...
I bought the 407SW new about 15 month ago to replace a 1998 Laguna Hatchback, and in general I am extremely happy with my choice. When the car is working it is extremely comfortable, and ideal for the 600 mile round trips to see my family in Scotland. It is also an extremely capable towcar, towing my 26' twin-axle van easily. This is where I suspect a lot of the complaints about the 407's fuel consumption come from. I chose this car because it is HEAVY enough for my caravan (1745 kg kerb weight). Physics dictates it will take more energy to make it move. I have also found that it is extremely susceptable to a heavy right foot. Chill out, back off, and the fuel consumption improves significantly. As with all cars a small reduction in cruising speed makes a big difference in fuel usage.
My only complaint about the car is the faults that it has displayed since I got it. From new the engine was very rough. Cured (after 7 visits to the dealer) by a new set of injectors. Occasional loss of power when driven enthusiastically. Cured by replacing the solenoid dump valve on the turbo. Also, three visits to the dealer to get the towing electrics right seemed a bit excessive, especially since I had specified a Peugeot detachable towbar.
Overall, minor service irritations that are more than made up for by a very capable car which happens to be the best looking estate on the road!
Having driven 50000 miles in the 18 months of getting the car I have forund it very comferable and rewarding to drive. The driving possition is exellent & multi ajustable. I regulary drive from Falkirk to Stockport (arround 240miles) without feeling the need to stop and arrive felling fresh. The only down side is the fuel consumption, i only manage to average 40 tp 41 mpg on all journeys. The boot is well shaped and the rear seats very easy to put down & up. Overlall i am extreamly happy with the car.
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