This car was eight months old when I bought it, and had 11,000 miles on on clock. I bought from a franchised dealer.
It needed a replacement rear suspention costing £600, and a replacement automatic gearbox at only 14,000 miles! It took one week for Peugeot to authorise job and one week to fit the gearbox. The bill came to £4000+VAT, not including labour. It's just as well the car was under warranty.
I sold this car one week after a new gearbox was fitted. I only owned the car for six months in total and lost £3500 off the price of the car when I traded it in. It's a very unreliable car, so I cut my losses and got rid of it.
I went back to a Vauxhall Vectra 3.2 V6 - there are no problems with it, it's a much better car. This is my third V6 Vectra. I have learnt my lesson the hard way!
I'm on my second 607 as my company car, and I love it - there's currently no alternative for me which gives the features and performance for the price.
My first 607 came in 2002 and was the 2.0HDI SE which was simply fantastic. I never had a single issue with it, except when I crunched it myself, and it gave wonderful service - comfortable, easy to drive, hugely fuel efficient, and given my previous aversion to diesels, this was a sheer joy.
2005 saw the need to choose my next company car, and I toyed with the Audi A6. That's a great car, but when you start adding all the features you get as standard on the 607, the price rises, and rises to scarey heights, and even more of the features of the 607 are standard now than ever before.
The 607 is a big cat indeed - sleek but ready to pounce. Fantastic on any road, and a complete joy on the French motorways, this car is going to take some beating for me. Hopefully when I'm due to renew in early 2008, the 607 will still be about in its highly efficient diesel version.
Have driven the 2.2 HDi for 4 years as a company car, doing about 80K miles. I love the look and size of the car, the long list of features and the overall comfort.
No surprises: an excellent motorway cruiser but a bit slow to accelerate into traffic and a bit heavy around country roads.
Some niggles: The satnav doesn't accept postcodes; The sales guy talked me into ordering the lower-profile alloy wheels, which added some road noise without really changing the country-road handling; The integrated phone in this version is rather tricky to use and the software didn't allow me to access all the numbers on my SIM. It drinks screen-wash;
Positives: Peugeot dealer in Andover: Southgate - very professional and competent; Huge boot; "cool" boot-opening button (amazing how impressed people are by the fact that you open the boot by pressing the "0" on the 607); Jeremy Clarkson hates it;
I have had one "technical" problem - the earth connection to the starter motor was faulty, which gave the RAC all kinds of problems to find and fix.
I can see myself getting another 607 as a company car since it represents excellent value for money/tax.
I suppose you might call me a Peugeot fan as in the last six years my wife and I have had four (206, 307, 406 & 607). However the deal on the 607 was outstanding picking up a 54 plate 2.0 HDi 136 just over three months ago for £12k with low mileage.
I cover up to 30k miles per annum and the 406 GTX was going to be a hard act to follow, however the 607 is simply superb. I would agree that it has barge like qualities around town, but as a motorway muncher it is smooth, quiet and holds the road beautifully so I am prepared to forgive some small features in exchange for the whole package.
The cabin is outstanding for as everything is so adjustable. The stereo is good, the telephone integration highly useful and the sat nav does it job as expected. The boot is huge and with roof bars the family can take everything we need (including my golf clubs) anywhere we choose including a recently completed a 1500+ mile holiday to Ireland.
I would agree with other reviews that the 3.0 petrol is unlikely to gain much favour these days, but the 2.0 HDi 136 diesel gives 37-41 mpg and given the size and weight of the car performs extremely well at high speed.
Williamson Peugeot (Darlington) are 1st class and keep me on the road and were part of the reason I chose this car. A decision that to date I have not regretted
So if you are looking for a greatly under appreciated long distance hauler with style, sophistication and all the toys you are likely to need look no further.
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