I have hired a Kangoo 1.6 Authentique Auto as a stop gap for two months. It is a wheelchair accessible version so it is probably more rattly and boomy than a normal one would be. It is a very practical vehicle; pretty basic spec which includes, though, air con and electric mirrors. It's old fashioned suspension soaks up the bumps and it sticks to the road like glue. The auto is a bit jerky but it has a fair turn of acceleration and cruises comfortably at 70 on dual carrigeways. the steering is nicely weighted, with a slight tendency to understeer at tight junctions. It has been fun to drive (much more so than the Mercedes A 150 I have been driving recently) but I would not buy one.
Owned it 4 years (optimist that I am I thought every problem would be the last). Only done 140.000 kilometres, about 84.000 miles. New instrument panel. 2 new indicator stalks. New wiper motor. New sunroof motor and mechanism. Never operated since repair because I don't trust it to close. New fuel injectors at 69.000 kilometres Stuck on rear brakes, 3 times. Three new ignition keys. Front jacking point failed due to poor welding. Annoying whine at 90kph, the ordinary road speed limit in France.
The latest is new preheaters and fuel pump and ECU!
Do not touch them with a barge pole! You have been warned.
It just depends what you are looking for in a car. The Kangoo is a comfortable "van-like" vehicle. My wife really likes the ease of entry,Higher than the norm.,and its load carrying ability. The sliding rear doors are very useful.(not so the rear side windows in the doors,a pain to open and close) It is no way a "drivers car", rolls around when cornering,and has no "street cred",This has 20,000 miles on the clock,and has only had the drivers instrument unit replaced, (faulty). Suitable for drivers well over 6ft tall! Didn`t like it at all when we saw it on the forcourt,but it is easy to live with,and growing on me with its simplicity of use! Dennis.
I bought this trekka 1.9 tdi 11 months ago. This week i am selling it. It was 5 yrs old when i found it at a garage in hereford, this branch has now closed. I had the foresight to take out a peugeot extended warrenty, and thank God i did. Since June last year it has been on/off the road for 7 months. I have driven a courtesy focus (very nice) more than I have driven the Trekka. The previous owner for 5 years drove up and down a rough farm track. This caused a need for 1. new prop shaft, 2.new track rods, 3. new half shafts, 4. new diff! It's also needed 4 new tyres due to uneven wear, new discs, pads and calipers; they rusted! 5. A new driver side window motor. I insisted it was fitted with a new cam belt, so touch wood that's ok. This week the steering has gone 'lumpy' and will need a new universal joint fitted by the trade when it's been put into the pipe line for some other poor sod to have this jinxed car. I was told never to buy a green car cos they're bad luck! Yes it's sage green. It's had more money spent on it than it's worth but luckily all under warrenty.
My next car? I'm looking at a peugeot 307.
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