What should I look for in a used Peugeot 2008 estate?
The 2008 you are looking at might have been drafted into family duties, so check for scuff marks to the plastics in the interior. Look for stains on any of the seat material, too, especially on higher-specification models with light-coloured upholstery, which will be more susceptible to marks.
Some models (again, higher specification) will have bigger alloy wheels than others. These might be more susceptible to kerb damage, which can be expensive to put right. Sticking with wheels, if your 2008 has Grip Control fitted, make sure it has mud and snow rated tyres too, because they supplement the work of the car’s electronics to maintain grip in slippery situations.
If you need an automatic, be careful. Pre-facelift cars came with an unlikeable automated manual gearbox that changes gear in a rather jerky fashion. It’s like having a learner driver change gear, only the gearbox in the Peugeot never learns how to do it properly. The facelifted version got a much better unit, though even this isn’t as good as some rivals’ automatic versions.
What are the most common problems with a used Peugeot 2008 estate?
The diesel engine in the Peugeot 2008 will have a diesel particulate filter (DPF) fitted, which requires owners to take their cars on frequent motorway journeys to ensure that the DPF can self-clean, as this process is only triggered at high speed. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure.
Other potential problems with the DPF-equipped cars come if it has been shut off part way through its self-cleaning process. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which leads to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already, so it’s worth getting the car checked out.
Is a used Peugeot 2008 estate reliable?
Peugeot as a brand didn’t do particularly well in our latest What Car? Reliability survey, coming in 27th place out of 32.
However, as a stand-alone model, the 2008 did all right, coming in ninth place out of 33 cars surveyed in its class.
That being said, there have been a few recalls, including a recent one that covers some 2016 models. There is an issue with the starter relay, which could affect starting operation and damage the starter motor. Check with your local Peugeot dealer to find out if the car you are looking at is affected.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for small SUVs, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.