What should I look for in a used Peugeot 207 hatchback?
The diesel engines sound rattly when cold, but this noise should disappear once they reach operating temperature. Be suspicious if it doesn’t.
Also look out for electrical faults affecting the dashboard. In some cases the LED dashboard display can fail completely and need replacing.
Early three-door cars sometimes had issues with the windscreen clips, so make sure the windscreen isn’t loose.
What are the most common problems with a used Peugeot 207 hatchback?
One recurring problem involves a dashboard warning message about the anti-pollution system, and the engine management light. This can cause the car’s electronics to limit performance, and has been blamed on a physical engine fault and a software bug. Either way, Peugeot dealers are the only place you should take a car with this problem.
If the car’s electrical systems start to cut out, then there is probably a problem with the alternator. As with the loose windscreen, this was a particular problem on early cars.
Wheel bearing and suspension damper failures have been reported. While these are far from common, you should specifically ask the seller if the car has experienced these issues.
Is a used Peugeot 207 hatchback reliable?
Peugeot’s recent reliability record is decent, with the brand finishing 12th out of 37 in the 2015 What Car? Reliability Survey.
The 207 should be no harder than its rivals on consumable items such as brakes, bulbs and wiper blades. Buy a well looked after example and it shouldn’t cause you any problems, or surprise you with any big bills.