Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Peugeot 306 estate?
An unreliable Peugeot 306 estate can be expensive to fix if it goes wrong, and unfortunately they do tend to do this all too often. The list of faults leading to recalls is hideously long, and includes horrors such as the possibility of the driveshaft detaching from the gearbox and the potential collapse of the front suspension. It's a depressing picture.
Loose trim and frequent electrical glitches can cause misery for owners of high-mileage cars, with alarms, remote control central locking and air-con units playing up. Faulty engine control units are common, and all too often the flimsy cabin trim fails to stand the test of time.
If you're buying a car that has a large number of miles on the clock, and intend to use it to carry heavy loads regularly, it's worth having an expert check out the suspension. Worn dampers and heavily laden cars are a dangerous combination.