What should I look for in a used Peugeot 306 hatchback?
Correct servicing is vital to ensure long engine life. The coolant needs changing every three years, otherwise corrosion sets in, and cylinder head blocks and gaskets blow. The timing belts need replacing at the same time to prevent engine damage.
Although service intervals are set at 20,000 miles or every two years for petrols from S plates onwards, a yearly oil change and brake service is best. So, check the logbook of any potential purchase to make sure that has happened.
If you're buying a GTi-6, have it inspected first by a pro to ensure that it is not a write-off put back on the road. And, if you're buying that or a diesel, you can expect the suspension and brakes to need frequent work.
Rust takes hold on older models - check the lips of rear wheelarches for tell-tale signs - and look out for trouble with the electrics from perished connectors. Also, the airbag warning light may come on because someone has kicked loose cables under the driver's seat, and the clutch cable can stick and cause premature clutch failure if it's ignored.