Used Peugeot 306 Cabriolet 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Advice for buyers

1997 - 2003 review
Peugeot 306 Cabriolet (97 - 03)
  • Peugeot 306 Cabriolet (97 - 03)
  • Peugeot 306 Cabriolet (97 - 03)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Peugeot 306 sports?

You're likely to come across a lot of high-mileage cars, and some will be in a tatty condition; avoid those that look excessively tired.

The hood is electrically operated so make sure the mechanism works smoothly and easily, and, while you're at it, check the hood for leaks, cuts and general wear. Walk away if the roof or its operation are suspect.

The clutch has a design flaw, and can break if not checked. If it feels too stiff, it probably needs attention. The 306 also has a habit of wearing out suspension bushes more quickly than expected. Camshaft seals and cambelts must be changed every three years or 36,000 miles, so check when it was last done, in case there's an unexpected bill around the corner.

There's a list of recalls on the 306 family as long as your arm, and some are important, so you should make sure they've been carried out. Go to to check what was necessary.


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