What should I look for in a used Peugeot 307 hatchback?
JD Power customer satisfaction surveys show that 307 owners are most unhappy with mechanical reliability and interior quality, but they're also not chuffed with exterior quality, vehicle performance or dealer service either. So, there's a lengthy checklist of potential problems.
Indicator stalks can fail, so make sure every function on them works and that they feel solid when you take a test drive. Head gaskets often give up the ghost on some early 1.4 petrols, so avoid them unless you're handy with a spanner or fancy becoming a generous benefactor to your local workshop.
Suspension faults are also fairly common, even on recent examples, so if a car is noisy or lurches about on the test drive, walk away.
Finally, since 2002, Peugeot has recalled the 307 more than 15 times for various faults covering a range of items including the ignition, seatbelt anchorage points and fuel leaks. Visit www.vosa.gov.uk to find out what was necessary and then check the logbook to see it's been done.