What should I look for in a used Peugeot 406 coupe?
Avoid anything that smokes and be suspicious of absent history. Rattling engines and electronic glitches point to a world of pain. Pay more, get more, and try to find an ex-fleet car.
If you hear a clonking from the front corner, the anti-roll bar may need replacing. Watch out for leaky radiators with signs of rust and worn hoses.
On 406 models, which share the same platform, there have been a number of recalls. In 1998, there were concerns about road wheel failure and in 1999 some examples had difficulties with the bonnet safety catch.
A year later there were faults with the brake assemblies and in 2001 Peugeot recalled 406s because of issues with the rear suspension fixing bolts and chafing on the brake servo vacuum pipe.
There were a few engine problems in 2002, and water had been discovered in the cooling fan on some examples. In 2003, 406s were recalled because of incorrect wiring on side airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners.