Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Peugeot 508 estate?
The Peugeot 508 SW is a long car and its thick windscreen pillars obstruct visibility, so check for scrapes and dents to the bumpers. Parking sensors were an option on Access and Active, while Allure spec cars and above added rear sensors as standard.
Larger alloy wheels on GT models could be susceptible to kerbing. Have a look at all the wheels for any damage, because alloy wheels can be expensive to fix.
What are the most common problems with a used Peugeot 508 estate?
Early 508 SWs were reported to have problems with water leaking into the boot. There were also issues with the electronics and the parking brake and hill-start assist systems. Make sure you check the spare wheel well for any dampness and try out every electrical gadget to make sure it works. If you are in any doubt about the parking brake, get your local Peugeot dealer to check it out.
Is a used Peugeot 508 estate reliable?
The 508 SW wasn’t included in out latest What Car? Reliability survey, but the Peugeot brand as a whole came in 27th place out of 32 brands featured, which isn’t exactly great.
There have been a few recalls, the most recent ones being a problem with the starter relay, which could affect the starting operation and damage the starter motor. The other is related to the starter power supply wire, which can chafe with neighbouring engine components. If you're in any doubt, get your local Peugeot dealer to check if your prospective purchase is affected.