22 May 2013
As the second largest car manufacturer in Europe, Peugeot has come a long way from its roots in bicycle making in the late 19th Century.As the second largest car manufacturer in Europe, Peugeot has come a long way from its roots in bicycle making in the late 19th Century. The company produced its first car, a three-wheeled steam-powered vehicle, in 1889, but it was the post-war era that saw the Peugeot brand catapult in popularity. In 1974, Peugeot bought a 30% stake in Citroen and by 1975 had gained control of the company completely. The group also took over the European division of Chrysler in 1978. Peugeot model names are based on size and number (the first number indicating size, the last number indicating model number) – a Peugeot 407 therefore being bigger and newer than the Peugeot 306.
Today, Peugeot offers an extensive range of popular vehicles starting with the Peugeot 1007, a concept car, through to MPVs and vans. Its most popular models are in the mid-size range and Peugeot has gained plaudits too for the quality of its vehicles having won the accolade of European car of the year on three occasions – the most recent being in 2002 for the Peugeot 307. With an esteemed history in vehicular production, Peugeot remains a master of all trades and no matter what type of car you’re looking for the Peugeot range is sure to fulfill your needs.
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DO NOT BUY PEUGEOT. I have had numerous problems with this car, and am now taking the bus to get around whilst a £16,000 from new car just sits rusting on my driveway. I have had the car 5 years and it only has 28,000 miles on the clock. In this time I have had de-pollution faults, tyre pressure sensor faults and the dreaded esp/asr fault which will cost around £1200 to fix. I want to give this car to Top Gear to destroy. If I didn’t have a job I would sit outside Peugeot garages and warn people off from going in.
If you leave the engine running when you put fuel in, the fuel gauge wont register any increase, even if you turn off and restart. If your door check needs replacing the front is smaller than the rear as ordering 2 front I found out the hard way.
The 307 Peugeot was bought because the Focus 1.8 I had was a bit greedy on petrol, and the Peugeot is miles better being diesel. For its age this car is amazingly cheap to run, it’s tax band E, and insurance group 6, and pretty comfortable doing long journeys; I have done Aberdeen and back a couple of times in it. This is the 90 bhp model, however, so it’s not the fastest vehicle on the planet as the body is quite heavy, but it will cruise at reasonable speed and it’s not exactly a snail either, though I find I do have to use the gearbox to get the best from it, although that is no real chore as its not a bad gearbox. On the debit side, however, the fit and finish while reasonable is nothing to write home about and inferior to the Ford’s, although later Peugeots have improved and the electrics can have funny turns in very cold weather. In fairness though the car has never let me down, even starting first time with temps at -8c. I would say that a well maintained 5 door model would be the one to go for, you will find that you have comfortable, decent handling, relaxing to drive car with cheap running costs, which is good for the kind of second-hand prices these go for.
I suppose you only find yourself on these pages when something goes wrong! And that accounts for the bad press on here. I’ve had my 307cc for nearly four years and I have only ever had to replace the tyres and pay for 100k service.... until today. The roof won’t open and I’m on here looking for answers, but in the meantime I’m reading all the low-star negative remarks. It’s a fantastic car, the AC copes very well with the heat in the UAE and it’s very economical. The petrol here is only 22p per litre! so I wouldn’t worry about the cost anyway, but the convenience of not having to refuel every day or two helps. Love posing in it and would definitely buy another one.
Bought our 207 in November 2011. 5 years old. Have now spent over £2000 on it. Head gasket gone twice. Constantly coming up with "de-pollution system faulty" warning lights. Very sluggish, judders and failed starts. A complete nightmare car. Previously had a 306 with no problems at all. This car is awful and I really wish I had never bought it!
Had mine for two years. The only problem with them is there are not enough of them on the road. Mine is out every day and has just passed its MoT. No problems and drives like a car, brilliant!
I had the ’water leaking in’ problem. I found that the door seals do not grip the sill seams tight enough, so I nipped them tight all the way around using a pair of pliers then refitted the seal. Five years on and still no leaks!
This is the worst car Peugeot have ever made. My car has 89,000 on the clock and requires a full clutch assembly including dual mass flywheel, a new cam belt, a wishbone joint and the electronics are all over the place with ESP and ABS lights coming on constantly. Also the central locking does not work and the boot will not open and hasn’t done so for a year. The car is a 2005 model and with the price of repairs being in the region of £4000 can now be considered scrap. How did Peugeot ever get away with producing such a heap?
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Agreed, this is by far the worst car I have ever known. I have a 05 model which I got back in 08 with 60K miles on the clock and I nearly replaced the whole car, starting with clutch, brain, drive shaft, millions of ball joints, steering rack, and so on and so on. My advice is do not take this car even if some gives it to you - Charlie Shaw from County Antrim
I love my funky little sports car. It’s a 10 year old shiny black gorgeous little thing. I love the way it handles the road at high speeds and turns around corners like it’s on rails. I live in a country town in Australia so the roof rattles sometimes, but if you undo the roof clips while you are driving and do them up again the roof noise stops. I LOVE this car I call her ’Precious’. So many people comment on how lovely she is. I have been asked many times if she is new. The leather seats are awesome and smell delicious. I have two little boys and they fit ok for now. I was thinking of getting a bigger model like the 308cc, but it doesn’t do it for me. Soon I’m going to put Precious in the garage and only use her on weekends.
Brand new E7 taxi bought 1st November 2012. After 14,000 miles the engine management light came on went into limp mode. Peugeot wiped the codes and all was well until 15,000 miles when it went into limp mode again. They changed the fuel filter, but it still has intermittent loss of power. Now it has an oil leak so is going in for 2 days to fix that. This taxi has 18,000 miles on it and in this time it’s had 4 days off the road being repaired, that’s one day per month. I dread to think if it makes it to 100,000 miles, it will be 2 days per week!
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We have had this vehicle since August and so far we have only had minor issues such as an intermittent horn and part of the DPF system dropping from its clip under the body. However, these are warranty jobs for now. As a lease vehicle it is comforting to know that should mechanical issues arise then motability will take care of it. I have the 2.0 130bhp SWB turbo diesel model and I must say that for a van it handles great, not boatey like a transit van, the engine has plenty of torque and power and returns good mpg. No big problems yet.
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I have a Expert Tepee 1.6 diesel WAV 61 Reg with almost 18,000 on the clock. Husband said the car drives well but I get a terrible ride in the back. The ramp now rattles away behind me I cannot hear the radio as no speakers in the rear. My wheelchair’s front wheels often get stuck in the gully. The petrol gauge is well out hence very difficult for my carers to judge so always putting fuel in. The engine has to work very hard with the regular weight of my electric wheelchair 113kg plus I. Husband noticed an oil leak (he’s a vehicle technician MOT tester )he, contacted the Peugeot dealer and the vehicle was in the garage for 2 days. It had to have a cam cover gasket. I have this vehicle for 5 years and now doubt the vehicle - Anita Atkinson from England
I am a taxi driver from Crawley West Sussex, I have had one problem after another: The anti-roll bar bush’s have gone three times, drive shafts on both sides, both front window regulators, power steering pump. And now the latest thing to go is the fly-wheel. Would I recommend this vehicle to any one? It’s very, very unlikely! I should have bought a Merc Vito.
I bought my Boxer 1.9 diesel off my brother for £300. I’ve had it for five years. When I bought it, it had 180K on the clock. I changed the gear box and put a new clutch in and the only trouble I have had in them 5 years was clutch pedal breaking, not because of the pressure plate, but extreme cold weather. Also I went through 5 clutch cables until I finally bought an original Peugeot one and that was fine. It failed its MoT on the body work yesterday, but overall a real good reliable van that got my business off the ground. I’ve just bought a long wheelbase 2.8 tdi 2001. Let’s hope this is as good.
Had a 206 2.0i sports for a few weeks now,being a 2002 car I thought I’d have a few problems the cars just had its 100.000th birthday so I wasn’t expecting to have a car which looks brand new still, it’s in mint condition with not a mark on it and everything works fine. The roof opens and shuts brill, the only time you get a few drops of water in is just after you jet wash or car wash and even then when you open the door just having a tissue handy catches the drips before they fall. I’ve had many cars with unsealed electric windows and all of them had minor drips. It doesn’t drip in bad rainy conditions at all, you will bring 1000% more water in the car on your shoes when you step in. The car goes like a rocket and having the 2.0i engine I expected far less miles than I actually get. Let’s be honest this is not a car you would buy to drive you round the country for work or a long commute every day, you can buy a Golf tdi for that, but if you want to look good and keep cool while you drive the car on weekends and in the summer, for the price you just cannot beat these little pugs. Another good point versus a soft top is that you lose the road noise and can actually hear each other speak and the CD player. Also, regarding the roof, if you read the instructions and oil the hinges and locks regularly you will find it’s still working great after 12 years, like mine.
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Hi, I have the same car but its a 10 years old. She is black, her name is Precious. I am as happy as you with the car, it has not got a mark on it and it works awesomely. I just wanted to ask what oil do you put on the roof? Venessa Anthon from Australia
Very nice to drive and averages 44 mpg. It has a very handy back window, you can have boot shut and window open; if you had a long carpet to carry home you can shut boot open window and carpet stuck out back. It’s easy to drive, holds the road on corners and the leg room in the back seat is ok for long journeys.
Absolutely rubbish! I bought this car one year ago then suddenly a message appeared on the dashboard about an abs fault, then break system faulty etc. The dealer’s asking for £1000 to repair what is apparently a common problem. Give your money to charity instead of buying this rubbish car.
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Had the same problem with faulty ABS and braking system warning lights etc - the car only has 33,700 miles on the clock now and I’ve only had it for about 3 months. Apparently it is the ECU unit which is now going to cost me over £500 - I previously had a 302 but never had problem - the used car dealer has been absolutely useless! Kasey Cooper from Northumberland
Driven this car for three years and I’m very happy. I have used it for towing a two ton boat. I have used all 7 seats occasionally, for short runs, but it’s not really very comfortable in back seats. Overall I’m very satisfied with the car.
I have had the 208 for a month now. It is a great looking car which gets many admiring looks and comments. The 1.4 engine compares favourably performance wise with my previous 308 1.6 verve. Being a very light car it can pick up a few bumps on our disgusting country roads, but performs superbly on the motorway. Plenty of room for driver and passenger in the front and ample room for three average size adults in the back. The sport style seats hold you firmly in place and everything necessary is to hand. The smaller than average steering wheel has caused much comment, but within a short time you forget about its size and it can be altered to suit any position. The inside finish looks expensive and only time will tell of its durability. The navigation system is well displayed, but having to enter the name of the road you want rather than postcode is anoying. Most of the cars settings can be done via the screen and controls the excellent sound system if you don’t like the steering wheel controls. All in all I think Peugeot are on to a winner when a few more are seen around and about. I personally am very pleased with my car.
I bought this car because I thought it would be ideal for shopping, travelling to work, etc., but I have had trouble with the doors opening when driving it. When we had snow last week I couldn’t get in either door. I was so desperate I ended up getting in the boot and crawling over the seats! I can only open the driver door manually, but at 5.2 and being a slim lady, to heave the door shut in a sitting position was impossible. The passenger door opens and closes when it feels like it and I am scared to have children or anyone elderly in this car as I am frightened they would receive a nasty accident. I am really unhappy with this car and if I could give it a 0 I would.
Owned this 2001 1.1 LX 206 now for 5 years, I bought it on 66,000 miles from a dealer for £850. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve now managed to rack up to 117,000 miles and haven’t received any problems with the car expect for a few brake pads and tyres. The engine still keeps ticking and the car had never failed an mot. Great little runner, cheap insurance, cheap tax and cheap to fill up. I get 45mpg on average, the car handles smoothly and apart from a bit of a awkward driving position (only really apparent on long journeys) there’s nothing wrong with it. I intend to keep this car until it dies, I love it.
I love my 107, but in the 6.5 years I have owned it the radio/cd player had to be replaced in the first year, also last year the water pump went and the air bag light has flashed continually for the last two years! Now in the last two weeks the car is full of condensation and when icy the inside of the windscreen is frozen. Also I now have the problem of a soaking wet rear foot well! not bad for a car that is over 6 years old, but I have only done 12,000 miles in it! Think maybe after reading reviews on here I may well be selling it very soon!
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My car has the same problem the carpets in rear are dripping in water. The inside windows are frozen or wet downside depending how cold it is and the car is just 3 yrs old. I would stay away from these cars never to be recommended. It’s a little 107 verve loved it to begin with - Jo from England
My 407 has an intermittent auto gear box problem; when stopping and then taking off the engine will rev out then it will clunk into gear. The people I have spoken to tell me it is a common problem with this car. I have only had it second hand for 9 months and it has only done 96000 klm.
A poor car with bad electrics that is poorly built with the most unreliable electric roof I have ever known, which is guaranteed to let you down. I’ve just sold mine for spares for £500 and have now gone back to Mazda.
I purchased my 407 new in 2006. It’s been a load of rubbish, giving nothing but trouble. I’ll be going for a Mondeo next, but never a Peugeot again. I’ve had three with not a good one amongst them.
I’ve had my non turbo 2001 Boxer for 3 yrs with no issues whatsoever. Except for, yes the fuel gauge which misbehaved for a short while and sometimes the driving lights, horn or blower don’t function. Re-starting the vehicle usually cures this though.
As a city dweller I went for the automatic gearbox when I bought my 206 GLX 4 years ago from it’s previous ’one old lady owner’. The car only had 20,000 on the clock, it’s just reached 45,000 and the automatic gearbox has failed. Apparently this is not rare on these cars, but it’s not something I see mentioned in these reviews. I’m gutted, and not a little irritated, especially as it’s cost me upwards of £500 to get through it’s MOT the last couple of years, despite being regularly serviced. It’s also had very annoying electrical issues. The two stars are for the fact that it was fun to drive and looked cute. I won’t EVER buy a Peugeot again.
It does not drive well and is not good on fuel.
A good little van that returns 45-50mpg. Have done 40,000miles from new and so far it’s had 2 oil changes and a new set of tyres. No complaints. This is my second one and it won’t be the last. Side loading door a must. A/c extra well worth it. Tows well.
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