2004 Peugeot 206 GTI 180 2.0
It's french. Love it or hate it. A fun drive, once you get used to it
Nothing has gone wrong with the car. Touch wood. I bought it a couple of months ago with 80k on the clock.
There is a weird readout from the fuel gauge. The gauge drops the 1st 1/4 of the tank really fast. No fuel leak, I still get good economy. But other than that, it's been very reliable and tidy.
The only thing is I had to replace the headlights, which couldn't have been easier.
It's a French car, so it's going to have character, and you're going to either love it or hate it. The build looks a little cheap, but my 206 really does hold together well under pressure, it feels solid. The seats are great, very comfy, but the ride itself is quite firm. You notice the bumps on the road a lot.
The engine & gearbox combo are a bit to get used to. It drives around the city like a normal car, but then if you have the room and hold the gears out, it gets fun. The ratio is so short, it really needs a 6th gear for highway driving. And the engine only takes off after 4.5 - 5.0rpm. You really have to push it to get the benefits, where as other cars give you peak power a lot earlier. It redlines at 7.5rpm so you get the picture. It's really like 2 cars in one. So yes, it goes fast, but with not without a lot of fuss and noise.
The handling is the cars strong point. It really grips the road. You point it and it follows without fault. I have giving it a bit of push, but its hard in Sydney traffic. It's getting crowded. Unfortunately it's not much of a people mover though. There's enough room for 4 people with legroom (for a small car), but the firm ride makes no compromise for the passengers. As a driver, I get the steering wheel to hold on to, but the passengers simply have to use their core muscles. It can be a bit of hard work to be the passenger.
But I love it, it handles great, and when pushed, goes like a rocket. It might not be the quickest 1100kg sports car out there, but once you get used to it, it sure is fun to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd November, 2010
I live in Sydney and am contemplating purchasing a 206 GTI - has your 206 been reliable, or have you found it typical of many European cars, and expensive to run and service? Where do you get your car serviced, and can you share your thoughts/opinion on your 206 with me?