1995 Peugeot 306 XT 1.8L


Cheap to run/own. Great fun for a low price


Gear links wore badly, making the gear stick and car shudder. $90 fixed it, did it myself.

Driver's seat sticking came undone, sewed it up myself.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

Great little run about, paid $800 for it. FULL LOG BOOKS AND ALL RECEIPTS FOR 20 YEARS!!!

Goes like a stink with the 1.8L engine in such a small/light car. Good fun in and around corners.

Being I'm 6 foot 2", it's a tight fit for me. Regardless, I love the car and prefer it as my daily driver to my 2005 Audi TT Quattro Roadster.

I would definitely recommend buying one with a consistent service history.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2015

1995 Peugeot 306 S16 2.0


The best way to sum up the 306 S16 is they are fun when they work


Vacuum diaphragms failed.

Rear brake pads.

Faulty aftermarket immobilizer caused car not to start. Now removed.

Bad earths replaced.

Exhaust holes, now welded.

General Comments:

The S16 is probably one of the best handling cars on the road today.

It is fairly quick and handling is A1, similar to driving a car on rails.

If they are not maintained, then big $$$ needs to be spent.

The best way to sum up the 306 S16 is they are fun when they work. Truly.

I would recommend one if you enjoy hot hatches. A bit of TLC on one and a little $$$ results in many hours of fun and comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2010

1995 Peugeot 306 S16 2.1L 16v


Chassis, engine, ride all fantastic, reliability not so


Electrical problems from purchase (bad earth).

Heater matrix leak (full dash removal to repair and replace).


Suspension bushes.

General Comments:

Car is a fantastic drive, handles like a dream (Yokohama C-drive tyres) and is super direct and responsive. My particular car has had some work done on the engine, including over-sized pistons taking it to 2.1L and a stage 1 cam setup, and as a result the performance is very pleasing. Throttle response could be a little better, however that may be down to the timing not being perfect currently on my car (soon to be serviced by the engine builder).

So this car is fantastic when it works. I have unfortunately had endless reliability issues with it however, and this is somewhat due to the poor maintenance by the previous owner, but also common Peugeot faults.

I wouldn't had minded so much if parts were not so expensive, however the cost of replacement gear in Australia for this car is a nightmare. For example I had to replace the heater hoses (from the firewall to the engine), and for 2 short pieces of hose and a plastic connection to the firewall, I was set back $300. They then wanted to charge me $700 for a bloody heat shield to go over it.

So maintenance costs here in Aus are a nightmare, however look after it and service is regularly and you should have those issues arise too often, but they are expected with a 14 year old french car.

My next job will be to remove the entire dash to get to the leaking heater matrix, unfortunately Peugeot didn't make this a simple process, so that job should be exciting.

Overall I would say it's a fantastic car when everything is working as intended, however turn a blind eye to the slightest sign of a problem and you may regret it big time in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th May, 2009

1995 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet 1.8 petrol


A cheap to buy, soon-to-be-classic, but watch out for the running costs!


Radiator at 140k.

Electric roof stopped working at 90k.

Various electric windows stopped working.

Window rubber came off from rear quarter window and was going to cost $800 to replace!

Interior fan stopped working.

General Comments:

Pretty good handling for a convertible.

These were designed by Pininfarina (who have designed many Ferrari and Fiat cars among others), so they are nice looking car.

Performance is lack-lustre with the 1.8, but I drove a 2.0 that was much better, although you don't seem to be able to get that in manual, so not as fun in auto.

Dealer is expensive, and being a French car, things will go wrong!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2008