2000 Peugeot 306 HDi 2.0 turbo diesel


The best used car I've ever had


So far the car has been extremely reliable. I service the car myself (to change oil and filters). It's a relatively easy job and reasonably cheap for oil and filters etc.

General Comments:

Love it - being an Aussie I've always been a Holden man, 'til one day I met "Pug", and introduced her to my wife who was looking to get rid of her 2003 Impreza. We haven't looked back. It's powerful, comfortable, economical, and a great design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th July, 2015

2000 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 petrol


Good fun, but mildly disappointing


Lots of irritating squeaks and rattles.

General Comments:

The car was nice to drive and rode beautifully, but the clutch was incredibly heavy.

Straight line speed was adequate, but the engine was always protesting. The real fun is to be had in the corners.

The cabin was a bit outdated and we had to have extra leather put in to cover the tragic fabric inserts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2004

2000 Peugeot 306 GTi6 2.0 petrol


A wonderful hot-hatch


Front brake discs started to get warped, and caused shuddering when braking. Apparently brake discs on 306s have a shorter life than most.

Got them machined under warranty which fixed the problem (as long as you're driving under 80-90kph.) Hopefully next time they'll replace the discs with new ones.

The build quality is better than I expected from a French car, the interior feels and sounds solid. No squeaks or rattles so far!

General Comments:

The handling is excellent. My old Prelude was easy to drive quickly through the corners, but the Peugeot makes things so much more entertaining.

The 6-speed gearbox feels clunky when cold, but once warmed up, it is quite fluid and nice to use.

Steering response and feel is also fantastic. However not so good is the huge turning circle to the right -- makes U-turns and parking attempts difficult. From this you can tell it was designed first and foremost for people who drive on the right-hand side of the road...

Seating is quite comfortable, even the rear seats. With the seats down, the hatch area is quite impressive.

Fuel economy is quite decent when you aren't pushing it, though it requires premium fuel, making things a bit expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2001

12th Jan 2003, 06:43

Hi again, now at 70,000km and still loving it!

The brake problem has gone away (no need for new brake discs.. yet.) The cambelt started making a weird slapping noise at 60,000km and got replaced quick-smart, before it had a chance to snap. With the extra K's the gearbox must be properly worn in now, as it's gotten a lot nicer to use.

3rd May 2005, 21:20

Hi I am interested in buying a 306 GTI6 and was wanting to know of any common problems anyone has had with them?

Or just general advice on the 1998 model.

12th Jan 2017, 09:02

The suspension is fragile, seats wear out, paint chips easily, the electrics can be iffy.