2005 Peugeot 307 HDi 1.6 turbo diesel




At 10000kms the engine lost power and the infamous anti pollution fault message appeared. This was the first of many times this message appeared. The problem was diagnosed as a faulty turbo.

Because of problems the service dealer had with the computer diagnostic program, we used a hire care at their expense for four weeks while our car was repaired.

At the 42500 km service the brake discs, pads and tyres were replaced, and the infamous anti pollution message was frequently displayed from the time of turbo replacement until the end.

At 95000 kms the injector pump failed and was replaced, this took six weeks because the windscreen also needed replacing and parts had to be accessed from France.

At 105000 kms the turbo again failed and considerable damage was caused to the engine. After many months of wrangling with Peugeot and the dealers, we finally settled on a cost to rebuild the engine.

After 10 months we took delivery of our rebuilt wagon in November 2008. Within a few days the dreaded anti pollution message appeared as well as an engine shudder at certain speeds, especially when using cruise control. The exhaust would also belch black smoke at periodic intervals.

Finally, whilst driving home one night, the engine shuddered, died and burst into flames. The car was completely destroyed bu the time the emergency services arrived. Our insurer researched this model and told us there is a history of these vehicles catching fire.

Of any company I have dealt with. Peugeot would have to have the worst customer relations I have encountered.

General Comments:

The car was a pleasure to drive when we first bought it, but as the list of problems grew, so the stress levels increased at each peculiar message or noise from the engine. It was the most unreliable vehicle I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th March, 2009

2005 Peugeot 307 XSE 2.0 petrol


Pleasant, reliable, roomy, very quiet mid-size hatch


Intermittent clutch shudder since about 15000km. Still under discussion with dealer.

Leather on steering wheel faulty - replaced under warranty.

Brake shudder - machined rotors & fitted Valeo pads front & rear @ 37000km. Much better pads than original, less dust & kinder to disc rotors. (Job done by self)

General Comments:

Excellent performance & handling.

Great seating, very comfortable for all sizes. (I am 6ft 4in, my wife 5ft 1in tall)

Pleasant interior & exterior despite basic design now about 7 years old.

Dislike occasional thump from the rear suspension, which see ms common to all hatch models, and long gearlever travel.

Restricted forward vision takes some getting used to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2007