Peugeot 406 Review from Belgium

2001 Peugeot 406 1.8 16v

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired500 kilometres
Most recent distance32000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 440

Summary:

Recommended, a very good choice

Faults:

Nothing (yet)

General Comments:

Car (demo from dealer) was bought with some impulsiveness as I liked very much the design (front in particular), its huge space, metallic colour and what I considered a fair price and was in need for a new car. Have not regret it as it turned to be a nice car. Can be driven very economically for longer distances, but also at very high speeds if some difficult persons are around as it beats easily all Japanese and diesels. I like the way many details have been done. It is well equipped without having unnecessary things.

Have not had any problems, seems that some people here are exaggerating things because it is a French car, never understand anyway why British are always so critical to Continental Europe stuff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2003

7th Sep 2005, 06:26

I agree with your comment. I have run Peugeot cars since the 80's; clocking up in excess of 500,000 miles, and before that owned Fords, MG's and GM's. Peugeot diesels are the best, I have found that they only start to come on song around the 170k mark, with all of the cars I have owned the clutch lasts for at least 140k, and one of the cars was a driving schools car - no Ford would ever come close to that! Ford went to Peugeot for their superior Diesel engine to put in the the new Ford Focus, Rover did the same. No one can beat a Peugeot for handling either. French cars are no better or worse than any others in my experience in running cost or reliability. In any case Peugeot makes cars in the UK so they aren't any different from American owned Ford or GM, look at American cars - poorly finished, heavy and often use 30 or 40 year old tech. for their solutions. The 505 was the only car that could survive the conditions in 3rd world countries, all others fell apart. The cost of parts are also no different from others and who can complain about a annual main service with MOT at main dealer for £119 all in? If a shuttle spaceship can go wrong with all its Billions of Dollars spent building it, then its must be appreciated that a humble mass produced motorcar with its 1000's of individual components will breakdown or go faulty on the very odd occasion - just live with it or ride a push-bike!

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review