Peugeot 206 Review from Israel

1999 Peugeot 206 LX 1.4

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

A good buy only for the first 2 years

Faults:

Ignition computer gone off after 5 years and had to be replaced twice - at a very expensive cost. A/C condenser had gone after 3 years. Water pump tubes - a chronic disease with Peugeot - gone much earlier. Clutch gone at 50,000 km (typical 70 - 90,000)

The performance of of the 1.4 75hp engine is miserable at most - will be fine in a crowded city, but not on the highway. Maintenance and spare parts are very expensive.

General Comments:

Well there are some good things. The design and appearance are awesome. The comfort of French cars is beyond comparison to anything else. My wife had a much more expensive WV Passat, but when driving even for hours with the Peugeot - the back and body comes out fresh every time unlike the stiff painful back and legs that come out of the Passat (how typical French and German qualities!) This car also sticks to the road beautifully given the bad bumps and roads of the Middle East. Overall the build quality is a disaster, it is much less reliable than the old 205 that I had for years and it is much too heavy and slow. The worst of all is the extreme unreliability of this car which make me and my friends rethink the whole concept of buying a French car anymore - I guess we should switch to Japanese and that's a shame.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2006

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review