Technical nightmare, everything goes wrong as the car gets middle aged
Electronic mechanism for raising the window failed at 127800.
Front right light bulb (H7) went out at 129000.
Oil leakage (the 1st one) at 132000.
Diesel leakage at 142000.
Hit a 30kmh speed ramp at about 75kmh, resulting in broken carter and a second oil leakage at 148000.
Front right bulb (H7) went out at 153000.
Tail door wouldn't close properly - managed to fix it (temporarily) myself - due to some minor collision with a car while parking.
Electronic mechanism to move the exterior mirrors failed at 167000.
Built-in radio very very difficult to repair and impossible to simply remove (as opposed to other cars in its segment) switched off at 178000.
Front right bulb (H7) went out at 182000.
Started making weird noises from the indicator lever area, suddenly putting on the indicators without being told to do so at 185000 while abroad.
Turbo blew two days ago in the middle of the A1 autovia at 130kmh, 187700 km.
Extremely good performance (powerful at 1400rpm)
Extremely good fuel economy (at 180kmh 50L=800km, at 100kmh 50L=1050km)
Very good handling for a 4.7 meter break.
Electronics are absolute rubbish, and the problem is that this car has many many electronic things. The plastic interior bits and knobs have kept on disintegrating since I've had the car, despite it only having 9 years.
Very strong body which resisted an accident no problem (the car weighs more than an Audi A6).
I'm not going to repair the broken turbo (1200 euros) because the car feels like everything else is reaching the end of its life (extremely short). I'm thinking of buying a C15 for around 1000 euros and forget about overtaking for a while!
I have given it a 4 for running costs because of its fuel economy and thinking about people who might buy 406s of 2000 or 2001 which might still have a little life in them, but for me I would give it a 1.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st August, 2007