2001 Peugeot 206 GTi 2.0 petrol

Summary:

Good blend of performance and economy

Faults:

Needed new indicator stalk (a common fault on these I'm told)

New exhaust required.

General Comments:

I was a bit nervous when I bought the car given some of the negative comments on this site. However, I found the 206 to be a great little car which never let me down in nearly 3 years. The engine has plenty of torque and the handling was pretty good too. Although things have moved on a bit now in the hot hatch sector, the 138bhp seems adequate for UK roads and it would do around 37mpg on a motorway run. Road and engine noise are not too bad for the age of the design and the ride was good on most roads too on the 15" wheels.

My only gripe with the car is that when my exhaust started blowing near the back box, I naturally assumed that I needed a new central pipe and perhaps a new back-box, but I was told by several garages (including Peugeot) that the whole exhaust from the manifold back has to be replaced - cost - £400-£600. In the end I had a stainless steel one fitted which was £250 and included a lifetime guarantee. It did make the car louder though despite my asking for a 'standard' fitting. It seems really bad engineering to require a whole new exhaust (including the Cat I think) rather than a simple replacement section.

The replacement indicator stalk came in at £70 at Peugeot, it's a common fault so check the operation when looking to buy.

Overall though, I'm pleased with the car think it offers a good blend of frugality and performance with a bit of practicality thrown in too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2008

2nd May 2008, 09:36

Sorry as you now have stainless and life time g/t will not be of much help, but I have local ind exhaust retailer that managed to find repair section for any other of you GT drivers out there! Charlett tyres 01865 842727

Chuffed to see that 2001 drivers have had some good experiences as 2002 models look slated, I have early 02 and think it's a fine car, had new indicator stalk on warranty and now trip function on other stalk in/op, only other non maintenance exspense is water pump and had cam belt done bit early at same time, saving on labour.

Lift off over steer makes mates squeeeeel! Howard Oxon.

2001 Peugeot 206 GLX 1.4

Summary:

Hell on earth

Faults:

My Peugeot 206 has been stalling and over-revving for the past 3 years, lately after stalling for 3 or 4 times I have to leave it till the next day before using it again. Has been in numerous garages and had 3 diagnostic checks all reporting no faults. Last 3 garages feel its the E.C.U, but that was also tested and no faults were found. Have now spent all my spare cash on it and am loath to pay for an E.C.U if this is yet again not going to work.

General Comments:

Used to love my car, but am at my wits end now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2006

10th Nov 2006, 07:58

"Used to love my car, but am at my wits end now."

- That's why the Peugeot is called the "Pig-out" by many people.

2001 Peugeot 206 XSi 1.6i

Summary:

Nippy, sporty by looks and performance

Faults:

Air filter needed replace, apart from that nothing.

General Comments:

Around 118bhp which makes it a very quick in the town and motorway. also handles well due to firm suspension although this does make the ride quite harsh. stunning in china blue with the sport kit and gti alloys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2006

2001 Peugeot 206 LX 2.0 HDI

Summary:

Nice styling however poor reliability and build quality

Faults:

OK, to start with the Immobiliser system on this car is terrible. For those who don't know, pre-2001 206's don't have the Multiplex system, which means that should you encounter an immobiliser problem, you can get it fixed quite cheaply.

However as my car is a 2001-onwards build it contains this very annoying system where-in the wipers, indicators, alarm, immobiliser, radio control stalk are all built into one big unit, and should anything go wrong i have to replace the whole item at around £200. Forget the days when you can just drop down to your local broker or car dealer and buy an indicator stalk for a tenner. The unit itself is called a COMM 2000,just remember that - you might need it.

This has been a noted and well observed problem with these cars since their initial release. Various 206 owners have experienced problems with haphazard indicator problems which seem to have a mind of their own.

Look at your radio control stalk - if you have a square type and not round then you have the MUX (Multiplex system installed)

Recently on Top Gear the reliability survey showed that Peugeot, not to mention other French car manufactures came bottom of the survey which is no real surprise to me, and this was out of 100's of cars reviewed and tested.

I would like to see Peugeot taking some accountability for all these problems and not just turning their back everytime a customer expresses a concern.

General Comments:

The engine of this car is very responsive, with plenty of torque to push you along quite nicely. It retains its composure on the road quite well.

The ride quality is not too bad either, once you get used to it.

However I don't like the interior build plastics as they look very cheap and nasty.

Other people have mentioned problems with interior rattles, I myself however have not experienced this as of yet so I might just be one of a handfull of lucky owners.

Dealer support is very hit and miss, I would expect this kind of attitude from a small and unexperienced name and not a worldwide automotive manufacturer. Customer support is key to success.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th November, 2005

25th Jul 2007, 09:21

My Peugot 206 started off with, first fault, a clunking sound shifting gears 1st to 2nd to 3rd up and back down. I was told all models make this noise, even the sports. After three years I just put up with it.

Second fault; indicator not returning to neutral position, very annoying especially when every one is flashing lights at you; don't they know what I am driving, put up with again.

Now the airbag warning light is staying on. Having been told it would take 1-1/2hours to find out what the problem was, I said I would watch the mechanic to see what he was doing. At £52 per hour I thought I had every right. It took ten minutes; he just plugged a computer into the fuse box and low and behold, out popped the answer, a new electrical comm 2000 unit. Cost to fit + mechanics time £217, but when I said I was willing to only pay £200, no problem. Hope it sorts out my indicator problem as well. Why do I have to pay for a whole unit? Surely they could have came up with a different solution by now.

Unhappy.!!!