2001 Peugeot 206 LX 1.4
A car thief's dream
My first doubts about the car emerged when the clutch broke almost straight away and had to be replaced. There is also an awful lot of rattling going on inside the console (unfixable).
More worryingly, the car has been broken into by bending the top of the passenger door back (bare handed) reaching in and unlocking the door. This would have taken less than a couple of minutes. The Police and car body shop tell me this is a very common way of breaking into 206 and that they see this "all the time". The garage demonstrated the ease in which this can happen by simply bending the door roughly back into shape by hand. Peugeot on the other hand have no knowledge of this and refuse to acknowledge the manufacturing fault.
I would certainly not recommend anyone to buy this make of car. I would certainly not have considered it had I known of this fault.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th November, 2002
29th Sep 2003, 02:48
My 206 GTI has very dodgy central locking. it refuses to lock most of the time, and when it does and I dead lock it, I have returned to the car and it's open. this has happened several times now. it took it to an independent auto electric place, they can find no fault in the doors, although it was faulting. it is the component which operates the locking which is faulty. it's now in with Peugeot as we speak. I believe that this chap locked his car and there is a serious fault with Peugeots parts.
29th Jul 2015, 18:22
I have seen Fords broken into this way. Lots of cars suffer from this weakness. It's all about how light they can make the car in areas not needed for the safety test: strong impact bar, weak glass frame. Also if it bends easily here, it has less chance of jamming shut in an accident.