2003 Peugeot 307 HDI S 2.0 turbo diesel
Nasty wobble in steering wheel when traveling at more than 60MPH; allegedly repaired four times by dealer, but still doing it.
Airbag fault when purchased, repaired under warranty.
Setting number 2 on heaters doesn't work.
Underside engine cover cracked and fell off, dealer wouldn't repair it under warranty.
2 wheel nuts missing, replaced under warranty.
AND ALL THIS IN FIRST 2 MONTHS OF OWNERSHIP.
What can I say besides think very carefully about purchasing a 307. It is a lovely looking car in black with the 16" Peugeot alloys and aggressive slanted headlights, but you WILL have something go wrong with it.
I'll start with the good points; Fuel economy is good, handling is good, and the ESP system makes it a dream to drive in the wet. 110 horses for a 2.0 litre diesel is not a lot compared to all of the 150 and 170 units in most new cars, but it puts the 110 down very well, and will take you too 70 from 30 pretty quickly in 3rd; great for getting past trucks and tractors on windy back roads. The comfort and space in the cabin is also very impressive.
BAD POINTS TIME
Most of these are detailed in the faults section above, but I cannot express my disappointment enough in the dealer I bought this from (which isn't a dedicated Peugeot dealer by the way). The fact that I was told it was wheel balancing that caused the wobble 3 times, before they finally decided to replace the roll bar linkages, which STILL hasn't completely fixed the problem.
The windscreen was chipped quite badly, which I hadn't noticed before purchase, so they said 'no way' to replacing it as it would cost them 200 pounds.
A Peugeot engineer told me that usually to repair the roll bar linkage they may have had to remove the underside engine cover; the same part that three days after the repair, cracked and dropped off at 70MPH on a motorway, but when questioned, the dealer said they didn't remove it and I would have to pay for a new one (even though still in warranty).
I am currently in communication with my finance company to return this vehicle so I can buy something more reliable, and the dealer have also another customer claiming 2000 pounds through trading standards for a service on a vehicle that was paid for, that then turned out never to have been done (not even the oil and air filters were replaced). What really annoys me is that I have had a 150 pound Sony CD head unit fitted, which as I sold the old unit (only for 40 pounds too), I will lose.
I will never buy a Peugeot or go to this dealer ever again! If the dealer had sorted everything out before I originally collected the car, everything now would probably be fine. Long gone are the days of customer service.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th July, 2007