2003 Peugeot 307 SW SE 2.0 HDI (90bhp)


Looks good, but lots of quirks


A/C not working, set to 22 on auto, but after 20~30 minutes would suddenly blow very cold. Turned out to interior sensor, but since it had done this from new I initially thought this was a design issue / software bug. A colleague has had one from new does exactly the same - sound like a bad batch of sensors?

Rear screen shatterered for no apparent reason at 70 on Motorway, could have been a stone, but I don't think so.

General Comments:

A nice car to drive, light and airy, sense of space, looks good.

Its clearly the glass roof which sell this model, road test it with the blind closed so not distracted by this and can focus on other issues.

90bhp engine is quiet 'flat' in mid range 50~70 compared to other diesels I've driven.

Lots of 'silly' design issues.

Wing mirrors a bit too small and positioned too close to driver, or not curved enough to give a good view.

To allow passenger access to the 3rd row of seats requires that the 2nd row are first moved to the most forward position and only then they can be released to tip forward - This should be a ONE step operation.

Default fan speed of A/c is set too high, causes a whistle from the vents which is audible at up to 40mph - knocking down fan one notch cures it - but then its not automatic is it?

When Auto Headlights come on in daytime it dims the 2 LED display panels such that they are unreadble - it must.

Auto wipers seem erratic never getting it quite right, the old fashioned simple delay timer would be just as good.

The rolling boot cover/blind cannot be installed if 3rd row of seat fitted. no effort to design new blind to suit, it is the standard 307 blind. And no way to stow it in car. (had same issue with previous 406 Family version)

Not very ecconomical for a diesel, computer records 39mpg (I'm not a boy racer. mostly motorway driving)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

2003 Peugeot 307 GLX 1.6 petrol


Good Value - Poor build and faults


"Squealing Brakes" not covered under warranty beyond 6 months, Indicator lever Broke, indicating randomly, replaced - New indicator assembly still not right. Horn works intermittently (as discovered while nearly being hit by a lorry). Suspension rattles unhealthily, under investigation at the moment. Recall due to the milometer.

General Comments:

Would be a nice car for the money if it weren't for the ridiculous faults that suggest not enough effort was put into the build of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd April, 2004

2nd Oct 2008, 17:48

My car is WONDERFUL, I've had it 1 month and so far, brakes pads and discs all round (twice,) and two weeks ago a new gearbox, and this week, yes another gearbox, the car has only covered 15000 miles from new.

2003 Peugeot 307 1.6 S 1.6 petrol


Very good value car that I am proud to own


The oil level gauge rarely works. A temperature sensor was replaced, followed by the dashboard binacle. Neither fixed the problem, although there is now a computer download available which should fix the problem according to the Dealer.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable indeed and there is a terrific feeling of space inside the car. It's a very pleasant environment in which to travel.

The car's performance is fairly good - it's a fairly large car for a 1.6 litre engine (you certainly would not want the 1.4 litre) but it whips along at cruising speeds on the motorway and around town is pretty swift too. The only slight criticism is that pulling away from being stationery (at the traffic lights) can be a little sluggish. I would imagine the 2.0 litre to be perfect.

The handling is excellent - corners are a dream!

The standard equipment is generous and the levels of safety equipment are excellent compared to its rivals - 6 airbags, Anti-lock brakes (that are brilliant), etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2004