1999 Peugeot 106 Zest 2 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Good car - just don't buy new - let some else have the hassles


Timing belt broke at 4,500 miles.

Exhaust failed at 8,000 miles.

Two new front tries at 10,500 miles.

General Comments:

Car over all isn't a bad car, but with the above problems and the monkey at the dealship working at it would make me stay away fromt his manufacture.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st May, 2003

1999 Peugeot 106 zest 2 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Great little runner, ideal first car


Small oil leak after going over some bumpy ground which knocked the bottom of the engine.

Lights behind the dashboard went within months of being replaced.

General Comments:

Very nippy for a 1.1.

Fantastic on mileage for long distance driving.

Handles well at higher speeds.

Seats are comfortable, but they can be awkward to adjust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2003

1999 Peugeot 106 GTi 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Pug Story


I have had my Pug 106GTI for about 2 weeks, at first everything was OK, but after 7 or 8 days things began to go wrong for me!

I found out my car had been in a front end bump, nothing major and has been repaired correctly.

I need my Alternator replacing, as it will not charge up correctly resulting in me loosing the Power steering.

The Drive shafts ceil needs replacing.

The Ball joint has split.

And either my Exhaust (which is blowing from the Cat) OR the Head Gasket is broken as the car blows out white smoke. The car is not loosing water so I think the Exhaust might be the problem.

The Alarm goes of on its own (sensor to sensitive)

The Engine smells slightly damp when warm; I believe the previous owner had not driven the car a great deal basically leaving it standing! So I think the car just needs to dry out?

General Comments:

Apart from the problems the car has been superb, but then again I don't really see all the faults as a problem because when I have had them repaired they are less likely to go again, leaving me some soft of satisfaction.

My previous car Swift GTI was worse in respect to reliability, and performance as my 106 GTI would leave it standing all day long and I know this as my mate as got a Swift GTI, also I have managed to beat my mates Clio 16V, Saxo VTR/VTS, but with the VTS it can get a little tricky, if both car are standard like mine is the Pug should win.

I had some trouble with a VTS, but it had been Modified (ECU re-map, Rev Limiters had been removed, Filter, Exhaust - Standard Mods) I admit the car beat me, but not by a great deal, but it was fun at the time. I have also been destroyed by a 175Bhp MK2 Astra GTE.

At the moment my car is slightly underpowered, but when it as been repaired it should be as good as new.

General comment - I love this car and I would recommend anybody to buy one, once the teething problems have been sorted you have a perfect machine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2003

2nd Apr 2003, 13:21

On this car the white smoke is more than likely a blowing head gasket. If you are lucky it may just be condensation. On my 1998 model (at 17000 miles!) it went without noticeably losing any water. Turned the key one day and nothing happened - turned out the engine was full of water that had leaked in!

Whilst it's undeniably a great car, I'm not really sure how valid modifying one of these is. Why spend the money on souping up an already souped up shopping trolley with iffy French build quality when you can eventually put it toward a better car? At the end of the day you'll still be in a 106, no matter how much you spend.

1999 Peugeot 106 GTi 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Fuel injected roller-skate


My head gasket blew at 40,000 miles.

New passenger door lock actuator.

Leaking sunroof.

Interior electrical problems.

Intermittent starting.

Faulty brakes.

Alarm keeps going off on it's own.

General Comments:

When it comes to buying a car, you will not find a hot hatch that gets close to the Peugeot 106gti for handling and acceleration away from the lights.

This is a car that begs to be driven faster and faster.

The standard model is not only great to look at, it will give you 130mph without thinking twice about it.

The interior of the car is questionable and the fact its so expensive to insure makes me wonder if buying it was a mistake, but then I get in it and drive it and all them niggling doubts disappear.

Unfortunately with this car you seem to spend nearly as much time in the garage getting it fixed as you do tearing up the tarmac, but every car has it's problems.

I've now been driving a 106gti for just over a year and am still not sure how I am not dead yet, I put this down to the ultimate handling of the car and good driving.

I would definitely buy another 106gti if Peugeot managed to iron out all the floors and tarted up the interior.

Otherwise, what a car...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2003