17th Dec 2004, 07:54

Hi, I have a similar problem with my 1999 106 GTI.

It refuses to start sometimes, requiring four to five attempts. But when it starts it drives fine, suggesting to me that the immobiliser may be playing up.

3 dealers have run checks on it and found nothing wrong.

I have also found that it is very sensitive to the brand of petrol I use, Esso normal unleaded being the best.

Frustratingly though, sometimes it performs well and sometimes it's a bit sluggish.

When it's fine though its awesome. Definitely the most fun car I've ever driven (and I've driven cars like a TT before).

I'm considering getting an Ecosse induction kit for it, anyone have any experience of them?

10th Feb 2005, 13:10

My car hesitates and sort of shots forwards then hesitates the does it again. after a lot of messing around I changed the plugs and found I had a clogged induction kit which I cleaned and it has been fine ever since!!!

5th Mar 2005, 13:44

Should have bought an old XSi lads :|

11th Apr 2005, 04:23


I run a '98 106 Rallye (1.6) here in Tenerife. It's a great little blast on the mountain roads here and it sounds glorious. Apart from not starting once and the speedo failing and had to be replaced, it's been pretty reliable - I love it. When it was due for a 60K service, however, my Peugeot dealer said they had to change the timing belt, (cost me about €400) Now it's coming up to the 150K service and they say they have to change it again. Does anyone know of this is routine service, or am I being ripped off?

Thanks for your comments.

11th Sep 2005, 08:17

Glad to see you guys have learned something from this...

You buy either German or Japanese, NOT French.

Having said that, great little car the GTI, I used to own one, but only really used it as a 2nd car on weekends as I made use of the company car most of the time.

I too had the same problem with it not starting and continuously cranking it over about 8 times before it would start.

Airbag light would always be on, had it checked and Peugeot couldn't find anything wrong with the airbag.

Knocking, clunking or whatever noise from the front left side upon turning the steering, never actually found out what it was, but it definitely wasn't the cv joints, bearings, bushes etc. had all that checked over.

For a 1.6 engine is slightly noisy. my gf's 1.3 Nissan Micra makes half the noise of the GTI. Japanese engineering maybe??

Anyways, apart from all that, great looking car, especially dropped about 60mm with 16" rims on.

20th Oct 2005, 10:44

Had a 106 gti from new, also had the clonk underneath as described by other people. At 70k miles went to Kwik Fit for 2nd set of tyres and they found the problem - one of the exhaust fixing brackets had virtually come off. My Pug dealer had never managed to fix this in 70k's worth of services... Now it feels solid and as it should be, no thanks to the dealer.

Fantastic car.

29th Nov 2005, 16:21

Knocking is either the drive shaft or strut mounts, check the struct mounts first!

7th Oct 2007, 09:11


just wondering how I would reset the ecu.

4th Jan 2008, 10:37

I have had a 106 GTI for 9 years now and a 205 GTI before that. OK I'm not going to get nasty or anything with people here, but most of the problems are of your own doing.

17" alloys totally ruins the handling (rally cars ran with 14/15" alloys doesn't that tell you something?)

Lower the car further makes them horrible on 'B' which is where the car is best. Be very careful what you are doing with the suspension.

A lot of the cars have been totally engine abused before buying - look at the person you are buying off and try and gage there mentality.

The engines are strong, but require regular services to the full spec.

Only give the engine high revs after the oil gage indicates the oil is up to temp - that's why it's there.

Once a car is a dog they will always usually be a dog, so look after it and it will pay you back.

The cars don't handle bad in the rain, they handle how you would expect. It's a short wheel base car with hard suspension and fast steering. That tells you exactly how it will handle in the rain, it's not going to be like driving a mondeo is it. To an in-experienced driver it could scare the living daylights out of you in the rain, but with knowledge of what it can and does do it is great fun.

Noisy compared with a micra, I hope so!! The engine has virtually no sound proofing (notice bonnet etc) this was because they had to fit the engine somehow. Also it probably wasn't on there list to make it sound like a micra?

Real problems with the car-

Horrible on the motorway

Body panels thin (dents easy)

Worn suspension knocks (which can be hard to pin point)

Some fixings/quality of trims could be better.

4th Jan 2008, 12:36

The comment above is probably the most sound piece of common sense I have ever read on this site. I agree with every word.

Lowering any hot Peugeot ruins the handling. Peugeots are set up beautifully out of the box. They even make their own dampers for heaven's sake. Why would they do that if they could buy crap from a catalogue and make the car better?

The most you should ever do to a 106 or 306 chassis is restore it to "as new" condition with OEM replacement parts

5th Apr 2008, 03:57

OK, where do I begin. I'm gonna try keep this sweet.

Yes, Clarkson rated it the second best handling car at some point. You say it's rubbish; I don't for one minute believe you have the driving skills of Clarkson and the rally drivers that tested it, so you're not going to bring it to its optimum, and feel how well it can perform.

As for all these running problems, it won't show on a diagnostic machine, as it'll be your coil pack. Yes, replace this and enjoy your car again.

Or alternatively, use a devoted owners club, instead of a Mr I think I know it all.