1999 Peugeot 206 XS 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Love my pug!

Faults:

Very little.

Just recently had an issue with the seat adjustment not working properly on the driver's side, but I took it out and fixed it in an afternoon.

Really don't like the seat adjustment levers, and they tend to break off quite easily; that is really my only issue with the car, which is minor.

Oh cabin noise... could be quieter.

General Comments:

Really enjoy driving this nippy sports car in lovely orange. Liked it as soon as I saw it.

Don't know about the newer models, but I love my '99 206 XS, and it has not given me any problems to really complain about. Everything works wonderfully.

If and when I sell my car, someone will be getting a gem!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2011

1999 Peugeot 206 GLX 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Complete rubbish!

Faults:

The exhaust need replacing 2 weeks after purchase.

New power steering belt needed replacing also, all after 2 weeks of ownership, all fixed under warranty.

Remote central locking failed in one of the keys.

Indicator stalk needed replacing after 1 month of ownership, as it was signaling left by itself, nearly causing an accident. (common fault on the 206)

Auto-sensing wipers ended up with problems... the car would have had to be sent to a Peugeot specialist...

Engine cut out.. and this was an automatic. Apparently there is a huge concern with the majority of the 206 range, a common problem of engine cutting out, stalling, coil packs failing and ECU faults... fortunately my car turned out to have a tight throttle cable.. so was fixed under warranty.

Major oil leak in the head gasket...

General Comments:

I used to drive a Nissan Micra, absolutely fantastic... never any trouble, shame it got too small for me and I could no longer drive it due to knee and back pain... and I also needed a 5 door car.

I decided to go for a Peugeot 206, as I learnt to drive in one years earlier, they were comfy and had the extra space.

I purchased the 1.4 GLX auto (top of the range) for bargain price with only 32,000 miles on the clock. I fell in love with it, and it ticked all the boxes... and the GLX came with all the extra luxuries... electric heated mirrors, A/C, 6 CD changer, auto wipers, remote locking & alarm, power windows.

That was until I experienced nothing but trouble...

The garage were fantastic, and had given me a free 2 year warranty, but I soon became very fed up having to take the car back to the garage 4 times in 8 weeks...

As I had so much trouble with the car, the garage were very kind and took the car off me and swapped the Pug for a Japanese Suzuki Ignis, which is 3 years newer than the Peugeot for no extra cost...

If you want a reliable car, DON'T buy a Peugeot!!! Now talking to other people, I don't know one person that has anything good to say about the 206.

It was a shame because I loved the 206, but I was obviously drawn into its nice styling and exterior, rather than performance and reliability...

Good Points:

Very nippy - 1.4 auto... luxury and comfortable..

Good equipment levels - (but prior to going wrong)

Spacious - for what I needed the car for.

Bad Points:

All the mechanical and electrical trouble...

Very expensive on petrol.

Bodywork can easily damage..

I will never have another Peugeot, although the newer models are probably OK...

I much prefer my Suzuki, Fantastic car, very reliable and cheap to run... YOU CAN'T BEAT A JAPANESE CAR!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st May, 2009

2nd May 2009, 01:18

Having had endless cars, your comments about buying Japanese ring absolutely true. I have had many stylish but flawed French and German cars, but the Japanese cars have just WORKED.

Be fair to the 206 though; it is a 10 year old French car, full of complex electronics and yours may be a bad one.

If you want reliability, look at the stats - Daihatsu won most reliable brand this year in 2009 Driver Power. After owning five, I understand how Daihatsu can offer a five year warranty and breakdown deal free - it is never used!