1999 Peugeot 206 GTi 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Mutton dressed as lamb
Digital display on the climate control failed.
Dashboard lights always very dim.
Digital radio information panel on dashboard impossible to see when lights switched on.
Wheel bearing went at 28000 miles.
The 206 GTI looks fabulous and handles well, but is let down by a seriously floored driving position.
It is almost impossible to find the correct driving position and as a result it is hard to really enjoy the handling, which can feel very nervous.
Interior plastics are awful - way behind its rivals like the Volkswagen Polo. Seats were not supportive enough for the ride, which is too unforgiving for every day use.
The release mechanism to tilt the front seats forward is vicious - it almost took my head off.
Gear box on mine was very clunky.
However, a cheap car to run given its performance which when pushed is excellent, if a little frantic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th September, 2003
So you drove a whopping 2,000 miles, and had all of this to say?
I have a severe stomach condition (not going into) and this is by far better seat comfort than my other cars i.e. Polo, Punto, 106.
Your three main points: dials not lighting up bright enough for you, bearings, and more lights not bright enough for you; is that really that bad for a 30k car? Look to Rover, or earlier Mazda; after 30k basically you need to look at at least a new head gasket or even a new engine rebuild. Are you moaning about a couple of LEDs and some wheel bearings! For a car around £13k new, you cannot get a better car in terms of look, handling, speed & performance. Or maybe a Clio 172 but you need be drunk to be seen driving one, and oh wait, that's illegal! You are right on one thing though. It goes well.
How much of a fan boy are you that you can't see the flaws in the 206 GTI? *shakes head*
This was an OK hot hatchback from a manufacturer whom everyone knew could produce great ones.
A Clio 172/182 would make it look stupid in any situation.