2001 Peugeot 206 XS 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

The stylish exterior hides a mechanical 'can of worms'

Faults:

Left rear suspension replaced (great expense).

Exhaust system replaced (great expense).

Worn power steering belt replaced (expensive).

Right front steering rack end replaced (expensive).

Intermittent starting problems ($70 NZ just to plug into a diagnostic computer).

Left rear lens leaks and fills with water every time it rains - metal contacts rusted and rear lights, indicators only work intermittently. Always having to remove the light to drain it. No indication of where the water is entering.

Erratic auto gearbox.

Drinks petrol.

General Comments:

Pretty looking car, but starting to become unreliable.

Suspension and steering components wear quickly even after light use.

Nice and smooth when it's running (which is not often), but too scared to drive too far in case it decides not to start (again).

Unrefined, clunky auto transmission.

All the problems listed occurred after 18 months of ownership and careful, light use.

I'm not able to recommend this vehicle unless you don't mind always having to repair or replace something (usually at considerable expense).

Mechanics, auto electricians and other motor professionals groan when you mention you have a Peugeot.

Parts are hideously expensive 'just because it's a Peugeot'.

Yes, the Pug 206 is an attractive looking car, but underneath that stylish body lurks many problems. Best avoided - save yourself the heartache and expense, and go for a Japanese car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2013

18th Oct 2013, 19:31

Clearly you were unaware that Peugeot stands for Poorly Engineered Useless Gallic Excuse Of Transport.

22nd May 2014, 06:39

It may stand for it today, but Peugeot used to make good, tough, reliable, bullet proof vehicles.

15th Jun 2014, 02:47

Rule number 1: don't buy a French automatic. Oops...

2001 Peugeot 206 GLX 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good little first car

Faults:

Brake shoes in the rear slipped the pads.

Rear windscreen wiper needed replacing.

Consumables like bulbs (especially the rear number plate).

General Comments:

I bought this car for my step daughter as her first car.

I bought it in the UK, and drove it back to County Cork, and it did not miss a beat.

As a first car, I think it's a very good one. For us it has been used as a mix of the step daughter's personal storage device on wheels, and as the second family car.

I think it's quite nippy as a 1.4, seems to be good on the road, and quite economical as a whole.

I found the 600 mile drive from the UK to Ireland was OK, but not that comfortable compared to my SAAB. As it's the GLX, the seats are a wee bit more padded. They do have a habit of attracting dust, but then again it is run by a 19 year old, so keeping it clean is not the top of her priorities (like filling the tank with petrol :0) ).

Servicing and parts are cheap enough, as they are plentiful! Home service is easy enough as long as your hands are not too big.

It's not a Bentley, just a basic car. As with all vehicles, if you have well maintained example and keep up the maintenance, it will do you proud.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2013

2001 Peugeot 206 GLX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

This 206 has a mind of its own

Faults:

Everything bought second hand from a sole trader.

The wing mirror was held on with duck tape, which was fixed. Then 1 day after the car was bought, the exhaust completely fell off.

It smells like old people or like something has died in the boot. The seats stick, and if you slap them, 65 million years worth of dust comes out and fills up the car.

The engine is dump end off.

The clutch pedal is more like a switch; it's either on or off, it's so sensitive. Causing epic wheel spin and disgrace to you trying to drive in a simple manner.

The radio just decided to lock itself one day and change its own code, so it cannot be unlocked, so I hit it with a hammer.

The A/C never wants to be on the temperature you select for it. Always changing its mind as if the car does not want it to be that temperature.

The coil pack likes to come and go as it pleases. Meaning it stalls the car when it likes.

The car likes to pop itself out of gear as it chooses, and does not like reverse.

The hazard lights come on with the windscreen wipers when you turn the sidelights on.

The automatic rain sensor comes on when the sun shines; a bit ironic.

General Comments:

It's faster if you coast everywhere.

The smells makes me have the window open whenever I drive it, even though 6 bottle of air freshener have been used.

Bee prepared for it to ruin your life and empty your wallet, as if needs constant work and parts and fuel.

The suspension is rock hard.

I swear it chooses if it wants to go or not.

The hand brake is shaped more like a sexually orientated toy. What do these people think when they design their cars.

I did smash in the radio with a hammer; that's how angry it makes me.

Also the handbook is all wrong; all of the controls for the model you have are wrong. Such as the steering column height; it does not exist in the car.

If you buy this, prepare to ruin your reputation and your life span.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th January, 2010