2001 Peugeot 206 XS 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
The stylish exterior hides a mechanical 'can of worms'
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.
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
Clearly you were unaware that Peugeot stands for Poorly Engineered Useless Gallic Excuse Of Transport.
It may stand for it today, but Peugeot used to make good, tough, reliable, bullet proof vehicles.
Rule number 1: don't buy a French automatic. Oops...