2001 Peugeot 206 LX 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Looks nice, but is ultimately a bit rubbish!
Bought the car second hand, as a relatively cheap runaround for my partner. So far nothing big has gone wrong, although we have noticed a surprising number of poor build quality issues.
For a relatively new car the passenger door creaks like a car 10 times its age.
The wiper actually fouls the bodywork due to slop in the linkage (the nuts are all tight, it's just badly built)
It started leaking water into the passenger footwell as the plastic membrane behind the door card had 'unstuck' itself. An easy fix with some duct tape!
The engine also makes a disconcerting 'ticking noise' at low speeds, which sounds like a loose heat shield or similar. It's not the injectors, and it clears as the revs rise, so it's a case of keeping an ear out for it getting any worse.
The gearchange is more notchy than I'd have expected too.
We took the car for a couple of test drives on separate occasions, but it's only after living with the car that we're finding it's shortcomings.
If I'd known how thrown together this car was I'd have never even considering buying one. It's by no means a bad car, just built poorly with cheap materials.
The MPG is not as good as I'd have expected from such a light car.
It goes OK, but the disappointingly rough engine note dissuades the driver from exploring the rev range.
Finally the seating position is dreadful and impossible to find a comfy angle. Once you get it relatively correct you lose the setting as soon as you let someone in the back (it's a 3-door).
We'll be selling it soon and getting something German!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th April, 2005
Hi, did you find out what the ticking noise in the 206 was?i have this exact noise and its quite annoying, Peugeot told me it was the injectors, but I have my doubts.
Many Thanks for any advice.
That noise is the engine fan kicking in I've been told.
I've just brought my 206 8 weeks ago and already having problems. I have ticking, creaking door, loose back of seat, stalling (which is a recall issue with the ignition coil and plugs), brakes softening and hardening which has caused me to nearly crash twice (this is the rear compensator and servo!) just waiting for it to be fixed with 4 broken promises by the garage I brought it from. I'm beginning to regret this car... the dealer won't take it back either. I wouldn't get another 206 again!
I've had EXACTLY the same issues with my 206 - Creaking doors, ticking at low RPM, nasty gearchange, leaking door membrane. The car's been faultlessly reliable, but definitely doesn't instill confidence!