2001 Peugeot 206 XR Presence 1.9 diesel from Romania


A surprising stylish, comfortable and reliable car


The first thing that went wrong was the dealer. They acted very rude to me and almost made me regret I bought the car from them. The user's manual was in French and they didn't care about replacing it with at least an English version.

During the one year period I had it, there were very few problems with the car. One of them was the electronic oil indicator: it would show "empty" at the slightest slope.

The engine was pretty noisy and a little slow in the first 2 gears, but it was a plain diesel, not a turbo-diesel so that should explain it.

Another issue which was quite unpleasant was the fact the air conditioning system would slow the car a lot. I even had to turn it off when I wanted to pass by a car on a highway. It was quite tricky, but I got used to it.

General Comments:

Overall, it was the car of my dreams. It was very stylish and really caught your eye.

The interior design was great and very functional. It really made me feel I was on a space ship. Everybody was surprised when getting in the car and seeing how spacious and comfortable it was.

Even though it had a plain diesel engine (only 70 horse power), it was nervous and eager to go, especially in the 3rd and 4th gear.

Peugeot 206 "sticks" to the road at high speeds and gives you a good sense of reliability and power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2003

2001 Peugeot 206 LX 1.4 from UK and Ireland


A car thief's dream


My first doubts about the car emerged when the clutch broke almost straight away and had to be replaced. There is also an awful lot of rattling going on inside the console (unfixable).

More worryingly, the car has been broken into by bending the top of the passenger door back (bare handed) reaching in and unlocking the door. This would have taken less than a couple of minutes. The Police and car body shop tell me this is a very common way of breaking into 206 and that they see this "all the time". The garage demonstrated the ease in which this can happen by simply bending the door roughly back into shape by hand. Peugeot on the other hand have no knowledge of this and refuse to acknowledge the manufacturing fault.

I would certainly not recommend anyone to buy this make of car. I would certainly not have considered it had I known of this fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2002

29th Sep 2003, 02:48

My 206 GTI has very dodgy central locking. it refuses to lock most of the time, and when it does and I dead lock it, I have returned to the car and it's open. this has happened several times now. it took it to an independent auto electric place, they can find no fault in the doors, although it was faulting. it is the component which operates the locking which is faulty. it's now in with Peugeot as we speak. I believe that this chap locked his car and there is a serious fault with Peugeots parts.

29th Jul 2015, 18:22

I have seen Fords broken into this way. Lots of cars suffer from this weakness. It's all about how light they can make the car in areas not needed for the safety test: strong impact bar, weak glass frame. Also if it bends easily here, it has less chance of jamming shut in an accident.

2001 Peugeot 206 CC 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Stop making the 206cc until it works


The only thing that we have had a problem with is the roof. The car has been into the garage 9 times in less that 4 Months, sometimes for nearly a week at a time.

Apparently numerous parts have been changed and the latest part to be changed was the controller and surprise, surprise roof worked for one day. Peugeot UK intend to do nothing about this and just keep saying their only responsibility is with fixing the car which they can obviously not do.

Dealer is trying his best, but cannot come up with fix. Have requested car be changed and dealer says speak with Peugeot, and guess what Peugeot say speak to the dealer.

General Comments:

An expensive standard 206 car.

Peugeot obviously do not care about the satisfaction of there customers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th October, 2002