2004 Peugeot 206 S 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Fun, but may fall to bits
Got the car with a few issues, I replaced the aerial and the clock/temperature display myself with eBay and dealer parts.
The car had a strange gremlin where all the warning lights would go off unexpectedly. After two garage visits to a specialist, this was fixed with a new battery.
Next big issue was a new head gasket. I've also had a coolant leak fixed, and at the last MoT fitted a whole new rear wheel axle, as there was a wheel bearing issue. Peugeot don't make them to be serviceable.
I am fan of Peugeots; they have the best compromise of styling, performance and running costs.
The car looks great, is cheap to insure and cheap to tax at £140 a year. It will do 30 to 40 MPG, and parts and servicing are average with an independent.
The handling is so much better than my last car (the 306), and the 1.6 engine pulls well across the range and sounds pretty meaty out of the exhaust. I've owned BMWs and Golf GTIs, and this car is fun to drive around town, a perfect city car, very easy to park.
The disappointment is the reliability. I may have been unlucky, but my last two Peugeots have needed head gaskets. I had full service history with this car, and it had been looked after, so I guess they just don't make them like they use to.
But you get what you pay for, and this was a very cheap initial purchase. I may go Japanese next, now that I am getting old.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2015