2004 Peugeot 206 GTi 180 2.0L 16v from South Africa


Great performance, but unreliable


Coil pack failed.

Secondary air pump failed (exhaust).

Camshaft oil leak, resulted in early cambelt replacement.

Oil leak between head and block.

Absolute pressure sensor failed. The car was off the road for 6 weeks.

Water pump failed.

Sunroof leaks when it rains, and rattles on bumpy roads.

Front suspension arm replaced.

Sump oil gasket leak.

Dealer fitted an incorrect air filter; the filter was too small, allowing dirt into the engine.

Catalytic converter blocked, exhaust replaced.

2 engine mountings collapsed, causing the V belt to slip off.

Power steering pump failed.

General Comments:

The car does put a smile on my face when travelling long distances. Overtaking capability is great.

But it does give me nightmares, and I have to try think positively about it, and pray that nothing more goes wrong.

I will sell it as soon as it is economical for me to do so, because I have not had the car two years yet, and it is financed.

Dealer principle has poor service, and I'm sure phenomenal profits are made on spares.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th June, 2012

20th Jun 2012, 03:13

I forgot to mention that the starter motor also failed, and needed to be replaced.

2004 Peugeot 206 Roland Garros Cabrio 1.6 from Turkey


The car is cool, but only cool


The electronic system always gave the something is wrong signal. Went to the service shop, the signals were taken out by computerised software, didn't understand what was wrong.

The ignition went off one day, all of a sudden. Towed the car, the ignition and the brain activities were dead, didn't understand either, but had to pay.

General Comments:

Heavy, responsive, show off and cool to drive, but consumes like hell; a full tank gets me about 350km max.

Not for family and not for safety, just a show off car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th February, 2012

2004 Peugeot 206 from Jordan


I love my Jaquelin... Peugeot is like a dream


Well my accelerator meter sometimes stops. It just suddenly falls down at 10, and never moves until I restart the car many times, but no biggy in my opinion.

It ran with me from 80000 to 260000, and so far so good *touch wood*.

Seats comfort aren't so good its kinda tiring.

General Comments:

The car is just great. I recommend one. It rides smoothly and fast for a 1.4 engine.

I love it, and wouldn't change it for now.

It's cheap, but maintenance is kinda expensive.

Cool and hip.

What more can I say, I love my Peugeot, I call her Jaquelin; it's French right :P.

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

Review Date: 22nd November, 2010

2004 Peugeot 206 GTI 180 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


It's french. Love it or hate it. A fun drive, once you get used to it


Nothing has gone wrong with the car. Touch wood. I bought it a couple of months ago with 80k on the clock.

There is a weird readout from the fuel gauge. The gauge drops the 1st 1/4 of the tank really fast. No fuel leak, I still get good economy. But other than that, it's been very reliable and tidy.

The only thing is I had to replace the headlights, which couldn't have been easier.

General Comments:

It's a French car, so it's going to have character, and you're going to either love it or hate it. The build looks a little cheap, but my 206 really does hold together well under pressure, it feels solid. The seats are great, very comfy, but the ride itself is quite firm. You notice the bumps on the road a lot.

The engine & gearbox combo are a bit to get used to. It drives around the city like a normal car, but then if you have the room and hold the gears out, it gets fun. The ratio is so short, it really needs a 6th gear for highway driving. And the engine only takes off after 4.5 - 5.0rpm. You really have to push it to get the benefits, where as other cars give you peak power a lot earlier. It redlines at 7.5rpm so you get the picture. It's really like 2 cars in one. So yes, it goes fast, but with not without a lot of fuss and noise.

The handling is the cars strong point. It really grips the road. You point it and it follows without fault. I have giving it a bit of push, but its hard in Sydney traffic. It's getting crowded. Unfortunately it's not much of a people mover though. There's enough room for 4 people with legroom (for a small car), but the firm ride makes no compromise for the passengers. As a driver, I get the steering wheel to hold on to, but the passengers simply have to use their core muscles. It can be a bit of hard work to be the passenger.

But I love it, it handles great, and when pushed, goes like a rocket. It might not be the quickest 1100kg sports car out there, but once you get used to it, it sure is fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2010

18th Jan 2014, 20:52


I live in Sydney and am contemplating purchasing a 206 GTI - has your 206 been reliable, or have you found it typical of many European cars, and expensive to run and service? Where do you get your car serviced, and can you share your thoughts/opinion on your 206 with me?

Many thanks!