2006 Peugeot 206 Verve 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
Poor quality, an "unfixable" fault and zero customer care.
At around 4,000 miles, the engine started developing "flat spots" which the dealer keeps telling me is normal. At 11,000 miles the car is almost undriveable, with the engine hesitating and misfiring at 2,500 RPM, 4,000 RPM and 5,000 RPM. The dealer cannot fix it.
Central locking intermittently refuses to work.
Water getting into boot.
Leaking heater hose.
Heater direction control stopped working.
If you can live with the fact that it is woefully gutless, it's quite a nice little car for an A to B runabout. It still looks good (in my opinion), handles tidily and is very frugal.
The performance I knew about before buying, as I knew about the nasty dash plastics and the less than solid feel. With it's "old school" 8 valve engine and long running design, I did expect at least some nod towards reliability, but I have been sorely disappointed.
The engine basically has a host of flat spots through its rev range which nobody seems able to even admit are a fault, never mind fix them. As the engine passes three points in the rev range it hesitates and stutters, but apparently this is normal behaviour for a 206. Strange that it never did it for the first 4,000 miles.
There is also a worrying list of silly quality control issues and niggling faults, and the dealers redefine hopeless.
I've owned two previous Peugeots (306's) which were both brilliant cars, the first one racking up 120,000 trouble free miles. This thing however has destroyed my faith in the marque. Looks like Japanese next time for me. I will never buy another Peugeot.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th October, 2006
18th Oct 2006, 03:42
Your miss could be the pollution management program in the vehicle computer. It will not allow the engine to rev past about 3000rpm. To fix this it needs to go on to a diagnostic computer at your Peugeot service agent and they can reprogram the emmission sensors. Also run an injector cleaner in the fuel every so often. Also these engines need to run on 98 - 100 octane fuel.
3rd Nov 2006, 11:49
Blown or disconnected oxygen sensor?
Inlet manifold leak? (This probably wouldn't show up on the diagnostic)