1994 Peugeot 306 XL 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Don't buy any old 306, this car is only good for short journeys and its still not great


Needed new clutch, but after so many miles that is expected.

I also had to replace the brakes, other maintenance jobs, but with high mileage its the norm.

Rear torsion bar snapped, but that could be my driving.

Cooling system, car over heats on long journeys.

The "STOP" light comes for no reason, as well as the temperature warning light even though the temperature is low.

General Comments:

The seats in this car are very comfortable.

Fairly good handling when the torsion bar was not snapped, now the back end comes out.

I managed to get a 100mph out of it, and it is relatively quick of the mark.

Started every time so far, even when you drive though flooded roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2005

1994 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland


Troublesome, but you can't help loving it!


Front wishbone bushes.

Cat back system twice (second time cat inc)

Radiator burst 118000 miles.

Lots of tyres and brakes.

Tailgate c/l motor seized.

Quite bad oil leak (yet to be fixed)

General Comments:

All problems have been wear & tear related, although parts seem to be a bit pricey even through discount parts such as GSF.

Could do with a bit more poke, but good for general overtaking - good top end acceleration 70-100mph.

Due to wrap around windscreen water from rain/washers pours into cabin through open front windows.

Petrol light comes on during cornering when tank nearly half full.

Despite being 5 door rear leg room requires front seats to be moved forward in order to carry passengers in back.

Black interior makes cabin temperature higher when hot, no a/c (whimper)!

Other than oil leak engine has been very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2005

13th Sep 2005, 05:30

My bonnet snapped off when I shut it and my car is only 5 years old.

1994 Peugeot 306 XRDT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Rather not say as it may offend its country of origin


The washer jets are very poor and block easily.

I disconnected the central locking which were previously resulting in the locks unlocking automatically after locking the thing.

Developed a fault to the wiring on o/s/r break light. Works when it feels like and has to be coaxed to get through MOT.

Digital clock LCD has leaked so it features a permanent 'rising sun'.

Not sure what happened to the alarm - it doesn't make a noise!

Big problem - Gearbox has worn synchro. ring on 3rd gear (Not as uncommon as I thought for Pugs)

General Comments:

The car is quite comfortable with plenty of cabin room. Relishes long journeys and is quite happy at high speeds.

Passengers seem impressed with comfort.

All in all it does OK for the stick it has to take from British roads these days. After-all we are the kings of traffic calming.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2005

1994 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A fun car with good performance


It's heavy on the front tires (replaced a year ago and I would say they've got another year in them before I get nervous) and also on brake pads - although that may be more to do with the thrill of coming to a swift halt than the car's fault.

I broke the steering rod on a gravel road - I suspect this is due to poor maintenance by the previous owner.

The key-less entry and central locking are shot; boot no longer lots. Ah, the French.

General Comments:

This is a really fun car to drive, it's got a heavy clutch, but around town it's peppy, very responsive in tight situations, but also very smooth. It's a dream to park. Get it out on the open road, however - generally above 3000rpm - and it just takes off; the noise from the sport exhaust is exhilarating. The harder you drive it (especially on rutted dirt roads, of which new Zealand has many) the better it drives.

You get a lot of feedback from the road - I rather like this, you feel like you're really driving it, rather than just turning the steering wheel. This does, however, have a tendency to upset passengers with fragile tummies...

I've replaced the standard stereo with a JVC CD unit (original just had a tape deck) and the standard speakers are terrific.

My only real gripe is that it's a little thirsty, especially when it's getting close to a service and a tune.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2004