1994 Peugeot 306 S16 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand
A mid performance, bang for bucks bargain
Clutch gave way after just one month - I new it was too much of a bargain and had suspected foul play - previous owner was a mechanics son! However I should have known better. Cost of repair AUD$1200 (about 500 quid).
Niggling problem where STOP warning light comes on together with engine coolant temperature warning light, suspect bitron control unit. Have had it pressure tested, don't seem to be loosing fluids, fans appear to be very temperamental. We will see this afternoon when new Bitron unit is fitted.
The air conditioning fan doesn't operate - the air-con works, but the fan to blow this around the cabin doesn't. Still a solution to be found.
Otherwise have had no real problems - it should be noted though that these faults have happened within the relatively short time I have owned the car (4 months)
I would recommend this car, for bang for bucks if nothing else.
This car can be used to potter around town, fuel efficiency when driven gently is fine. However if you keep it above 4000rpm, it is fun and frisky, corners will become your best friend.
This is not a fast car in a straight line, but is is fun, it handles excellently, the chassis is good, the brakes are reasonable and pull up when you really need them.
The interior is lovely, the bucket seats give great support, the cabin is minimal yet functional, will all the dials you need and none of the ones you don't.
This car is ten years old and French manufactured so you should expect some niggling electronic problems, however generally it is a good runner and great fun to drive.
In summation, buy this car if love roundabouts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th April, 2004
I would like to add that since I wrote this review the following additional problems have occured...
The S16 has a multi coil system to fire the sparks, however due to heat they are prone to breaking down. The car is currently in the shop and is having one or more of these replaced to relieve an inconsistent misfire.
The internal fan is now fixed and turned out to be just seized, after taking it apart it was found that a good clean and bit of loving care and attention instead of $300 for a new one was the best option.
The Bitron control unit turned out not to be problem with the STOP warning light and coolant warning lights. This is still problem unsolved, although I will post up the solution when it is cured.
More additional problems...
Worn out bushes on the lower control arms. Replaced by friendly mechanic who replaced the bushes only and not the entire control arm like Peugeot suggested. A much cheaper and far superior solution.
Rocker cover gasket worn out and replaced, not too expensive.
Differential slightly leaky and due to be fixed shortly, will find out how much this will cost soon.