Faulty rubber seals to passenger door - rain water leaks in. Main Peugeot dealer in Manchester claims this will cost £200 to correct - remove door panels, fit new seals etc.
Ignition coils replaced: £250.
Power steering fluid leaking from pump to rack.
Rust on roof adjacent to sunroof recess.
Faulty Bitron unit - £85 replacement.
Lack of acceleration problem which led to the following saga at both a Peugeot main dealer and Peugeot specialist:
Oxygen sensor fault resulting in ECU re-programming - £65.
Oxygen sensor fault resulting in ECU re-programming (was fobbed off with this "solution" twice) - £25.
Oxygen sensor replacement - £90.
Cat disintegrating - shields rattle, casing corroded.
Exhaust replaced - £130.
Cat disintegrating - shields rattle. Was told that it was the exhaust which needed replacing not the catalyst.
Lack of acceleration problem still not solved.
Cam belt replaced at 54k miles to be on the safe side - £110.
Tyre replacement - 2 No. Michelin Pilots £80 each.
Brake pads to front discs - £40 for the pair fitted them myself.
Servicing costs - about £100 per service so not too bad there.
I appreciate the fact that the car is 8 years old and that things will corrode/disintegrate and need replacing. But the dealers do not have a clue how to diagnose and cure any faults on this car. Apparently Peugeot had addressed the fault diagnosis problem on the later GTi-6 successor to the S16.
Gripes aside, when the car is running correctly it is an excellent drive.
Handling is amazing and has a race car like feel - roundabouts can be negotiated at 80mph without a squeal, conditions permitting of course.
Above 4000rpm the thing flies. Needs thrashing though to get the best out of it. However the S16 should still be faster for 160bhp in a small hatch.
Drive it normally and you'll get a reasonable 30-34mpg.