1995 Peugeot 306 XT 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
A very good car which still looks and drives well despite the age!
MAP Sensor failed.
Spark plugs failing.
Dimmer on dash board not functioning.
Reverse difficult to get into.
NSF Gator split.
NSF CV joint failing.
Alarm stopped functioning.
The MAP sensor failed 2 months after I bought the car. It went into the dealer garage and they looked at it 3 times relieving me of £35 a time. I bought a new MAP sensor and it reduced the pinking, but it still pinks. Found out recently that the wrong spark plugs are in it (check these first if you get performance issues)
The dimmer on the dash has stopped working. Don't know why, but it just has!
Reverse is sometimes hard to get into, but if you put the car in 5th gear and then down into reverse it makes life a lot easier.
NSF gator split and dealer quoted lots to replace it. Shop around as I got it done for half what I got quoted at the dealers.
NSF CV joint failing as it squeals when I go round corners. It has stopped right now, but have been quoted near £200 to get it fixed as you need a complete drive shaft.
Alarm stopped working for some reason. Put the car into a dealers to get it checked and they said they couldn't trace the problem. The central locking still works, but it will be more economical to put a new alarm in the car than get the current broken one fixed.
Overall, a very nice car to drive. I put an Air Induction Kit (performance filter) in the car and it picks up well over 3,000 revs. the 1,600cc engine is probably the more economical of all the XT variety, but try and look for the 100bhp models. I got the 90bhp and tuned it to 100bhp (the only difference is the ECU as I was told by the dealer). When buying a new 306, check power steering for noises and uneven wear on the tyres. Also check for rattling of the camshaft and for pinking. Leave the car ticking over for 5 minutes before taking it for a road test to warm it up. Then when out try putting your foot down a bit in a higher gear to see if it pinks.
I was lucky to get a 95 model with low mileage, but it was still rattly.
One last thing, make sure you know the components to buy. Ring around other garages before putting it into any garage to get fixed.
This car has been really good and is really worth trying out despite the problems. Starts every time and goes well at 105mph with 5 people in it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th April, 2002