1995 Peugeot 306 D Turbo 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Temperamental money pit, but relatively cheap to insure


Head gasket blew at 35,000 miles.

New radiator at 37,000 miles.

New radiator at 85,000 miles.

New radiator at 145,000 miles.

Gear box replaced at 140,000 miles as fifth gear fell off!

All suspension bushes replaced on regular basis, when the rear ones are worn they steer the front of the car.

Air filter too close to the ground on the near side, sucked up water and blew up the engine.

Seats badly worn.

Clutch pedal never returned to proper position.

Massive electrical problems due to silly route of wiring loom.

Alarm problems, three units fitted, all faulty.

Alarm relay mounted on driver's door pillar, relay switch damaged due to vibrations of door closing resulting in more problems with the alarm.

Very poor starting.

General Comments:

When the suspension is properly set up, the car handles very well. Change the standard suspension bushes for the rally specification bushes, they are harder, wear better and give a far more positive drive.

Very good torque.

Acceleration performance greatly altered by the timing.

Good all round visibility.

Good positioning of radio controls, light switches etc.

Much too expensive to maintain given the performance that you get in return for the money you invest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th July, 2001

31st May 2004, 16:07

Hi, I have a 306 XLDT and its cost me a lot over the past few months since I have owned it, new head, gear box seals, heater matrix, clutch, cambelts, catalitic converter (sheared off),not to mention light cluster rear, hand brake cables, ball joints, and just today the power steering pump has packed up, nice price to replace it about £160.00 I have spent to date £4,693.91 on it good body nice drive, but seems to bottom out when fully loaded making contact with the sleeping policemen cannot now afford to replace it.

1995 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland


The best value 306 by far!


Driver's window fell out (apparently a common problem).

Occasional water leaks around the roof area affecting the electric sunroof.

Central locking on the remote somewhat dodgy, but since the sensor is located with the sunroof motor it could well be rain water related, I've yet to track the problem down.

Lambda sensor needed replacing at 70,000.

General Comments:

By far the most inviting aspect of the XSi is it's superb road-holding, I've yet to have the back slide at all, and any over-zealousness is easily corrected. Tyre-wear is somewhat heavy though, so it's definitely worth forking out the extra cash for decent boots.

Performance wise-not quite up with the S16 or GTi-6, but for £4k less who's complaining.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2001

1st Oct 2001, 12:49

I´m also owner of a 306 XSI and I like this car very much, I must agree that the road-holding is very good, especially with HßR. The only thing that I hate on this car is the motor-sound.

1995 Peugeot 306 XN 1.4 from UK and Ireland


An underestimated 306.


At about 36,000 miles, I noticed that the car would tend to stall, (possibly twice a month); i.e. no revs to pull the car, quite dangerous! Idle speed problem, either too low or too high. Dealer replaced E-PROM, (micro-chip) twice, but to no avail. Changed air-filters, fuel filters, checked cables. The car was brought back to the main dealer, under warranty, 16 times in 12 months. After all new parts were put in the car, it performed 10 times better, but problem was never fixed.

Radiator fan-motor burnt out; new one will cost IR£220 to replace, and that's before labour costs. Still haven't got it done.

Parts are VERY expensive from main dealers, shop around.

General Comments:

Excellent car to drive, with fabulous handling.

Replaced 13" steel wheels, for D-Turbo 14" alloys (from 165/75 R13 to 185/60 R14). This improved the handling dramatically, but decreased the comfort a little.

Basic interior, but it's laid out well. XN model's got powered assisted steering, and a remote controlled stereo with 4 speakers.

It's my first car, and all-in-all I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2001

12th May 2001, 13:54

You never told them about the effort you made spraying your side mirrors red?