1995 Peugeot 306 XSi from UK and Ireland
Just about to buy a new car. Need a cheap runabout and torn between a Renault 19 16V and 306XSI. A friend of mine has one and has had no end of problems:
Head gasket blew.
Radiator needed replacing.
Exhaust has fallen off twice.
Heater matrix packed up and had to be replaced.
Electrics constantly playing up.
I thought that this might be just his car, but after reading the reviews on here it seems that the large majority of 306`s have a lot of problems. Can someone convince me to buy one? It sounds to me like they aren't very well made. Thanks.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st December, 2004
My friend put 175,000 miles on a 96 N example a few years ago.
Nothing whatsoever went wrong with it up to its 127,000 mile service, when he got a big bill to fix an oil leak, a problem with the catalyst and worn rear suspension bushes. Not exactly unreasonable at 127,000 miles, to my mind.
At 150,000 miles the original clutch started slipping!!! Again, 150k for a clutch is very impressive.
Oil consumption started to get quite high around this mileage as well, although the car still sounded sweet and performed well. It started smoking a bit on start up indicating the problem was just worn valve stem seals (parts to fix cost less than a tenner, plus labour or about half a day DIY.) He didn't bother and just kept the oil topped up.
At 170,000 miles it developed a serious fault with the fuel injection system where it suddenly started returning about 15 mpg and would stall frequently. The cost of diagnosis and the likely parts needed exceeded the value of the car, so he got rid of it a few thousand miles later.
I reckon personally that's a pretty good record for a hard driven performance hatchback. From the reviews on this site, I seriously doubt many of the mk4 Golf GTI's or Renault Clios will make 175k and be in any kind of running order.
Oh, and if you ignore the 306, you'll be doing yourself out of possibly the best front wheel drive chassis that was ever produced. I don't care what the reviews say, it's a much more fun car than the Focus I drive now, and in a different league to the mini-van 307 replacement. You steer a 306 on the throttle as much as the steering wheel on the limit. It's fantastic. Also proves that superb handling cars don't have to ride like skateboards.
Crappy interior, but who cares? Your call.
I used to have one, a 1995 1.4 litre with A/C. I had no major problems during the 6 years I had it, apart from a suspension arm that had to be replaced and the ignition switch, whose spring that turned the key back, broke when I was just about to sell it.
All I had to do, apart from the above, was to put gasoline and respect the usual service.
António Pinho, Portugal.
I have a Peugeot 306 XSI and it has to be one of the best hatch cars on the market. For the price you pay you get a good 2 litre engine, excellent handling and a good strong engine.
Yes the parts are expensive, but if you have mechanical warranty, and do a regular service then there is nothing to worry about.
I've had my 306 xsi 95 model for the last 18months, it's quite possibly the best car I have had the pleasure of driving! It sticks to the road no matter how hard I push it, it has great handling! I agree it does have a crappy interior, but what the hell! And I'd rather be seen in my xsi than a Renault!!!