Economical, fashionable, comfortable, bargain!
Consumables (front tires don't last too well).
2 wheel bearings.
Central locking solenoid.
Erratic central locking/alarm.
Minor electrical niggles.
I almost hate to say it, but this has got to be the easiest car to live with I've ever owned and probably the cheapest to run. If it wasn't for the short service intervals (6000 miles) I'd rate it higher, but for a car of this mileage it goes to show servicing works.
Having run a motley collection of French hot hatches I had doubts about going diesel, but insurance was becoming prohibitive in London and I do big miles in the summer lugging scuba kit and a mountain bike about so the extra mpg was also a factor. Days into ownership the performance worries were quelled and at motorway speeds I'd say the diesel torque makes it as quick and easier to drive. Away from the lights it's slower, but there's still some fun to be had when the turbo starts to blow.
Trim levels are typically French and get tatty/fall off. Brakes were awful in the wet due to poor previous maintenance (all Peugeot dealership work). This was soon sorted by an independent garage.
Use of a Peugeot dealership for body repairs after some idiot ran into me whilst I was stationary didn't inspire me. Extra dints on return and missing panel clips and screws once this had been sorted. No wonder Peugeot are slipping sales wise.
Handling is excellent with the current Pirellis, but the previous Goodyear Eagles wore badly and got very scary at times.
Fuel consumption is not as good as they'd have you believe, but I still get 45 mpg with my lead boot driving. Did get it below 40 once with 3 up, full sets of diving kit and pedal to the metal.
Insurance renewals always bring a smile after my previous GTi's and even with 2-3 services per year running costs have been cheap.
Comfort levels are OK although I prefer longer legged ergonomics. Still I drove from Orkney to London in one go once only having to fill up for the last hundred miles and could still walk afterwards despite a recurring back injury.
Looks wise I still think that this was one of Peugeot's best and hasn't dated. Less mumsy than the newer 307!
Having been superceded by the 307 bargains can be had and I'm definitely looking for a newer HDi diesel to replace it with - but only when this one stops being so reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st February, 2004