1996 Peugeot 306 XSi 2 litre 8v from UK and Ireland


A "Cold Hatch"


Power steering fluid leaks when steering is held on full lock.

General Comments:

For the size of the car and engine it is very slow, even my old bigger car with a smaller engined was faster. I've even been overtaken by a standard Vaxhaul Nova 1.4 Sri!

Handling is OK for a standard car, but nothing special. There are a lot of better handling cars for much less money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st May, 2002

23rd May 2002, 17:30

You must be the only person in the world to consider the handling of a 306 XSi "nothing special". The hotter 306's are widely acknowledged as having one of the finest front drive chassis ever produced. I can't think of anything in its class that will keep up with a well driven 306 on a twisty lane.

Maybe yours has knackered shocks, naff tyres or some other problem. They truly are excellent if everything is working properly.

Agree on the performance though. The XSi is underpowered.

1996 Peugeot 306 GTi-6 2.0 from UK and Ireland


A very fast drivers car, great for the money


Rust in the wiring loom cost us 500 notes to sort out, took some tracing as the problem was actually the engine fan cutting in at will when the car was parked up flattening the battery.

Head gasket went at 59K miles, another 700 notes, watch out for this one as Peugeot have now redesigned the head gasket and the replacement is nothing like the original (poor initial design I fear).

Cooling problems, this time was caused by the radiator cap.

General Comments:

A great car to drive, very nippy, all the power is 4500 RPM plus so if you want the pulling power, leave those gear changes late.

Handles like a dream pitches into corners great and holds on, can't help feeling it has so much more to give if you've got a real big pair between your legs.

Downsides, basic inside (although seats are very nice), no where to put drinks, food or other basic storage needs, dash rattles at high speeds. Ashtray in a stupid place and a nightmare to use while driving. Glovebox the most stupid thing I've ever seen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2001

3rd Aug 2001, 15:30

Automatic? Did you make an error when inputting the info? There is no automatic 306 Gti-6.

1996 Peugeot 306 XRDT 1.9 from UK and Ireland


A very reliable car, but be prepared to shell out on irritating faults


Both electric window motors have needed replacing.

New starter motor at 48000 miles.

New windscreen wiper motor at 50000 miles.

Doors lock and unlock themselves while driving along.

General Comments:

Overall, the car has been very reliable.

The engine performance is impressive - even at 133000 miles it does not require oil top ups between servicing.

Having said this, the electrical problems have let the car down badly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st July, 2001

28th Jan 2005, 14:21

I have similar problems with the central locking. Some of the wires going from the body to the driver's door are severed - pull back the rubber sleeving and have a look.

20th May 2005, 08:51

I have just acquired a 306 xrdt. The car drives superb even at 148000 miles the only thing worries me is the front drop links that need replacing quite often.

1996 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0i 8v from UK and Ireland


An acceleration dream


Airbag light kept coming on - apparently a common fault due to wires being chaffed under drivers seat when sliding forward to get to rear seats.

Front seats upholstery although not coming off, is badly designed allowing the filler to be visible if not tidied up.

General Comments:

Gear ratio set for quick acceleration and fast low gear corners, which the car does fantastically well.

Downside is that 5th gear is perfect for 30mph in town, but then has to drive you through the rest of the speed clock up to 100mph+

Fuel economy not bad for engine size ~ 33mpg for usual driving, but drinks shed lots more over 75mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2001

1996 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 8v from Netherlands


Buy this instead of a Golf GTI


Strange noise when opening and closing the right door. Repaired for 3 Euro (no kidding).

After adjusting the left seat you have make sure that it is locked, otherwise it will suddenly slide into the back position, no repairs needed.

General Comments:

Great handling, makes every other car feel like a top-loaded supermarket trolley on ice.

The brakes are a bit weak.

The car is slightly too heavy. I expected better performance with 123 bhp.

Great styling, inside and outside.

Very reliable, relatively cheap to maintain (for a hothatch)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2001