1996 Peugeot 306 Reviews - Page 13 of 15

1996 Peugeot 306 XR 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 kilometres
Most recent distance74000 kilometres

Summary:

Costly deal, needs improvement

Faults:

Since acquiring this car:

The plug wires went bad.

Back shock absorbers went dead.

Power steering adjuster broke off.

Hand brake seems almost impossible to adjust to hold the car in position especially on a hill.

Unable to keep to keep the bolt that holds the ball joint in place.

The bottom engine mount is damaged and it is almost impossible to change.

The pedals are too close together, this was not designed with a male driver in mind.

The Peugeot 306 engineers need to make the car easier to repair and more compatibility is required.

This car is often difficult to start and is extremely sluggish when cold.

General Comments:

The external shape of the car is good, there is a lot of room on the inside for a small car and the interior looks good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th October, 2000

1996 Peugeot 306 S16 2.0 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16V petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired17500 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles

Summary:

Designed with love, built without care

Faults:

Trouble starting - dealer blamed the battery, had to swap twice.

Speed sensor gave up after 30,000 miles.

Buzzing front speaker.

General Comments:

Sensory overload. Beautifully balanced, fantastic feedback from the suspension and steering.

Gear-change not great - haven't driven but assume it's improved in the GTI-6. Really screams above 5000 revs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st October, 2000

1996 Peugeot 306 XLDT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Nippy

Faults:

Rattles in the drivers door.

Indicator sounder clicks intermittently for no reason.

Rev counter works intermittently.

Doors are generally squeaky.

When setting off normally in 1st gear sometimes the car accelerates away far too quickly (scary).

The starter solenoid has stuck once and the car refused to start, probably a sign of things to come.

General Comments:

Fairly reliable, 50mpg at 2500 rpm motorway driving (tedious).

Too small for a six footer, seats are not really comfortable for journeys over 1 hour.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2000

1996 Peugeot 306 XLDT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306 XRDT

Summary:

Economic motoring - with reservations

Faults:

Radiator had to be replaced - at my expense, not under warranty.

Air bag light keeps coming on since I had the car - had it fixed under warranty three times. I now live with it.

Driver's window electric motor packed in and had to be replaced - not under warranty.

Front discs had to be replaced - got it done in France - cheaper!

UK dealer servicing prices are a ripoff - far cheaper in France.

General Comments:

Great car let down by lousy after sales service by dealers/Peugeot.

Extremely poor space in the back i.e. head and leg-room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th August, 2000

1996 Peugeot 306 XLTD 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Faults:

Airbag warning light has reported a problem and has been fixed 3 times at great expense.

Accelerator cable has jammed on (scary).

Radiator had to be replaced at four years old!

General Comments:

Nice handling.

Good fuel economy (~44mpg mixed town/motorway driving).

Very poor build quality. How many times am I going to have to pay for the airbag electrics to be fixed?

Can't wait to go and buy a Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st August, 2000

1996 Peugeot 306 XLDT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Faults:

Needed attention to cooling system - one of the hoses was loosing water - fixed. Radiator is on its way out but should be OK for a few '000 miles yet. Water in fuel filter keeps coming on erratically - but the car is due a service so that should fix it. The doors creak and click when opened. The gearbox gets quite moody, some days it just don't want to cooperate.

General Comments:

Diesel Fanny Magnet. Faults above aside, the car is a beautiful drive, crisp, fuss free handling, precise steering and loads if power when the turbo gets warmed up. Lovely pick up on the motorways, bit of a heavy car around the doors, but when it goes it certainly flies, accelerates from 80-100 at the same rate it does from 30-50. 45mpg supercar - well not quite.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2000

1996 Peugeot 306 D-Turbo 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Radio - 6 weeks to fix.

Radiator corroded through within 2 years.

Driver's seat fabric badly worn.

Headlight reflectors corroded.

Shock absorbers replaced at 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

A driver's car, handles very well through the twisty lanes. Impressive on motorways. Encourages spirited driving which pulls the mpg down to 38, but will do 50 mpg with some restraint.

Build quality feels a little flimsy, but great styling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 1999

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 57 reviews