1996 Peugeot 306 XTdt 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Car engine stalling with air-conditioning activated when driving in hot weather (Australia) - dealer was unable to fix, although fortunately this problem seems to have cleared up on its own.
Warm engine starts: engine idles very slowly and only returns to normal idle speed after driving for a couple of minutes.
Spring vibrates in front left strut, causing a very annoying resonant vibration. Dealer "fixed" this problem by wrapping the base of the spring in some rubber hosing, although now the vibration has returned as rubber has worn/aged. With only a month of my warranty to go I hope to get a more permanent fix.
Rust under rubber roof seals above rear doors on *both* sides, when car only a year old! Repainted twice.
Fitted with an old model CD stacker.
Some rattles and creaks from dashboard area.
Tow bar interferes with exhaust pipe, resulting in loud rattle.
At times, car performs well although even with turbo, sometimes lacks performance (ie even in peak torque rev range).
Diesel "knock" very loud in cold starts.
Climate control air conditioning causes greatly reduced power during urban driving.
A very relaxing, comfortable car to drive, although frustrating with lack of power during some urban driving. More enjoyable to drive when not in a hurry.
Front tyres have worn fairly quickly.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th October, 1998
There must be something wrong with the engine. I've had an Xrdt for over a year now and one of the impressive things is that with another four people in the car, with air condition on and going up a fairly steep hill I managed it on third gear with no struggle!
You should check that the turbo is in good working order and that your engine is not leaking oil from broken gas kits!
First off - when was it last serviced / air filter (s) changed - it makes a big difference.
Second - make sure the intercooler is properly seated on its gaskets and in good condition - if not guess where the air goes!
Obviously if the turbo's had it then there is only one solution...
Mine pulls like a train, fully loaded, just me, it doesn't matter.