1996 Peugeot 306 xldt 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Brilliant Economy, Petrol Performance


Engine takes a bit longer to turn over from cold.

Head rests aren't adjustable.

Seats are starting to wear.

Brakes aren't good.

Standard suspension isn't good.

General Comments:

Very good economy.

Pretty Nippy.

Electric Windows and Sunroof as standard.

When driving this car the economy car be quite bad 30mpg (driving like a loon)

When you drive using a mixture of loon and sensible (40mpg) and absolutely sensible (62.5mpg+)

Seriously fun to driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2003

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


Performance with economy


New exhaust at 90000 miles.

Brake shoes collapsed at 101000 miles.

Rear wash wipe water jet always blocking up.

NS ball joint replaced 89000 miles.

General Comments:

A very quick diesel engine with the turbo activated at early revs.

A sporty feel to the drive and very controlled round bends.

The 3 door better for the sporty look and feel.

Watch for ripped bucket seats on the drivers side.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2003

1996 Peugeot 306 DT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A very underestimated diesel


Glow Plugs - Soon after picking the car up I noticed it was not very willing to start on cold mornings. I took the car back to the dealer and was told that I would have to pay labour to have new plugs fitted. At the time I said I'd consider it, but after checking my warranty policy document plugs were included, I went back to the dealer and have now got a new set of plugs making starting much easier.

Central Locking - Another fault that should have been rectified before I picked the car up was that the central locking didn't work. The car was sent to a proper Peugeot dealer for re-wiring as the old central locking units apparently are not made anymore. When I picked the car up the door rattled at any speed and the trim was half hanging off.

General Comments:

This is my first car and as such I was looking for a car that would perform well if I wanted it to, yet would give me good mpg. This car does both.

Depending on how much you use the turbo the 60litre tank can get you in excess of 700 miles, closer to 800. The insurance on the car is also very reasonable for a car that is a serious performer for a diesel when the turbo kicks in.

The interior is a bit dated now, compared to the newer 306's or the 206's however all necessary controls are where they need to be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2003

4th May 2003, 23:01

Just an update to my review, the car now refuses to start first time without filling my driveway with smoke. The fault is still under diagnosis and its off to diesel injection specialists this week for testing.

The dealer service I have received has been very poor and my next car will definately be from somewhere else (maybe a different model too)

31st Jan 2005, 12:22

Sounds like your head gaskets gone mine did and it takes the head out as well if over heated.

1996 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


High performance, but at a cost


The cars has so far had 3 heater matrix's, and the dashboard has to come out every time which causes problems. Usually around £300 a time to fix. You know when its on its way out as the car fills with steam - excellent fun.

The suspension has developed a few rattles and knocks.

The interior trim doesn't stand up to the test of time. The drivers seat is badly worn and the passenger seat bolster metal has broke which is poor.

The terrible spare wheel slung under the boot has had to be put in the boot as it got nicked and the frame has rusted now so I can't put a locking bolt on it.

The alarm has just about given up the ghost (the key fob is at fault)

Alloys have badly corroded.

It eats brake pads and discs'.

General Comments:

Okay this car handles so well, but because it's gearbox is so low ratioed you do 4000 revs at 75mph - so it returns like 26 mpg on a run - not as good as my previous diesel 306 DT which was excellent.

Bit harsh on the old depreciation.

Feel like I have had the shirt ripped off my back every time it had to have a dealer service just to keep the warranty in. At least they made me a cup of coffee eh.

Time for a change I think - Lexus IS200SE looks alright.

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

Review Date: 28th February, 2003