1997 Peugeot 306 Reviews

1997 Peugeot 306 D Turbo 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles

Summary:

Dynamically superb all rounder

Faults:

Rear axle mount bushes worn (common problem with aging 306s). This is not as big a job as you'd imagine. A competent home mechanic would have no problems doing this.

Intercooler pipe split.

Passenger door check strap broke off.

It's been 100% reliable.

General Comments:

These things are an astonishingly competent all rounder.

For such an old car, the handling is amazing, feels secure and well planted at all times, with minimal body roll.

Performance is excellent, even by today's standards.

Fuel economy rarely below 50 MPG.

The boot is huge.

Negatives? As with most Peugeots, they have the stupid under slung spare wheel, which I hate. The mechanism rusts up from the road dirt.

Build quality, if this car is anything to go by, seems very good. It's now 15 years old, and everything still works fine. The paint finish is still good. The interior still unworn.

There has to be a reason why elderly 306s are still a common everyday sight on the road - they are just a damn good car.

If I'd known how good they were, I'd have bought one years ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2012

1997 Peugeot 306 L 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40900 miles
Most recent distance107400 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Good chassis and good economy

Faults:

Nothing other than usual wear and tear, tyres, drop links, brakes, glow plugs at 86000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is not particularly quick but handles very well, did everything asked of it, including towing trailers. I doubt I will ever find a car as reliable again.

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

Review Date: 7th August, 2010

1997 Peugeot 306 Style 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

Cheap affordable motoring

Faults:

Front pads and discs.

Track rod ends.

Bottom ball joints.

Centre exhaust section.

Fuel pump in tank.

General Comments:

I bought this car as a cheap runabout. It turned out to be a very good buy.

Had not had a 306 before, but was surprised at how comfortable and reliable it was. Only breakdown I had was when going on a long journey and the fuel pump decided to burn out; cost £20 to fix using a breakers yard (Peugeot new price £316). Had trouble getting parts from Peugeot, but found aftermarket parts to be quite plentiful.

All in all, a good cheap car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2009

1997 Peugeot 306 SLDT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

So far, very happy with it, but I will probably change the driver's seat

Faults:

So far nothing.

General Comments:

I have only had this car a few months. I bought it from a friend who repaired and serviced it himself, so have 'known' the car for around three years. He owned it for two years, during which time, he fitted a radiator, and replaced most of the brakes.

The performance is quite surprising, but as most people comment, the brakes are terrible.

Fuel consumption seems good, as I am averaging around 60mpg without really trying, although I am not a foot-to-the-floor driver. Don't have any trouble keeping up with the traffic from a standstill, so I am not sure about other's comments about this.

Handling is superb. Some have commented about lifting off on curves and the like, this is because the rear suspension changes the attitude of the rear tyres, helping cornering, so lifting off should be avoided.

Comfort is good, but it would be nice to have the lumbar adjusters fitted to other models.

I was honestly surprised at the size of the boot for a medium car.

The pulling power is good too, as I occasionally pull a trailer, not overloaded, but definitely heavy when you have to pull it manually.

As for driving, I found that I can cruise quite happily up to 70mph without using the turbo, which I think helps fuel consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2009

1997 Peugeot 306 d Turbo 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired2400 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Goes like stink, and I love it

Faults:

It need a new battery, and a new electric window motor,

General Comments:

I find this car is very economical.

Cheap on insurance.

Looks OK, but my needs some spraying done due to large chips.

Runs very well, but mine needs new glow plugs; it's a bit smoky when I start it up.

Very happy with engine; it keeps up with a lot of the cars on the road.

I think I'm just a Pug fan; the past three cars I have had are Pugs. I just love them LOL.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2008

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 74 reviews