1997 Peugeot 306 GTi-6 2.0 16v (6 speed) from UK and Ireland


A well built hatchback with a roaring engine


Battery constantly flat (Dealer) £66.

Battery Earth Lead Corroded through causing poor starting. (Dealer) £85.

Drive shafts vibration (Dealer) £250.

Interior Clock not working (Breaker) £5.

Fuel Leak from injection pipes £20.

Wiper Motor high speed wipe failed (Breaker) £50.

General Comments:

Excellent fun car although can be expensive to run and maintain.

20-25mpg and £45 to fill the petrol tank. Manage about 300 miles per tank.

Great to drive. Very positive steering and very impressive road holding.

Lovely engine and sings all the way to 7000rpm with ease. Engine pulls from about 3-4000rpm and really pull you into the seats.

If you can find one, buy the later model GTi-6 as it has a better quality of finish for little extra expense. IE. Full Leather Interior, Alloy effect dash and stereo surrounds, Crystal Clear Headlights and later spec rear tailgate without the horrible black plastic slam strip along the bottom.

If you can't find the above, then a 1997 New Shape GTi will still keep you smiling. Well until your wallet comes out!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

29th Jul 2005, 07:26

It's hard to put a review through of the GTi6 without being either too critical or too OTT. The later models such as the P3's do have slightly better quality build and finished for not much more money. However, P3's do not come with full leather I'm afraid. Half leather & alacantra seats only.

1997 Peugeot 306 Vivant 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Buy one!!


I've had this car now for 10000 miles. I'm a young driver so am not the most cautious of drivers. So far absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car. It came with a full service history the previous owner had no problems either.

General Comments:

I have fallen in love with Peugeot's. This car is fantastic. The turbo-ed diesel engine gives out fantastic torque and it's a fast car for only group 5 insurance which is important to us young drivers.

The build quality of the car is superb until you go inside. Everything rattles and the fan doesn't go off. The seat are also uncomfortable.

Passengers in the back don't have too much room, but you can't expect more from a small car.

Driving the car is a great experience. It handles well, accelerates well and never complains.

On the downside the mud flaps scrape the ground and the brakes are shockingly poor, a problem on most peugeot's.

I'm already thinking on my next car. A 307 or a 206.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2003

29th May 2003, 16:00

If you aim a little higher... you will see the unbeatable 406...

As you next car :-)

1997 Peugeot 306 GTi-6 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


Hot hatch king


Air conditioning doesn't work.

Oxygen Sensor failed.

Inlet manifold gasket failed.

Poor electric windows (very jerky)

Center console lights have blown.

General Comments:

The engine is very responsive over 3.5k revs, but can slow to respond when driving around town.

Steering is very responsive, but can suffer from leaks in earlier models.

A must is to have the cam-belt changed before the 72k service as many have failed prior to this service.

Interior build quality is not the best, but the driving position is perfect for throwing the car around corners.

The air conditioning is prone to rust around the pipes and can be very expensive to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2003

1997 Peugeot 306 LX 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


A cheap and sensible runaround that has served me very very well


The drivers side door seal has gone which I am going to have fixed.

The battery died two winters ago.

The airbag light did stay on, but the dealer fixed it.

Interior trimmings don't stand up too well to wear and tear.

General Comments:

The car, although diesel drives very well indeed, but is rather sluggish.

The handling is awesome, considering the 'family runaround' nature of the car.

Front tyres have lasted over 22000 miles with enthusiastic driving!

The front seats lack support.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2003

1997 Peugeot 306 Style 1.8 single cam petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A car that is so close to the mark, yet so far off


Brake booster developed a leak.

The central locking has packed it in.

The cable operated power windows have fallen to pieces. This problem is incredibly expensive to fix.

Airbag warning light has been flashing since day one. Dealers have never been able to find the problem.

Plastic on the dashboard bubbles up. Dashboard has been replaced twice.

Electrics in general are unreliable. Brake lights, headlights often come and go.

Rear drum brakes are almost useless. Brake feel is always sloppy.

Fuel lines developed a leak.

Spark plug cables rotted through after only a year.

General Comments:

This car has been a real disappointment, yet it manages to redeem itself at the same time.

The ride & handling are still quite impressive, while the engine & drive train have proved very reliable. However the above mentioned points, and the nasty, flimsy interior have been a constant headache.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2003