1997 Peugeot 306 Reviews - Page 11 of 18

1997 Peugeot 306 LX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired19776 miles
Most recent distance26879 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Maybe a 1.6 size engine would be better on performance

Faults:

Exhaust fell out with previous owner and I had to replace the exhaust again due to rust.

Even after wheel alignment, car wouldn't drive in a straight line.

Road-handling was rubbish and very dangerous when taking corners at moderate speed.

General Comments:

Inside it's really comfortable, but lacking in interior styling.

Controls are easy to use and standard Peugeot music system is very good in both sound and reliability (the steering-mounted control was a 1st in cars of that age!).

Drive-ability is not great, even without the alloys the car was very sluggish. The engine size is just not big enough for the weight of the car.

Alloys improved the road handling, but then added weight to the car.

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

Review Date: 15th February, 2003

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

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance62500 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

Other cars seem to get smaller in the interior mirror

Faults:

I haven't had any major problems with my 306 (touch wood). I have however noticed minor, common faults such as a noisy passenger side wing mirror.

The interior build quality is poor and a common problem occurring with Peugeot's is the front seats fail to locate (3 door models only). This happened with my 106, meaning a change of seats 3 times. It has also happened with my 306. Although it isn't expensive to fix. It is annoying.

Cold starting seems to be noisy and rough, but when warm it runs perfect.

Fuel consumption isn't as good as I thought it would be (approx 35 mpg). Probably because I'm used to 65 mpg from my 106 1.4d. A heavy right foot doesn't help either.

General Comments:

I look for any excuse to drive my 306. It is fun to drive due to its power surge at 2,500 revs and its great handling. I suppose the D Turbo is the poor-man's GTI-6. It also has a very similar amount of torque, meaning very good pick up in higher gears.

Even after 2,500 miles, although I have got used to the car, I can still feel the power.

I'm only 18 years old and so wanted fast, but cheap insurance. I've found what I wanted in this car. Put the D-Turbo at the side of any XR2i, Astra SRi or any poxy Corsa/Nova and the torque/power combination will put you in front.

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

Review Date: 16th January, 2003

27th Jan 2006, 15:07

Good review, I'm 18 and thinking of getting a 306 diesel turbo, having a 1.2 corsa for the last year that returns about 30 mpg as I drive around town mainly I want something faster and more economical would a 306 TD be good for this? I rarely use the motorway.

1997 Peugeot 306 GTi 6 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance52500 miles
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Wonderful to drive, just watch that cam-belt!

Faults:

Small leak in aerial allowed rainwater in, damaging remote alarm sensor. Required reseal and new sensor approx £80 total.

Cam-belt snapped at 52000 miles!!!

Peugeot recommends replacement after 72000 miles. Cost approx £2400 with Peugeot paying 30% of that.

General Comments:

This car is fantastic fun to drive and the performance is superb.

However Changing the Cam-belt at half the recommended mileage is a must as Peugeot have got it wrong. I think they have based their estimations on a basic 306. Shame they know so little about their own cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd January, 2003

7th Jul 2003, 03:40

How can one watch a cam-belt?

There is no test to say when it may go- and the suppliers of my used HDi 306 Estate (Reg:2000-90bhp Diesel) insist that 92K miles is the figure now... I think I will change it at 50K- as it is going to work hard as a taxi!

3rd Aug 2004, 11:06

I would be most interested indeed to findout out how you managed to get Peugeot to pay 30%. I take it that was the cost for replacing the valves etc caused by the failed cam belt as I am in the same boat.

I have added a previous comment, but for your information, I had a cam belt replaced as part of a Peugeot recall when the car had 32,000 on it then 43,000 miles later it snapped!!!

I would be grateful if you could contact me on 07801 845123.

Cheers.

9th Mar 2008, 17:33

Same thing happened on my 306_gti_6; the cam belt snapped at 54,000 miles with full pug history. Peugeot refused to cover it and I had to take it to an independent. Cost £1600 to replace 8 of the 16 valves.

Car was great fun, but I grew tired of driving a car that felt like it was going to blow up constantly if the trim were going to fall off.

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