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


Disappointing, after a good start


The car refuses to re-start when hot.

Remote central locking refuses to work correctly, and locks/ unlocks in one movement.

Passenger side front window came adrift from the runners.

Starter motor jammed.

General Comments:

Generally I am pleased with the cars performance and economy, which continuously returns 50+mpg even when driven relatively hard.

I like the styling and the handling, but seems to eat front tires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2002

1997 Peugeot 306 cabriolet 2.0i from UK and Ireland


Prepare to repair


Well where do I start, good job I've got plenty of time.

Roof cable snapped (made of string) £45.

Faulty airbag system (light flashes) £90.

Leaking radiator £335.

O2 sensor failed £150.

Handbrake cable split £130.

Welding on boot lock snapped £60.

Intermittent wipe failed.

Rear window rubber fell off £30.

Plastic rear window split in cold weather £216.

Electric ariel jammed.

Plastic cover above drivers foot-well fell off.

Alarm system failed.

Passenger seat insecure.

General Comments:

I purchased this car thinking it would be great fun, reliable and last a few years. Instead I have bought a money sponge, that soaks up cash trying to keep its many faults in check.

The main dealers are more interested in customer cash than customer care (this is especially the case at George Hartwell, in Bournemouth, avoid like the plague)

However, despite it's numerous faults, I still enjoy driving it and it's still a great looking car.

Before I owned this car I envied people that had one, now I pity them.

Would like an Audi A4 cabrio next, but a Japanese car would be the sensible option.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2002

26th Mar 2003, 09:15

I've had the same experience with mine.

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


GTI-6 What a car!!! Go Find One!!!


Cam belts MUST be changed every 25000 miles, if not your in trouble!

Tyres do not last as long as the tyres on my last Honda.

Does not like normal 95 unleaded petrol, lots of starting trouble unless I feed it shells optimax.

Has good days and bad days, but then I think every car does.

General Comments:

The seats are very nice for the age of the car, my car seems very well built, very sturdy and solid.

Very comfortable and roomy inside for front and back passengers the leather seats are a nice touch!

The car looks very stylish and chunky in all the right areas!

Fuel consumption was a little shocking going from a 1.5 litre to a 2.0 litre!

But worth every penny.

Steering is very precise with lots of feeling from the wheels, very hard to go wrong, but be warned this car will bite if rubbed up the wrong way!

I added an air filter to mine, and seems to have given it the kick it needs during the lower end of the revs, the gearbox takes care of the high end of the revs as every gear is designed to keep it going where it loves to be!

All in all, an excellent car, brings a smile to my face every time I start it up!

I haven't regretted it yet!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2002

25th Mar 2005, 07:23

Great comments about the Peugeot, am looking for one myself at the moment and have around £3000 to spend. Looking forward to having 167 hp under the bonnet!

1997 Peugeot 306 Miami 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Good to drive, but with a sting in its tail


The driver's side front door seal needed replacing at 55,000 miles.

At its 67,000 mile service, the following faults were advised:

The cylinder head gasket was starting to fail.

There were a number of engine oil leaks.

The sump was badly corroded.

The servicing garage advised me to sell the car.

General Comments:

The 306 is a nice car to drive, but its build quality doesn't seem to be as good as the Germans and Japanese.

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

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

24th Feb 2004, 07:42

From the writer of the survey report.

I am pleased that yours is lasting better than mine though I note that have done only 54000 miles and mine started having (potentially expensive) problems at 67000 miles.

Having read other 306 reports, I still think the long term build quality is inferior to the Japanese and Germans.

I hope yours proves the exception as it is a good driver's car.