1997 Peugeot 306 Reviews - Page 18 of 18

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

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Other than a lot of wind noise from passenger door the car has done 25,000 miles in 12 months with no problems.

General Comments:

Great to drive and very comfortable considering the performance and handling.

Be prepared for big tyre bills. The front tyres need to be repalced every 5,000 - 6,000 miles and 25 mpg is about average.

GREAT CAR !!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1997 Peugeot 306 XT 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Bubbles in dashboard behind the binnacle and faulty oil pressure gauge; both replaced and fixed under warranty.

The clutch pedal was a bit sticky and it felt as if it was catching or rubbing on something; this too has been corrected under warranty.

The wiper blades (front and rear) were unbelievably noisy. The front blades skipped across the windscreen without clearing the glass making me feel unsafe in light rain; this did not occur in heavy rain.

General Comments:

The following comments are probably only relevant to Australia.

The wide turning circle makes U-turns in city and some suburban streets difficult. When running on premium fuel it is relatively expensive for city and suburban, especially peak hour driving. I believe that these two factors make the car unsuitable for my lifestyle which involves mainly city and suburban driving.

The uncomfortable driver seat with no side support makes the car unpleasant to drive long trips. This and the short supply of premium fuel outside of the city and suburbs, negate the car's one advantage, it's handling on winding country and hill roads.

The handling is brilliant but it's of little use in the city; a smaller turning circle would be of more use.

After 6 months of record keeping I have found that the fuel consumption is only marginally improved by using premium instead of standard fuel. This is probably because I drive mostly in peak hour traffic.

I have never suffered such severe electrostatic shocks on any other car in over 30 years of driving.

The gears are irritatingly notchy and the clutch pedal is too small for my size 9 shoes and is awkwardly placed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th April, 1998

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

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Wind Noise entering into cabin, trim not fitted correctly, fog lights full of condensation, various rattles - no doubt due to the low quality of the trim.

General Comments:

Build quality isn't very good. The engine is great but the gearing and turbo lag means it isn't particulary easy to drive smoothly. Suspension seemed hard when on bumpy roads at low speed but at high speed the car floats about. It has also developed a slight knocking noise.

Sporty looking seats aren't as comfy as they look. On a more positive note, it is the best looking car in its class, with low insurance, good economy and plenty of street cred.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 1998

1997 Peugeot 306 GLX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Radio - firstly aerial then unit itself.

Remote key fob x2.

Numerous rattles.

General Comments:

Great engine and smooth ride but handling is over-rated. Niggly faults irritate and not expected on a new car. Trim & windows rattly made worse by the radio not working half the tim ! Dealer appalling - patronising, dishonest and too willing to fob you off or spin a yarn "they all do that sir". My last Peugeot!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 1997

1997 Peugeot 306 Roadster 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing yet apart from when the dealer left the oil filler cap off after a service. Even then, the car kept running and there was no damage done.

General Comments:

A wonderful car - fun to drive, distinctive and comfortable.

Finding friends to help remove/put back the hard top twice a year can be inconvenient though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 1997

1997 Peugeot 306 GLX 1.8 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Loose trim in passenger footwell.

Drivers door loudspeaker "died" after 2 weeks.

General Comments:

Lovely engine (from new 406 range), a bit lumpy when cold.

Trim level high, although a little plasticy.

Very good road-holding in damp conditions, although disc braked all-round (option) ar a must.

Don't know how I managed without Air-con before!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 1997

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