1997 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


If you want one, shop around and drive a few before you decide, look out for lemons and sh


Slipping clutch (turned out to be leaking gbox driveshaft oil seal.

Non closing glove box.

Slight misfire on idle (normal according to Garage)

Exhaust rubber perished.

General Comments:

Bought the vehicle knowing it had the faults.

Full Peugeot Service History.

Handles like new.

Power drops off after 5000 revs.

Only paid £745 + £350 (To rectify faults)

Interior is nicer than my Dturbo S.

You can feel the road a bit too much for my liking, but I expect that from a sports hatch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2008

1997 Peugeot 306 Meridian TD 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Fun to drive, good handling and reasonable looks, but beware serious hidden rust traps


Serious structural corrosion of the rear nearside inner wing. Be warned, this is invisible as it occurs behind a muddy wheelarch and interior trim.

Leak from sunroof into the roof liner that's proved impossible to trace.

General Comments:

Peugeot have often been criticized for poor build quality, certainly the 306 doesn't compare to an Audi or VW, but at 146,000 and ten years old this one runs very nicely without too many squeaks and rattles. Everything works after a hard life, so that's not too bad.

These cars really do handle well, but the price you pay is a harsh ride that's unforgiving on poor road surfaces.

The PSA 1.9 XUD turbo diesel engine is a superb match to this car, nice amount of torque and turbo power. But, especially at this sort of mileage, not as economical as I would expect from this engine.

Bodywork dents easily, but generally doesn't rust unless seriously abused. However the roof gutter holding the door top seal does rot, eventually the car will leak.

Also my car is suffering serious structural corrosion of the rear nearside inner wing, including the seat belt mounting, as a result of Peugeot's bizarre decision not to fit a wheel arch liner (they're fitted to the other three).

Despite looking tidy and passing an MOT, it's unsafe and unroadworthy.

Hopefully I've just been unlucky. But if you're considering buying one of these pay very close attention to inside the rear nearside wheelarch. Put your arm high up and have good poke.

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

Review Date: 15th February, 2008

1997 Peugeot 306 Gti6 2 Litre petrol from UK and Ireland


Brilliant. Buy one now!


The Clutch cable needed replacing as it was getting tight, The radiator needed replacing as it leaked and finally I replaced the lower ball joints as they were beginning to get noisy.

General Comments:

I would definitely recommend one of these to anyone who takes their driving seriously! Its not a motorway mile muncher, nor was it intended to be. Despite all its faults, its very quick, handles beautifully with amazing amounts of feedback and I even like the noise when you get it on cam!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2006

1997 Peugeot 306 LX 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


A very good choice under £3k


Occasional misfiring - first occurred in warm, dry weather, but then became the norm in cold, wet/damp weather. Light and heavy throttle usage resulted in misfiring and loss of power, necessitating use of low gears and high revs to remain in mid-throttle usage. Despite changes in spark plugs and exhaust, seemed to have been resolved the day before we sold it by resetting the ECU. Went on for about 20 months, but only occasionally.

General Comments:

The problem outlined above resulted in some expensive changes before the free ECU resetting (!) ; otherwise problem-free, a tough car.

Mainly local driving, but has managed London-Bradford-London (460+ miles) on a single tank!

The 1.4 does it's job, and revs well, but this car is underpowered with it.

Very good handling, gives the driver total control and feel.

Cabin is certainly dated, highlights the fact that this is the generation of small family cars before the Ford Focus. Seating is low, not supportive, but not uncomfortable.

Only a couple of trim parts were loose; on the whole it's of a sturdy build.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2006

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


Economical, fast and practical car


Nothing wrong so far (touch wood!)

Most sports seats suffer from premature wear apparently, but mine are fine still.

General Comments:

A fast diesel. Certainly impressive compared to its petrol rivals. I had a 1.6 xs petrol for a few days and couldn't wait to get back in my d-turbo. The car gives so much torque its perfect for a back-lane thrashing for motorway cruising.

These high amounts of torque are also great for overtaking... with little or no effort.

I have had mine for 18,00 miles this year so far and have had no problems at all, the car drives like its still new, and looks the part as well. Only insurance group 5 and considerably faster than supposedly more respectable cars - BMW 1.8 (petrol's etc). With a very heavy right foot I'm currently returning 38-44 mpg... however if I drive sensibly I can acheive well in excess of 50mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2005