1997 Peugeot 306 D Turbo 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Great engine, great chassis, a fantastic car to drive
Lower bushes disintegrated at about 100k.
Air bag warning light repeatedly faulty.
Most of the mileage I do is on rough country lanes not billiard table smooth motorways, given the pounding the car has taken it's stood up really well.
Most of the work carried out on the car has been routine stuff, regular oil changes, brake replacements and eventually the lower wishbones (can't complain though they did well). The only niggling thing was the airbag light which took repeated visits to the dealer to sort out (under warranty).
On the road the car is fantastic, the engine pulls superbly and responds well. The handling is great too and the car is above all fun to drive providing the driver with good feedback that instills confidence in the car.
The downsides? The brakes - they really could do with more bite, there are times when the car appears to struggle to shed speed (and brake pad wear can be high). The only other vice is the lift off over-steer, but once you've encountered it once you're ready for it in the future - the car really does just snap away and you've got to be quick with the opposite lock and throttle to get it back.
Overall it's a fantastic car that has served me well over the six years I've had it, fun to drive, reliable and pretty cheap to run - I'll be looking to replace it soon, but I have no idea what with, there doesn't seem to be anything out there that has all the qualities of my trusty 306...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th November, 2005
I might be able to help with the airbag light. There is a common problem with the seat belt pre-tensioners. Under both the passenger and drivers seats (even if you only have one airbag) there is an orange connector, these create really poor connections and can lead to the airbag light coming on. Might be worth cutting these off and putting a block connector on or first maybe just 'wiggling' them, then restart the engine and see if it goes away!