1997 Peugeot 306 D-Turbo 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A car with character
Air-bag light is either flashing or stays on.
Rear brake cylinder developed a leak.
This car offers a great mix of performance and economy. The 92bhp 1.9 turbo diesel unit is superb. It may only do 110mph flat out, but the 144lb/ft of torque means that overtaking is impressive. Ordinarily in diesel cars you rev the engine and it sounds like a tractor, but the 306 D-turbo makes a cool whistling noise.
The handling is excellent. After buying the car I changed the standard 14" D-turbo wheels for 15" GTI-6 alloys with 195-55-R15 Pirelli's. The car now corners at impressive speeds, but watch out for that lift off over-steer. It is also very good on jumps. It is very entertaining to drive on back-roads.
My biggest complaint about this car is that the brakes are absolutley rubbish.
The styling hasn't dated and in my opinion it is a far better looking car than the 307.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th October, 2004
Hi I've got a 306 turbo diesel too. The problem with the airbag light is the wires under the seat. Take it to an auto electrician, and they will sort it out for around 20 quid (it's only a case of taking the old plug off and soldering the wires together, because the plug breaks down).
Also, you say the top end of this is 110 mph. If you put some Redex through the tank, drive it, keep your foot to the floor, a puff of black smoke will pour out, but don't panic, look at your speedometer and you will be doing closer to 125 mph.