1998 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 petrol twin cam from Australia and New Zealand
Great little car, feels like a big go kart
Had a couple of bent valves + broken valve springs upon purchase. Suspected timing belt failure at some point.
Engine mount support broken at 148,000km.
Starter motor failed at 156,500km.
Left rear anti-roll bar link broken at 162,500km; led to some interesting handling characteristics briefly.
Idle air control stepper motor failed at 170,000km; found a replacement for $50.
Certain bushes in the front suspension, along with the front strut mounts, are on their way out, at 173,000km.
Not an ideal choice if you are after a cheap daily driver in Australia; parts can be rather costly (a new starter motor was $315, not great for it to suddenly fail), along with some tasks requiring quite a bit of patience/labour costs to complete.
Fantastic handling. With a competent set of tyres, this car is a huge amount of fun once you hit the twisty stuff.
Cabin built quality isn't 100%; peculiar noises from the interior are rather apparent, but don't really bother me.
If tyres aren't looked after, can be quite a handful in the wet, particularly on roundabouts, so it pays, as always, to check tyre wear/pressures regularly.
Visibility from the driver's seat is rather good, very easy car to park, apart from the somewhat stiff clutch.
Lastly, if you are a taller driver, I'd recommend steering away from 306's equipped with sunroofs. Being 6'2 myself, attempting to sit up perfectly straight, results with my head being shoved against the ceiling.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd June, 2012