1998 Peugeot 306 GLX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Stylish, fun and cheap, if you can live with annoying faults


Airbag Warning light was flashing intermittently- caused by a faulty connector to the Seat-belt tensioner.

Rear Wheel bearing needed replaced.

Cold start problems due to worn out heater plugs.

Front tires don't seem to last very long.

General Comments:

The car has had no serious or expensive faults and has never left me stranded.

Build quality is generally good compared to other french cars.

I felt the standard trim was very comfortable, but a bit 'old man' so I swapped in a half-leather interior from a 2000 model to improve things.

Performance is excellent and the turbo-charger gives the car acceleration that would embarrass plenty of 'Hot-hatchs'.

Economy is superb, it is the cheapest car to run of all that I have ever owned, it regularly returns over 550 miles on a full tank.

Ride and handling are probably the best in the class, it is a superb car for cornering and soft suspension eliminates road bumps without losing any edge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2004

13th Jun 2004, 10:28

The car has just completed a 1000-mile continental holiday with no complaints whatsoever. all passengers were carried in comfort and the car soldiered on and on and on. despite being hammered at 85-90mph most of the time on the French motorway it still returned an average 45mpg. Why bother with a 307?

12th Aug 2004, 12:56

I have owned a 98 306 D-Turbo S for one month now and have noticed that the airbag light flashes for around 5 minutes when the engine is started and then it remains solid thereafter. Has this happened to anybody else and if so what is the problem?

Otherwise, no complaints at this early stage.

1998 Peugeot 306 XD 1.9 diesel from Cyprus


An economic bargain


The front left window mechanism used to jam frequently and I had to disengage the trim to fix it which was very annoying.

General Comments:

The economy is excellent and running costs are low.

The engine runs smoothly and is very quiet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

1998 Peugeot 306 XR 1.8 16 valves, petrol from Argentina


A great car to buy


The dealer had to change one of the rear wheel axis. It was covered by the warranty.

General Comments:

High fuel consumption on city. Excellent on the route.

Very appealing car.

Very comfortable interiors.

Agile and fast, very easy to drive.

Sporty feeling when you drive it.

The dealer has a great service.

The car din't have any serious problem in 6 years, only minor things because of the use.

Very solid construction. It was used on dirt roads for 5000 kilometers and it's behavior was excelent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2004

1998 Peugeot 306 GTi-6 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


Great engine in a poorly built car


Interior rear-view mirror fell off, taking with it the rain sensor and a chunk of windscreen with it.

Positive Battery terminal plastic adapter broke causing battery to disconnect whilst driving and alarm to go off whilst moving!!

Interior door card started coming away from door.

Driver side window dropped into the door and could not be retrieved without removing the door card and repairing.

General Comments:

I owned a scruffy old 1986 Opel Manta for 4 years before deciding to buy a more 'modern' performance car with comfort and speed. I wanted something that was very fast, but with mod-cons. I was getting fed up of ice forming on the INSIDE of the Manta on winter mornings!!

Reviews of the GTi-6 praised the high speed 167BHP engine and chassis, claiming that the car was the leader in the 'hot hatch' market. At the time the other alternative for performance was the Renault Clio Sport (172BHP), the Seat Leon Cupra (180BHP) and the Civic Type-R, all of which were much more than the PUG.

I hated it.


1) The interior was very poor, the cabin was falling apart around me and the material that formed the seats and door cards visibly wore during the 8 months that I owned this car.

2) The exterior body panels are paper-thin, I really mean this. When you wash the car the panels 'pop'. You have to be SOOOOO careful when opening the doors not put a ding in them.

3) When raining outside and driving, if you open the window the roof seems to channel the water directly through the window. NOT a good design.

...and embarrassing when driving with a new girlfriend in the passenger seat!

4) The car, despite having a highly regarded Chassis, has a surprising amount of body roll on corners and the car feels too light and unstable at high speed.

5) The paint is very thin, I picked up many stonechips and scratches all over the body when I owned this car. On a black finish, these really stand out and make the car look very tatty in a short time.

6) Stupidly high insurance compared to other hot hatches.


1) The engine has excellent performance, a very quick 0-60, quoted at 8.5 seconds, but some road tests say that is is closer to 7.5 seconds. You really can feel the accelaration push you back into your seat when you floor it.

In summary this is a great engine stuck in a very badly built car. I ignored warnings about the build quality of this vehicle because all I cared about was the permormance figures. I had the car for 8 months and lost almost £2k on it. every week I had it, it depreciated and got more tatty.

I am now hoping to buy a Honda Civic 1.8 VTi. Wonderful and reliably built car with the perfomance to match. In the meantime I am back to an old Opel Manta for my kicks. The brush with the PUG nearly knocked my faith in 'modern' cars.

Buy Japanese or German.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th December, 2003

2nd Sep 2004, 04:04

I wrote this original review and forgot to say that the Turning circle on this car is outrageous!! You know how you spin into a side road to turn around and come out of the junction to face the opposite way? Well, you can't do that in this car, in an attempt to save the CV joints or something the turning circle means that you need a 5 point turn where a 3 would have done.

You won't believe me from this (you'll think "oh. it can't be that bad. I could live with that"), but once you try one you will see exactly what I mean. It amazing that it could have left the factory like this!!