1998 Peugeot 306 GTi-6 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Bag of S**t!
Cam Belt snapped at 59,000 miles, very common fault, dealer states change at 72,000, why no recalls or notices from Pug regarding this?
Drop Links needed replacing
Leak through sunroof
Front brakes sticking
Exhaust feel off
Lambda sensor failed (twice)
Leak through rear window
Head gasket replaced
Air conditioning packed up
Air bag light stuck on
Hesitation and stalling
Need I go on?
The car looked lovely and when everything is right was a real wolf in sheep's clothing. But the reliability was pathetic, as soon as one thing was sorted something else went wrong. I had the car for a year and it spent a total of 20 weeks off the road, that tells its own story. The final straw came when the car kept stalling and mis-firing, and Peugeot decided they wanted to change the ECU for £600+ and then couldn't guarantee this would cure the problem!, but couldn't tell until they had replaced it!!! The car was also very uncomfortable, but all the gismos made up for that (when they worked!).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th September, 2003
Sad? Why? This is my opinion on what I feel is a very poor car from a very poor company. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this is mine. I pity you if you drive one of these bags of sh**. Anyhow my judgement of this car is not just based on the cam belt or can you not read?
I have a GTi6, it's a 99 though and it's perfect in every way, I don't drive like a loon (well, not too often) and I don't treat it badly and it treats me well in return... so far I've had to spend money on brakes tires and a servicing. Not bad for a couple of years. Oh yeah, it goes through lots of petrol... how terrible!
I have owned my GTi for the past two years, and have had no problems at all.
I can agree that there is a problem with the cam belts on this car (not that Peugeot will admit this), but if you do your homework before buying a performance car, as I did, you will know what to expect.
As a rule, I would recommend no more that 40,000 miles or 4 years for the cams belts on these cars, and it's not a case of just replacing the cam belt.
It is advisable to have the cam belt, tensioners and water pump changed at the same time, as they are all known to have failed.
For this work, you are looking at approx £350 from a main dealer, which I don't think is too bad.
For more information, check out www.306gti6.com.