1998 Peugeot 306 GTi Rallye 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


Unleash the fury!


The drivers side electric window is not correctly mounted and rattles.

Gears are quite difficult to find when car is cold.

The clutch is heavy.

Rear windscreen wiper sprayer is not very powerful.

General Comments:

The car is a rocket and pleads to be thrashed!

Looks minimalist from the outside, i. e not a stunning sports car, but the performance is amazing!

Although interior is not as high spec as the GTI6 you don't really need the half leather seats, CD stacker and air-con - this is a car built to be driven to the max.

My dad used to have a GTI6 - changed it for a 206GTI and is well jealous of my Rallye!

The seats although not very attractive are sturdy and comfortable.

Blows away the majority of other vehicles on the road. Where other cars are struggling in fifth I've still got sixth to go! Bring on 140mph..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th February, 2003

1998 Peugeot 306 GTi-6 2.0 from UK and Ireland


The best hot hatch by far


Only had the car for a short while, I'm still looking for defects.

The timing belts will be changed shortly.

The overall package is very favourable, excellent performance and handling combined with reasonable build quality (I had a Citroen before!).

I like the "wolf in sheep's clothing" factor.

General Comments:

Anyone considering a GTI-6, but cannot afford one should look no further than the scarce Citroen 2.0 16 valve.

Same engine (in 155bhp guise), lighter body.

Same running gear, suspension, even quicker steering.

Even more "wolf in sheep's clothing" appeal.

Loads of fun for £1500 - it just so happens I'm selling mine now I've got the GTI-6!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2003

1998 Peugeot 306 LX 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Excellent styling and value for money


The fuel injector pump had to be replaced by the previous owner. and the valve timing has also been repaired.

General Comments:

Really nice car and shines up like a new penny. Air conditioning has always worked and all the electrics seem to be working fine.

The styling of the car is superb and its modern looks are one of its many strengths.

Next I would just like to add to it by buying some more accessories like fog lamps etc...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2002

1998 Peugeot 306 XSi 135BHP 2.0 from UK and Ireland


A lot quicker than you would think


Front fog lights kept blowing (about 3 times) Unfortunately they're hard to reach so the dealer had to replace them each time.

All 4 doors rattle (not too impressed due to low mileage seeing as girlfriends BMW Compact is 2 years older with 20,000 more miles and not a rattle, but then this isn't a BMW!)

Air Conditioning pipe split (dealer replaced under warranty)

Fuel input line in engine had very marginal leak (again replaced under warranty)

Stereo has intermittent struggle with normality (volume just increases without warning occasionally)

Wind noise excessive.

General Comments:

A lot quicker than you would think. Struggles under 2,500-3,000 revs so normal hot hatches (VTR's and Golf GTI's) beat it away from lights and on initial acceleration, but get it above 3,000 revs and it just rockets and eats them for breakfast.

On the motorway it's absolutely excellent as it has a mountain of torque and just pulls and pulls. I've had an indicated 134mph out of it.

Handling is brilliant and you can just get the back end to nudge out nicely without drama.

Fuel economy OK - 270 to 300 miles out of a tank in normal driving.

Dents a bit too easily.

Heavy-ish clutch, but I suppose that's what you get with a sporty car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2002

1998 Peugeot 306 Turbo Diesel 1.9 from UK and Ireland


Bag of nails


At 46,000 miles the con-rod has gone through the side of the block and radiator. It has also smashed the starter motor.

Peugeot UK have declined all liability because of the age of the car!!! Finance Company is now fighting it for us.

General Comments:

This had been a really good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th June, 2002

12th Jun 2002, 07:42

Get in touch with What Car magazine. I remember reading a piece in there a few months back about a Citroen Xantia TD (same engine) which had the same thing happen. One minute driving fine - next minute a bang and all the warning lights came on. Big hole in the side of the block.

It's not unheard of on these engines apparently.