1998 Peugeot 306 XT 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Solid, satisfying and occasionally unpredictable
Central locking jumps up and down by itself.
Exhaust is boomy, especially at high revs.
Choke switching off occasionally stalls the engine.
Erratic windscreen wipers on auto.
Cabin lights on front door switch don't work.
Indicator intermittently doesn't work.
This car was in great condition when I bought it second hand, and generally hasn't given me many problems at all.
Though it has its idiosyncrasies, which can be annoying sometimes, at others they're kind of hilarious.
When the central locking plays up, the locks (very noisily as on many Peugeots!) jump up and down constantly, sometimes ten times in a row, like there is some poltergeist present. Sometimes it is hard to get the door open; in this case you have to unlock, then quickly pull up the handle to get in.
There is a flat spot in the revs at about 2000 rpm, which makes acceleration from lights uneven; you have to gun it past the 2000 rpm mark to accelerate evenly, and other people tend to think you're trying to drag them off.
It's pretty comfortable to drive on the highway, though when climbing hills the boomy exhaust system makes it difficult to hear music on the radio, and after an hour of driving you feel a little deaf.
The clutch is incredibly stiff; why do they make them so stiff? It's like a truck to drive in city traffic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th June, 2011
14th Jun 2011, 06:18
Funny. Re the central locking, our ex-Citroen Xantia did the same thing, which was oddly exacerbated by braking in wet weather. In addition to the comedy, the plastic lock caps would fly off like little plastic missiles and assault passengers.
20th Jun 2011, 04:53
I had the door locks jump up on my 1994 Citroen ZX many years ago. It was solved by checking the earthing. I recall having to add proper earthing to the battery.
3rd Jul 2011, 05:32
I have since changed the muffler and it's fine, no boominess now. Also replaced the fuel filter and accelerates smoothly now too. Good solid car, though driving in stop-start traffic requires a Buddhist approach.