1999 Peugeot 306 Meridian 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
These cars are amazing. If you can get one, do so
Bought this car, and there were a few minor flaws.
The indicator bulbs were blemishing (why they couldn't keep the orange indicator plastic chassis I'll never know).
The handbrake needed tightening (easy job).
The clock didn't work (bulbs blown).
The air con rattled on full blast (wasn't screwed down correctly).
This car is amazing. So much so that this is the 4th 306 1.9 turbo diesel I've owned in 10 years. I love them, but this one is far the best.
Half leather seats, air con, electric windows, and for me the best thing about the 306 is the seats; who cares how fast you can go, who cares what the car looks like; all that matters to me is do I get a sore ass after 5 hours of driving, and this doesn't do that.
OK, the cars I owned before, the reason I sold them was because I blew the head gasket (common fault), but make sure you change the cambelt when suggested; think it's 75,000 miles, and keep it topped up with oil and water. Remember, it is a diesel, so it is going to burn a bit of oil as well.
Don't expect high performance. After all, it is a DIESEL. What you need to expect is 50-70 mpg. The turbo is just there for when you need that extra ummpphh for overtaking or for pulling away.
All in all, I love these cars, cheap to run, cheap to insure, and as these are very popular cars, if you do end up hitting something or needing a spare, they are relatively cheap to find, specially if you go to a scrap yard.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th March, 2011