2000 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
The bad points outweigh the good
Head gasket blew when the car was just two months old - replaced under warranty. No problems since.
Clutch went at just 5,700 miles - replaced under warranty after a big row.
Passenger seat adjuster handle snapped off, glovebox lid pops open, drivers seat moves around, carpet peeling away in both footwells.
Heater matrix sprung a leak at 12,000 miles. Replaced under warranty, but interior has stunk of antifreeze ever since.
Engine idle is terrible - misfires constantly and the revs fluctuate. Apparently "it's normal", as is the fact that it rattles like a diesel when cold.
Cam cover gasket replaced three times. Last time it leaked onto an engine mount and caused it to swell. Lots of other smaller oil leaks mean a top up once a week.
Air bag warning light blinks intermittently.
Banging from front suspension.
Gearbox sticky when cold.
This is my second 306 XSi and unfortunately my last Peugeot. My previous L reg XSi 8 valve did 130,000 problem free miles. This car has been one disaster after another.
It's like owning a highly strung supercar, but without the good points. Clutches and head gaskets failing before 10,000 miles are inexcusable on a modern mass produced car. This 306 proves that Peugeot might know how to build a fun car, but it still doesn't know the meaning of engineering integrity, build quality, or customer service. The dealers have an excuse though - if all 306's are as bad as this, they must really have to work for a living!
Yes the handling is superb and yes it looks nice, but I don't care any more. It's an unusable wreck which I will be getting rid of as soon as possible.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th June, 2002
Seems like a problem with the later models to me, as like yourself I had a phase 1 306 XS i 2.0 8v and it got to 140,000 miles with very very few problems.
I'm going to have to take great care of my new GT i 6 or it looks like it will cost me a small country.