2001 Peugeot 306 from Jordan

Summary:

I would think twice before buying Peugeot again

Faults:

Head gasket blew up at 80000 KMS. The overheating that resulted has damaged the cylinders and valves. The car required a complete overhaul, which costs around 1500 USD.

Manual gear performance very poor and not accurate. Needs frequent change and adjustment of clutch disk.

Ball bearings and belts for A/C compressor and dynamo requires change at 60000 kms.

Bad noise results from the gears when reversing.

General Comments:

Good performer, especially in hilly roads.

A/C is not effective at an elevated ambient temperature around 40 Deg. C.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th October, 2009

2001 Peugeot 306 Meridian 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

This is the best all round 306 money can buy

Faults:

New exhaust backbox.

Alternator pulley went at 110,000.

Clock / temp light died.

Temp (outside temp) is about 10 degrees too high, which causes A/C to kick in all the time, resulting in an empty A/C reservoir.

General Comments:

I liked the handling of the Citroen ZX, and the 306 shares the same chassis.

I was attracted to this car because of its powerful engine (90HP), economical performance and low insurance group (5).

The car has plenty of torque pulling away up a hill, but the first gear is short and causes you to go into 2nd soon, and when the turbo engages about 1900-2000 revs, it pulls away well.

I've always thought the car needs a 2.5 gear, because going up a steep hill in third, it struggles because the turbo hasn't engaged, and if I drop it into second, the turbo engages and causes it to rev very high.

The Meridian spec features dual electric mirrors, remote central locking, half leather interior and leather steering wheel. 4 electric windows, colour coded bumpers and trim, spot lights and rain sensing wipers.

The car handles well round corners, and the comfy seats in the Meridian model keep you in your place.

The steering wheel seems a bit small, but nothing serious.

The car doesn't have super acceleration, and will beaten by a 1.6 hatchback at the lights, but this 2.0HDI will end of overtaking it when things start speeding up.

As far as economy goes, since Nov 08 I've averaged 43.6MPG over all types of driving. This has worked out at 11p per mile (I've documented all fuel usage since Nov).

I've installed a towbar, and towed a bike trailer to London from Bath and back with a moped on it, and averaged 50MPG for the whole journey, not bad at 70MPH.

Comfortably seats 4, though have had 5 without too many complaints.

The car flew through its last MOT with just a bulb, and I'm sure it'll be running well for another 25000 miles.

I bought the car for £1600, and I'm sure I can put 20,000 miles on it and sell it for the same, since this is a highly sought after spec, and I've had the cambelt changed too, which always helps sell a car.

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

Review Date: 14th September, 2009

2001 Peugeot 306 D Turbo 2.0 HDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Fair

Faults:

Apart from general wear and tear, my 306 HDI is starting to make a strange noise on low revs whilst moving. It sounds like an old Transit Van, yet on high revs and standstill it sounds OK.

As I am not a mechanic, I'm unsure as to what it could be. A friend said it might be the bottom end. Does any one have any ideas?

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

Review Date: 6th June, 2009

2001 Peugeot 306 D Turbo 2.0 HDI from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Fantastic!

Faults:

Rear passenger door lock motor stopped working and the brake light switch needed replacing.

General Comments:

I've had 4 306's and have loved every 1 of them, when it comes to cornering you can't beat them!

It is an advantage to be a bit Knowledgeable on DIY but for me that's the fun of it and makes for very cheap motoring with rewards of huge MPG figures for the Diesel versions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2008

2001 Peugeot 306 hdi LX 2.0 from UK and Ireland

General Comments:

Hi can any one help me? I have just purchased a lovely china blue 306 hdi, but the previous owner had lost the manual (typical) and I have got absolutely no idea what the little gauge is in the rev counter. it is just underneath the needle of the rev counter and the gauge says off---then min---then max-- any ideas???thanks.

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

Review Date: 25th August, 2006

27th Aug 2006, 07:20

It's an oil level gauge when you first turn the igntion on.

29th Jan 2007, 06:29

I have just purchased a 2001 Peugeot 306 HDI and I was told by a mechanic that this car has not the usual light on the board that all diesels have. This light comes from the pre-heaters, so when it turns off you can start the car. Is it true?

Furthermore the car is a little accelerated (1100 rev) when is stopped, how could I solve it?

Thanks.