2003 Peugeot 306 Reviews

2003 Peugeot 306 DTurbo 2.0Hdi from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0Hdi Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

A low insurance car that will put a grin on your face!

Faults:

Not a lot really.

Automatic Wipers stopped working at were fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

The car itself is fantastic. Its group 5 insurance and I am of the opinion that you given the insurance group you cannot get better insurance.

Its forte is corners where it can quite happily play with cars 5 times it price and possibly more.

Speed is not fantastic (0-60: 10sec) but given the amount of torque the car has it is a match for 2.0 liter petrol equivalents when overtaking etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2004

2003 Peugeot 306 XSi 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Not a patch on the 306 - disappointing

Faults:

Outside temperature readout became erratic.

Total instrument panel failure.

Clonking front suspension.

Horribly "grabby" brakes - apparently all 307's are like this.

Battery earth lead developed an intermittent loose connection, immobilising the car on two occasions.

Carpets working loose and seat trim looks like the car has done 150,000 miles.

General Comments:

I did 100,000 very happy miles in my old 306 XSi and loved every single one of them. Like an idiot, I assumed the 307 would be as good, so when the company car choice came around, I ticked the box without even thinking about it.

Next to the 306 it's like driving a tank. Where the 306 felt lithe and agile, the 307 feels fat and ponderous. I have no complaints about performance though. Surprisingly the (same) 2.0 engine gives as good performance as it did in the 306, and manages to feel sweeter and more refined when extended. But the steering, handling and brakes feel like a backwards step of 10 years rather than representing progress in any way, shape or form.

There have been problems too. In 100,000 miles the 306 needed only routine servicing, some attention to the airbag wiring, and the idle control valve. In less than a quarter of that mileage, the 307 has broken down twice and suffered a multitude of stupid faults which the dealer seems powerless to even diagnose properly, let alone fix. And I can't believe brakes which try to make you headbutt the windscreen when you so much as brush them are "OK". Ever since the 205, Peugeot have been experts at making the major controls on their cars "feel" right, so I can't believe they could get something this fundamental so wrong. That said, the steering is overassisted too.

If they sorted the reliability out, it would be a decent enough car. Roomy, practical, comfy and with every toy you're likely to need. But it's neither as reliable, or, crucially, as much fun to drive as the 306. If you're looking for a totally sensible, practical family hatch, I'd recommend it (with the aforementioned reservations about reliability). If, like me, you want a 306 replacement, don't waste your time with this car. It's inferior in almost every respect. Ford are now the "enthusiasts" choice in this sector. Who'd have guessed that one 10 years ago?

Sort it out, Peugeot!

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

Review Date: 7th October, 2003

10th Oct 2003, 11:24

R they talking about a 306 or 307?

12th Oct 2003, 13:57

Sorry - this review is for a 307! Oops!

2003 Peugeot 306 1.4 Unleaded from Trinidad and Tobago

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Unleaded Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

The best car of the universe

Faults:

Pricey to maintain.

General Comments:

This car is nice. It's the best anyone can get. Strong and good. Takes some ggod licks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2002

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews