24th Apr 2001, 11:41
Yeah, but VW's are boring and bland (like a lot of the people that drive them). I've had no more trouble with my 82,000 mile 306 than my mate has with his Golf GTi. The difference is that he's lost about six grand value on his, whereas I've lost about two. Call that sensible?
18th May 2001, 04:02
I've just bought a GTi-6 which is 2 years old, with 30,000 miles on the clock for half the original list price. I am delighted with the car and have had no problems.
OK so the person who originally bought the car took a big hit, that is why I bought second hand. I would not have been able to get such a bargain if I had bought a used Golf GTI / S3. I also agree with the original reviewer that it is the best car in its class and certainly the prettiest.
I agree that German build quality is better, but that is factored in the price that I paid second hand. Additionally, I think that Peugeot doesn't (thank god) have the Sloane Factor associated with the Golf / Audi darling.
At the end of the day the GTi-6 will kick their ass any time, any place, with a huge understated elegance, the famous Gallic Flair peut-
1st Jul 2001, 16:29
Bit puzzled about the comment the reviewer makes about Peugeot quality - 'It's a Peugeot - what do you expect?' I expect decent build quality - the cars are hardly much cheaper than VW's when new and the new 307 is more expensive than its comparable Golf model.
7th Jul 2001, 11:09
JD Power and other surveys prove that VW's are no more reliable than Peugeot, Ford, Renault and a lot of other brands. Peugeots drive a lot better, and although looks are subjective, a 306 is a much prettier car than the Golf in my opinion.
I've driven a 306 GTI-6 and a Golf GTI 1.8 T and from a drivers point of view, the Pug walks it. Not that the Golf is a bad to drive, just that the Peugeot is much better. The 306 has sharper more informative steering, crisper turn-in, meatier brakes, more throttle adjustability and better body control. It's also slightly quicker and has a much more charismatic engine.
I'd put up with a few foibles for this, but then statistically speaking I wouldn't need to. What would also help clinch it, is that 306's hold their value almost as well as Golfs too.
21st Jul 2001, 16:56
I currently own a GTi-6 but I find the steering seems too weak - it feels like it is going to break. Also it now suffers from intermittent vibration at anything above 50mph and eventhough I have had the wheels balanced twice, tyres changed and the tracking checked, the problem persists and ruins the pleasure of driving it. I still believe VW's have better quality build than Peugeots. Probably because companies like VW keep banging on about build quality, I suspect more owners are likely to criticise, whereas most Peugeot owners just live with the poor build. Japanese build quality tops the lot though.
25th Nov 2003, 10:46
Dogs dinner of a car? You'll never convince me! My opinion is based in reality as, not only am I the proud owner of a GTI-6, but the reason behind my purchase was the excellent 306 XSI 16valve.
I have had a total of 2 faults in 6 years (and 70k miles) of 306 ownership - the first was the fuel inlet pipe leaking - about £3 and half an hour with a stanley knife sorted that. The second is a little more worrying and that's my airbag light permanently flashing, however an hour with my DVM has told me it's a fault in the wiring and just time consuming to fix.
In return for that, not only do I drive a modern classic, but I get 0-60 in 7 seconds (OK so I've breathed on the engine a bit!) brakes that pull my eyeballs out of my sockets, handling that is every drivers dream and just as importantly, kudos!
Now, every BMW, Golf, Audi, or Renault (yawn yawn yawn and yawn!) driver out there, tell me you have any one of those for less than 30 grand and I'll call you a liar. Then I'll show you a clean pair of heels in my 6 grand motor and be laughing all the way to the bank.
19th Dec 2004, 08:52
Just a quick message for the fella who's having troubles with vibrations after 50 mph. It's not the tracking or wheel balancing. unfortunately, I went through the same problem and eventually found out it was the drive shafts. you must ONLY use peugeot parts as pattern parts are too thin and bend again within a couple of weeks. They're expensive, but the 306gti6 is well worth it. great fun and looks.