2001 Peugeot 307 Rapier 2.0 HDI 90 from UK and Ireland


Lovely car, but poor service from dealers, and unclear information


When the car was ordered, we were told it had 6700 miles on the clock, but actually had 12000 miles upon arrival.

After driving the car for 8 days, could not get the hazard lights to work.

Could not get the indicator stick to click up properly.

Carpet on driver's side starting to come adrift.

Rusty nut on alloy covers.

Creaking sound coming from below the car, which became progressively worse over 6-8 days causing passengers/drivers to wince when going around corners etc.

Fuel cap cracked.

Scratch on windscreen.

General Comments:

The dealer did not seem to see the large difference in miles as a problem and offered a very small reduction in our agreed price.

The dealer was very unsympathetic to our problems and we actually got more help from another dealer as to the explanation of some of these problems which was apparently fairly common in the 2001 models.

In particular, we were told that the creaking sound, due to the anti-roll bar needing repositioning, was also common to some 2001 models, but cannot find other similar cases. Dealer service on this point was particularly awful.

Car is very spacious however, and drives well and economical for engine size.

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

Review Date: 21st July, 2003

2001 Peugeot 307 LX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Nice family car


Ignition Barrel Recall.

Knocking noise (initially thought to be rear seat belt anchor point - adjusted by dealer)

Later found to be anti roll bars at front catching on engine sub-frame. No Peugeot recall - dealer has to periodically adjust back into position. Known fault by Peugeot.

Cracking noise coming from suspension. Again known fault, dealer adjustment.

Gearbox end-plate leaking.

Clarion Single Slot CD/Radio Looses stations.

Roof Aerial ceased on. Could not remove for car wash.

General Comments:

Cabin is very comfortable.

Does not handle as well as previous Two 306's.

Excellent storage spaces.

The 1.6 Petrol engine (115BHP) does not perform as well as other in its class.

Car seems too heavy.

Peugeot have let owners down with these early problems.

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

Review Date: 22nd May, 2003

13th Dec 2003, 19:50

Thanks for the review. I own a 307 HD110, it's my 2nd 307, previously had a 307 HDi90. On both I've had a clunking noise which sounds like it comes from the left passenger side suspension, as it seems more predominant when going over bumps. This has been a fault on both cars, the first one had new engine mounts, top and bottom and new exhaust clamps. The new one has been back to the dealer and they've ordered new clamps, but having read your report I now wonder if it's the anti roll bar fault or the suspension fault, so I now at least have something to go on... as you know it's frustrating when you get the car back with the same faults.

13th Jan 2004, 04:49

Thank you very much for the information. My wife has one as well. It give from new nothing, but headache. The indicator has changed 4 times fault known as COM2000. Now it is leaking oil from the engine. She is going to get rid of it before the warranty runs out. 307 was a bad choice for us. Yucel.

2001 Peugeot 307 HDI 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland


Great car marred by poor build quality


Engine. The engine would not start, the EMS indicator being illuminated. This fault has not yet been rectified.

Indicator. The indicator would not "latch" when turning right, the indicator was replaced by a main dealer. The replacement indicator has now failed - it won't cancel and sometimes indicates left or right by itself.

Passenger side water jet failed, replaced by dealer.

Boot lock won't engage - sometimes I have to slam the boot 3 or 4 times to get it closed.

Banging noise from underside of vehicle on drivers side. There is a banging noise from underneath the vehicle that happens when turning a sharp corner at slow speeds. The dealer has had a look and has not been able to diagnose the fault.

Oil Guage. The oil guage does not work properly - somestimes it says the oil is full, sometimes empty and sometimes anywhere in-between.

Speakers. The original speaker were pathetic. I have replaced them with after market units.

Recalls. Despite the numerous occasion that the vehicle was with the local main dealer it took a different main dealer to notice that there were 3 recalls outstanding on the vehicle.

Cabin squeaks. There are several squeaks and rattles in the cabin - very, very annoying although they are intermittent.

General Comments:

Apart from the faults with the car I am generally pleased with the vehicle - it has a great driving position and handles well. The engine isn't as powerful as I had hoped (90BHP from a 2.0 liter Diesel engine) - a friends 2.0 liter diesel Ford Mondeo blows the 307 away in terms of performance and acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2003

19th May 2003, 09:31

Do you get any wind noise coming from the passenger side front door/windscreen area?

I have a new 307 (3weeks old) and it has an annoying whistle, although minor, at motorway speeds. Not good when you don't want the CD on, and just want some peace and quiet!

If you had the same, any idea where it might be from so I can stop driving the Mrs mad by asking her to keep sticking her ear in different places whilst I drive - I mean looking for the noise - nothing else!