A complete mess
This is my second review of this car and my opinion has seriously changed since posting the first. I have just sold it after covering 10.5K because I had just about had enough of the niggling problems with it.
The most worrying fault was when all the electrics cut out in the wet at about 6000 miles. They came back on after a few moments, but the dealer refused to accept that there was a problem.
The indicator stalk needed changing as the headlights flashed when using it.
The rain sensor became detached from the windscreen after about 8000 miles.
The rear passenger window and trim came loose and had to be refitted. This happened at about 8000 miles.
At about 9000 miles the key press to unlock the car refused to work intermittently. This was not the battery as it happened in the spare too. I guess the receiver had a problem, but a few more presses would eventually unlock the car.
At some point the clips to hold the engine acoustic cover came off and the cover worked loose.
At about 9000 miles the air conditioning began to stink of stagnant water.
More recently at about 10000 miles the engine started to rattle and squeak when started from cold. It also continued to fire a few times after the ignition has been switched off. I didn't bother to have this looked at as I had decided to cut my losses and get rid of the car.
This is also the worst conversion to a right hand drive car I have encountered, the worst point is that the windscreen wipers don't clear the driver window properly (although the passenger gets a great view).
I found visibility restricted due to the huge pillars.
The stereo was awful - tinny and would distort at anything above half volume. Peugeot told me that if I changed it they would not honour the warranty if any electrical faults arose.
There was also a mysterious delay when flashing the headlights which apparently us by design.
Plus points were: The car was comfortable to sit in and the cruise control and climate were great. The seats were comfy and the fuel consumption was above average.
Overall I wish I had never bought the car and had spent my money on a VW Golf.
To cheer myself I up I have just bought a Toyota Celica GT :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th October, 2003