2002 Peugeot 307 SW diesel from UK and Ireland


Good value, family car


Carpet around driver's foot well has come away from the trim around the door.

Rear windscreen wash does not operate.

Sliding roof catches on the trim. Dealer said this was a manufacturing fault.

CD overheats when played loud for long periods of time.

Fly wheel needed replacing under warranty.

General Comments:

Very economical on fuel. Reliable car at present.

Not great handling.

Three adults in the middle quite tight.

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

Review Date: 15th March, 2005

2002 Peugeot 307 Rapier 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Worst Car I have ever had


Within one day of having car the indicator broke as it wouldn't flick off. This has since been replaced 3 times and I have been told a modified version has been made and I have had it fitted on my car.

Carpet in Drivers well comes away from the seal.

Both back passenger doors stuck and could not be opened had to go back to the garage for that.

Drop link on the rear suspension has been replaced twice, made a clonking sound and I actually felt embarrased driving it as it was so noisy.

Shock absorber needed replacing when the car was only 13 months old! Not under warranty, but as we had so many faults with the car (9 visits to the garage in 6 months!) it was fixed free of charge.

Tyres completely wore out in 16,000 miles.

Have a squeak in the exhaust which has been replaced 3 times, only when our old dealership shut down and we had to go to another dealership were we told that it could be replaced, but they were waiting for a modified part. Still have problem as waiting for modified part.

General Comments:

Had a service and were not told of any problems with car, were going on holiday to France when a friend pointed out they were nearly bald! Dealer didn't really care. The attitude was - well it's a second hand car what do you expect! A second hand car that at 13 months old still cost us £9000. This was supposed to be our dream car - more like dream car from hell.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th February, 2005

8th Mar 2005, 10:14

I've recently purchased a 206 GLX for my wife and whilst at the dealership a very nice 52 plate 307 HDI 90 Rapier caught my eye. 19,000 miles on the clock and only £8495... reading many of the reviews on this site do I avoid it like the plague and stick with my Focus or take a chance???

14th Mar 2005, 06:11

I would avoid it like the plague. Apparently 2002 was the worst year for the 307, with lots of manufacturing faults. They are still waiting for upgraded parts to be made now. I have only just been contacted about my squeaky exhaust, they have only just manufactured an upgraded part - 3 years on - not very good!

18th Nov 2005, 04:52

My Aunt has a 2002 Peugeot 307, not sure what model. Any way she drives like your grand mother and she just took it in for it's regular service. Now she's had it since new, never had a problem with it and never let anyone else drive it. The dealer says the had gasket is 'leaking' and the best part is it's going to cost NZ$6500.

Has anybody else had a head gasket done and how much?

The dealer seamed more interested in trying to sell her a new car instead.

I recommended she get a second opinion. (And a Honda)

2002 Peugeot 307 XSE 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Nice drive when it's new, but this unfortunately doesn't last


Indicator stalk replaced at 40,000kms due to problems as described in many other postings.

Premature tyre wear - all four tyres needed replacement at 35,000kms despite regular swapping from front to back, and very gentle driving.

Front discs replaced at 40,000kms. Dealer claimed this was due to 'wear and tear', cost of $1,200.

Wheel bearings replaced at 55,000kms. The car had developed a loud rolling noise from about 40,000kms.

Since the wheel bearings were replaced a loud scraping sound is audible when braking from low speeds and in stop/go traffic. After three visits to the car dealer the problem continues.

At 56,000kms height lever of driver's set fell off.

At 58,000kms wheel bearings need again replacement as according to the dealer the scraping noise is caused by faulty bearings.

General Comments:

The 307 is nice to drive when it isn't sitting in the dealer's workshop, with very good handling and good fuel economy.

However, overall I am disappointed with the car, not only because of the obvious drive train problems as described above, but also because the built quality is poor. As the car gets older, rattling of various interior parts is increasingly annoying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 2005