2003 Peugeot 307 SW SL 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Nice car, but very poor build quality


5 replacement indicator controls.

Rust spot on boot lid after 14 months.

Ball joints, drop arms and wishbones replaced at 21,000 miles.

Both electric door mirrors replaced at 24,000 miles.

CD changer replaced.

1 seat replaced and another stripped after around 4 months.

Front disks worn out after only 21,000 miles - not covered under warranty.

Horn fixed 3 times.

Plus several other niggling problems.

General Comments:

Great looking car. Very good handling and reasonable performance.

Plagued with constant faults since new resulting in numerous visits to dealer to get items fixed under warranty. No compensation at all from Peugeot who don't consider all of these faults to be an issue - after all that's what warranties are for!!

Will not buy Peugeot again, but will go back to buying Japanese.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th January, 2006

16th May 2006, 14:48

Coda (by original author) :

Finally traded the car in after problems with door mirrors (were replaced) and power steering. Peugeot's general attitude was one of "so what, we fixed all that went wrong". Personally I incurred around 25 visits to the dealer, 60 hours of lost time, and around £120 worth of fuel.

I will NEVER, EVER, EVER, buy another Peugeot. They are JUNK.

2003 Peugeot 307 Touring (tiptronic) 2L petrol from Australia and New Zealand


This car generally drives well and is very comfortable, but has had some engineering issues


Gearbox plug oil leak.

Broken internal exhaust baffle.

Opposite indicator comes on after corner completed.

Seat back trim pops open too easily.

Gearbox occasionally changes down heavily.

Brakes "pulsing", as though warped, already.

General Comments:

We bought this car new about a year ago from a prominent Melbourne (Eastern suburbs) Peugeot dealer before finding out that their workshop was a grubby, backyard affair. A note of caution to you all.

A few days latter I discovered a 10cm oil puddle under the car. Unfortunately the leaking oil plug meant that the gearbox and engine needed to be split to fix the problem!

Shortly after this (about 5000km) a rattle appeared from the engine. It was a broken internal exhaust baffle. A known fault, apparently.

After a turn is completed the opposite indicator comes on. I haven't had this fixed yet as it will probably require half the interior to be tampered with and it doesn't annoy me too much.

The tiptronic in this car is generally very smooth, but occasionally changes down savagely. I don't know if this is a characteristic of Peugeot tiptronics.

I enjoy the sporty nature of this car and find it to be very practical, even transporting a 280l fridge in it last week. It has been reliable so far, but has had the quality issues mentioned above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st January, 2006

2003 Peugeot 307 1.4HDI XS Premium 1.4 HDI from Portugal


Beautiful and modern piece of technology


Under Warranty:

- 3 replacements of the command levers module.

- oil level measurement sporadic failure. After several trials, dealer was unable to solve the issue!

- horn sporadic failure. The root cause is a contact failure of a wire mass terminal under the driver airbag. Everyone can easily remove the airbag and solve it in 20'.

- 2 Peugeot recals: 1 for software ugrade and an other for fuel valve support replacement. No failure experienced.

- stabilizer bar was touching the car body in tight cornering making an annoying noise.

General Comments:

Even admitting I had and know about several quality problems with the 307, I must admit I love the car and I would buy it again.

The car is comfortable. Ergonomics is OK, good construction, fantastic design. The automatic AC works perfect, I never needed to make manual compensations.

The 1.4HDI unit is not enough to make it faster, but I knew what I was getting. Very good price for what you can get from this car (in Portuguese market...).

This car is really a high tech machine: the small 1.4 is a good peace of engineering, the multiplexing makes it one of the most technological cars in the market.

Excluding the minor problems I had in the very beginning, I never needed to waste not even 1€ in repairs.

The 307 is a very cheap car to maintain, spares are cheap and maintenance periods large.

Now with 58000km, I still have tyres and brake pads for more than 30.000km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2005