2004 Peugeot 307 2.0 diesel 90 BHP from UK and Ireland
Poor, but cheaper to fix than the other models
Antipollution faults; on my third since owning it.
Excessive tyre wear on the front tyres. They don't last long, I don't wheel spin, and it is only 90 BHP.
Very poor MPG. Lucky to get 40 MPG; you can get petrols that can achieve this. So why they made this model, I don't know. If you're not going to get 50 MPG or more from a diesel, it's not worth having.
I rushed into buying this car, because 3 cars back I owned a 306, and it was reliable and did 60 MPG, so I did limited research. Peugeot claimed 50 something MPG, however I didn't realise that their testing is conducted in a vacuum without air resistance. Very practical for interstellar travel, but the figures are not very helpful for driving on Earth. Anyway, you're lucky to get 40 to 41 MPG, which for a diesel is poor.
This car eats tyres; they only last half their expected life. I do not wheel spin and this car is never going to break any speed records (0 to 60 in 11 or 13 seconds). Apparently the excessive tyre wear is a common fault and an expensive one.
I have had 3 antipollution faults since purchasing the car. My first was the EGR it turned out, having spent loads on other solutions, because this fault can be a lot of things. Second one, changed the EGR unit, which like everything on this car is placed in an inaccessible, labour intensive place; needed to lift the engine up to get to the part. I am now experiencing my third, and am awaiting diagnostic testing and possible financial Armageddon to fix it.
On a positive note, this model is the cheapest to fix out of all the other 307 models, and has less fancy parts to go wrong. I changed my clutch for 400 pounds. Any other model is 900 to 1000, as you need to change dual fly mass and other parts. My model has solid fly wheel, and the other parts are external on my gear box. Any other model, they are in the clutch and need to be replaced.
To conclude, I am very disappointed with this car. I don't mind losing performance for cheaper motoring costs, but 40 MPG is poor. Poor performance, planned obsolescence; nothing on this car is designed to last. It seems it is designed to be constantly needing sensors and labour intensive work with very expensive parts, which to be fair it's only a Peugeot; hardly a premium brand. It will be the last French car I will ever own.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th March, 2013