2nd Mar 2005, 06:33
I have just changed my 307 2.0HDI 90 for a new Opel Astra 1.7CDTI after two years. Hopefully the Opel will be at the dealers less than my 307 was! Mine appears to have been quite a "good" one, as I only had minor faults like THREE rear door locks in a year, a clunk in the front suspension which took three visits to sort out, numerous rattles and a new front electric window motor needed. I have previously owned two Peugeot 205 diesels, a Peugeot 405 diesel and THREE 306 diesels, two of which were turbo ones. I agree that the 306 was a MUCH better car, I had NO warranty issues with any other Peugeot. Peugeot seem to have lost the plot very badly with the 307, which is a great pity, as it is quite a nice car in many ways.
13th May 2005, 07:01
Agree with the comments above. I decided to foolishly ignore all advice and the customer satisfaction surveys last year and bought a new "53" plate Peugeot 307 2.0 16v XSi at the beginning of last year. It's been a total disaster.
The build quality and finish look fantastic initially, but quickly disintegrates - the total opposite to those of the 306 which looked crap, but actually proved quite durable. On mine however, it's the electrics and engine management that have provided most of the problems. A never ending stream of wiring faults, failed control units, water ingress, dry joints, "bad design" (quoted on more than one occasion by the dealer) and sloppy assembly standards. 14 visits to the dealer in 17 months, and it's still not running right.
I can't see how anyone "upgrading" to this from a 306 will avoid feeling intensely disappointed.
14th Nov 2005, 16:22
I used to own a 306 XSi - a very flawed car which cost me a lot of money to fix. But on the perfect road the chassis really sparkled.
People buy Peugeot's for handling. Seems like they are chasing VW buyers. How can they when their cars are so badly built. Worse still the 307 came second to last in the 2005 Top Gear survey (only beaten by a Pug 807!!)
Since my troublesome 306 I've owned an older Passat and now a Golf. Not totally without fault, but we are talking little things when they go wrong.
9th Aug 2006, 03:46
I bought 18 month old 307S in Dec 05. It spent 9 weeks at the dealership whilst they tried to find out what was wrong. First they replaced the entire fuel system and when the same problems (smoking on starting, noisy engine and lack of power) remained finally replaced the engine. Problem fixed, but the car has been back twice since after hoses split – the first time losing all coolant instantly.
I love the feel of the car, but after owning a second hand 405 for 7 years, I am very disappointed in this vehicle.
7th May 2009, 09:52
I have just bought a 307 so far in the last 3 weeks. It has been in the dealers twice. What a nightmare. I have only just passed my test and wish I'd seen this site before I purchased this car.
It is due back in the dealers on Monday as the same orange light on the dash keeps coming on, and he seems baffled again as to why. Well 3rd time lucky as they say.