1991 Peugeot 309 GR 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap, fun and comfortable
My 309 is sometimes hard to start when cold, and can run hairy (jolts and splutters) for the first few minutes before warming up. After driving for some time, the engine runs on after turning the key, which can probably be blamed more on my mechanic's fumbling with the carburettor than the car's own fault, but he did find it difficult to work on. I have taken to dropping the clutch, because letting it run on is bad for the engine.
The paint on the boot lid is slightly sun damaged, although it is difficult to see because the car is silver.
The 309 isn't exactly pretty, I suppose it has an oddball look, typical to aging French cars.
I bought the 309 as a cheap means of driving to university, but I have grown rather attached to it over the 14 months of ownership. It is really fun to drive, the engine is peppy and the handling superb. It clings to the road, and I can overtake much more expensive cars through round-abouts. It has good acceleration in town, but is slow to reach higher speeds on the open road.
Perhaps the best thing about the car is the ride quality. It has always been Peugeot's strong point and the 309 doesn't disappoint. Passengers have commented on how well it sits on the road, and how smoothly it travels for a car resting on 21 year old suspension.
It is economical too, and I have driven all the way to university with the fuel light on. That's about 40 minutes of travel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th January, 2012