1996 Peugeot 406 GLX DT from UK and Ireland
Cheap, but not really that cheerful!
- Anti- roll bar bushes need replacing
- Radio doesn't work
- Passenger electric wing mirror doesn't work
- Temp gauge doesn't move more than a few millimeters (possible thermostat)
- Central locking is loud and the locks are fiddly.
I bought this car as a cheap run around to replace my gorgeous BMW E39 523i, as we are moving house and I need something cheaper to run to and from work. Although the BMW was perfect in almost every way, it is just too expensive to run now that fuel is at an appalling cost.
At a first glance this car is rancid. It looks like the previous owner hasn't bothered to wash or vacuum the interior since they owned it, and therefore needs about 4 hours worth of valeting (a job for me this weekend), and it stinks inside of dog!!!
But for a car which cost me £500 and that has 8 months MOT on it, I'm pleased. OK the driving position is awful and reminds me of sitting at my desk in the office, except it feels more 1970's than anything else. I just can't find enough adjustment to make it feel comfortable, and I find myself driving this thing in a kind of sit-up and beg position.
The steering is responsive, but not weighted enough for my liking, and feels like the tyres are filled with helium. I've used better brakes on a kid's pedal go-cart than on this thing, so I'm gonna book it in to make sure everything is as it should be.
I know I'm slating this old bus, but it does have a certain charm about it. I know I'm going to enjoy cleaning it and bring it back to its former glory, but my problem is that I was spoilt rotten with my BMW, and now I'm struggling to see why I bothered buying a budget, practical car, when I could have spent a bit more money and had another Bmw. Maybe in time my opinion will change, but for now, I'll reserve complete judgment until I've driven it a bit more.
I will post updates as and when necessary.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th February, 2010
27th Feb 2010, 12:30
I have a 406 TD, and so does my girlfriend. I have owned many cars in my time, but this 406 of mine is the best. I paid £830 for it 3 years ago, and have taken it from 155k miles to 212k miles, with no unusual expense - tyres etc. only.
It is comfortable, reliable and economical (I get 45mpg, almost however I drive).It has just gone through the m.o.t. test again, only costing me around £100 to get it through. I use an ex Pug. mechanic who is very knowledgeable and cheap, and whom I trust - these cars are brilliant.
I must add that both of our cars are the 2.1 diesel, not the 1.9.
3rd Jun 2010, 13:13
What is the 2.1 like?
Since purchasing the car in March, I have now covered 6k miles with no issues at all. I have had the anti-roll bar bushes sorted, along with thermostat. The radio is also working now, which was an easy fix. I had it serviced a few weeks ago because I'd covered so many miles (1200 a month!) and just couldn't believe how cheap it was!! I'm now running it on V-Power diesel, which has increased the performance and economy no end! I can now achieve 600+ miles per tank of V-Power, which I think is really good.
I would love to replace it, although it's now mechanically sound, but just not sure what is going to be as reliable and economical. I quite fancy an Audi A6 2.5TDi, but these are not as frugal and are apparently problematic!!
Will keep you posted on my progress.
17th Nov 2013, 09:34
I have a 2.1 Peugeot diesel. It's a good car, but sometimes the revs are going up and down for little while, then settle, and sometimes the engine management light comes on and I lose power. I have to restart the car. I just put in Cataclean; maybe it will be fine?