1996 Peugeot 406 LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Superb handling, a joy to drive, get someone else to pay the bills


Nothing really, but as this was a company car, I rather got the impression that the local dealer used to "find" things to replace... for example, at 60,000 miles, I reported a slightly slipping clutch. Dealer instantly decided this unit needed replacing and presented my employer with a bill for £500! Unfortunately, the unit was badly fitted, and snagged the speed sensor cable which caused the car to fail in a big way while I was on a business trip in Belgium. After contacting the dealer (who was less than sympathetic) Peugeot head office offered a free service for any other car in my family.

Other things - engine was making a curious noise which I reported to the same dealer - they decided the car was unsafe to drive, and took the car off the road... but left me to find my own way home. Not good.

Lots of little niggles that the dealers have resolved, but costs are high for servicing and general maintenance. If you can do routine maintenance yourself, then do so, and save yourself a lot of money.

General Comments:

I loved to really drive this car... on a quiet backroad, in good conditions, the 406 is a joy to drive... responsive handling, excellent ride, good weight distribution, good performance (although go for a 2.0 litre as the 1.8 is underpowered when travelling with chums), and good brakes. Steering is direct and well weighted, gearbox is full of useful ratios, boot is huge.

Downside - earlier models are sparcely equipped, but the build quality is good and the car feels solid, especially on long motorway drags where comfort is high, and cabin room is good.

I want another, preferably a 3.0 V6... but at 24mpg, I may have to think again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2000

1996 Peugeot 406 LX Aircon/ABS 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Great handling, crap build quality


Design fault in the car causes damage to the driver's door.

All rubber perishes quickly.

ECU fault.


Brake discs.



Cracked rear suspension.

Air conditioning leaked.

Tyres wear quickly.

Glove box handle came off.

Dash lights frequent replacement.

Headlight frequent replacement.

Central locking problem.

Electric window stuck.

Idle stepper motor siezed.

Head gasket lead.

Leaking/damaged cylinder.

Leaking power steering.

Leaking brakes.

Damaged radiator.

Cooling fan broke.

Cooling regulator problems.

Air duct fell off.

Gear linkage was going.

Trim falling off.


General Comments:

Very, very unreliable parts! Not built to last in the slightest!

Although so many things have gone wrong it's never actually broken down (always started first time).

Costs a fortune to run and not so good on fuel economy.

Nice interior with plenty of gadgets, but seats not so comfy.

Great handling.

Great power steering feedback.

Good acceleration and performance, although doing a standing start 0-60 you can actually watch the fuel gauge going down.

I have, since this car, bought a 1999 new shape 406LX 2.0HDi and they seem to have massively improved the car. Up to 24,000 miles so far and going good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2000

4th Aug 2005, 19:14

Its interesting to note you say that the parts are unreliable and not built to last.

My 1996 406 as 167K miles on the clock. Most of it is still original!

Exhaust, breaks and tires are a given for replacement. But my car is coming up to 10 years old and still has all its original rubber, ECU, Radiator, suspension, handbrake, clutch. In fact all the major things that should not really go wrong have not. And my driving is not perfect, I can be a little harsh round the corners and fast on the motorways

My car now even sports a dent and depression up front thanks to some city driving antics. The bonnet is slightly buckled and the slam panel has been pushed back a few centimeters, yet I have done 25-35K miles with the car in this condition, through 2 winters. I've even had it to 124mph on a German motorway.

It's a superb car and is in much better condition, mechanically, than my neighbor's 4 year old Ford Focus.

I'm sorry, but from your review it sounds like you have a harsh driving style as lot of the item you list can break with excessively harsh driving. Any car is going to break quickly if you chuck it about.

1996 Peugeot 406 SRi 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Nothing major, just wear and tear items e.g. brake discs, pads and exhaust, tyres etc.

General Comments:

Lovely car to drive, comfortable and quick.

Drinks petrol at a fast rate if you use the power it has.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2000

1996 Peugeot 406 GLX 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Exhaust broken twice, suspect something to do with the many speed humps where I live, otherwise: Nothing!

Dealer service could not be better - I wish the car also broke down a few times as it is the only time it gets a good clean when being serviced.

General Comments:

Reliable & lots of toys - climate control & CD autochanger are great. A minor grumble is that seats lack some support.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 1999

1996 Peugeot 406 LX Air-Con 1.8i 16v from UK and Ireland



Hopefully nothing will go wrong...

So far so good then!

General Comments:

Dealer service points awarded for a service carried out, tried to rip me off!

Otherwise the other dealer I use in Braintree, has to get 10 out of 10, for their parts counter service alone!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 1999

1996 Peugeot 406 GLX Aircon 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


CD autochanger malfunctioned.

General Comments:

The 406 is an excellent car, and a vast improvement on my old Mondeo.

The ride, handling, and comfort are Benz-like, but the engine could do with a bit more torque and bhp (it has only 136bhp and this is not enough for real tarmac tearing stuff).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 1997