1997 Peugeot 406 ST 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


It's a good first European buy


The engine starts to make little rumbling noise when you put your foot on the accelerator in fifth gear, though you are traveling above 90Kmph. The garage people couldn't find where the problem is.

It's only giving me 10Km/liter mileage (I am a good driver). Is it the the norm for these models?

General Comments:

Love the shape of the car, 17" alloys and lowered.

Handles beautifully around corners, even at high speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th August, 2006

1997 Peugeot 406 Break ST 1.8 16v from Netherlands


Worth every euro..., will buy one again


Just a little while ago the steering pump had to be replaced (approx 450 Eur).

Since it runs on LPG I have had some troubles. Therefor an injector had to be replaced.

In general very few things have gone defective. Only some maintenance had to be done such as new tyres, rubbers and exhaust.

General Comments:

Must say it has been a pleasure driving and as with all the other Peugeots (4) I owned a very reliable comfortable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2006

1997 Peugeot 406 LX 1.9 TD from UK and Ireland


Smooth, economical and reliable drive


Other than the odd replacement bulb, nothing much.

Turbo-connection pipe came loose resulting in awful performance as the turbo was not kicking in. But was a quick and cheap fix.

Brake pipe corrosion at last MOT, (probably due to salt on roads), is the only major repair needed.

General Comments:

There are a lot of complaints about the 1.9 Diesel being a bit gutless. Whilst it is not the quickest off the mark, I still find the performance very good and am not afraid to overtake on single-lane roads.

Fantastic motorway cruiser and very very comfortable. Great drive and very fluid handling - only niggle is the gear change can sometimes be a bit stiff and awkward.

Fuel economy is great for such a large car - always at least 45mpg and can sometimes get 50.

Servicing and repairs are reasonable in price - though I've always gone to an Independent garage and never to a Peugeot dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2005

1997 Peugeot 406 ST DT 2.1 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


I like the car very much


Bitron unit, which converts analogue to digital signal failed. This caused havoc with the speedo needle, rendered the ABS inoperative and made the steering think the car was standing still when it was going very FAST... tight bends on Australian B roads are not the best place to lose all steering feel with a ridiculously over-assisted tiller... I considered this fault potentially lethal. Due to superhuman effort of the local EFI specialist, the offending unit was eventually tracked down, bludgeoned to death, and replaced by a new "Made in Italy" Bitron. It changed the nature of the car completely. It instantly became smoother, more responsive and livelier.

(The unit is located on the passenger side firewall behind the glovebox)

Nothing else has gone wrong.

Do all Peugeot Diesels sound this agricultural on startup?

General Comments:

Generally, the car is a joy to drive, and its economy is stupefying. On a recent holiday, we covered 1,205 kilometres on a round trip without having to darken the doorway of a filling station. We were gobsmacked.

The car is a consummate cruiser. It is reasonably quiet, though it's hard to compare diesels with petrol engined cars because they, well, they're just different in the way they go about making their respective noises. I find the steady compressive hum of a well-tuned diesel soothing. To others it's just truck-like.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2005

25th Feb 2006, 19:26

I'm currently driving a 306 td and yes, it sounds very 'agricultural' in the mornings! Glad your enjoying your Peugeot-the mpg is amazing isn't it? I shall be moving up to a bigger car soon because the kids are kicking me in the back now.. The 406 is looking like the front runner as a replacement. Thanks for your opinion-it could well be the decider!

5th Dec 2008, 17:08

I have two of these cars and they are the best cars I have had.