Lovely, lovely car to drive, but criminally unreliable.
2.1TD engine is lovely and works really well in the 406. Marked difference between this and the smaller 1.9 unit which I also tried. Like all 406's the Executive is refined, smooth and handles and rides beautifully.
The Executive spec is incredible. Full leather electrically operated and heated seats, climate control, perhaps the best standard fit stereo I've experienced and a full complement of electrics. Unfortunately, despite the car being a low mileage approved example from a Peugeot main dealer, most of it went wrong in the year I owned the car.
Never have I been so grateful for a warranty. I became quite friendly with the service staff in the local dealership, and when I collected the car after the clutch repair, they totted up the total cost of the work invoiced to the warranty company: a scarcely believable £4,200! In just over a year!
Sold it before the warranty expired. Lost a fortune. Ho hum, lesson learned. I still remember it as a fantastic car to drive, which in the light of the appalling ownership experience says a lot for the driving experience. Never again though! My brother in law is currently having stacks of problems with his new 307 so things at Peugeot don't seem to have changed much.