1997 Peugeot 406 Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1997 Peugeot 406 SRi Turbo 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Great saloon for stealthy power freaks

Faults:

Nothing as yet.

General Comments:

Very comfortable on long journeys, quiet cabin and little wind noise.

The engine develops full power at about 3000 rpm when the turbo starts to kick in.

There is plenty of torque, being most noticeable from the 70 to 110 mph range.

Handling is not bad for a large car, disk brakes all round and ABS make things a little easier.

This car leaves most others at the lights with a somewhat surprised look of being outdone by a family saloon!

The only drawback is that you pay at the pump, but then you certainly get what you pay for. Also parts are a little more expensive when it comes to servicing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th October, 2004

1997 Peugeot 406 Break ST 1.8 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 206

Summary:

Fairly satisfied, but..

Faults:

Engine shuts off regularly. And the garage is not able to track the cause.

General Comments:

Very nice car for its purpose, when you have a small family and dogs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

27th Apr 2003, 16:16

Probable cause is:

1) Dirty fuel filter.

2) Clogged electric fuel pump.

3) If not the above, then is for sure: The electric conduit for the immobilizer, in the area/door where you open or close it!!!

The cable there breaks easily.

2nd Jun 2003, 01:20

My Peugeot 406 1.8 -97 used to have this problem as well, the motor just stopped when slowing down in idle, e.g. at red lights. The problem was fixed by renewing the controller of the idle running of the motor. I don't know the exact term for this controller/actuator, it is about 3+1 cm push/pull axis. The cost was around 300 (!) euros for the exchange part and work.

1997 Peugeot 406 Coupé V6 Pack 3.0 V6 petrol from Switzerland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 kilometres
Most recent distance116000 kilometres

Summary:

Simply the most beautiful Coupé this side of a Maserati

Faults:

The Coupé features doors inclined by 4° to the inside to facilitate closing. The hinge on the driver side door (left) keeps coming unscrewed and had to be replaced once.

Exhaust rusted through (probably due to salt in winter, a normal thing in Switzerland).

Amplifier had to be replaced.

All in all, I would say I had to get little done, considering the car's age.

General Comments:

Best things first. This must be the most beautiful affordable production car at the moment. I simply can't stop taking in the perfect lines Pininfarina designed for the Coupé.

The inside is taken 1:1 from the limousine, which is a bit sad.

The manual gearshift works well, but the lever travels a bit long. For a 200+hp car, one would expect a more precise shifter.

The engine is not very sporty at the low RPMs I keep it at to conserve fuel. When you push it past 3000, however, she screams.

The rear seats are remarkably comfortable for a Coupé and even headroom is ample. The drawback is that the rear seats are 2 singles, therefore not allowing the car to seat five.

What keeps surprising me is the sheer size of the trunk. It rivals the trunk of many mid-size limousines, leaving that of most Coupés far behind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2003

1st Oct 2004, 10:21

The Pininfarina styled pug sure is a beauty and I would have been by far and away the best coupe ever IF it wasn't for one massive design flaw... pillar-less windows!!! this is a MUST for a true coupe and should have been offered even if as a more expensive option.

I've seen only ever seen one which was an aftermarket custom mod... but it was gorgeous with the windows down. It also required chassis strengthening.

11th Oct 2006, 08:44

It's OK to find another website with comments on the immensely pretty coupe. I've been driving one for 3 years now (however she was made in 1997 and present mileage is circa 160000. So far I encountered one serious problem - a temperature sonda got burnt and I was driving with my vents on all the time. Anyway, it was quickly found and fixed. They started with electronics, which cost me me money and it wasn't the place to look. If you have a similar problem, start checking with the sonda TJ279/7. I love the drive and the automatic gear is the best thing in the car - I just consume firmly the way. Oh, one thing - KEEP the mat under your feet in the right position attached to the bottom with two clips. Once I pressed the accelerator to the full and... it didn't go back, remained stack!!! It was scary to experience it in town with the automatic. I didn't panic I hit the pedal with my foot and it was released. OOOOpppphhh.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 35 reviews