1997 Peugeot 406 Si 2.0 from South Africa


The 406 (D7) is the most attractive car on the road


Absolutely nothing went wrong with the car.

I did have an accident, but we cannot of course blame the car for that.

General Comments:

Best car I have ever owned.

The D7 shape is far better than the D9 externally.

Resale value is superb.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2002

1997 Peugeot 406 LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Nice face, a shame about the legs


After the initial euphoria I noticed that the engine lacked power when changing up a gear and quite often hesitated as I changed gear, sometimes with a hint of a misfire, not unlike fuel starvation.

Umpteen visits to various Peugeot dealers left me extremely frustrated with them and Peugeot UK refusing to accept there was a problem with the car at all. I even considered booking myself into a mental home as they were convincing me that I was the fault and the car was perfectly OK albeit a tad underpowered.

I decided to name the car Naomi Campbell as it was beautiful to look at, but a nightmare to live with! Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about top end speed or acceleration even though my previous car (1988 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLi) was faster, but getting there with the Pug without hiccups, coughs and splutters is a fine art and winning the jackpot on the National Lottery is easier!

Other faults are few, but include door rubbers which come adrift too easily.

Also, the petrol tubing has split on 3 occasions and nearly resulted in the car being set on fire.

The ignition key battery costs a small fortune to replace and I also had a problem with the EMS refusing to start the engine because it didn't recognise the key, even though I successfully opened the car and turned the engine over.

I'd love to buy a Peugeot 307, but after the treatment I've received I'll probably buy a Volkswagon Golf.

General Comments:

Looks lovely, but beauty is only skin deep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th October, 2001

10th Oct 2001, 14:34

We have one of these as a pool car, sluggish and plasticky.

11th Oct 2001, 02:38

You are talking about 406SR, 307XS and all over crap. Try to get one of 406SV, 406SRi, 307XSI... and you'll be satisfied.

1997 Peugeot 406 LX 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Good, but not as cheap to run as I thought it would be


Clock bulb has been changed about 10 times in 130,000 miles.

Rubber trim around doors seems to keep working free, I've tried glue, tape, everything, I think it must be the doors, when they open, they must pull the rubber bits off.

Seats are quite soft, comfy at first, but a bit poor on long trips.

Paint-work seems easy to damage.

General Comments:

Car seems a bit under powered around town, it is fine once you are on the M-way where you need a bit of a boost for over-taking.

Quite dear to run for a diesel, the last Peugeot I had (a couple of years ago) seemed to be much better on fuel. Even Fords get better Miles Per Gallon.

Brakes are spot on, a bit uncomfortable at first, but great once you're used to them.

Dealers are way to dear! (for service etc).

Lots of cool gadgets.

Radio seems to turn off after a couple of hours, you can turn it back on straight away, but why does it do it in the first place?

I think that as long as you look after it, and service the car as often as needed, there should not be too many problems!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2001

1997 Peugeot 406 LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Worst car I have ever had


Engine rebuilt after 20,000 miles, as started using large quantities of oil.

Electric windows persistently failed.

Electrical fault in the loom, 4 weeks for the dealer to rectify the problem.

Very noisy engine on tick over, which the dealer said was a characteristic of the car.

General Comments:

Abysmal seats, too soft, consequence was 4 years of back pain.

Best day of ownership. The day it went back.

Took the company cash and bought a used Nissan Primera GT and haven't looked back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th July, 2001

8th Jul 2001, 13:43

Nissan are the best, have no doubt! They are one of the most underrated car manufacturers of all time.