1997 Peugeot 406 LX 1.9 TD from UK and Ireland


Great car, wrong engine


Speedo and rev counter needles jumping around like crazy before quitting altogether.

Mileage being added to the odometer when the car was stationary.

Gearbox oil seal failed, contaminating clutch plates.

General Comments:

The 406 was an attractive car which was faultlessly comfortable, nicely made and rode and handled superbly.

Biggest gripe was the almost dangerous lack of performance from the 1.9 TD in this heavy shell. Okay, a diesel saloon is never going to be a sports car, but this is one of the slowest cars I've driven for a long time. The engine is a typical Pug diesel in that it is very quiet and smooth, but it's obviously just overwhelmed by the 406's bulk. In cut and thrust city traffic, or fast B-roads, I often found my right foot welded to the floor and my body rocking back and forth in the vain attempt to coax more acceleration from the car!

The fact that the car is both heavy, and quite seriously underpowered hits fuel consumption quite hard. A low of 32 mpg is fairly atrocious for a diesel car of this performance, and a long-run high of 45, whilst not exactly thirsty, isn't stunning either. My thought was that the consumption did not compensate for the lack of grunt.

The chassis was superb, offering a wonderfully smooth ride. Steering feel was good, and the brakes were powerful and reassuring. Despite its size, the 406 was a joy to punt around twisty roads, with superb body control and sharp turn-in.

Unusually for a Peugeot, the interior was well made, and used decent materials. Driving position was good, and standard equipment also generous. Reliability was okay, but considering I had the car only a short time, there were a lot of niggling problems. The dealers were quite offhand and kept the car for a while.

A good, satisfying car as it was, if it had had the 2.0 petrol or even the 2.1 TD engine under the bonnet it would have been near perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2001

21st Jan 2005, 04:21

Just driven a well used, 315,000 ks from Christchurch to Tauranga in NZ a distance of 1200 ks and averaged 47 mpg over some very challenging and hilly roads.

Lots of power and great economy. I own a 3.5L V6 220 hp Olds Intrigue so am used to more power but the diesel is a very good car with plenty of power (torque) for an experienced driver to use.

22nd Dec 2006, 08:06

Experience has nothing to do with it.

Do the maths - 90PS + 1400kg = pedestrian performance.

Yes, it has the usual turbodiesel strong midrange, but there's just not enough of it.

The VAG PD engines show how diesel punch should be done, albeit without the refinement of the Peugeot units.

1997 Peugeot 406 GLX 2.1 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A very good all round tourer and family car


Damaged drivers door due to a manufacturing fault.

Numerous articles of trim have been replaced.

Drivers electric window sticks.

Gearbox failed at 45000 miles (synchro hubs worn on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th).

CD autochanger constantly sticks.

General Comments:

Based on the handling and performance for a diesel, this is a superb car to drive.

It is not particularly quick off the mark, but the mid range torque at low revs combined with a quiet and smooth engine make it very satisfying.

However, it is badly let down by its build quality and the local main dealer network does not impress at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2001

1997 Peugeot 406 ST 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Well built, quiet, comfortable mile muncher


Air con needed a re-gas at 40,000km, probably due to lack of use and low miles.

Nothing otherwise up to 40,000km.

General Comments:

Passenger airbag trim coming away from the dash. Hate to leave it in the Australian sun.

Slow acceleration, good highway speed though.

Runs only on Premium fuel 98+. Not always available in the Australian country.

Great handling and plush ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2001