1998 Peugeot 406 LX 2.1 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland




Speedometer stopped working.

Clicking noise from under the dashboard.

Electric windows stopped working.

Headlight bulbs constantly blowing.

Catalytic converter split.

Rumbling noise from the back wheels.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable and nice to drive, espescially on a long run.

However the constant electrical faults and road noise from the back end ruin what could be a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2005

13th Aug 2005, 01:29

The comments you posted seem to be for your car experience only. I have an N Reg 406, and have experienced none of the problems you have. I bought my car new, therefore I am the only owner, and have never had the speedometer quit on me, no noise from back end, and the bulbs do blow, but no more than any other car I have. The only major problem I have had, is that the Coil Pack quit on me, but was easy to fit and not too expensive. I agree that it is a very comfortable car to drive, and would surely recommend this car to anyone.

1st Aug 2006, 09:59

I have a 1997 P reg' LX Diesel. At approx 65,000 mls I had the clicking dashboard which proved to be the re-circulating pump. At the time it cost about £160 to be replaced at the main dealer. This has happened again at 129,000 mls. Also now at 138,000 mls the speedometer fails intermittently. In view of the mileage I don't think it's too bad.

1998 Peugeot 406 Coupe SE 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland


Peugeot's finest hour


Some dashboard lights behave erratically.

Headlamp washers have never worked.

Headlamp height adjustment is unpredictable.

Squeaky front brakes (quite common, I am told)

General Comments:

I was first drawn to this car by its good looks. I was won over by the impressive levels of performance, comfort, space and equipment.

The 3.0V6 is very responsive to the throttle. You can cruise along in 5th gear at nearly any speed and the car pulls away easily when prompted. Gear-changes are smooth and the brakes are responsive.

There is a lot of space in this car. 4 fully grown adults can fit in easily and access to the rear is good via the electrically operated memory seats and wide opening doors. The boot would put many saloon rivals to shame and the rear seat back folds down too for even more space if required.

Once inside the car the seats are comfortable, mine has heated leather seats. There is a hint of wind noise and the occasional burble from the V6 when pushed above 3000rpm other than that, silence...

Electric pillar-less windows, electrically folding mirrors and a 6 speaker JBL 6xCD/Cassette/Radio are standard fit.

Prices are falling for these in the UK.

I get 25-30 mpg from mine so a 3 litre isn't too expensive to run and I think the whole package is excellent value for money.

Peugeot did an excellent job on this flagship model, I hope the reliability stays good...

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

Review Date: 1st February, 2005

7th Feb 2005, 18:29

Apologies if I didn't make it clear, but I did say in the review that distance when bought was 49,000 miles and current mileage is 58,000. I have owned the vehicle for 9 months and have enjoyed my ownership experience so far.

I appreciate that this is not a long-term review, but I feel I have got to know the car in 9 months and I think my experience of the car is more than a "first impression".

Before I purchased this vehicle I would have welcomed some of the information about practicality, equipment levels and comfort that I have made.

27th Jun 2008, 09:09

Your review was helpful, thank you. Useful to know that the rear seats fold. It's a toss up for me between one of these and a late prelude 2.2 v tech. Can't decide. I feel like the Honda may be more reliable...

4th Jul 2008, 19:18

I have had one only for two weeks and like it very much. I came to this site to see how others had found their car over a longer period of time.

I suggest the V6 Peugeot over the Honda, driving it makes you feel very spoiled and there's performance there when you need it.