1999 Peugeot 406 SW 2.0 HDi (110PS) from Poland


Comfortable, economic, dynamic, spacious - all what is needed for small price


Standard problem with the warning light for the side-airbag. Happens from time to time - always fixed by myself - no service needed (Bad wiring contacts under front seats).

Handbrake sensor failure causes the dash to bleep and display 'Brake Fluid low' every few minutes. Service can not help ;(

Poor quality front brake disks - must be replaced with better, not marked by Peugeot ;-)

General Comments:

Very comfortable, quick and economic.

Distance range even like 1400 km/fuel tank. Not possible with my previous P406 1.8 16V.

Quite cheap to buy. Official service costs acceptable. Private, non-authorised service costs - low.

Estate version is great, family car. Trunk really large. If you have small kids, and you have to take with you pram and all this other baby stuff, don't be affraid, you always have enough space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2005

1999 Peugeot 406 LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


What did I do wrong to deserve such a lemon?


Rear suspension arm failure.

Wipers went mad when gen2000 unit failed.

Entire electrical system shut down when water leaked into boot from poorly sealed rear light.

General Comments:

Just as well it's comfy because it didn't go anywhere fast.

Cost more to repair during two years and 25k than my 405 gtx dt did in 4 years and 100k.

Anything that went wrong required a return to a Peugeot dealer due to the overcomplicated electrics and diagnostic systems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th November, 2005

1999 Peugeot 406 Coupe 3.0 from UK and Ireland


Smooth, fast, still the best looking coupe there is


Had squeaking brakes, this was not fixed despite several trips to local garages, on taking it to Peugeot dealer they fitted the correct type of pads which fixed the problem.

General Comments:

Excellent car, very smooth and very quiet.

Car's engine makes a lovely noise and is great in high revs, very fast.

However this is not a sports car, it's handling is soft and it is better for open roads than twisty ones.

Interior is a little dated now, but you won't care because it is such a good ride.

Pictures don't do it justice, you will stare at this car out of the window for months after buying it.

Get one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2005

1999 Peugeot 406 SR 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland


A good solid dependable car


Engine gearbox mounting worn out required replacing.

Lumpy idle when warmed up, popping from exhaust, two separate Peugeot dealers could not find any fault. Car runs fine and passed MOT test so lived with it.

General Comments:

A fine solid car that soaks up the miles well.

Very good grip, road holding and handling in general.

Engine not very powerful especially at lower revs, but overall acceptable.

Not a great town car, but comes into its own on the open road and fast twisty B roads.

Only 25 - 30mpg around town, but will return up to 40mpg on open road driving.

SR spec is basic compared to my 95 Laguna which had more creature comforts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2005

1999 Peugeot 406 L HDI 90 from UK and Ireland


Impressive motorway cruiser


Drivers side electric window motor at 101000 miles.

Indicator stalk and switch at 110000 miles.

CD player needing interior clean at 110000 miles.

General Comments:

The 406 handles well and looks impressive on the road.

The cabin is basic though easy to operate.

Serious concerns with local dealer pricing, halved the price at a specialists nearby.

Very quiet on the motorway and 1st time starter even on the coldest mornings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2004

1999 Peugeot 406 gtx 2.0 HDi from UK and Ireland


Fantastic for business or pleasure


When the Hand Break is applied the "low break fluid level" warning is displayed on the screen. I have checked the level and it is fine.

General Comments:

A very comfortable car, and extremely good on fuel, I get aboyt 55mpg on a run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2004

1999 Peugeot 406 LX 2.0 diesel HDi (110 BHP) from UK and Ireland


A comfortable luxury car with grunt under the bonnet


Remote locking from key failed.

General Comments:

My previous car was a Peugeot 405 diesel which served me well for 207,000 miles so it was easy to decide to go for a 406.

The HDi engine is a a vast advance on the older diesel engines. Pre-heat takes about 1/2 second even in freezing conditions, and is not needed again unless the car is left for hours.

The engine is very smooth and quiet, unlike any diesel I have driven before.

Gearing is quite high, and takes some getting used to, with the result that acceleration with low rev's is poor. But this engine will happily go to 3-4,000 rev's to give you a respectable jolt in the back without belching out clouds of blue smoke. At 2-3,000 rev's the pure grunt is awesome.

On the other hand the high gearing does mean that 5th (or even 4th) gear in town needs to be used with discretion. You'll need to constantly watch the speed because the ride is so smooth and the engine so quiet that the beast needs controlling. The same on the motorway. Cruising at 3,000 rev's with the 405 kept me at about 80 mph... cruising in the 406 at 3,000 rev's means 95 mph. At 95 the 406 is stable and quiet. I can easily have a conversation with passengers in the back, and still have the oomph to put the pedal down and join the outside lane whatever their speed.

I've deliberately abused the brakes in snow and the ABS worked perfectly, no sliding at all, not even down the camber.

Climate control means 'set it and forget it'. I've set the cabin temperature to 21 degrees and have been comfortable in snow and ice and in strong sunlight. When I've gone back to the car after it's been standing in strong sun and is swelteringly hot, after a minute or less I've been given a blast of cool air wherever I direct it.


Why have Peugeot removed the adjustable lumbar support in the front seats? Tilting the driver's seat helps, but it's not the same.

Other than that, I've sat here for 20 minutes trying to find more complaints and can't.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2004