2000 Peugeot 406 TS4 2.2 petrol from Denmark


Refined, solid, great-handling Gallic masterpiece


The speedometer dips to 0 and then jumps back to the correct speed; this has happened three times while I've had the car. This is a relatively common fault with the speed sensor on the gearbox on both the Peugeot 406 and the Citro├źn Xantia, with which it shared its platform.

High oil usage, especially when driven hard. Nearly 1 litre in 4000km. Even when new, this is a particular trait of the 2.2 petrol engine, due to high PCV pressure.

Other than that, nothing apart from the expected wear and tear on a 12-year old car.

General Comments:

A real driver comfort-oriented tourer, with long service intervals (1 year/30,000km) and extremely competent handling.

The 2.2 petrol engine is a bit thirsty by modern standards (8.7l/100km), but it's also smooth, has good torque and makes a great noise.

The gearbox is serviceable, but not the best I've used. Throws are rather long and the synchros can be a bit sluggish on downshifts, especially when cold. Ratios are good for a 5-speed box, with 130km/h corresponding to 3300rpm.

The TS trim level trades a bit of comfort for a stiffer setup that pays dividends in the corners. Only the Mondeo from the same era could match it for price/handling ratio, and it's still among the best today. The high-speed ride is very comfortable and the car gently smooths out bumpy motorway or highway surfaces.

Interior quality is solid and well built, instruments are clear and easily readable, and the multifunction display has the most important information at a glance. Buttons and switchgear have a very plasticky feeling to them, though.

The stock Clarion stereo has great sound and supports an optional CD changer. I've added an AUX input to the CD changer port instead so I can use my MP3 player. The adapter is cheap, and any Peugeot dealer should be able to unlock the CD changer functionality in a couple of minutes.

Seats are comfortable and have a large range of adjustment. Huge amounts of space in the back seat as well; the 406 seats 5 adults no problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2012

3rd Sep 2012, 16:50

The sensor is more of an issue, as it is located around the back of the gearbox, and is virtually impossible to get to (as is the gearbox oil filler).

18th Nov 2012, 16:28

Do a compression test; I bet you have some valve issues.

Real bad guides can let exhaust into a crankcase like you wouldn't believe. Also faulty valve stem o-ring cause oil consumption.

And a PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) port on an intake that blows, well you have some intake valves out of adjustment, or burned, or about to pull into the head.

Is there a pulsation to the blow?

As for the soft outer body, all Peugeot's have very hardened chassis, so the outer car cell, has to be soft, to absorb collision impact energy...

29th Nov 2012, 15:32

Compression is like new, checked by an expert Peugeot mechanic. According to him (and 15 years of Peugeot experience) the 2.2 just burns a certain amount of oil, there's no way around it. There are 2.2s with over 350K km that have had more or less the same oil usage for their entire lives.

It is literally impossible to find a Peugeot 2.2 that doesn't burn oil. It's like the Alfa Romeo Twinspark engine, you have to check the oil level once a month, it's expected routine maintenance.

Besides, the oil recommended by Peugeot is quite inexpensive.

I haven't found the bodywork on my car soft, but then again I usually refrain from hitting things :-)

2000 Peugeot 406 2.0 HDi turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Nice to drive, but expensive to repair


Two rockers broke in the head, costing $3000.00 in repairs. 140000 km.

Clutch and flywheel at 155000 km. Both slave and main clutch cylinders needed replacement.

Body work very soft and dents so easily.

Engine fault light on at 170000, but no fault in the system when tested. Still costs me money to clear it.

Hand brake low fluid warning coming on when the system was tested OK.

General Comments:

The 406 drives very nicely with a great and comfortable ride.

Plenty of room for the whole family.

Very economical on diesel, but has average performance, especially when trying to tow an average size trailer.

The price of parts in New Zealand offsets the cost saving of running on diesel.

I've never had a car with so many mechanical faults! For what I have saved on the price of petrol, I have spent many $$$$s fixing major problems. Going back to Toyota and Honda.

Sad that the body dents so easily.

Clutch and flywheel parts cost near 2000 NZ$ alone, and 800 to fit. Rocker problem cost close to $2000 NZ$ in parts alone also.

Try and buy your parts in Europe, and get them sent over to NZ. You can save up to 65% in part costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th April, 2011

15th Apr 2011, 08:05

Ask the garage what protocol they used for reading the ECU.

The 406 uses the ISO protocol, which probably isn't all that common in New Zealand.