2000 Peugeot 406 LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Good as any other, and better than some
Electrical faults can be very time consuming to find, Dashboard pod is a weak spot, lights will stay on and indicator warning lights won't work if it's on the way out.
Brake warning fault message is common, often broken switch on handbrake, and seatbelt light flashes, usually connectors under the seats. Earth points need to be checked too. And beware of rear coil spring braking.
These cars are getting old now, so some faults should be expected, but if you buy one that has been looked after they are great reliable cars. Lots of secondhand parts available. Main dealers prices are very high. A good skilled D.I.Y person should be able to cope with most repairs, but the electrics are a nightmare if they go wrong.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd February, 2010
13th Jun 2010, 18:07
True, the 406 is a nightmare for electric problems. I bought a 406 and within 3 days it turned into a Christmas tree - lights staying on, brake lights staying on, false warnings ABS, low brake fluid etc.
Problem solved: I had a look at the electrical harness near the fusebox, and followed the cables going down under the seat. Peugeot have 3 plugs under the carpet, directly under the accelerator cable. These 3 plugs had been in water and had corroded badly. I replaced these plugs and car is working perfectly now. Love my 406!!!