2001 Peugeot 406 SV D9 3.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Total and entire junk!!! - 3

Faults:

Where do I start? What is the word limit? The list is endless.

Airbag light was on.

Engine running on 5 cylinders (ignition coils).

Changed 3 of them in ONE MONTH.

Noises in the auto transmission.

Rattling noise above the petrol tank.

Electric seat only worked when it wanted. It also had a habit of coming up to the max on its own mind while I was driving, squeezing me between the wheel and the seat - pretty scary and dangerous. I figured out it was POSSESSED by the Devil himself.

Power window stuck open in heavy rain.

Main window switch fault, very expensive from a wrecker, as he said they fail ALL THE TIME.

Touch screen went black 1 hour before the buyer came to pick up the car.

On heavy acceleration pulls strongly to the right, just to the opposite lane in Australia - great feature, fully appreciated. (Possessed?) Just kidding - I know FWD cars do this due to uneven length of drive shafts, but come on Peugeot brainiacs, I am sure for the price of the car something could be done about it.

General Comments:

This is another pig from European stable of "fine European cars".

Please read my other reviews of the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9000.

http://www.carsurvey.org/review_137781.html

http://www.carsurvey.org/review_137782.html

I used to be a very devoted fan of European cars, but they always paid me back with unexpected breakdowns and all kinds of miserable inconveniences.

This car is a total nightmare. Badly designed, poorly built. Everything breaks down, and breaks exactly when you need it.

Mostly electronic faults (thank you VDO), and mechanical as well.

If you like to throw your money away into a total black hole, with no return or satisfaction, please buy this car.

I had it for one year, low mileage example, and it was nothing but trouble.

Even a Citroen Xsara, a monstrosity of design, beats this car in reliability.

Very fast and a pleasure to drive, but totally unreliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2013

1st Jul 2013, 15:31

Pretty much just wear and tear as far as I can tell. With really high mileage like this car, I'd say it's been pretty reliable.

2nd Jul 2013, 19:05

To the above comment, saying this is high mileage? 78,000 km is NOTHING!

3rd Jul 2013, 13:47

So if that mileage were nothing, why so many reported problems? 78km (not 78000... 78) on a French car is high. Plus, looks like normal wear and tear on a car that's 15 years old

2001 Peugeot 406 LX 1.9 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Bullet proof and comfortable, let's have more

Faults:

2 wheel bearings.

Head gasket at 260000.

Around 5 rear suspension link rods.

Exhaust front pipe renewed at 365000 miles.

What a great car.

Interior like new, considering it's been a taxi since 13000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is virtually bullet proof.

Would buy another 406 if they still made them.

No complaints, that's it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2011

2001 Peugeot 406 SRi 2.2i from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Beautiful, I loved it

Faults:

* Car idling too high - between 1,000 and 1,200 rpm.

* Car sometimes goes into limp mode at dangerous times - each time I get the fault codes diagnosed, something else was reporting a fault - £300 and a batch of new sensors later, the fault was not fixed. (Could have a software fault as in the Renault Laguna petrol models?)

* Usual wear and tear.

General Comments:

Beautiful car in special edition three-tone blue, which looks grey in rainy weather and almost green in the sun. The first thing people remarked on was the stunning colour, which made the car look halfway between a sports saloon and an executive motor.

The late model 406 looks like it cost twice what I paid for it, and it's a lot prettier than most other saloons of its era (and those that came afterwards, when they all started to resemble the blocky, unattractive new Vectra of the mid-2000s).

Build quality was a big step-up from the mark 1. Everything felt solid and well put together, with none of the rattles or squeaks familiar from the days I used to own the mark 1 models.

Handling is not quite as good as the mark 1; there is more body roll and less steering feedback, due to the car's noticeably greater weight, so it was less entertaining to drive; unusual for a 406, which has always been one of the more engaging cars in its class. For sheer pleasure, the mark 1 two-litre turbo is a better proposition, although the old turbo model loses out in overall quality and equipment when compared directly to the 2.2 (its replacement).

Acceleration is brisk and satisfying with decent pull right to the redline; in a straight line it feels quicker and more aggressive than the old 2.0 turbo. The 406, if well-driven, can be a match for sportier motors in a straight line.

The engine responds very well to tuning. A Collins Powerchip, a full stainless exhaust and an induction kit transformed the car into a raging maniac, with torque spilling over in all gears, and the ability to accelerate right into the redline. After modification, the car simply launched itself at high revs, with each thousand extra revs bringing a new surge of power, even at 5000rpm and higher.

The sound system is a bit crap, but the size and shape of the 406 saloon offers plenty of room for improvement. A halfway decent sound system is amazing. The amount of soundproofing in the bodywork also prevents irritating boom-boom-booming as you drive past housing estates.

The whole car is an impressive package. I even managed 30+mpg after the car was tuned to 180-190bhp, although this plummets with aggressive driving.

Overall I had few problems with this car, it was just the same one issue again and again. I cannot really see the appeal of a Ford, Vauxhall or Audi over the Peugeot 406, and only the BMW's vaunted rear-wheel drive and sporty driving appeal would make me consider a 3-series over a 406. In the end, I'd probably still go for the 406, as it's a good, solid car.

The motoring press constantly criticised Peugeot for not updating the 406 or replacing it two minutes after its launch; however the 406 continued to sell in massive numbers despite remaining basically the same car throughout its product life. Millions of motorists cannot all be wrong. This is the 406's enduring testament.

It's an unsung hero of the saloon car world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2010