2001 Peugeot 406 GTX 2.2 HDi 16 from UK and Ireland


Quirky French diesel car that plays big saloon games with big saloons


Emissions control ECU failed at about 58,000 miles - fixed under warranty from supplying dealer.

Throttle position sensor failed at 60,000 miles - fixed by independent specialist - paid for by dealer, and very very economic (£40)

General Comments:

Peugeot's 2.2 litre 16 valve HDi diesel engine is a peach. It's so very very quiet and so very torquey and lively.

A cautious ECU remap has increased the performance from lively to plain FAST.

It's quiet, quick and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2006

23rd Jun 2007, 13:22

Still rate this car - now have 85,000 on the clock and it drives as beautifully as ever. I highly recommend the ECU remap to anyone if done properly. A recent rolling road test revealed 192bhp and over 320 lbft of torque.

26th Aug 2007, 18:29

As an ex-406 owner I can only recommend you SELL IT IMMEDIATELY, because in two or three years time you'll just have scrap metal.

8th Jul 2010, 16:24

I've owned 4 406s:

* 1996 2.0 turbo SRi

* 1996 2.0 turbo executive

* 1997 3.0 V6 estate

* 2001 2.2 SRi.

I've loved every single one of these cars despite some niggles, usually occurring as the cars passed 100,000 miles. I've found that the 406 responds very well to careful modding. Peugeot enthusiasts tell me that the 406 engines in particular tend to be de-tuned, leaving lots of scope for more power and better straight-line performance.

My dad has owned a 406 1.9 TD and a 406 2.2 TD, and now drives a 407 136 HDi SE Luxury Pack. This tells you something about how much we rate Peugeots, the 406 in particular! We've also had a 306 TD and a 206 1.6, and neither of those two offered anything like the smile-inducing driveability of the 406s.

I would recommend everyone to avoid the lesser engines though - ie the 1.8 petrol and both of the 90bhp diesel versions. The 406 was heavy for its day (though it looks like a lightweight next to today's cars) and those engines simply cannot cope, and since you need to rev the nuts off them to get anywhere, you are not saving fuel.

To be honest, with the cars being so cheap these days, there's no excuse not to go for the most powerful HDi you can find, or either the 2.0 turbo, 2.2 or 3.0 V6 petrol engines. Yeah the V6 really drinks fuel, but the car is cheap, so it makes up for the fuel consumption.

2001 Peugeot 406 2.0 HDI (110PS) from Hungary


Great performance, handsome and reliable


Minor faults in the first year (some electrical problems (e.g. false airbag error signal, automatic AC system fault, false error messages, etc.) All of them was repaired under guarantee.

Major fault (which caused the car stopped) has occurred at first time only at 190.000km!!! Reason: generator jammed, V-belt broke.

Second major fault at 210.000km: high-pressure Bosch diesel pump had breakdown (cannot be repaired, need to be replaced by a less used one).

General Comments:

Excellent engine performance, extremely low fuel consumption (compared with e.g. 407HDI 136PS, VW Passat TDI, Mazda6).

Comfort on the front seats are great, less legroom at the back.

Actually I'm planning to buy a same, but with 2.2. HDI engine and less used.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2006

17th May 2011, 11:49

Yeah absolutely right. I am in Mauritius and it's my second 406, I had one earlier version 1997, and now I recently bought a 2001 406. Very nice car.

I think Peugeot should have continued 406 model by continuous upgrades but by keeping the model.

2001 Peugeot 406 LX 2.0 HDI from UK and Ireland


Great load lugger in comfort


Air Con pipe rupture.

General Comments:

What a great shame Peugeot have stopped making this model. Owned the 406 saloon prior to buying the estate. Superb ride and handling, excellent fuel economy and good build quality. Eats front pads and discs. Best with Goodyear NCT 5's for all round performance, but expect only 20,000 miles if lucky. Now own a 307SW, and to be honest, I would rather have kept my 406.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2006