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)
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
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.
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.
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.