2001 Peugeot 406 1.8 16v from Belgium

Summary:

Recommended, a very good choice

Faults:

Nothing (yet)

General Comments:

Car (demo from dealer) was bought with some impulsiveness as I liked very much the design (front in particular), its huge space, metallic colour and what I considered a fair price and was in need for a new car. Have not regret it as it turned to be a nice car. Can be driven very economically for longer distances, but also at very high speeds if some difficult persons are around as it beats easily all Japanese and diesels. I like the way many details have been done. It is well equipped without having unnecessary things.

Have not had any problems, seems that some people here are exaggerating things because it is a French car, never understand anyway why British are always so critical to Continental Europe stuff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2003

7th Sep 2005, 06:26

I agree with your comment. I have run Peugeot cars since the 80's; clocking up in excess of 500,000 miles, and before that owned Fords, MG's and GM's. Peugeot diesels are the best, I have found that they only start to come on song around the 170k mark, with all of the cars I have owned the clutch lasts for at least 140k, and one of the cars was a driving schools car - no Ford would ever come close to that! Ford went to Peugeot for their superior Diesel engine to put in the the new Ford Focus, Rover did the same. No one can beat a Peugeot for handling either. French cars are no better or worse than any others in my experience in running cost or reliability. In any case Peugeot makes cars in the UK so they aren't any different from American owned Ford or GM, look at American cars - poorly finished, heavy and often use 30 or 40 year old tech. for their solutions. The 505 was the only car that could survive the conditions in 3rd world countries, all others fell apart. The cost of parts are also no different from others and who can complain about a annual main service with MOT at main dealer for £119 all in? If a shuttle spaceship can go wrong with all its Billions of Dollars spent building it, then its must be appreciated that a humble mass produced motorcar with its 1000's of individual components will breakdown or go faulty on the very odd occasion - just live with it or ride a push-bike!

2001 Peugeot 406 LX HDI 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A lot of flash for little cash!

Faults:

Faulty air control valve at 12000 miles.

No other faults.

General Comments:

Fantastic car! very very economical and a real joy to drive and own. A lot of car for the money, drives like a Mercedes! Build quality on this phase 2 model is excellent not a rattle or squeak to be heard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2003

11th Feb 2005, 00:07

I was drawn to this section by comment on faulty air control valve. It may not be the correct place to write, but its presence here may prompt some help. My 406 diesel estate has developed a problem with the heater. It has been into the garage on three separate occasions to have parts changed concerning air control. Each occasion they tell be that the problem has been solved. The work was under guarantee at the time. The problem is that there is no change to the fault. It is either stone cold or roasting hot. You can actually hear an air valve opening and closing while driving with the accompanying changes in temperature extreme. The truth is I do not feel that there is the correct data about to diagnose. If it is not in the immediate book of words then it can't be fixed.

C Bashford.

2001 Peugeot 406 ST 2.0 petrol from Singapore

Summary:

An excellent bargain for the price I paid for it

Faults:

Nothing major. There were just minor build quality problems.

Plastic rings around the handle of the front door's would not stay in place. Keeps popping out. Dealer promised to fix it in the next scheduled service.

Faint plastic panel vibration sounds coming behind the stereo head unit.

General Comments:

The 406 is a great car to drive.

Fantastic comfort.

So so performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2003