2003 Peugeot 406 HDI 2.0L turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand
Solid, good looking car
Auto transmission valves failed at 175000km. Known fault in this model due to non BW parts used originally.
Driver's door window control unit failed. Expensive to replace, had to come from France.
A/C heater control failed.
Other than the issues above, the car is very good to drive. Feels solid on the road. Not so good around town due to the gear ratios being a little high. A very good, economical open road cruiser.
The stupid road user tax on diesel cars in NZ is a penalty, unless doing 25 thousand Km a year or more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th April, 2013
27th Apr 2013, 21:44
Hi, thanks for the advice. I have an ancient Peugeot 106 1.5 diesel that has served me very well, which is why I am interested in a Peugeot 406 HDI for the wife. There are a lot of reviews out there that generally find this car to be unreliable, particularly the electrics, and I am interested in your comment regarding the auto-transmission valves, as I have seen a few cars on Trade-me with the valves replaced.
As for the pathetic and ridiculous road user charge in NZ, it's a joke. Also, I pay a greater license fee for my 1.5 diesel than someone with a V8 petrol truck! So much for green and clean NZ, there's no incentive to drive an economical vehicle. Right, rant over, cheers!