2014 Peugeot 508 Allure 2.0 HDi from Philippines

Summary:

A smooth and economical diesel undone by electrical and plastic gremlins

Faults:

Integrated radio - which is also connected to the steering wheel controls, displays temperature and navigation data, the bluetooth telephony system and the parking sensors - has completely ceased working. Dealer says the problem could be linked to the CAN-BUS system or to the radio itself.

Starter failed at 1.5 years/12,000 km. Replaced under warranty.

235 45 18 wheels with Michelin Premacy tires are very prone to curbing and damage. 2 tires failed due to a puncture and all 4 had to be replaced due to the difficulty of finding the exact same size.

Swiveling main beam headlamps frequently experience errors - has to be reset at the dealer.

Multiple power window motor assemblies have failed.

General Comments:

The Peugeot 508 was a revelation when it first arrived in the Philippines - the first affordable executive car equipped with a modern common-rail diesel engine. At its price range, it could easily compete with Honda Accords, Toyota Camrys, and Nissan Teanas that could not offer a diesel at all.

When we first bought the car, it was highly impressive - fit and finish were exemplary, it had a smooth diesel with decent power and economy - paired to a 6-speed automatic, and loads of interior and boot space.

However, as time went on, it seemed that the 508 had closer links to its Citroen C5 cousin than it did to the Peugeots with improved reliability like the 3008 and 5008. Several times we experienced failures which were fortunately covered under warranty: 2 power window motors and the starter. The latter was a frightening experience because the car suddenly stopped running at a red light and all systems failed - the car's accessory system would not even light up!

Finally, with more power windows failing and the radio a goner - it may be time to fix the car up for selling. While these failures don't detract from that wonderful engine and transmission, having such critical components fail doesn't bode well for the longevity of the car.

I will say however that our other Peugeot - a 3008 - has fared much better over time and is highly recommended!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2019