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      17.10.2013 22:48

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      Great first car

      I bought my peugeot 106 as my first car when I was 18 years old, and I honestly don't think I could have chosen a better car. For my age range and lack of experience insurance prices are ridiculously high, but I managed to get a years insurance on this car for just over £1000 (sounds expensive, but trust me that is very reasonable for a new, young driver!). Tax was also cheap for the car, and it passed through its mot with flying colours. I owned it for a year and never experienced any problems with the car, and as I bought it at such a bargain price I was actually able to sell it for slightly more than I had originally paid! The car is very comfortable and extremely spacious. The speakers aren't of great quality, but are fine for just generally listening to the radio on your way to work.

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      12.09.2012 20:24

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      If you are after a nice small car reasonably priced then this is the car for you. I have had my 2001 pug for two years now and its chugging along nicely. Plenty of room inside for me and people in the back (though 5 people in the car is a bit of a strain for the old girl) boot's nice and big and I love the sun roof. One of the things I love about smaller cars are if anything needs done repair wise the parts a considerably cheaper than anything bigger. You get reasonable mileage to the gallon and it feels sturdy when driving it. Only problem with mine is lack of power steering but it's good for the bingo wings.

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      26.10.2010 18:14

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      Peugoet 106 Independance The name says it all, It might be small and only have a small engine, but these car's go pretty well, thats proberly why 1000's of young people rag them around.The 1124cc engine produces 60 BHP and a top speed of 101 MPH.Not only that they cheap to run aswell, with a pretty advanced single point fuel injuection system this car has an average 46 miles to the gallon (MPG) and with the insrance group 7.Its a fantastic car to start driving with.

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      30.03.2010 23:48

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      A reliable and attractive little car; cheap to run

      I am lucky enough to have been gifted two cars in my life, the first being a lovely little Citroen AX, followed but a Fiat Cinquecento (no comment!). My little Peugeot 106 was the first car I purchased back in 2006. I admit it, I am a girl and the most appealing thing for me was the colour (orange) and the feminine look of the car. It was love at first sight! Having purchased her with 46k miles on the clock, and being a big car-user, I didn't expect the little girl to last so long, but she has exceeded my expectations in every way. They are cheap as chips to tax, insure and keep running and are perfect for big users. Petrol use is minimal and repairs are inexpensive if you avoid the dealerships. The cars are nippy as the small engines have little weight to carry, but are still heavy enough to feel safe. Mine is now tripping over onto 100k miles and she is still going strong. She is a perfect car for commuting short or long distances and would make an ideal first car. The only snag is the size, which makes it more suitable for smaller ladies or men. My 6'5 other half with size 14 feet finds it a struggle, particularly the pedals!

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      21.09.2009 15:01
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      Would recommend it to anyone looking for a first-time/budget car who isn't too bothered about extras

      Well, I don't know much about cars nor do I have another car to compare it to but I'll do my best!!! I bought my little 106 a year ago, my first car and can remember feeling extremely proud. Looks A small and simple car, it's not exactly sporty and eye-catching but it's not a bad looking car either. It's pretty much normal and people tend to walk past it without even paying the slightest bit attention. The interior is also pretty standard with a choice of different patterns inside. The steering wheel/gearstick/pedals etc. are all pretty plain, nothing special there. Cost Mine is a 2001 model which I bought privately for less than £1000.00 (2008). It's value has decreased a little since I bought it as I've added quite a bit of mileage. Reliability Before buying, I took the car to a mechanic who told me the 106 is a reliable little car and as it had been well looked after I should expect it to still be going strong at 10years+ . Never had any problems with it and I don't expect any anytime soon! I did get the gear linkage replaced a few months ago as it was becoming slack and the mechanic did tell me that this part is very well known for becoming worn and needing replaced at 5-10years. Others It doesn't have any extras, it's basically just a car and nothing else. No electric windows, air con etc. but if you're happy enough with a nice comfortable, cheap and reliable car for taking you for A to B then I'd definately recommend!

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        20.10.2008 15:17

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        Great value for money

        I brought myself a brand new peugot 106 independance back in 2000. I was so excited it would be my first brand new car and it was all mine. I went to the garage and saw it on the forecourt and thought that was the one I wanted. It came as a 3 door hatch back. 1124cc, 1.1 engine so it was cheap to tax and put petrol in, might not be the fastest of cars but would get me from a to b. I didnt opt for any of the extras on the car, a number of things came as standard such as colour coded bumpers, stereo and a choice of interiour fabrics. I couldnt wait for it to arrive. I still have the car now and it is still in great condition 8 years later. No rust on the car, the only thing I have ever had to replace is the breaks which I would have expected to do with any car. I have never had any major problems. Overall I think it it a great value car.

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        08.08.2008 21:51

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        Great first or second car

        We had a 98' Pug 106 in blue. Had it for a few years and the only reason we got rid of it was it had done over 130 thousand miles! You could start to feel the gearbox was giving up, and a few little niggles were appearing. But the car on a whole felt strong for a samll car. I felt comfortable driving on the motorway at 70 mph. It was only a 1.1 but still had enough poke to pull it around. The seats were comfortable, as was the overall ride. Since selling the pug, my girlfriend has had a newer Ford Fiesta 1.4 and a Vauxhall Tigra 1.4. She still goes on about wanting her 106 back! There is only one problem i found with it, and its the same with the Citroen Saxo. In the wet on a corner, or a round about etc, if you suddenly hit the brakes the back end would come round.

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        20.07.2008 09:31
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        A relaible day to day run about, a great little car.

        Before I start this reveiw I'd just tlike to make it clear that I have recently got rid of my little 106, I've given it to my nephew as he has just passed his test and needs a reliable little run about. I had my 106 given to me by my father in law in December 2005 to use as a daily runabout to get to work and back etc as I'd bought a sportscar that I was not prepared to use daily as costs would have been prohibitive. The car was in absolutely superb condition on a "L" registration and had covered approximately 110000 miles when I got it. My father in law had purchased it 2nd hand with about 75000 miles on the clock 3 years earlier and had used it for commuting weekly since then really racking up the miles and the car never let him down once in all that time. When I got the car I needed to fit a new rear exhaust section that cost me £45 and 2 new tyres that cost me £60 for the pair. Other than that in the 30 months I ran the car it sailed through 2 MOT's without any problems. It was absolutely superb on fuel consumption, I reckon I was returning well over 50mpg which these days is a bonus! Reliability was amazing, I could leave the car stood for a fortnight in winter, it would be covered in frost and snow etc, but it never failed to start 1st time every time. If its any use to you I am over 6 feet tall but headroom and comfort were more than adequate for me. Disadvantages? Well the brakes were not the best in the world but if you adapt your driving style to allow for the fact that it is not a new car you will be fine. Finally just want to add that my nephew thinks it is fab and loves the car to bits and it has now covered over 130000 miles and still going strong. To be brutally honest I wish I'd kept oit as it is a superb little run about.

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        27.02.2008 09:03

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        NEXT IAM GETTING A GTI!

        I AV NEARLY OWNED MY 106 4 BOUT 4 YEARS,AS A MALE AT 6.2FT TALL,SIZE 12 FEET AND 13.5 STONE I AV NO PROBS (NOW)! IN GETTING A COMFY DRIVING POSITION. I FIND BOTH RUNNING COSTS AND THE ACELLARATION OV THIS LITTLE ENGINE AMAZING. ITS RELIABILTY IS 100% SO FAR WITH NO SIGNS OV STOPPING.DRIVING EXPERIENCE IS ALSO FUN AND SMOOTH ENOUGH 4 SUCH A LITTLE CAR,THE DASH IS SIMPLE AND IT AS ENOUGH EQUIPMENT,POWER STEERING REMOTE LOCKING CD PLAYER ELECTRIC WINDOWS SUNROOF ETC, I DO AGREE THE PEDALS ARE TOO CLOSE TOGETHER BUT YOU GET USED TO EM.I HAVE DONE OVER 40.000MILES IN MY CAR ONLY NEEDING TO SERVICE IT TWICE AND ITS ALSO PAST 3 MOT NO PROBS - FINGERS CROSSED FOR NEXT 1 IN A WEEK! FOR ITS AGE ITS STILL A CUTE CAR STILL DOING WHAT IT WAS MADE TO DO,AND ITS AINT JUST FOR WOMEN! I ONLY AV 1 DAUGHTER SO DONT NEED ANYTHING BIGGER OR FEEL THE NEED TO DRIVE ROUND IN A BIG MANLY CAR LIKE SOME! AND AS FOR 105MPH,PUSH IT AND IT WILL DO MORE,ALSO LOOK AT REV COUNTER STILL NOT ON RED!

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        22.12.2007 15:28

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        good all round motor

        Well I don't no what Luke the Dude was driving but I bought a 106 Independence 3 weeks ago as a car for work, my other car being a Subaru WRX and I would say the 106 was quite nippy for it's size. I would agree the pedals take allot of getting used to and the steering is heavy when getting on and off the drive, being a model with no PAS I suppose it all boils down to what your expecting from a car of that price, you can't expect Primera quality and luxuries at 106 prices. I would be happy to recommend it to anyone, I am getting approximately 43 mpg which is twice what im getting with the Subaru. Before buying the peugeot 106 I had a fiesta 1300 and it did'nt accelerate as well as the 106, so once again I would definately recommend a 106 independence to anyone.

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        14.09.2007 13:30

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        Good for target practice I guess but not much else

        Having recently suffered the loss of my beloved Primera, me and my girlfriend went out to get a new car. We quickly came across a 106 Indep. on a 52 plate for £2300. Only seeing the outside of the car I thought it looked alright really. Then came the test drive... What a let down. It moves as quickly as a tortoise on ketamine, the pedals are dangerously set out. I try to accelerate, oops my foot's on the wheel arch, so I'll brake now, but oh no, that's the accelerator AND brake! The spec is awful. It's like the cars travelled into the future from the 18th century! No electric windows, no remote locking, not even central locking, no ABS, and to be quite honest, I can't tell if it has power steering or not. There's absolutely NO room. If you get more than a couple of days shopping at a time, you'll be making return trips to get the rest of your bags, though you could always pull the back seats out and fit two more bags in! This is THE worst car I have ever had the misfortune to drive. My girlfriend, going against all my advice and pleading, bought the thing anyway, after which I was told by the salesman that the timing belt had already been replaced after only doing 60,000 miles!!! Awful car if you ask me. Steer clear!

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        07.01.2007 21:09
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        Wouldn't swap it for the world!

        My 106 is a 1.1 independence. Mine in particular is one of only a few without power steering, which puts most people off, but it means that the steering feels similar to that of a go-kart. It is incredibly responsive, and has a nice weight to it. The 1124cc engine pulls magnificantly, especially in 2nd and 3rd; 1st being 'all-rev-and-no-go'. In standard form, the 106 independence is a phenomially good car to drive. The low insurance group is also a bonus for people like me who needed a first car. Mine is also in metalic Kingfisher blue, a beautiful colour for any car, let only a 'basic' car like the 106. Even so, I feel the standard 106 is a slightly dull and old-out looking car. However, with a few modifications, this can be improved dramatically, without going 'chavvy' or breaking open 'Max Power'. I have fitted a rear spoiler, lexus lights, 15" BK166 alloy wheels, a decent CD player, various other bits and pieces and covered the ghastly standard seats with better quality seat covers. It now looks stunning, without looking like a boy-racers' car; somthing I have avoided like the plague! The low profile tyres (195/45/15v) make the handling much better. The standard car tends to roll in the corners, despite having firm suspension. Modifications to the engine are unnessesary, as well as damaging. The standard engine is plenty fast enough. I have had 105mph out of mine and the 0-60 time is plenty for zipping around; not that you actually need to go from 0-60. Overall, I adore my 106 independence. It has never gave me any problems reliability-wise. It starts first time, every time and is a joy to drive. Even after a year, it still puts a smile on my face. It makes a lovely noise, for the size of engine and drives perfectly. I can't imagine selling it. It is also very economical when you don't hammer it, reaching 46mpg! The 1.1 is plenty for the 106, but I have heard that the 1.4 and 1.6 are just as good, but with more power. As an extra note; I have also driven a 1.2 Renault Clio, and a 1.2 and 1.0 Vauxhall Corsa and neither come even close to the 106. The Corsa is noisy and very slow comparitivly. The Clio makes a horrid noise, is fairly sluggish, but also, the plastic trim and body pannels put me off. Most importantly, neither are any fun to drive. They're more suited to people who just want a car to get them from A to B. Between the three, I would take the 106 every time!

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        13.01.2004 17:23
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        I recently searched out and bought a Peugeot 106 on behalf of my Mum, as a replacement for her ageing Nissan Micra. Not that she isn't capable of buying her own car of course, but I got a particularly good deal buying from a work colleague here in London, so it made sense for me to buy it and then drive it down to her in Plymouth. 106s are currently great value secondhand, as they have been replaced by the newer 206 model, which has depressed prices. I picked up a low mileage 2000/X car for £2,800 in Jan 2004, which seems a bargain for a 3-and-a-bit year old car. Low running costs are clearly a selling point for this car. The insurance group is low, and road tax is low for the smaller-engined models. The car is still available new, and is often marketed with zero percent finance or free insurance deals, which guarantee appeal to younger buyers. So much for the value, this car is also pretty nice to drive. The engine is only a 1.1 with 60bhp, but belies its small size and pulls pretty reasonably on the open road. Notably, the gearing is quite high, which means that 70mph is much easier on the eardrums than some other small cars. This car does not have power steering (think it became standard in '01), but this is only noticeable at parking speeds, and even then this is not too much of a problem as the car has slim 155-section tyres. The 106 is often described as a girly car, but as a bloke I still think it looks good. Our car is in Moonstone Silver, which suits the car well. Even on this base model you get body coloured bumpers, decent wheeltrims, and a cool little mesh grille. There are also a few nice touches that you wouldn't expect on a base car, like the hydraulic lifts for the bonnet, and the RDS stereo (only 2 speakers sadly) and rev counter inside. Much has been made (both in "proper" motor magazines, and in other dooyoo reviews) of the 106's closely spaced pedals. I have size 11 feet and I had no pr oblems with these, and certainly never found myself accelerating and braking at the same time or anything like that. The only criticism of the pedals is that some people may find them offset to left. I think this is quite common on small European cars (Saxo, Clio, Punto etc) and may have something to do with them being primarily designed for left hand drive. The quality of the 106 seems fine. After 3 years, it's still in good shape and nothing has fallen off or shown signs of excess wear. I'm no great fan of French cars, but have to say that this car seems pretty good. Our family have always had Japanese cars (and always found them very reliable!) so it will be interesting to see how the Peugeot compares. Downsides? There are other cars with more safety features (Yaris, Polo) and there are others with more space in the back (Corsa, Punto, Clio). The 106 can't compete on either front, as the orignal design dates back over 10 years. But for a fun to drive car with low running costs, this is an excellent choice. This is a testament to just how right the original design was, and it's no surprise that the 106 continues to survive alongside the larger and heavier 206.

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          27.05.2003 18:32
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          I suppose I better start by telling you this aint my car and is my girlfriends, I'm totally against buying brand new cars, but there we go, she aint, I am on the insurance though and have drove it round a fair bit, so here we have it a review on an 03 plate Peugeot 106 1.1 Independence!. THE CAR You see loads of them on the road, the smallest Peugeot of the road, the baby 306, the car Peugeot made for women!did I really just say that? Well it is, I'll tell you why later. The version I'm reviewing is the entry 106, the independence, stripped of all the usual 'comfort' features you find on a car these days, this car goes back to basics. You see, the independence version of the 106 is a car, that's it, no creature comforts, and by this I mean theres no central locking, no air conditioning, no ABS, no electric windows, pretty much the same as my first mark 2 fiesta in those respects, it's a car that gets you from A to B and nothing more. On the road it should cost you around £6500, this one was bought from the usual Peugeot dealer for £6395 with a years road tax and half a tank of petrol. That also included a CD player fitted as an extra and also a drivers airbag, both which didn't come included in the original price. There is a deal where you can get free insurance too, but you have to be over 20 to qualify for this. Once you've parted with your money, or signed a million bits of paper to get finance, the car's yours and off you can go and play with your brand new shiny toy. The car can be bought on credit typically for £115 a month for 3 years, that's with a £1500 deposit and a final payment on the car of around £2000. I'm not going to go into all the details as there are so many different options surrounding the finance package that it's best to speak to the dealer about it. And so we move on! THE DEALER Ok, so your buying a new car, the dealers love y ou, and they will do all they can to help you with your car purchase. Everything went smoothly as far as I'm aware and they were courteous at all times. However, a month into owning the car my girlfriend got a phonecall asking her to return the car to the dealer so that they could put some parts into the car that were not already there. They were actually going to charge for this too, but in the end they didn't, afterall, it was their own fault. My girlfriend didn't think to ask what they had forgotten, she just took it back and left it with them for a couple of hours. It turns out that they had forgot to put the spare wheel in the car and also the jack and tool kit etc. Could have been a bit of a problem should she have had a puncture, however, we all didn't think to check the spare wheel, so it was the fault of all of us really. However, this time the same people were completely different in their attitude towards her. No longer were they courteous, they were just straight to the point and it was a kind of 'well the parts are done, get on your way' type of manner. Pretty bad considering they had forgot a crucial part of the car and also she is on the passport scheme which lets you buy another new car at the end of the 3 years, you'd think they would want to keep her business, but oh well! It's only to be expected! THE EXTERIOR The exterior of the car for it's price is very nice to look at, especially when you compare the 106 now to the older, more squared 106's. Metallic paint cost an extra £250, but comes in much better colours, the bumpers are the same colour as the bodywork giving it that better look. The front lights are shaped and now square giving the front end of the car a very nice sexy appeal to it. The back end of the car, is well, just a back end really, nothing special. There are no alloys on the independence, though the hub caps are of a better standard than they cou ld have been for the price. The hub caps show albeit fake wheel nuts which just give it that extra appeal. However, I will tell you that the brake dust or whatever it is that normally cleans off will not clean off your new wheels! It does fade off in time, but it seems the same with all new Peugeots if you look around at their wheel trims and down the side of the body, you will notice lots of black blobs, this is something to do with the brakes, but it's not your normal dust. The independence doesn't boast the side skirt kit, though looks damn good with it on. You can upgrade to this but it doesn't come as standard, leaving the car in my eyes look inferior when it's parked next to an upgraded model. The side mirrors on the 106 look damn awful though! They are small, and stick out from the body quite a bit, and being a squareish shape do not do the body of the car justice at all. It's just one of those things Peugeot could have done much better and would have made the car look much better from the outside. Overall impressions are good though, it's got some nice curves on the car and you can't really expect anything more. INTERIOR The interior is basic to say the least. No lush surroundings here, but for what the car is built for it does fine. The plastics are a good quality with the dash having all it's buttons (ok, all 4 of them thinking about it!) sitting on the centre console. The centre console finishes about half way off the floor though and then has a small gap before a free compartment behind the gearstick. When my girlfriend bought the car she asked for a CD player to be fitted, otherwise you get a tape player. The CD player which has been fitted has no make written on it, but produces an ok sound as do the speaker. Nothing startling, but again, it does what it's meant to do. The CD player doesn't have a detachable front, but then I can't see anyone wanting to nick it. The seats are covered in a very acceptable cloth which come in all different colours depending on the colour you chose on the outside. They all come with a square motif on the drivers and passenger sides though which is basically four faces laughing at each other for some reason. Just don't ask me why! One thing I did notice when driving this car for the first time is how minute everything was. I'm not used to big cars, I'm used to fiestas and the hatchback I have now, but the 106 is tiny inside. The steering wheel is smaller than all other cars I have ever drove. The gearstick is also tiny, no good for resting your hand on when your driving (ok, so your not supposed to do that, but it's comfortable). It doesn't give me that feeling of having full control over the car, I just change the gears with my fingers instead of using the palm of my hand as I usually do. The instruments are in a good position and are easily visible at night, glowing orange. You have the rev counter and speedometer as the main focus, with the fuel gauge being in the centre of these across the top (of you get what I mean!). One thing I found really strange is the lack of a thermometer to tell you how hot the engine is. Indeed, you have no way of telling how hot the engine is or worse, if it's overheating! Surely it wouldn't have been that hard to include one, I've never known a car not to have one personally, but there we go, the 106 does not have a temperature gauge. Space is at a minimum at all times. Leg room isn't that good width ways for the driver, though ample in terms of length for me (I'm 6ft). The passenger leg space is ok, but nothing startling, you certainly won't be able to stretch your legs on a long journey and you'll no doubt always have them bent . The back is worse, but then again, this is no family car. Head space is fine though, no hitting the roof for me. The boot is of an ok size ,what you'd expect, it's not huge but neither is it tiny. THE DRIVE Ok, so this is what it comes down to. This car was built to get someone from A to B with the minimum of fuss. It drives well, but it damn well should do for a brand new car. I was surprised getting into the 1.1 and giving it a bit of boy racing how responsive the engine is as you climb up the gears. It's not so good up hills and you will find yourself changing gears more if your used to a more powerful car like I am. It's no good for overtaking, but at the same time does pick up speed extremely well for the engine that's carrying you. Suspension is good, not too firm, not to soft, I haven't noticed feeling insecure when turning corners, but I haven't attempted turning corners to fast, it's not my car! Road noise however is a bit of a problem and something I picked up on instantly, it seems to bring the noise of the tyres on the road straight into the car, especially at around 40mph when it seems to be more noticeable. What I find most frustrating is for me, this car is hard to drive, I have to concentrate on what I'm doing all the time. You see, this is a women's car through and through, or a mans car if you have small feet. The amount of room you have down by the pedals is tiny. The accelerator is positioned right next to the wheel arch, meaning for me (and I'm only a size 10, nothing huge) I found myself hitting the side of the brake pedal as I'm accelerating. The same happens when you took your foot off the accelerator, it gets stuck on the underside of the brake, which is obviously a huge danger. The same applies with the clutch on the other side, it isn't positioned so close to the brake, but is positioned extremely close to the centre console, you really do have to be precise when aiming for whichever pedal you need. My girlfriend doesn't find it a problem, but she has smaller, narrowe r feet. Another bad thing about this for us men is that we need to have our right legs at funny angles when were driving, causing pain I should think on a long journey. It certainly isn't comfortable, but I'm sure I could get used to it. Just remember, the wheel arch is not the accelerator! MAINTAINANCE I can't comment on breaking down and parts and it's never needed them, it's only done 1,300 miles so far. It needs a service (which is free) at the end of the first 6 months or at the first 6,000 miles, whichever comes first. It then has service intervals every 20,000 miles, which is extremely good. The car tells you how many miles the car has left to run before it needs a service via the instrument panel when you first start the car up, it will then change after about 3 seconds to the amount of miles you have recorded. A handy little feature and probably the only feature the car has! OVERALL Overall it's a good car for women, not for men. It gets you from A-B without any hassles and at the same time, without any frills. It's an excellent second car choice for the family and an excellent first car. For £6,300 -500 it's a bargain brand new, and the depreciation won't be that much in terms or percentage because of it's low 'new' price. I wouldn't buy one, purely because of it's pedals. Everything else on the car would do me fine if this was the type of car I was looking to buy (it's not!). It get's 4 out of 5 from me, the positioning of the pedals taking off that final point. Other cars to consider: Citreon Saxo (which is basically the same) Ford Fiesta VW Lupo

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            My 1996 Ford Fiesta was ok, it drove okay but it had a minor dent and scratches on it's bumpers. It also had a knocking sound from the crank shaft as well as being a tad sluggish. Still it had four wheels and went so I wasn't really bothered. One night I was flicking through a local newspaper and saw an advert from our local Peugueot Dealer, the 106 was on offer for £5995 and looked like a good deal. For your money you got a brand new car with a 3-Year Warranty, a cd player and a years free insurance. Compare this to the likes of the Ford Ka for example and it looked a good deal. The thought of buying a brand new car had never occured to me before but I think working in car insurance and hearing of all these younger people buying new cars got me a bit green eyed. However sometimes it makes sense to buy brand new now instead of used. You have to weigh up the options and your budget. But by the time you take into account the free insurance, the servicing and warranty plus the costs of tax and Mot etc then it really does make sense. So with this in mind I went down to the dealer, took a look around and made an impulse decision to bite the bullet and lay down some money. The Peugeot 106 Independance is the entry level model in Peugeots small car range. It's a 3-dr hatchback with a 1.1 engine, it's designed for the round town driving, it'll do higher speeds but of course it's not designed for a lot of heavy top speed use, you wouldn't expect it to be. It took around 4 weeks for my car to arrive since I went for a sunroof as well. Those four weeks made me think if I'd made the right decision, should I have shopped around. Well it's now three weeks since I picked it up and I'm happy with the car. The first thing I noticed was the power-assisted steering. The last time I drove a car with this was back in 1996 when I was taking lessons. I have to say I'd probably never go back to a car without it. It' s just easier to corner and park in spots without the usual wrestling match with the steering wheel. I have to admit that the 106 looks nice on the outside, it looks compact, stylish but not in that way that makes it look like a cheap nasty car. Inside the look isn't perhaps the best. I prefer my Fiesta for that. The seats are made in a stylish cloth design, the dash is a bit dull looking and the dials etc aren't great but they'll do for me as long as they work and do a job. The drive itself on the cars is very smooth and I have to say the cars are extremely nippy off the starting line, the other night I left some cars in the dust at the traffic lights with a start that a grand prix driver would have been proud of. It's took me a bit of getting used to the gears and pedals on the car as they seem to be closer together than on my fiesta but with every car you adapt in a few weeks and then don't notice it. Economically the car is excellent, a quarter of a tank will get you about 60-80 miles in the city and of course the 1.1 engine means that road tax is in the cheap bracket when it comes to renew. Add to that a low insurance group and you're laughing. There are some nice little touches inside the car as well. The cd player is a welcome addition, it's not the best in the world but it has a good radio reception and the sound is good from the two front door speakers. Some may be tempted to upgrade it but it does it's job for me. Underneath the drivers seat there is a tray where you can store cd's etc while the drivers seat also has side compartments to hold your mobile phone and some pens. My only gripe comes with the free insurance deal, it's easy enough to set up but carries a £400 excess for myself as a 24 year old with a clean driving record, that fair enough but you'd expect a smaller excess for named drivers over 25. However this is not the case, the same excess applies to everyone. But then it is free and as long as you're safe and careful as a driver then you should remain hassle free for that year and then you can look elsewhere on renewal. So if you're looking for a small car then you can't go wrong with this. It's well made, good to drive, economical, not too expensive and actually looks more expensive on the outside than it really is..............and no it's not just a car for women!

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