I recently part-excanged my 106 XL after owning it for almost eight years. I was very sorry to see it go and still miss it now. It was my very first car and I only bought it as I was on a budget and I got a good deal on it. If money were no object it certainly wouldn't have been my first choice because it is, to put it simply, really ugly. It's a vile shape and the upholstery in mine was hideous.
BUT that is just a cosmetic issue and there are some massive plus-sides to the 106. The car is seriously economical. I had a 1.1 petrol engine and I could do 300 miles for about £20. The road tax is in a small bracket and it's cheap to insure.
I have to say that I had very few problem with this car. It never once broke down and during MOTs it only ever really needed basic maintenance (usually the brake pads, for some reason). Towards the end though the exhaust did keep falling off, and no matter how many times I reattached it is would only come off again. This was what made me sell it in the end, as I do a lot of motorway miles and the last thing I wanted was to be worrying about the exhaust catching on the road and being ripped off. I put that down to age though, more than anything else (it was about 13 years at this point).
Inside, the car is very basic. No electric windows, no CD player (although you can have one fitted, like I did), no air con, no central locking, no power steering. In fact, not much of anything really! But in my view, the less things you have in a car, the less chance there is of something going wrong and that was very true of my 106.
The engine was small, but so is the car, and I was able to accelerate from 0 to 30 in just seconds. Overtaking on the motorway was always a bit of an issue though as once it got to 60mph it did struggle to accelerate quickly. But once you get there you fly along!
All in all this was a brilliant car and I never regretted buying it. Cosmetically it left a lot to be desired but functionality-wise it was brilliant.
Hi everyone who is going to read my opinion:) Just for the record I actually have a 1.5 Diesel of the "Mardi Gras" range, this was a limited edition 106 produced in 1994 (M). Sadly dooyoo dont have a seperate section for this car so ill include it here as this is the nearest section too it. People may have read my opinion on my MK2 Fiesta which I obviously put in the Fiesta section, but now I have a 106 and think that ive had the car long enough to right some information about it and note its advantages and disadvantages. Due to not wanting to bore the a** of people im just gonna give basic advantages and disadvantages! So lets begin with the Advantages. The car itself gives a very smooth ride I must admit, going down the motorway at 80mph it keeps you feeling staple and not making you think the engine isnt keeping up the pace. For a Diesel this car does the bees nees by been quick of the spot at traffic lights, going quick down the motorway and this is all done by still only paying very little in Diesel. The car is also very comfy, I hate to admit it but I could fall to sleep quite easily at night while driving down the motorway after work if I was really nakked. As many people expect with a Diesel, it is a brilliant starter! No matter if its poring it down, or water has got into the engine (which accidentally happened when I left the bonnet open and it rained!!!!!!!!!!!!) or light frost- the engine will start! But im sure the engine will really be put to the test in the winter! One advantage/ disadvantage I found with the car was the handling! Considering the car has them thin little 13" wheels on it, it does handle well, if you take a corner at an average speed with little acceleration you should be fine. But personally I think the car should have maybe 14" standard wheels for better handling (maybe I should invest in some alloys?!?) Cheap insurance and tax, many lower p
owered cars come under the same tax and insurance group. Lets have a peak at the old disadvantages. First of all the peddles!!!! the people of Peugeot should know that we dont all have size 6 feet, im a size 12 foot and although im now pritty use to the peddles been so close together-at first I use to be constantly pushing the acceleration and braking peddle at the same time! Also the car is very basic, theres no PAS, CL or even simple things like a rev counter or engine temp guage near the speedo. Although these things dont actually matter, its still alittle dissapoinitng. Despite the car been quick and powerful, when you rev the car alittle in one gear and flick it up a gear it can sometimes be alittle underpowered. What I mean is that the car wont gather speed or propel itself straight away (this happens sometimes, not sure what the problem could be, probably happens to a few cars due to the power or design?). Well thats really it, I have to admit that I do really love my little 106 and hope to keep it for a long while yet. Yes it does have some disadvantages, but at the end of the day these will make little difference to me and the peddles problem can easily be overcome. Thanks
I have had a 106 XLD for 2 years now and cannot recommend it enough, even though I have spent some considerable time trying to get a speeding ticket in it and not yet succeeded. The 1.5 diesel engine develops about 50bhp, which propels this beastly machine from 0 to 60 in an amazing 16 seconds. In all seriousness though, the diesel 106 achieves a consistent 60mpg however it is driven. Taking the car on at 36k miles I was prepared for things to start going wrong, but at 80k now I have had to do the following: 1) New starter motor (£60) 2) 4 new tyres (£120 total) 3) That's it...really! The 106 has a well reknowned 'big car' feel, and this has not been exaggerated. Handling and cornering are excellent and remeniscent of it's bigger cousin, the 306. Drum brakes front and back are more than adequate to stop the car in time and servicing is simplicity itself, with fuel and oil filters easily accesible and seemingly built for the DIYer! Insurance group 2/3 mean those monthly bills are peanuts and I can even afford to insure my student 21 year old g'friend without too much pain in the wallet. If you are a traffic light freak or high speed merchant, forget it. This car will build speed steadily and maintain it, but hills prove a challenge. Having said that, 85mph is comfortable on the motorway, which puts the diesel ahead of it's 1.1i alternatives, which buzz like hairdryers at this speed. We took the car to the South of France and back last year with no worries about breaking down (it simply doesn't) and I reckon it will be good for 200k miles, given proper servicing. I do all the small services myself and take it in for the big ones. Between this, the excellent fuel use, the cheap parts and insurance, the refusal to go wrong, and the minimal depreciation, I reckon this car costs an incredible 3 or 4p a mile to run. Safety features, including standard drivers
side airbag are good and room is suprisingly ample for this class of vehicle. Can't recommend it enough...