It's hard to walk down a street without seeing at least one of these small hatchbacks, but why is that?
I have had my little red car for about 6 months now, I managed to pick up a T reg with 150,000 miles for £700.
Most people will probably be saying "150,000 miles! Are you mad?!" but my car is running brilliantly for the mileage. The only issue with the engine is when I run my car with bare minimal petrol in the tank, the car with coke and acceleration will be far from smooth. An easy fix all I have to do is top up the tank with a fivers worth of petrol and it will run fine within minutes. I believe this is cause by dirt from the bottom of the tank being dragged up through the fuel lines.
My car doesn't have power steering a lot of people will not like the idea of a car without power steering, but personally it's such a small and light car it's really not an issue, in fact I prefer it because you really feel how the car handles and can easily tell when your pushing the limit. The handling isn't brilliant mainly due to the soft and relatively high suspension meaning that when going round a corner fast you'll tend to find your passengers holding to anything they can get their hands on.
The engines pretty good as far as I can tell for a 1.1 Litre, It's got a lot of pull through the gears and a top end speed that's perfectly acceptable for Britain's roads, you could maybe push the car to 110 miles per hour with the wind behind you.
But if you're one of those people that really enjoys tinkering with your car it's extremely good, spare parts are easy to find, and aftermarket parts are even easier. Performance parts are fairly cheap compared to bigger cars, and if you really want to go the full mile body kits can be picked up for around £400 upwards depending on what style you want.
Fuel en is pretty average for a small car nothing special, but it's not at all hard to get 35 MPG while cruising.
The interior of the car is very comfortable and pretty hard wearing, the dashboard is chunky and plastic, but not an eye soar. The dials are good and clear, but where you would normally find a rev counter is a clock that happens to not work in my car.
106s are as commonplace on the roads of the UK as the Ford Fiesta and the Renault Clio. At the time of purchase there really wasn't a lot to choose between them and my choice was determined soley by price. I would have been happy with any or all of these cars but when offered over a thousand pounds more in part exchange from my previous old banger the decision was easy. The 106 it was.
I've been the owner of this particular 106 for the past six years and know it inside out. It's a special edition Zest 2 but in reality that's an extra badge on the door and the glove box and not a lot else. No powered steering or central locking in this baby. Still it did come with a leaking sun roof thanks to the factory forgetting to connect the drain pipes to it but fortunately that was easy to solve with a little ingenuity. Most importantly it came with a CD playing stereo. Admittedly this wore out after 80,000 miles but driving over rutted tracks on a daily basis wears things a lot faster than normal and its usually the vibration generated which sees things off.
My daily commute is a mere 4 miles each way twice a day which is short but never allows the engine chance to fully warm up or the battery to recharge. That said the original battery lasted eight years despite this. Fuel consumption isn't great but that's more down to the type of driving I do. A tank of fuel costs £40 from the red light and lasts a month which suits me fine.
Its professionally serviced by a local garage and has only ever required minimal parts and the usual wear and tear items of tyres, exhausts and wiper blades replacing. The cam belt was changed recently for under £300. Having a tiny one litre petrol engine it falls into the £110 road tax category and is insured fully comprehensively for under £160 a year.
Its not exactly exciting to drive. It does 0-60 eventually but by then you've been deafened by the scream from the sun roof or the general noise level in the car. It needs far more soundproofing that the manufacturers fitted it with. It grips the road sure-footedly and for its size it has an enormous boot into which I can fit a trolley load of grocery shopping or a double pushchair but not a lot else.
The most irritating thing about the entire car is the door trim on both driver and passenger doors which protrudes beyond the door line and is far too easy to catch. I replaced the retaining clips the first time this happened but when it happened again I used good old gaffer tape to hold it in place. You'll see plenty of 106s with the trim completely missing as this is a very common problem.
My car is a three door which was great whilst the children were small as there was no chance of them opening doors or windows whilst I was driving but now they're bigger it's a bit of a squeeze getting in and out as the seats don't fold very far forwards. The back seats don't have headrests so in the event of an accident I'd have concerns about a neck injury to an adult and finally despite it being a 5 seater it has four 3 point seatbelts and a central lap belt but you'd struggle to get three adults in the rear in any comfort. Saying that its not a particularly comfortable car. After 50 miles I have a seriously numb bum
And finally a projecting lip in the drivers footwell makes it awkward for those with big feet to drive as you catch that instead of the clutch pedal.
I think that the Peugeot 106 has been a good little car since they brought them out. The peugeot is the same as the Citroen saxo but a peugeot style,
The first one that come out was a (H) 1991 and all the way up to a (04) plate.
Inside the pedels are a bit close together and not much room but you would get used of it.
The little 1.1 engine is small but not bad for around town, you cont go fast on the roads now because speed cameras and lots of people on the roads.
The peugeot is nice and easy to park in parking spots and driving them are easy.
The new 106 looks alot better then the old 106 they have inproved it alot more and is a little bit bigger and easy to get in and out.
Its good for a young person who has just passed their test or a older person, the insurance and tax are cheap but best of all the petrol lasts longer and don't drink that much.
It would be good to get all the best things on the car like -
^ colour coded bumpers
^ front spot lights
^ allow wheels
^ cd player
^ nice comfortable seats
but over all th little peugeot 106 1.1 is a good car cheap and reliable but some people might find the GTI model better and want that one but it costs losts more money then a 1.1 basic one.
still on ciao too.
i bought the 106 in November 2004, and i thought it was a nice nippy little motor, and i was chuffed, but for £3000 it was not worth it. It had no ABS, No power steering, and as i found out due to understeer.... NO AIRBAG!!!! it said it had one, but at 50mph, you'd think it would work.
All in all i find this a lenny-letdown compared to other model pugs out there, the 13" wheels are usually steel, and weigh more than 20" alloys. if you want a peugeot for a similar price, look at the 206 and get a diesel, even a 1.1 petrol engine drinks like a fish.
The car sustained some damage on the cross member underneath the radiator, which instantly wrote me off, any other car i think it would be repairable. If you are a first time driver, look around and find something else, like a 1.0 fiesta.
A door from the main dealer would cost you £600, and they dent easily if u lock it and it doesn't shut properly don't try to just push it into place, it will cost you !!!
I first wanted a peugeot when I was about 14 and actually started taking an interest in driving (abit young I know but I couldn't wait!) and saw one of the first style 106's going down the road. I thought they we're really cute!
I saw some similar cars that I liked, then started learning to drive with BSM but didn't do very well so I gave up, then I got myself a little red car which was all I could afford at the time, but I knew I was destined to have one of those cute little cars!
Anyway I took some more lessons with a different company and passed my test, 6 months later I was walking past the car dealers and spotted a really nice dark blue peugot at the back, so I had a look at it and went to arrange a test drive.
As soon as I started to drive it I knew that I wanted this caar, But I also knew I couldn't afford it so I spoke to the nice car man and he sorted out a finance deal so i could buy the car - yay!
I collected it the following week, and it was great, it still is now, it's just been in and had it's brakes done - thats nothing to do with the way I drive it! (honest!). Its a really smooth drive, Fantastic little car that handles very well in all situations.
This car is excellent if you are intrested in modifying as there is lots of accesories avaliable, I've just had the little lights put on the bonnet, I had to get the white ones though because the blue ones are illegal and everyone has blue anyway!
It is very good on fuel consumption especially on longer journeys, I went to South Wales camping last year, I filled it up - about £25, and that got me there and driving around for the whole holiday, i think altogether it was nearly 400 miles we did, then I had to fill it just before we got back. However it's not quite as good if you are just using it on shorter journeys, I've gone to putting £15 a week in now insted of filling it up and that does about 150 miles depending on the journey.
It has a stylish interior, comforatable seats, which adjust to a variety of positions!
Seat belt are fitted in the front and back, although they don't have an adjustment bar so they can rub your neck a bit at times.
There are speakers fitted in the front, however none are in the back. The factory fitted stereo is quite good, it's even better now I've discovered how to adjust the bass levels!
There is plenty of little storage holes and hiding places, including a little pocket under the seat which is ideal for keeping cd's in or secret chocolate bars you don't want your mates to find and eat!
The boot space is avarage, but not recomended if you want to fit larger goods like double pushchairs unless you want fold the back seats down, There was plenty of room for all our camping gear though.
In my car there is no air bags, I can't make up my mind if thats good or bad! It means I can have my friends daughters child seat in the front, but I'm not protected if I have an accident! BUT... I have heard quite a few stories of air bags going off and doing more harm than good so I really am undecided.
I would definatly recomend this car, it is only a 1.1 but it can be very quick off the mark compared to some other 1.1's I've driven.
As peugeot say it really is "The Drive Of Your Life!"
My girlfriend and I have one of these nippy little cars, and as a product I struggle to find too many bad points. I hope that our experience is a one-off. We purchased the car 8 months ago and from the start we started to notice a problem with the time it took for the airbag warning light to extinguish. After a while it would flash on while we were driving. We returned the car under warranty (the dealer refused to collect the car, despite that service being part of 'The Peugeot Promise' and their 'Lion Care' boasts) and they repaired the fault telling us that it was a seatbelt trigger under the driver's seat. A week later the errant light was back, coming on and warning us of imminent airbag danger!! We returned the car again (no pick-up again, but they dropped it off) and were told that it was the same fault. Hmmmm. A week later the same problem. no offer of a pick up from Peugeot caused my girlfriend to have to take the morning off to drive the car to the dealer. On the way, she was involved in an accident, and of course, the airbag failed leaving her with whiplash, and unfortunately Peugeot and the dealer have claimed that they are not responsible. The final repair seems to have fixed the fault (4 months on) but my girl friend can no longer trust the car, and it is to be sold. It is a shame that this has tarnished my image of a company that I believed to be Marketing Oriented, but ultimately hid behind paperwork and legal threats to absolve themselves.
Well recently my Citroen AX was smashed up by a gang of youths so I've been given a lovley 106 Zest 2 to play with whilst the reparis are being done. To be honest I've never really been a big fan of this make of car (well I like the 306 and the 206 but not the 106 - looks too much like a saxo for my liking.) Anway - onto the meat and bones. Handling. Nice light handling, easy to corner and park however the suspension feels a little light when you try to go around a corner at any significant speed (which - lets face it , we all do with hire cars!!). Feels good on the road though and you feel safe nonethless. Engine. Shh.. or you wont be able to hear it. This engine is about as silent as a baby sleeping. When I first put the key in I had to 'start' the car twice becuase I didnt realise that the engine was on. The engine is very nippy (60BHP) and is smooth. Will do 0-60 in 12 seconds (well thats what I got out of it with me GF timing me.. she was scared I think.. naaa!!! :)). Fuel consumption 120 miles on 10 quids worth of petrol. Not bad at all. It has a lovley little fuel light, great for ppl like me that keep running out of petrol. Bulid quality. Very good, feels like a very sold car except for the wind noise from the sun roof. Doesnt feel that well fitted. Looks - Nice (ish). Well if you like that kind of thing. I would prefer a P reg 306 anyday though. Better performance but poorer fuel consumption. Clutch - Sticky. Cheers All Alex PS read my review on citroen AX's and ensliegh ensurance for a big laugh or cry