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Peugeot 106 Zest 2 1.5 Diesel 3dr

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      12.06.2002 21:18
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      I currently happen to be driving a 106, 1.5 Diesel as it is a courtesy car and have been tootling around in it for the past 2 weeks. First Impressions Hhhm. Easy on the eye I guess is the best thing to say about it. I am not a fan of the 106's exterior styling, to me it still looks the same as it did 10 years ago, but when I was handed the keys I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. If the exterior was to score 6/10, then I?m afraid that the interior will have to receive a lowly 3/10. It doesn't really get much more basic than this and the seats are made from the cheapest foam on the planet that just squish up as you sit down. Driving Experience Where do I start? Ok, for it's measly engine size the car is very nippy and would, I expect be great for trips around town and for the average school run, however on a daily commute of 2 hours on fast moving roads, the 106 Zest, isn't quite up to it. The car is easy to drive (although those stupid pedals I am sure, were designed for a mouse to use) and dare I say it - it can be fun. But by fun I mean it's exhilarating, and by exhilarating, I mean you have to wrestle with the steering wheel to get it to take any sort of corner and sometimes you wonder if it's going to make it or not... The driving position for me, is too low and because it's such a basic model, you just don't get the option of making it much more comfortable, that reminds me, the stereo is absolutely awful - the interior just reminds me of the terrible old Fiat Uno I used to drive around in as a poor student. On the positive side, the car is massively economical doing an impressive 50+ mpg, and it is in a cheap insurance group and subject to low road tax - but all these things, I am afraid you would expect anyway from a little car, and to be honest, I think that the only people that buy this car will be those who are looking to make those
      specific savings. Needless to say, I don't like the car, it's OK, it handles OK, and it looks OK but in the stylish statement stakes, this car doesn't even come near. At risk of sounding sexist, this is certainly one for the girls - when I drive around in it I just don't feel like anyone could take me seriously. however, if all you want is a car to 'get you from A to B'in or to pick the kids up from school in that's also economical, looks ok and is practical then this might suit you. For a car in it's class though, taking into consideration handling, value for money and looks I'd have to go for the Ford Fiesta which is a much better drive (and more fun)than this.

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        08.08.2001 02:00

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        The Peugeot 106 Zest 2 when fitted with the 1.5 litre diesel engine is a very economical car to own and run, it can go for 600 miles on a tank of diesel costing £32 to fill it to the brim! The fuel economy has ranged from 53 to 63 mpg, with all manner of driving styles (90mph runs on the motorway to town driving). It will comfortably hold 90mph on the motorway, only struggling a bit on the hills when it drops down to 80 or so, which is still pretty impressive! Downsides: small and cramped pedal area (but I have got size 10 feet) so I have to carefully choose which shoes to wear, and avoid hitting the brake and accelerator at the same time. I also find the offset of the pedals can strain my back on long journeys, but for general driving it is very comfortable. I would try and go for power steering if you can on the diesel model, as the front end is quite heavy. Advantages: cute and compact design; you can fit more inside than you expect; good handling; nice feel to the controls I would recommend this car to the young lady about town, as they have the french chic that a lot of other cars don't have.

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