I've owned a Peugeot 106 Zest 3 for the last year and spent next to nothing on Petrol. One of the most important factors when you buy a car now is the running costs, there's not many cars in this class that can match the consumption of this little beauty. At todays price (77.9p) for petrol it costs around £27 to fill the tank and it'll last you 500 miles +, depending on the way you drive. Insurance is cheap too, I'm 21 and have had 2 write offs, I bought this and it's only costing me £70 per month for insurance. If you're looking to buy one, look at getting one second hand from a dealer, they've dropped off a lot in price recently and are bargains!! Oh... they're even comfortable, stylish, well-equipped and safe too!
Peugeot's baby may be long in the tooth now, but with the introduction of the revised range, including the Zest 3, the car maintains a timeless appeal. The 1.1 litre engine is ever willing and for most uses is more than adequate, including motorway cruising. The car feels solidly built and has a quality feel to both interior and exterior. Beware the softer paint finish on black cars as this leads to stone chips. A great colour is China Blue Metallic. Interior on the Zest three is velour trim and equipment includes tilt slide sunroof, electric windows, rev counter, 60/40 split rear seats and a CD player. The car handles well despite classically french soft suspension and even this 1.1 keeps the renouned cornering of its more illustrious brother the Gti. Fuel economy is excellent. On the downside, I owned one from new and after just a couple of thousand miles it experienced hot starting problems which were rectified by the dealer. A little cramped for back seat passengers. My experience of Peugeot dealers is fairly negative and I never got the impression that the really cared that much about looking after the customer - no cleaning of the car while in for service, no offer of a courtesy car, no letters to warn of impending services. So, to summise, a great little car, perfect in its environment around town, shame about the dealer experiences, but a good buy all in all.
The Peugeot 106 Zest 3 is an extremely good first car. The car itself can be either 1.1 litre, which is the model I have, 1.5 diesel or 1.6 Automatic. The 1.1 litre is nippy for its engine size and has a good, economical fuel consumption. It has a stylish look and is very comfortable to drive. The Zest 3 is the top of the range Zest which offers body coloured bumpers, which I feel are much more attractive than grey coloured ones, CD player and Rev counter. The rev counter is very useful and having been in many of my mates cars I have discovered it is a rarity to have them in such small engine sized cars. It has a top speed of around 100 miles per hour however does require the higher revs to accomplish this. The car grips well to the road and if you are more of a boy racer then the car does have a great deal of potential for modifications. Believe me, i have modified mine. This car does however have its limitations. Due to the engine of my car being so small it is not as powerful as many vehicles on the road today. I have great difficulty keeping up with my mates who also own Peugeots, most of which are more sporty versions though, for example the 106 XSi. For the driver with big feet this car may not be advised, unless they feel comfortable driving it, as the pedals of the car are extremely close together. The accelorator is below and slightly to the side the break and requires a special method for driving, which i must add is very comfortable and easy to pick up. This car is perfect for me, except for the power that it has. For general travelling from A to B this car is nippy and economical and is certainly the nicest looking of the Zests. I recommend it thoroughly!! N.B The price below for this car is the price which i payed for mine. It is an S reg.