Having owned a Y Reg (2001) peugeot 206 for 2 years now, I have experienced all of the ups and downs of this car. Overall I have been incredibly happy for it, and in general you can pick up a decent used one between 8-10 years old for £1000-£2000.
Looks: For a 10 year old car, it looks great. Many old cars such as Nissan Micras and old fiestas look terrible, with odd shapes and no curves. Personally, I find the 206 looks much more modern than it is. One less attractive part of the car I have found is the hub caps, they don't look great and one of mine often starts to come off. However, there are versions of this car with alloy wheels.
Interior: The interior of my car has green cloth seats, that look better than they sound. It doesn't look amazing, but it has everything you need. The boot is quite large for a small car, even with the parcel shelf in (it is very easy to remove). You can easily fit a large shop in, and bigger items.
If you have lots of things to carry, the back seats drop down to almost flat, creating what is almost a miniature van that is capable of carrying a very large amount of things.
The rear passenger leg room can be a bit cramped if they sit in the middle, or if the driver or front passenger have their seats far back. In the front, the passenger has loads of room and there are plenty of pockets to store things, especially drinks and food on long journeys.
The driver has enough room as well. My model of the car has built in controls for the radio next to the windscreen wiper stalk which is quite helpful, as well as automatic windscreen wipers.
Generally, for a small old car, I have found the interior to be incredibly specious, well built and well equipped.
Drive: I have a 1.4 litre version of the car. For acceleration and straight speed it really excels, even with that relatively small engine. It is very easy to cruise with, and faster than, all of the cars on the motorway. Once you reach 70ish the acceleration will drop, especially with five people in the car or lots of luggage.
The car handles well, especially in snow. Due to it being front wheel drive, it is much more difficult to get stuck in deep snow. I have been able to leave the house, when a BMW X5 was stuck in our drive, in slightly shallower snow.
The clutch can be a bit temperamental, at least mine was - however it was very worn and needed to be replaced. The synchromesh around 2nd gear is also a bit warn, this results in slightly bouncy and jerky gear changes, especially if you change gear fast.
Brake wise is where I have had the majority of problems with the car. Every service and MOT the hand brake needs to be tightened, and it loosens off very quickly almost to the point that it doesn't work very quickly after getting fixed.
The footbrake works alright, but it can be a bit slow to stop and you need to push very hard to slow down even a little bit. However, it still passes it's MOT so it isn't dangerous.
However, I must state that these problems have only been with my car, you may find other ones with great brakes but a bad gearbox.
Economy: I have found this car does about 35 mpg, and so recently I have been getting about 350-400 miles with a £60-£65 tank of petrol, thanks for the soaring prices.
However, I have found driving a little slower greatly improves the fuel consumption. And staying on the motorway at 60-70 generally uses much less fuel than 70-80.
Reliability: This car has never broken down on me, and has always started for me. It has been incredibly reliable for a 10 year old car that cost £1250. The only thing that has happened, the exhaust was worn and rusted and during the winter it broke and part of it fell off during a trip to the ski slopes.
It past it's MOT 2 weeks ago first time, with a couple of advisories, however the year before it cost about £200 for brakes and suspension problems for it to pass.
In general I have found this a great little car for all purposes. I have driven the length of the UK in it, spent a year doing city driving, spent a year living in the country with it and a lot of driving in snow (north east of scotland). It is quick and nippy, reliable and relatively cheap to run.
Honestly it is hard to find any negatives, it has been perfect for me.
The Peugeot 206 definitely isn't the most stylish car on the road, but it's perfect for a first-time buyer or for someone who simply needs something to get them from A to B. The 3-door set-up means that it's quite a compact car (useful if you're struggling for somewhere to park in town), and it doesn't protrude too much if you park it on the side of the road. So in terms of size, it's great. The boot room is also ample, with enough room to fit two to three large suitcases (quite a lot for a small car!) and space to fit four passengers comfortably. The sound system in the car is also brilliant. Before I bought the car, I intended to buy extra speakers to go in it. However, when you realise how huge the output is, it would really be unnecessary!
In terms of reliability, I would not been so quick to praise it. I have a 2000-model and the car seems to really guzzle petrol. Everyday I complete a ten mile journey to and from work, plus a few trips inbetween, and I'm spending £50+ on petrol each week. My acceleration is normal, and I don't overuse the car, so it seems that the car is not particularly economical. As well as this, if you're looking for a really strong, protected car, then the Peugeot 206 isn't it. The body seems to be quite weak and you can really feel the tremors when you go over speed bumps. The back windows are also made of only very thin glass, so I'm not sure it's the car for you if you want something resilient. Overall though, I really enjoy driving it and would recommend it to first-time buyers for its reasonable insurance!
I purchased this car in march 2009 on a 52 plate for around £2500 in metallic red. During the near 18 months that I have been the owner of the car i have completely near to 8000 miles in it and have had a very good degree of reliability. I have only had to replace 2 front tyres from excessive wear, which were also very reasonably cheap to replace. Since owning the car it has had one MOT, although it failed it was only due to a small problem with a front light bracket.
The overall driving experience of the car is of a great standard, the acceleration of the car is good and smoothness of gear transition is also another plus points. Fuel consumption is pretty low with mpg at around 35-40 per gallon. The model in which i own comes complete with climate control, which has come in use in both winter and summer months. The only real negative point I could comment on is the seats and other areas of cloth inside the car. The quality and appearance of the cloth used is rather unattractive. However this downfall does not take away the fact this is a car which i am more than satisfied with and shall keep for the foreseeable future.
i have this care and absolutly love it. i think that they are good looking little cars and i have had very minimal problems with it. It did at one point have a slight problem with starting- you had to rev it slightly to get it to start but this passed with in 2 weeks and i was told that unfortunatly this is a common problem with some 206's and that it may come and go although this didnt prove to be too much of a problem and was more of a slight inconvienience more than anything. it does a fairly good mpg and a tank costing about £50 tends to last me just over 2 weeks. The car being a 1.4 has a fair amount of umph behind it and you can still feel the pull in 5th which is good for a car of its size. i would reccommend this for a first care.
This car is my current second car. It is a great car for people who need cheap car insurance and want a car to get to point A and B without much fuss. The Peugeot 296 is a stylish car and one of the best selling in the UK and worldwide. I must say I have had this car 2 years and had no problems until recently. I will need to replace the gear box costing me a whopping 600 quid but I know other people that have really expensive car parts and pay 1000's sorting it out. The car is quite economical with petrol and good value. The 3 door aspect makes the car look better in my opinion. the boot looks bigger than what is is because the back door and glass panel shape means that objects cannot be over a certain size. Overall a grea forst car for teenagers and adults alike.
Not sure why this range of car has been in such high ratings otherwise I am sure that I am missing something. I have owned one for the past year and a half, and have had toooo many niggling problems that makes this the worst car that I have owned. Below is a list of points that I would like to point out: * Handling is awful. Due to the steering and car both being very light, taking corners at any speed above crawling is a nightmare (just close your eyes and hope for the best). It also doesn't help due to it leaning very heavily into corners where it feels like the car could give way and spin at any second. * Gear changing is not very smooth when taking off from a standstill, but is nice at higher speeds. * The shape of the car in the rear makes for very minimal boot space (even though it looks half-decent when opened). * Gaps around front bonnet collects to much mess. * For a 1.4 engine you would of thought that holding the car doing 80mph would be easy, but it seems to fluctuate in speeds and cannot go much faster over 80mph on a straight road. Furthermore, controlling the car over 80mph is tricky as the car seems to attract wind and you end up being swung side to side. Aerodynamics is pretty poor. * Internally, the car feels very plastic and cheap, and over time the internal bodywork seems to shift about cause gaps (Especially underneath the steering wheel where the fuse box is) * Again, when at higher speeds (75mph +) the engine makes an awful whining noise which sounds like a Fiesta doing a ton.. * Mileage is pretty poor for a 50ltr tank. So far my maximum mileage on a tank has been 420 Miles.. Considering you can get closer to 500 on a Micra * One issue that concerned me after a minor accident was the fact the bonnet of the car lowers to within inches off the floor when you slam the brakes.. If you were to be in a large accident where you hit the back of a
nother car at a reasonably high speed, then the 206 will dive straight under the back of the car you are hitting. I have seen a couple of sights when the whole front has been completely compressed due to this matter. More damage to your car, the more it will cost to repair and possibly be classed as a write off... **Just a warning** These are the main bulk of issues I have with the 206 GLX, but one thing can be said. It is a good laugh when driving, some due to the leaning issues (an unstable rally car is what comes to mind)... But at higher speeds it is sometimes a nice car to cruise in. As you could guess... I would not recommend this car