Product Type: Peugeot cars
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Amazing used car - reliable and nippy, not so economic
Peugeot 206 GLX 1.4 3dr
Member Name: calumneilson
Peugeot 206 GLX 1.4 3dr
Date: 22/06/11, updated on 22/06/11 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Nippy, reliable, good value, nice looks
Disadvantages: Not that economical
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.
Summary: Recommended for anyone who wants a cheap and reliable car, city or country