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I bought my Peugeot 206 in 2008 with only 7000 miles on the clock. I have it in black which i think looks very nice on this car, i'm not exactly a whizz with cars so i am one that tends to look at the cosmetic side of things before i dig deeper into any techincal parts. So i was first attracted to this car because of the way it looked, i thought it had a stylish little sporty look about it and since i was 18 years old it suited me to a tee i thought. I bought the 5 door because it is just so much easier fo getting in and out of if you are carrying passengers. I have now had the car for 2 years and the mileage is now 25,000 and i'm yet to encounter any problems. It's an 05 plate by the way. The car comes with a manufacturer fitted audio system which plays CD & the radio and i've found it works very well, you can turn it up very loud and the speakers don't crackle or anything either which is good if you like to blast your music! There are controls on the stalks by the steering wheel too which allow you to skip tracks and switch between CD to radio which is handy. There's a digital display on the dashboard which you can set to tell you the date, time, temperature whatever you fancy! If one of your car doors is open when you switch the engine on, the digital display will also have writing scroll across it to tell you witch door is open which is handy. The car also beeps to alert you of this, it also beeps if you try to get out of your car with the keys still in the ignition or if you leave your lights on, so it would be hard for your battery to die since the 206 is good at warning you of these things! Many people perceive the 206 to be quite a small car which would make it difficult to carry much in it, but i would have to disagree as the amount of shopping i can fit into it is unbelievable! Space has never been an issue and even with my sons car seat in the back and pram in the boot i can still get a lot of shopping in. My passengers have plenty of leg room too. As the driver you can also adjust the height of your seat as well as how far forward or back you have it from the pedals. The air con system in the car is good too and it warms up fairly quickly in the winter and clears the windows well. There is a wiper and cleaner for the rear window too which is handy. The button to turn on the Hazard lights is on the dashboard in front of the digital display and next to it is a button you can press that locks all the doors at once. There is also a child lock option, and the car comes with central locking. I have had no problems with my engine or any of the other mechanicals and the oil & water etc. is easy to change, even for me! The bonnet is also easy to pop open, there is a lever under the dashboard where the front passenger seat is. In terms of quickness, this car isn't the fastest but it is by no means slow, if you wanted it can get up to 120 mph at a push. It is a nice car to drive and it's nice to be a passenger in too as it's not bumpy it's very smooth and changes gear nicely. It's also quite good on fuel and costs about £40 to fill the tank. I do reccomend this car, it's been very reliable and looks nice on the road.
I recently bought my Peugeot a few months ago and must say that so far so good. The car is actually a 1999 plate and has done only £50,000 miles which was always going to be a brilliant deal at £1800. The car is green and looks really new even though it is just over 10 years old, I really think that the fact it is metalic helps the car keep its age. Luckily - for me the car only had one previous owner who I think was elderly hence the mileage is so low for a car of that age. The only downfall that they must of been a smoker as it took a while to get rid of the cigarette smell from the car. My impressions of the car are very good, it is a five door which has perfect room for me as a driver, I was going to purchase a Citreon Saxo but in all honesty the drivers side felt too small and not as comfortable. The car comes with electric windows, air conditioning and the interior is grey but matches the car. There is also a radio built into the car. The boot size is pretty spacious and the seats can be folded down and I have even managed to fit a bike in the car which is just perfect. The only thing I have had to do on the car so far is fit a new timing belt but this is only as a precaution as I am unsure if the previous owner fitted one. The car drives well and is comfortable, even for long journeys. As I am the only person who is usually in the car there is more than enough room, however I think 4 would be the maximum to fit in the car. The 1.4 litre engine does give quite a lot of power especially in 2nd and 3rd gears. A full tank of petrol costing about £40 will get you about 400 miles which is quite average but at least we can acknowledge it doesnt drink petrol. So far so good.
I purchased a 206 recently 2nd hand on an 04 plate. It has driven 30,000 and at £5,000 i though offered good value for money. Subsequently i have endured several problems, in the first week the engine warning light illuminated and when returned to peugeot they claimed the light was not on and diagnostics had found no error, on a second return while the light maintained on they indicated it was a firmware issue, and just needed an update. While for me this was not a major problem as i was covered by a warranty however had i purchased new i would not have been pleased to keep paying diagnostic fees after just 30k miles. Having an automatic gearbox version has also caused problems and has malfunctionied and keeps failing and going into a recovery mode. again this meant 5 days in the garage. This should all be tempered with the awsome comfort, and slick look of the vehicle, but if purchasing new be carefull with serious malfunctions at 30k miles and potentially much expense.
I bought my X reg 206 a year ago and it's been my favourite car of my 4 car history including a peugeot 306, a ford ka and a toyota yaris. The car is visually pleasing and much more contempory and modern looking today than other cars of it's age. The 306 looks like a tin can in comparison. It has smooth lines and is a rounder shape than other box type peugeots and the shape didn't change until 2006. The 1.4 GLX is suprisingly snappy and although I don't know too much about cars, from experience it is much quicker excelerating than my other 1.4 cars which was the ford ka and the peugeot 306. As with most peugeots they are available in eith 3 or 5 door, mine being a great family sized 5 door. The interior of my baby is a plush mint coloured fabric with a light grey dash. The seats are very confortable and fully adjustable. The boot is very large for a car of it's size and easily fits my pushchair and shopping at the same time. The front windows are electrical but the rear ones aren't which is a shame, also the buttons for the windows are infront of the handbrake which makes it difficult if my husband is opening the windows whilst I'm trying put the handbrake on. What I love about the GLX is that it is a very quiet car, I barely notice any noise at all and have to open the windows to hear the engine rev. I also love the fact that there is a shift stick attacthed to the steering wheel which controls the channels and volumn of the radio so I don't have to take my eyes off the road to change the channel. The car has a 6 CD changer in the boot but I am yet to use it, but the sound quality of the radio is great. The car is very reliable and I have only had to change the battery, it flew through the MOT, even at 9 years old. The car is also very good on petrol, I can fill the tank for £50.
I have a 206 1.4 GLX which looks great,feels great and extremely comfy. It has all the mod-cons you would expect for the upgraded model. However, just because it has the name GLX which basically means it has heated seats and electric mirrors on top of the bog standard Air-con it is about £200 more to insure. I don't understand, this isn't going to be a reason why someone may steal the car, or a surely isnt a reason that would result in an accident, it's just and extra comfort thing that you will never claim as a result of having things extra bits and bobs. But thats not the peugeot's fault I suppose, that would be the insurers but still worth taking note of, do you really need heated seats which you pay extra for when buying the car from new and you pay extra again on your insurance. Then there is also the issue of the mechanical problems of which there are loads to mention. When I bought my 206 it was second hand, so some of these could be a result of previous bad ownership. One thing I have noticed though, the Mother of all faults and also a common one which could be deadly amongst the 206 owners, is the habit of the engine randomly cutting out at any time it chooses not to co-operate with the driver. I have many friends who also own the same car and have agreed even if it has only happened once it has still happened. There was also a TV programme about this fault at which one woman was travelling 70mph on the motorway and it cut out, without warning and she was in third lane - no where near safety of the hard shoulder. What tends to happen (as a warning to any new owners), with my car anyway, was the everytime I pulled it out of gear into neutral or put my foot on the clutch to change gear my engine would cut out. If I was moving when I pulled my foot off the clutch (after changing gear) my engine would start again however if I was coming to a stop I would have to turn my key again to start up the engine. It figured to be my idle control valve, that wasn't opening enough or at all and therefore, the engine was being starved of air, however, I'm sure it isn't the same fault on all 206's that suffer from engine cut out. Which could then result in panic or excess of phone calls to the AA. At which when panic occurs, especially on the motorway or other national speed limit roads this may result in some vey nasty crashes and hefty claims being filed. There are many other faults I could mention such as, taking your key out of the ignition and the engine is still running, radios/cd player cutting out at a certain volume instead of distorting plus many more. The question you should ask yourself is, compared to a reliable car such as; Honda, Citreon. What are the costs differences. After you have spent all that money on correting the mechanical faults, is the stylish sexy body worth paying out that much for? I get around 38/39 MPG out of this car, not over revving it though. The handling is brilliant in all weather, obviously within reason, not if you going 60mph round a sharp country bend. It has ABS which is brilliant, the breaking system is 10 times better than my Citreon AX, but then again technology wasn't that advanced back then. There is loads of boot space, in car-space is just as good. I have put 6x9's, sub and an amp in my boot so I can't fit much else in there. In car though I managed to fit two medium sized wardrobes on the back seats without folding them down, and without moving the front seats to effect leg room. Anyway, as I am a 206 owner and I love my car very much for all it's faults, but I will be selling it as soon as my loan has been paid off, I still have to live with it. And if it finds out I have been giving it some grief it may fall out with me even more, so I won't go any further with the bad mouthing of the car. And there is the fact that they are extremely sexy to look at, the seats are them ones that you sink in and you know that no matter how far your journey, back ached and a square bum is something your not going to suffer from. I MUST also mention the interior design, the bubbly effect, the big dash that comes far out and the dials are simple but very very stylish and for people who like the modern but simple look, and you try to carry that out in all aspects of your life, this is a car for you.
As a non-company car driver I was looking for a cheap to run, yet fun and stylish small car. I owned a Rover 100 for three years, and despite its old looks dubious safety features and odd driving position, found it an economical car that would be hard to replace. Peugeot fit the bill and then some with their excellent 206 GLX 1.4 The 206 was launched in 1998 to replace the much loved, but ageing, 205. It was given reasonable reviews, as most thought it had taken the 205?s heritage a little lightly. It was viewed as being a bit too sensible by some, but most agreed that it was an all round good car. I have to say I never liked the 205 much. Sure the GTI was a great pocket rocket, but it lacked a distinctive shape and got left way behind by the likes of the Nova, Fiesta and small Volkswagens in the small hatch market. The 206 is a big improvement in my opinion. As a used car, the 206 GLX is a great choice. My S reg came in at £6995 (3 years old when I brought it) with fewer than 30K on the clock. This was an average main dealer price for the model, mileage and year. It came with a 12 month Peugeot Platinum warranty, MOT and 12 months tax. Spec level The GLX trim level is, it seems quite popular (Don't you hate it when you buy a car then drive out of the garage and notice that everyone else is driving exactly the same model, colour and all?) You get a great set of features "out of the box", including Air Con, Power Steering, 6 disk changer with a 6 speaker stereo, Electric windows, electric heated mirrors, fog lights, rear head rests and best of all - Auto sensing wipers. Options on this model include ABS, front passenger airbag and sat-nav. Drivability The car is a great all round drive. It accelerates well in low gears, but tops out a bit around 60 (hold 4th for longer and its is fine). Noise levels are OK - not the quietest, but better than my old Rover!. Fuel economy on the 1.4 engine is exc ellent. I regularly do more than 390 miles on a single tank (it will do over 420 before I get the orange warning and start to panic). Drive comfort is the best I have found in any of my cars. The driver seat is height adjustable, as is the steering wheel. The pedals are nicely spaced and a clutch footrest makes all the difference to lanky blokes like me. All the instrumentation is easy to see, and there is a great digital display for radio, temperature and time. You get a rev counter, temperature gauge and all the other usual warning lights in the dashboard. My only gripe is the odometer and trip counter is on the same digital display. You toggle between the two using a small push stud. When you first switch the ignition you are given a service reminder (the 206 has a whopping 20000 mile service interval) which mysteriously goes down 50 mile each time I get in the car. The stereo is controlled from a handy stalk just behind the steering wheel - takes some getting used to, but is a welcome inclusion. All lights are operated from a stalk, as are the automatic wipers. The passenger cabin is huge for such a small car, with good leg room in both the front and rear. The boot is a bit short, but quite high. It comes with a handy storage net, useful mounting points for this and a couple of Velcro storage straps for bottles etc. Folding the seats is a bit tricky, but give a massive load space if needed. The rear seats are, of course, 60/40 split. Ownership costs As I mentioned, service intervals are huge on this car. This does mean that of course that the service costs a bit more, but its not too bad when you consider you will only be doing it every two years if you are an average mileage driver. I recently had my 40k service carried out by a main dealer at a cost of £275 including new front brake pads. The tank is 45 litre and costs around £38 to fill (at 74.9p per litre from the low fuel mark) You will, as I mentioned get a t least 400 mile out of this with mixed motorway/town driving. The car comes with Energy tires, but I am not sure of the impact these have. Speaking of tires - expect to pay around £50 - £60 per corner for branded rubber. A bargain tire will set you back around £30. Best news though - due to its economical performance and small engine you will only pay £100 to tax this little hatch back! Overall roundup I love this car. I wouldn't part with it for any other model or make (Well, maybe the GTI or CC could tempt me). Later models have even better spec - including digital climate control, auto lights on and better seating. I expect to be visiting another Peugeot dealer in three years time when I reluctantly change this Diablo red beauty.
Eligibility for a company car meant that I was “forced” to start looking for a new car, my own car is an economical, whippy Nissan Micra 1.0L so initially I was leaning towards an Almeria or Primeria, but then I stumbled on the Peugeot web page and was totally hooked on the sleek look of the 206. Being a company car I needed to take into consideration the usual things such as what extras I could pile on to basic model, what colours it came in and of course emissions and MPG. Well, Peugeot comes up trumps again. The 206 GLX comes with a host of “extras” as standard: stonking Blaupunkt audio system comprising 6 CD auto changer, tape and radio, climate control air con driver seat height adjustment (a key requirement for me, having a long body but short legs) automatic mirrors for driver & passenger side, heated front and back windscreens, central locking & immobilser, auto-sensing wipers, power steering, electric windows, the list is endless. The options available (apart from the boring things like metallic paint) are nicely balanced between fun and practical. The luxury pack is probably not that luxurious comprising leather trim, sports seats and back electric windows but the leather and suede trim is of a good quality and looks stunning (and is easier to keep clean than velour). The other options that I took up are the ABS, which surprisingly enough isn’t standard anymore, side passenger airbags and best of all GPS satellite navigation. The sat nav is the one thing that I was dubious about initially, but having now experienced it I would definitely put it on the “must have” list for future cars. It’s not the type that tells you there is a whacking great traffic jam ahead (that’s what the radio traffic news if for!) but it shows you the distance to go, the lane to be in, the name of the road you’re on, which exit to take at the roundabouts – all in a very polit e female voice. If you want a laugh, select the non-metric option and the voice ends up with a bit of a West Country burr to it. If you don’t follow a direction correctly, it doesn’t shout “can’t you read a flaming map woman” but nicely comes up with “recalculating route” A definite improvement. It’s all programmed with a snappy remote control and includes info for Europe as well as UK via the cd. As it’s all integral to the dashboard, there are no components to nick or have your car broken in for, another really good feature in my book! The car itself is really spacious for both driver and passenger and the back has a good amount of legroom. The sleek styling of the interior complements the exterior well, and having everything moulded into the design means it looks uncluttered and not at all overbearing. The audio controls are replicated on a steering stalk to prevent dangerous fiddling around whilst driving and once you remember that hitting the wiper stalk doesn’t change from The Best of Tom Jones to Radio 5 Live, it’s very straightforward. There is plenty of storage space with numerous hidden pockets and pouches, if you don’t have the luxury pack, there is additional box storage within the passenger seat and the glove compartment is roomy as well. The 206 may look like a girly-bird car, but the pedals are quite widely spaced to cater for the bigger footed amongst us (size 7/8 on the pedals of a Corsa is very trying!) and the power steering apparently has very good force return (according to my husband the one time he was allowed to drive it) which I think means that there is no battle to straighten up after turning – my Micra feels like a tank in comparison now. There certainly is plenty of oomph to it and it is very easy to drive + it looks really neat and has beautiful lines (I’m getting a bit of a sad case about the car really!) and comes in a go od range of colours, my preference being Diablo Red! So is it all Peugeot and cream? Well no, there are a few things that bug me. The climate control always defaults to having the aircon on when you start up, great in the winter for demisting the screen, not so great for fuel consumption if you leave it on! The temperature controls themselves could do with either being on a stalk like the radio or else higher up as they are lowish and on the left. The sat nav cd takes up a lot of room in the glove box but then it’s better than having it centrally mounted. I agree with other writers that the seats don’t seem to offer a great deal of lumber support and I do find the Micra’s better to sit in but it’s probably just a case of getting used to it. Biggest gripe is that there is quite a bad blind spot near side but the mirrors assist with this but it does catch you out now and then. All in all I absolutely love this car, it drives so smoothly, has good fuel consumption for a 1.4, handles corners brilliantly (or is that the driver!) parks easily (definitely not the driver) and has good pull away and steady motoring. It makes driving a pleasure and I feel totally safe in it due to the enhanced safety features. The only thing that could be better than this is the 206cc Coupe, but that wasn’t on the car list!