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      20.01.2014 18:12
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      a fantastic little car for a hidden but if speed

      I had always wanted a peugeot but worked my way up to owning one as my second car- I loved it but really wanted something a bit sportier than the 5 door red 1.6 i owned and therefore got a peugeot Gti for my third car at a cost of 2500 which I feel is Avery reasonable price
      Something to consider though is that it is high in tax at over £100 for 6 months
      It is a 2.0 litre in burnt orange it was manufactured in 2001, it has nod fine 120000 miles and is s till going strong. (I believe they do a 1.6 as well although I can't remember off by heart the smaller engine size)
      I absolutely love the colour it has a metallic finish and when cleaned makes the car look even sportier
      The engine has a lively roar when started

      I have owned the car for over 3.5 years now and have not had much more than the brake pads, discs and tyres to do! I had an airbag light flashing on all the time but recently got this fixed (loose connection behind the steering wheel making the car think there was a passenger airbag fault) this is a common problem with Peugeots but is usually just so loose connection sometimes under the passenger seat too. The same with the peugeot before both have been extremely reliable and even in extremely cold weather where my partners 2006 vectra fails the peugeot still springs to life with no effort (not bad for an old timer :-) )

      The exterior has a rear spoiler which looks much nicer and sleeker than other cars I have seen with spoilers and fits in nicely with the car as a whole

      The car is a 3 door again adding to its sporty looks, the front seat are part leather and part fabric the part you sit on is fabric so in the summer it doesn't burn you and in the winter you don't freeze (unlike the full leather seats often seen in other sports cars)

      The mileage is only visible when the ignition is on and all the displays are orange in colour
      There are radio controls via the sticks on the right side if the steering wheel, allowing you to adjust the volume, change the station, change to cd/am/fm and change the cd all via the sticks on the wheel

      The steering wheel is all leather and there is an airbag in the centre of the wheel

      The car has climate control which allows you to easily adjust the temperature to .5 of a degree from 14 up to 24 ( I think- I never have it higher)
      There is a Eco or auto option for the climate control, you can adjust the power by pressing one button over and over (the digital display shows a fan and each time you press the button you can see the fan being filled up a quarter at a time) the same with where the air is being positioned e.g on the screen, feet etc it is very easy to use and understand
      The gear knob I'd stainless steel making the interior feel upmarket

      The radio has a cassette player feature, however there is a 5 disc cd changer located in the boot

      There is also a passenger airbag
      Both front seats has a lever button to allow access to the rear seats and when pulled forward it causes the seat back to fold flat and then it slides along the runners to allow someone In and out if the back, the great thing is when you then push the seat back it remembers the setting previously used and so you don't have to constantly adjust it.

      The front windows are electric and are controlled via the controls in the middle of the car as are the wing mirrors

      The rear windows are controlled by a lever which is attached to the window but they open out wards by about 20 cms

      One of the best features for this car and it's age especially ( it is 12 years old remember) is that it has isofix points in the back 2 seats and the front passenger seat

      The back seats have adequate space for 2 adults, although the middle seat is quite narrow (but what do you expect from a small 2 door sporty car) I am able to get 2 car seats in the back but cannot fit a booster seat in the middle of them (one of the downsides to this car Is a thing called anchorage which makes car seat fixed in by the seatbelt a little less secure as there is more movement-please google anchorage in cars for more info so if you are considering using this car with a car seat it is better to have ones with isofix in which case ignore the point on anchorage as this is then irrelevant)

      There is a cigarette lighter in the front between the 2 car seats and the interior controls can look a little basic in comparison to some other cars, however to me this was irrelevant

      The glove box is of An adequate size and you can fit plenty of things in it
      Similarly the boot is of a fairly good size and fits even my double pushchair in when the boot cover (i can't remember what it's called) is removed

      The car drives like a dream, smooth gearbox, handles well, responds quickly and is really nippy as well as looking smart both inside and outside
      Still looks clean and tidy both inside and out
      Doesn't rust like some other older cars
      Pink get approx 280 miles to the tank which at present costs just over £60 to fill

      The downsides:
      The climate control can take a while to react correctly sometimes,
      I had a 1.6 NOT Gti peugeot before and there was not much difference in quickness between the two
      It can guzzle petrol a bit but what do you expect with a 2.0 litre engine
      The anchorage in the back if you want to use seat belted car seats

      I Think overall this is a great little car and even with a small family it is still practical!
      I personally need a larger car but this is due to my job

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        10.09.2011 13:17
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        Great car for me never put a foot wrong in over a year of ownership and 13k miles driven

        I brought a 2.0 206 gti 138bhp car as a first car for around a couple of thousand pounds and was surprised at how much my view of them changed from viewing 206's as a load of crap.

        The car handles great and gives you great confidence in the corners at speed and is a good fun drive on b roads and is quite pokey for a small hatch with a top speed of around 130mph.

        The interior is not too bad of a place to be albeit the typical plastic dash you expect with any european car these days the seats are comfy on long drives (500 mile drive in a day was personal confirmation) its got all the basic parts anyone wants with a car nowadays A/C ABS power steering basic CD player with multidisc changers in some and can fit 5 people in comfortably.

        Depending on size of driver does impede space for the passenger behind as i am 6ft my seat is practically as far back as possible. The overal drive is good as you can easilly gain speed fast pushing the gears which have a surprising amount of low torque can to boost you along and it has the feel of an indoor gokart, you do get some body roll which can be sorted by buying some strut braces if you wish and the peddles at first feel close together as i have size 11 feet but you seam to get used to that pretty quickly.

        The mpg is not bad for the performance you get with the stock car and carefull driving but as with any car it will fall quite rapidly if your right foot starts to get a bit heavy. I found that by changing the standard air filter for a K&N panel filter helped out with the throttle response quite well and it only costs around £35 and compared to the usual boy racer induction kits helped more as your dragging cold air through your original air box system with no engine heat getting in there as i found when i had a pipercross cone it sounded ok but as soon as the engine temp picked up it was laggy to drive.

        The only parts i have changed for my car in the year i have owned it is the exhaust from the cat back which was stock for a 3inch one and i had it remapped by superchips for £250 which i highly reccomend as even tho it only gained around 12bhp and 32Nm of torque it generally made the overall drive so much better and sharp and responsive it was worth the outlay plus when you drive in a conservative way your mpg can easilly exceed what it should be possible to do as you can drive in fourth or fifth more often and the car still pulls along nicely plus you can get motorway mpg on general roads which helps keep the cash in your wallet and away from the insane fuel prices and pays for the mod itself over time also if you can stomach it running on premium fuel such as momentum 99 from tescos helps performance and mileage to with the remap.

        I found the gear change to be surprisingly long which was a simple fix as there is a company called griffith engineering that sell a quickshift kit for £30 ish and its only a 30min job for a mechanic (if that) that shortens it considerably and helps you get back on the power faster and is a damn site cheaper than paying over £100 at times for something that is generally doing the same thing without having to change all the rods shortening the gearstick etc.

        The only other downside i found with this car is that the view from the driving position can be somewhat restrictive as you cant see any of the bonnet and even looking in the rear view mirror it feels the roof restricts what could of been beeter rear visibility but that maybe due to my seat placement, either way the cars the size of a large shoe so that should not effect anyone who is experienced and confident/competent.

        Generally its been a great car for me it looks not bad for the price and considering the more boxy looking cars being rolled out today and you dont see too many about like the million ford focus you see driving about, insurance can be reasonable depending on a age and driving history and i will be sad to see it go when that time comes just beware the french reliabillty issue but with general maintenance and a yearly service it can be a cracking car if you dont buy a beat up donkey you may land yourself a small cheap gem.

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          07.02.2011 21:31

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          get a good one and you will love it

          I bought the 206 for the missus after she had some trouble parking my alfa and wanted something smaller but with a bit of poke. I had a look at a few others but she fell in love with the 206. The car is very stylish and comes with everything you could ask for in a small hatch. Electric windows Electric mirrors climate control half leather sports seats and the alloy pedals and gearknob give it a really sporty feel. On the outside the wider front arches and alloy wheels and the sports suspension make it look sporty and much better than the standard 206. Also the 2 litre 16 valve engine does make it a quick car and is very responsive but on the downside the low range torque is not the best ive experienced and the gearchange isn't the smoothest it has also developed an annoying rattle from the boot that needs adressing but its not a new car so thats probably to be expected. The other anoying point is the clutch pedal is a bit too close to the centre firewall and I keep catching my foot on the carpet when i have anything but my trainers on. It does handle superbly and will put a smile on your face when you get the opportunity to push it and it really flies in the mid to high rev range. I have had a few other problems with mine but I think that was mostly down to the previous owners dodgy repairs.

          If your thinking about a 206 gti get a history check and make sure it all works because they are not without there faults however they are very entertaining to drive and parts are cheap and plentifull so if you get a good one you will love it.

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          25.08.2010 20:15
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          Would recommend a test drive

          Peugeot 206 GTI 20.0L Standard, Black. 2003

          I longed for a Peugeot 206 GTI; In fact I wanted the GTI 180 but couldn't afford the up keep so opted for the standard GTI although the 180 does have more performance and wow to it.

          I decided to have the car in black, I originally wanted dark blue but the garage had both colours and the blue when it was next to mine looked older (although a year younger) and didn't have the same shine as the black, although a very common colour for the GTI.

          I had a Peugeot 306 TDI before and I must admit this 206 is not a patch on my last car. The 206 has aged very quickly, the leather interior has worn quickly and the handling is not so good.

          Performance/Handling:

          Performance is okay. I've not had too many problems with my car and at the moment it's on 40k miles. I bought it at 16k and not long after it needed a new clutch, it had only one previous owner. I have had a few exhaust problems and the ABS light sometimes comes on for no reason. I have spoken to other 206 owners and both these problems are quite common. The engine is good, its pulls quote strong from low revs and extra power seems to kick in after 3000rpm. Over taking is fine this was something I wasn't too confident in until I had this car, there is no need to change down a gear. The handling is quite poor in the ice and rain, I often feel like my car is going to spin off (and I'm not the fastest of drivers). I find the car is quite bumpy at times.

          Interior:
          As I said above interior seems to have aged quite quickly, the half leather seats look really good although I would say this is not the most comfortable car if you have back pain. The seats are quite low as well.

          Inside there are remote stereo controls beside the steering, climate control and automatic wipers. Electric mirrors are good, I have no problem seeing out at all angles there are also 4 airbags. There is a CD player with changer in the boot. The standard speakers are okay although would benefit from having some in the parcel shelf in the back. The petals and an aluminum gear knob give it the sporty look, and there are several metal fitments within the car, although the speedometer and rev counter are in black, this would have been better in white like some of the other 206 models. There are electric windows as well.

          Overall I would recommend this car. It is expensive on Fuel but what you would expect from a GTI. Insurance group is usually 14 so not too bad for a sporty wee car. Parts can sometimes be expensive from a Peugeot dealer so I would advise shopping around.

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          16.06.2010 17:34
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          Overall 3 out of 5

          I have had this car since 2005 bought previously owned, it is a W reg (10 years old now).

          I bought it in immaculate condition, to be fair I have not given it the greatest care as of late but it is a great runaround. It has taken me on many long destinations and has been very reliable. I have only ever had major work done to it once involving the wheel brakes locking and had to have the tyres replaced.

          Touch wood I have had no problems with steering or air con.

          Mine has a tape deck fitted with a cd changer in the boot and the speakers are really good for a 10 year old car. The suspension is good although the tyres seem to go down quite quickly - this could be due to my use.

          It has been driven into twice and repaired and looks as good as new. Its a very durable car and has a couple fo knocks but feels very safe.

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          28.04.2010 16:09

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          all on all i think the car is great

          My boy friend owns one of these cars and i think they are brilliant. The design of the car is really nice, the interior is nice to all the seats are half leather and half fabric. The car has heating, air con, electric windows, electric mirrors, climate controll and air circulation. i would recomend this car to any one beacuse my boy friend has had so many cars beacuse al his previous car have either been juicy on petrol or had some bad go wrong with the carn and this is the first car that has been perfect. It doesnt drink petrol it is infact really good on petrol It does 38 mpg .My boy friend also tells me that it is a lovley car to drive. It is also a verry nippy car its good on long runs and good for just nipping round the town or short journeys to. the bad piont of the car is that boot is not overly big but it is big enough if you was putting the shopping in your car or for moving small things. On a overall tho i would give this car a 10/10 for petrol and apperance i would give it 9/10 and overall on the holw car i would give it 9/10.

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          26.01.2010 22:55

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          Very quick nippy car hit the country lanes with u stereo on and its gonna put a big smile on your face!!!

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          The drive of your life............

          206 GTi 180..... what a vehicle. Its got it all really, great subtly agressive styling, sharp responsive handling & brakes, amazing power that pulls all the way upto the screaming redline and a soundtrack to match.

          Couple all that with the equipment included such as climate control, ABS, switchable ESP / ASR traction control, auto head lights & auto wipers, 17" wheels, 288mm front discs (the biggest of the small peugeot brakes), thicker torsion bars & thicker anti-roll bars (than any other 206 including the GTi 138), great hugging alcantra bucket seats, electric folding mirrors, electrically heated mirrors, CD Player with 5 disc auto-changer in the glovebox, trip computer, etc, etc..... The list is almost endless.

          The engine is a beefed up 2 litre 16 valve from the GTi 138 with a redesigned cylinder head with wilder cams & variable valve timing (VVT), improved intake & exhaust manifolds, sports CAT & better ECU which results in 180bhp.

          The GTi 180 is available in black, blue, red or silver and looks the business in any of these.

          The drive is unbelievable, the improvements over the GTi 138 plain to see & feel. OK it costs more to tax, run & insure but as soon as you mash the loud pedal in 2nd gear it all seems like money well spent.....

          Plain & simple, get one now...

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          Looks great, drives great, sounds great, is great!

          It's been a long time coming but I have finally got my hands on a decent car with speed!

          About the car
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          Model: Peugeot 206 GTi
          Engine size: 1997cc Petrol
          Year of registration: 03 (53 plate)
          Colour: Moonstone
          Doors: 3dr
          Bhp: 138bhp
          Insurance group: 14
          0-60: 8.0 seconds
          Mpg: 28-30

          The Look
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          I think if you are going to own a 206 it really needs to be moonstone (silver/blue), silver or black as I don't think other colours suit the car at all. You can get a burnt orange colour which stands out but I opted to go for moonstone, which is described as silver on your logbook.
          I have certainly not purchased a GTi to become a boy racer and this is why I am not bothered that my car doesn't have a rear spoiler. The way I see it is that the less attention is brought to your car the better and although most GTi cars come with a spoiler, mine doesn't but it still looks incredibly good.
          What makes the car stand out is the colour coded bumpers and side trims. As they are the same colour as the car, they blend in nicely and don't look tacky in comparison to the black plastic you get on non-colour coded Peugeots and they are also metallic.
          The black wing mirrors look stunning on this car, which are again metallic and not plastic.
          The look that I like most about newer 206s is that the headlights are more clear and transparent and look crystallised compared to the frosted glass look you get on older models.
          Of course a GTi wouldn't be complete without a nice set of alloy wheels and this car has some lovely 16" low profile Goodyear tyres which surround the very nice looking 9 spoke silver alloys.
          Having only 3 doors make the car look sporty in comparison to my old car which was a 5 door and from every angle you look at this car it looks amazing. Looking at the front of the car you will notice that the grill stands out more than a standard 206 and the circular fog lights really compliment the headlights.

          The Interior
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          My previous car had polyester seating which doesn't look the most attractive but it was easy to clean. I'm glad that this GTi comes with a half leather interior with chrome door handles and gear knob and the front doors have very nice grey suede material on them to help match the chrome and this looks really good. The front seats are more moulded to the shape of a bucket seat than a conventional 206 providing extra comfort when driving. I've certainly noticed that this has helped with my back problems when driving for long periods as I no longer get back pain so this has only benefited my own health.
          As for the rest of the interior such as the dashboard, this is pretty much the same as a standard 206 which looks like black plastic with goose pimples. Some people are put off by this but I don't see a problem with it myself. Yes they could have improved the look of the dashboard but there's not a lot wrong with the way it is as its hard wearing and scratch proof.
          The steering wheel is another part of the interior that has leather around the outside of it where you grip the wheel which makes it more comfortable when handling as the part that you grip is thicker than the standard. It also has a moulding for your thumbs to slot nicely into them but this is only comfortable if you steer correctly, which I don't!
          One noticeable difference with 206 cars registered in the last few years is that the aerial has been relocated to the rear of the vehicle. It looks better in this position but I tend to get interference on Radio1 in particular.
          In contrary to older models that have a very large hazard warning light switch, this one is split in two with the left button activating the central locking from inside the car.
          Just to top it all off the door bases have a nice metal Peugeot plate which you can see when the door is open which is a nice touch. I know from past experience with other 206s that this base tends to get scuffed and scratched easily when getting in and out of your car making it look shabby so this metal plate helps protect against that as it is more robust than the standard metallic frame.
          Down in the driver foot well you will also notice metal clutch, brake and accelerator pedals which is another smart edition but they can be a bit slippery if you miss the rubber parts of the pedal if its been raining so wipe your shoes before driving.

          Looking at the rear of the car you will notice that the brake and fog lights are red and not transparent, which I think can be improved by getting a nice set of Lexus style lights which are see-through. As the Peugeot light bulbs are coloured, i.e. red for braking and orange for indicating, you just slot these back into the Lexus lights. However, some insurance companies class this as a non-standard modification meaning you could be forced to pay an extra few quid on top for your policy. Likewise the rear fog light can be unclipped and swapped for a transparent one and it is fully road legal.

          Paying particular attention to the speaker system in the car i've not known anything like it. It seems that you can turn up the volume as high as you like on CD player and your speakers will never blow. For a car that doesn't have a sub fitted to the system, the sound is excellent. You don't get that tinny sound when its on full volume and the stylish side speakers on the door pannels look great.

          The Features
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          The GTi comes complete with Air conditioning and climate control which is great for added comfort in hot weather. Climate control is new to me as this is the first car I've owned with this feature. I've noticed it does use up a bit extra fuel but this is a small amount compared to having the air conditioning on for a lengthy period. The other benefit of having climate control is not having your windows steam up ever again. Particularly in wet weather you tend to get differing temperatures inside your car which mist up your windscreen, but by having the climate control set to a specific temperature then the windscreen stays clear and you don't have the problem of having to continually adjust your heating and doing the windows down a fraction.

          As you get a digital display unit you are provided with basic information on temperature (climate control and outside), air blower speed and direction, time, date, radio station, information on miles per gallon, remaining fuel levels and indicators to show when automatic wipers are activated or when fuel is low. The display also tells you when there is ice on the windscreen but this isn't really that useful as you can see this yourself when you get into your car.

          The feature I love the most is the automatic lighting. When the car detects that the light isn't sufficient for normal driving conditions then your sidelights or headlights will come on automatically within seconds of turning the ignition. This is great for when you drive through tunnels where you often forget to use them. This would also be a useful feature to the many people I see driving around at night without headlights on! I can't say I've ever done this myself as its second nature to turn on your lights in the dark and fasten your seatbelt but I guess it helps. Obviously, it does not turn on your main beam headlights in complete darkness as this would be dangerous, especially for oncoming cars. This is best left for manual interaction.

          Electric front windows come as standard with a GTi but the back windows, being a 3 door car are ones that you push out using a clip that only partially open.

          The GTi I purchased came with a factory fitted radio/CD player with 6 disc multi-changer. The CD changer is situated in the boot in its own concealed compartment. One word of caution is that if you fit your own CD player you may need to purchase an extra adaptor to function the CD changer unit.

          An Immobiliser and alarm comes as standard with the deadlock on the key fob activating them when the car is locked. Once this is set you will notice a red light flashing on the dashboard near hazard light switch.


          Performance & Price
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          You certainly don't buy a 206 GTi without loving the price/performance ratio. I paid £6000 for my car and for what you get for that price is value for money. The car is quick off the mark and has awesome acceleration and when you put your foot down it doesn't half fly. I can only imagine what the speed of a 206 GTi 180bhp is like after driving my car but this is 3 insurance groups higher!

          The power steering on the GTi obviously makes it easy to handle, especially when going round corners but by having low profile tyres with alloys, the car tends to follow the road more vigorously which can sometimes pull you into uneven surfaces but this is normal. The GTi grips the road much better than my previous 206 but this could be largely down to the Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres.

          One thing I would suggest when filling up with petrol is that you don't go to your local supermarket as the performance difference is very noticeable. Shifting through lower gears quickly, whilst accelerating seems to be a much tougher job. Whether this is due to it being watered down or just having a lower Octane amount I don't know but you can certainly feel the difference. This is no exaggeration, as when you fill the car with Esso, Shell or BP petrol the improvement is almost instant if you have filled up from an empty tank.
          I guess if you are looking to save money and get your Petrol at places like Tesco then you will still get a decent performance just not as good as it can be.
          To get an even better performance I would recommend using super unleaded petrol which is about 6/7p more expensive per litre. This contains a higher level of Octane which is must for performance cars, but with today's prices you may want to think twice and just keep this to the odd occasion but you do get a good deal for the extra cost as it is supposed to be better for your fuel tank as it contains a cleaning agent which gets rid of all the crap and adds a few extra horse power.

          If you drive conservatively then you can easily get about 30mpg but if you race around everywhere then this feels more like 25mpg. Ultimately if you want a car to get the most out of the fuel you put in then you wouldn't be buying a GTi in the first place as you would be better off getting a Diesel car.

          I've calculated that on average I probably spend an extra £240 a year on petrol and an extra £150 a year on insurance (group 14). However, the car is cheaper to tax than my 1.6 206 that I used to have as the price is calculated on C02 emissions for cars made after 2001 and not the engine size.

          Recommendation
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          If you're looking for a decent priced car with a bit of speed then this is the car for you, but if you're looking to save your pennies then you might want to stay clear. I don't really think about how much extra it costs to run per year as the way I see it, if you get an increase in your annual salary then this usually goes a long way to compensating for the difference.
          I had been looking to get a GTi for some time before I got my hands on mine so I would certainly recommend getting one purely based on the performance and comfort benefits. However, we already know it costs more to run but it is also not a family car and if you have a child it could be very annoying having to pull down the passenger seat every time to get your child in the back.

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            23.07.2002 03:59
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            This car is actually really quick, with a top speed of about 130 mph and an accelleration time of 8 secs to get to 60 mph. The handling is very good, especially round corners, you can keep going at about 50 mph and still feel safe like you're not going to crash! This is the fun part! They come in loads of different colours, the nicest being sky blue metallic. They have full electrics, heated seats, central locking and alarm system. They pull nicely and have a quick reaction to pressing the pedals. They can come with leather seats if ordered. They are relly nice to look at and stylish. They also have lots of space for leg room and in the boot. Petrol consumption is quite high but not as high as youd expect from a gti version.

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              07.05.2001 23:35
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              Mechanically, I haven't had any problems so far with the 206 which I supposeis the most important thing. However, I'd say that the build quality of the interior is pretty awful. Ihad a 306 XSi before I got the 206, and it had was very well built indeed.The interior did not rattle at all, even over bad road surfaces. While the interior on the 206 looks far better, I find it is plagued by bad design and shoddy workmanship. Fortunately, with some perseverence I've been able to fix the rattles. The front seats have both given me problems. The back adjustor on the passenger seat broke, so that you couldn't adjust the angle of the seat back. It required a new seat frame which took two weeks to order. Both seats also required new runners because the seats did not return to their original position after collapsing them (to let people out the back). According to the dealer, they have had many problems with the seat runners on 206s and have replaced a lot.

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                19.12.2000 19:52
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                I purchased my 206Gti as brand new in September of this year, from a supposedly reputable Peugeot dealership in Lincolnshire. As you should all be well aware, 206's are in in high demand, but don't let this distract you that the Peugeot dealership is in greater need of your business than you are of buying a car from them - any dealership will sell you a car, but few will be reasonable about how much discount they will give! All 206 GTi's have a 5% markup in the price from scratch! For example, I went to one garage, and they would give no discount on the price of a new Gti (£14,500), and even wanted to charge the full price for the (mandatory!) SP Kit and other extras (About £700). They were even off the pace with the price they were allowing for part exchange (£7100 for my 97R 106Gti!). They also offered finance, as I don't have any real cash, only virtual borrowed money! I looked into this. They wanted a rate of 9%!!! for the loan. They blamed all this on "demand" for the 206, even though I was ordering the car 3 months in advance of the September registration. So, off I went to the next dealership and got the car for a cool flat £14,000, and got the extras at trade price (saving about £300). They also offered £7,800 for my Gti in part exchange. Worked it out yet? about £1500 saving! They also offered finace at 7%!!! Being cheeky I tried a third dealer, and got to a stalemate as they wouldn't beat the quote I got from the second dealer. In the end, and two phone calls later, they budged on the finace rate to 5%. I battled the second and thrid dealers off against each other until I got the best rate possible - 3.75%. Since then, I have had numerous problems, mainly due to the demand for the GTI. All the hard work looked in vain when they kept telling me different dates for it's arrival. One minute it would be August, the next, September, sometimes they didn't know. In the end I told them to ei
                ther give me an exact date, or they could keep the car - 14th September they said. So?, you may be asking what is the point of reading all this?? Well the answer is, be careful!!! Dealers are desperate for their sales at the moment, especially after the bottom has fallen out of the used car market. Get at least three quotes, and don't give up playing them off against each other until you have got the best deal!!!! After this when you have signed on the dotted line with your hard cash (or in my case - virtual!), make sure that they give you a definate date, else they will keep changing the dates, and you could be really stuffed! especially if you are selling your car privately!! Peugeot UK seem to have a lack of communication with the French Mother company. And Finally, if the dealership gives you any false information about the whereabouts of your prize car, phone the Peugeot UK Customer Services, they will soon make the dealership take note of your concerns!! PS. When I finally got the car it was great, and if you are undecided - buy one!

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                  03.11.2000 01:01
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                  206GTI My friends dad has just been given a Peugeot 206 gti as a company car, and it's just awesome. It looks really classy than the 306 xsi, even a bit more sporty. When we went for a drive in it, it was so smooth over the bumps and round the corners equally as good. It accelerates really quickly and on the motorway it's just brilliant. Wow...the buzz you get. It makes you feel rather special, you know that you have a car that looks just as good as it drives. Apparently, the steering is brilliant you can steer at ease even around the tightest of corners. Driving down a smooth country lane is excellent but when you come up to road bumps you do feel the bumps somewhat. It comes with all the standard things of the Peugeot cars;  six Cd changer  Air conditioning  Automatic windscreen wipers  Safety locks etc You can't even tell its a convertible, its a pity the weather hasn't been that good because it looks great with the hood off. On 'Top Gear' it was calculated it takes 22 seconds to take the hood off, which isn't that bad. My mates dad's car is blue, compared to our 306xsi cherry red, it does look better. There are other colours if you don't like the dazzling blue. It costs about £16,000 and if I had the money I would buy it. Definitely a summer car which will turn heads with or without the roof. I love Peugeot cars, and this one seems to be a top car.

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                    19.10.2000 08:34

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                    I have had my 206GT for a year now. 22K miles and loads of problems. 11 visits to the dealers. 7 for the same problem! But its been OK now for 6K miles and I'm pretty happy The car drives well, Road holding is brill, Everyone looks at cos it looks mean with the SP kit and GT valances, Exhaust, Induction kit etc etc. But the time has arrived to ditch it for a 206CC SE. Same car but with that retractable roof!! Sound. Hope the French build quality is better than the crap we have seen from Ryton!!! Typical Brit quality??!!

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                    05.10.2000 02:12
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                    I have had my 206 GT for a year now and still rate it as one of the best handling front wheel drive cars i have ever owned. Complete with the Peugeot SP Bodykit and Spoiler it looks like no other 206 including the GTI and turns heads wherever i go in it. Peugeot could do with looking at their quality control as my car has been back into the dealership no less than 8 times with minor and major problems ranging from blown engine fuse to failed CAT and Air Con which disintegrated. Other than these problems I have been pleased with the cars performance which has improved over the miles (Now 16K) and the fitment of a Devil Exhaust System and Pipercross Induction. Would I buy another???? For driveability, desirability and wicked looks YES!!! If Peugeot continue to Produce Impressive Specced Cars which require constant recalls and returns to the dealer then saly not - when you are shelling out £15.5K for a car.

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