I paid 2.5k for a nine year old Peugeot 206 around a year ago. It was my first car, so I wanted a vehicle that would be cheap to insure to negate the higher premium I would pay as a new driver. Insurance wise it is good value and having a small engine is great on fuel economy too. I have driven around 4000 miles in it thus far and had no niggles other than I had to pay for a new fuel injector, but that maybe reflects my car's age. The cabin is surprisingly spacious and allows a comfortable driving position for a taller person like me (6ft). The boot holds a fair amount of luggage and you seat three adults easily. Put four people in the car and it gets cramped, but doable. This is mainly a city/around town car and it is fit for purpose. It lack oomph on the motorway however, so it can be slow to overtake other vehicles. Aesthetically, the interior is much more attractive than that of other small cars and it's easy on eye from the outside too. I would recommend purchasing one of these if you need to get around in comfort without breaking the bank.
As a student I was looking for a small car that would be cheap to buy and insure. I'd had my eye on this car for a long time and was ecstatic when I found one to buy. A few weeks after buying, I quickly realised my mistake.
It was 9 years old and had done 50 000 miles, which I didn't think was too bad. 2 weeks after I'd bought it I was pushing my mirrors in (I live on a main road so this is a MUST) and my drivers side one snapped off in my hand. My dad managed to get me another and fix it on, but around 2 month later it snapped off again. My passenger side snapped off also around 4 month after buying.
Not only did I have problems with the wing mirrors, but around 2 months after buying, it began stalling for no reason and not restarting. At first I thought it must be me getting used to the clutch, but it just used to stall randomly as I was driving. The first time I was on my way home from college, and had stopped at the top of a hill at a junction. As I went to pull out, I noticed it had stalled, but then it wouldn't restart. I had to phone my dad who came and helped push it on to the pavement out of the way until the garage could come and collect it. They had to change a fuse to get it working. A few weeks later it did it again on my way to college. Luckily my dad had bought me a spare fuse in case it did it again so I managed to change it myself and jsut be a little late for college. Unfortunately it happened again on my way home that day and I didn't have another spare so my dad and the garage had to save me again. My dad bought a tub of spare fuses for me to take with me. It did the same a number of times until I managed to sell it and get a new one, in the worst and most random places you could think; a tight corner which I got stuck in the middle of and nearly caused a million accidents; the motorway; a roundabout; and various junctions. It wasn't safe so we had to get rid.
A few of my friends also had the same car from different years, and also experienced similar problems although not as bad as mine.
Other than that, it was comfortable and spacious and it was a shame it had these problems.
I have this car but in a 3 door version. I have to say that i am very impressed with it. The car is reliable and comfortable and has never let me down.
The service and after care that i received from pegeout has been second to none and the Chiswick Branch were so welcoming. I recentyly went back as i had left my water cap off the top when filling up the cooler at a petrol station - i though i would have to pay for a replacement but the man at pegeout was so lovely he just gave me a new one and also fixed my brake light too! Now thats service!
The car ticks all the boxes if you want a reliable, compact and safe city type run around. It is very economical with the petrol too and a tank seems to last a very long time. Only down side is the space in back for passengers - but then who cares bout that if your the driver!!