When looking for my first proper car I wanted something small with good MPG. The 206 1.4 LX seemed to fit this perfectly, and the insurance quotes were cheap as well. Whilst I love my little car and think that it's a decent first car I've had so many problems (costing over £1800 to fix) I'm starting to regret my purchase.
It's a good looking little car.
The 206 was never going to be a high performance car, but for country roads and motorways it's more than adequate and handles well. In high winds you defiantly feel it, but this is cancelled out but it's proficiency in snow and ice. There's good acceleration for a small diesel.
There is a build in cassette/radio which is fine if you do short commutes within a radio signal area but as I don't I replaced this with a CD player. TBH I would now expect every car to have a CD player as standard so this a minus point for the 206. The interior is spacious, even in the back, although the seat mechanism, needed for getting in and out of the back, can get stuck and cause problems now and then. The upholstery is nice, though I have discovered a hidden compartment beneath the front passenger seat, that whilst useful means the seat cover looks a bit strange. Everything on the dash is plastic and looks cheap, but it's a cheap car. Everything is within easy reach, though the driving position is a little awkward and takes a while to get used to.
The reason I have only given this car two stars is the amount of issues I've had with it, combined with reports from other owners that these are not isolated bugs.
Within days of getting the car, the STOP light kept illuminating, at first it would only briefly flash up, but it got worse and would stay on and my temperature display would be all over the place. I knew the car was not overheating so was baffled, as was a peugeot specialist garage. Turned out to be a fault temperature sensor creating dodgy readings, considering it had to go on diagnostics to pick this up it was a relatively expensive fix.
Around the same time I noticed my fuel gauge did not work, fault on the float, replacement float needed. A few months later I go out to the car and notice that the oil level indicator on the dash is displaying fault. Manual check the level is fine, the display goes back to normal a few days later. This is an on/off problem, sometimes it's fine, sometimes it's on fault, sometimes it says I have only half oil, no correlation between these. Apparently a common peugeot fault, the peugeot dealer cannot find a problem.
206's are meant to have noisy brake servos apparently, but the hissing is very audible and annoying. Experienced mechanics comment on it. Peugeot says it's normal. In relation, five times now I've lost assisted braking and acceleration, twice this has happened going 70 on a motorway, I dread to think what could have happened. Five times the car has been to peugeot, for days on end and at great expensive. No fault can be found, random replacing of parts does not seem to help. It's an intermittent fault, can go months without it happening, happens once and goes away. I've had suggestions that it's an engine management issue but peugeot has no suggestions, this is the reason I am getting a new car as soon as possible. All the other faults have been annoying but not life threatening, but to have this happen and no solution from the garage is unacceptable. I have talked to other 206 owners with a similar issue and no resolution.
The left indicator self cancels and turns on the right indicator. Garage says I need a new indicator stalk, I can't be bothered. It's an annoyance rather than a major fault. In the same vain, the handle to adjust the drivers seat keeps falling off, even though it has never be used more than once. Shoddy workmanship methinks.
I'm not sure if this is a fault, but the service indicator countdown jumps down randomly, certainly not in line with the mileage.
I love my peugeot 206 its such a nippy little car and you can go so far on a tank of petrol. Ive had my peugeot for about 2 years now and have never had any problems with it. When my friends jump in the back of the car they say how spacious it is to sit in and how they dont feel squeezed in. I love this because it make me feel like i got a big car inside but its a tiny car on the outside.
I use my car to drive around the towns mostly so not the best way to drive to get the most of my tank of petrol but when you go for long journeys it performs great. I love the fact i can pull away in 5th gear when doin 60+ mph. I must say thought its not the best for handling corners i dont know if this is me driving it too fast but it doesnt seem to like gripping, well thats what it feels like.
overal i love this car its kind of hard to get used to but once on your way it brill.
I love cars, I really do...rather sadly though being a student and until I make my billions writing best-sellers, I can't afford my dream car...a personalised Ascari A10 complete with all-inclusive use of the Ronda test-track...anyway back to reality. Currently I own a beautiful Diablo Red 206 1.4l lx with three-doors, an elephants a*$e effect on the dashboard (Clarkson) and a set of shiny unmarked alloys...yes, I'm a very good driver...very worthy of my dream Asc....sorry drifting off again...
I've had my 206, a 2001 Y-reg, for four years now...and till now haven't had a problem with it besides ordinary wear and tear related replacements, ie. new exhaust, catalytic converter, spark plug changes etc. etc. You get the picture, touch-wood, up until now I have had few 'irritating' cash outgoings as a result of my Peugeot generally being rubbish as many car know-alls would believe! The only non-standard unexpected problems I've had are:
1. Having to have a new handbrake cable fitted, after someone...well i'll name-drop...my dad, pulled my hand-brake up too far!
2. My clutch cable snapped under my bonnet whilst driving randomly one day
3. I've had a set of new front tyres, the back tyre, to my knowledge, are still 2001 originals with no noticeable wear
So ok, I've had two problems, though neither have been too costly or time consuming to put right so I'm pretty happy on the reliability front. When I bought the car back in 2006 it had about 50k on the clock, now 4 years later it's on the way up to 80k and as you can see I haven't had many problems to say I've added nearly another 30k to it!
*INSIDE THE CAR*
I won't go through what the outside of the car looks like, we all know there's hundreds of these little mchines on the road! SO...Inside the car is a, not too offensive, interior...I for one think most car interiors even nowadays are pretty revolting...who designs them seriously?! Actually would you admit to it if you did : ) (Sorry car interior manufacturers). My car though has a full black 'elephant', although I think it's meant to be grainy leather, effect dashboard and steering column and dark blue discreetly patterned cloth trim and seats. Ok, so blue and black together is a little bit random but it looks ok. Inside the car everything lights up and orangey glowing colour; the dashboard dials, air-con, temperature control and so did the original dash-board stereo (which also has a control stalk on the side of the steering column), although I've replaced this for one with inbuilt bluetooth but the original still works and will go with it when I buy my Ascari! : ) In the front of the car there's plenty of room for me, the driver (although I'm only about 5' 5" but my partner's about 6'2" and he can still fit in ok, although he moans it's not a BMW) and even more for the front passenger. In the back there's enough room for another three passengers, though they'd probably have to be pretty close, 'cause there'll undoubtably be a bit of accidental touching going on. In the back of the car there are two little windows that open on a hinge-type device and also cup holders in the sides of the car next to the seats, in the front the cup holders, pen holder, card holders etc. are in the glovebox. Finally the boot of the car; this is reasonably sized at a push you could get two decent sized suitcases and some bits and bobs in...but if you do need extra space the back seat flip down, almost horizontally, providing extra storage space. The backs seats can be folded down separately (so you can still carry 4 passengers) or both together (2 passengers in the front of the car). One particularly quirky thing...I won't give away the secret...but when you buy or go to look at a car like mine check out the front passenger seat and see what it does...it's exciting lol!
~Blind-spot to the rear drivers side of the car: The back arch support of the car is in the way so when overtaking/ pulling out etc. you have to be extra careful to check the, a little larger then usual, blind-spot behind the car. You do get used to this though and it isn't a major problem.
~If you, like me, are the type of person who likes to fiddle with the car yourself before it's MOT etc...the spark-plugs in this car are pretty inaccessible from above, they're underneath the car so it has to be lifted or propped up to get to them.
~The back number-plate lights are EVIL to replace, it's very easy to snap a connector or break the light-bracket all together and you can only get a replacement from Peugeot (and yes these are very expensive).
~Replacing any bulbs on the car is pretty difficult unless you have quite small and dextrous hands.
The important one! Officially, with a manual gearbox, the car is supposed to do 31.7 MPG: Urban and 53.3 MPG: Extra Urban...so combined about 42 MPG. I find that on a full tank of petrol, which at the moment costs about £54 (petrol costing 118.9 per litre) my car will do about 440 miles, which I think is pretty respectable. One thing I have found though with my 206 is that it runs better and gets more MPG out of certain fuels, the best for getting a higher MPG out of the car is either ESSO or Shell, I just use the standard stuff but obviously if you wanted to put V-Power in or something you'd get a bit more. Supermarket petrol, especially Tesco, is a no-no for this car as it guzzles it and you only get about 380 miles, similarly I've found it makes the car make a louder guzzling noise, which I don't think is in my head. Overall my car does more miles to the gallon and sounds better when running on Shell or ESSO fuels...
*TECHNICAL SPEC. STUFF*
~Height adjustable steering column
~Headlight adjustment dial, which changes the position of the headlights on the road dependant on what load the car is carrying
~Electric windows and door mirrors
~Remote central locking
~Driver airbag and a passenger airbag which can be turned-off if there is a children's car-seat fitted
~Digital trip-counter and service due indicator
~Inbuilt immobiliser and deadlock function
~Air conditioning and in-car temperature control
~Instrument dial light adjuster
~Top-speed of 107, which it does, I mean obviously I've never done this but...
~It has a whopping 75 horses powering it
~Costs £125.00 per year to tax or £68.75 for six months
~The length of the car is 3842mm, the width is 1650mm and the height is 1428mm.
The Insurance on this car is pretty reasonable, I am a 22 year-old female student and this years insurance cost me about £200
Peugeot very recently stopped producing the 206 and now make it's younger brother the 207 instead. Second hand though a 206 like mine costs anywhere between £1-6,000 dependant on the condition, spec, and age. If you do shop around you will find cheaper and you will find dearer examples. Up until the 207 replaced the 206 these cars held there re-sale value well, sadly though now their vale is sadly dropping...this does mean mean though if you shop round you can get a great little car for little cash.
I got my beautiful silver 206 in the summer of last year, having owned a 1 litre Corsa previous to this car I could see the difference straight away, I immediately saw how much wider this car was and how much bigger it is inside. I have two kids and I could only just fit their child seats in the Corsa, in the 206 though, there is space for another seat to fit in, which has come in handy as my sister has just had a baby :-)
I think the 206 is a really comfortable car too, the seats go up and down as well as back and forth. I nearly smashed through the roof on my discovery of this!
The engine is really quiet too and sometimes i forget the engine is on.
My car was registered in 2001 and when I bought it it had 40,000 miles on.
Basic maintenance is quite straight forward too, if I can manage this anyone can!
I haven't had any major problems with the silver beast since i got her, and I hope i don't. It will be a long time before i get rid of her.
INTRODUCTION (including update Apr 2013)
No, I'm not trying to sell my baby... I've owned my 3 door Peugeot 206 1.4 LXi for over 14 years now and am perfectly happy with it. I bought it after having driven about seven 306s (as company cars) for 5 or 6 years. I was changing jobs and didn't want to buy a 2nd hand car so I used my employee discount of 17% to buy this nifty and nice-looking car.
ABOUT MY 206
When I bought it in December 1998, it was one of the first 206s on the road and people used to comment all the time: "nice looking car", "cute but sporty", "looks different" and of course, the expected "lovely colour". Now, over 14 years later, it's just one of the many 100s of thousands of Sapphire Blue 206s out there but the novelty hasn't really worn off for me.
I've done less than 40,000 miles and would honestly say it's a reliable little motor. I've had NO mechanical problems whatsoever (my 206, not me...), I've only had tyres changed a handful of times, all of the original ones lasting a good 5-8 years.
The back seats aren't exactly comfortable for passengers over 5'5 in height, but then again I didn't buy the car to ferry around other people so it's not a major concern for me. Sometimes when turning, one can encounter blind spots due to the windscreen being sort of sporty and sloping, but I've got used to it now.
My 206 came with a Blaupunkt stereo radio/cassette player as standard and I've had no issues with this at all (although those with newer cars would wonder why on earth I'm satisfied with having a cassette player). The stereo works as well now over 14 years later as it did when I first bought the car. Clear sound quality emanates from the built in speakers and there's a volume control stalk to the right of the steering wheel quite is very handy, which you can also use to change radio frequency. It's very easy to save radio channels for later use too, just find the station you want and press and hold the desired location buttons 1-6 for at least 2 seconds where you want to save the channel.
Fuel consumption (which I'm not an expert on) is about 40 mpg driving in regular London traffic. This figure increases a lot more when driving at 70-75mph.
GETTING TECHNICAL NOW (or trying to...)
Thought I'd give a bit more of the technical blurb about the car here for those that are interested: my 206 LX has an adjustable steering column, remote central locking, drivers airbag, electric front windows, electric sunroof (I opted for the sunroof instead of air-conditioning at the time of purchase but do actually regret it now considering the fairly hot summers we've had in recent years) and power assisted steering.
My lovely 206 also has the following: immobiliser, deadlocks, headlight adjuster to move headlights up and down (this is useful depending on how much weight the car is carrying), rear wiper and wash-wipe, digital speedometer with trip counter and service due indicator (this was a cool gadget when I first got the car, apparently it's quite common these days :( oh well), storage compartment in front passenger seat (never used this to date), instrument dial lighting adjuster, have I bored you to sleep yet? No? Then do read on, not long to go...
The back seats fold down to give you more space if the boot alone isn't sufficient.
The length of the car is 3842mm, width is 1650mm and the height is 1428mm. Ahhh so cute and dinky eh?
It falls in insurance group 4 (for an idea of the cost, my fully comprehensive insurance with my husband as a named driver is less than £300 with Halifax).
2006 prices - if you're looking to buy one of these nifty cars, be prepared to pay around £8,195 for a brand new one or £8,695 with air-conditioning for the basic urban model. Peugeot 206's do tend to hold their value, I've seen 5 year old models being advertised for just under £5k.
Sadly the Peugeot 206 was discontinued in 2009/2010 so new models are no longer available.
The Peugeot 206 1.4 LX is a low maintenance car - it passes its MOT every year without any problems, not for me anyway, and it's not like I'm one of those people who takes immaculate care of her car.
I often get surveys asking, "When do you plan on replacing your current vehicle?" Well I don't plan on replacing it, as it's stood the test of time for me and I'm loyal to brands that deserve loyalty.
For further details and in depth specifications see the Peugeot website which can be found at www.peugeot.co.uk
The first time i drove my little 206 was when it was only 2 years old, it had only covered 11.000 miles. I sat in it and i felt that i was in a bigger car. You have to reach to touch the windscreen! The drive was fantastic and suprisingly smooth too! It was nippy around town and comfortable on the motor ways. I covered 20,000 miles in my 206 and not one thing went wrong with it! The facia has a look to stand up to these days, it looks old cheap, dates and bland. On the other hand the position of the controls are just where you want them. The swich gear is shared with its bigger brother, the 307.
If you indulge your self in one of these big/small cars make sure they are free from any parking dents, as they easily appear. Make sure you check your wheel trims as well!
I would give this car 10/10 if it wasn't for the facia!!