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      03.11.2010 10:30

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      If you want a run around for local quick journeys then its fine.. anything more and its unreliable

      I previously had a Deisel Peugeot 206 - GLX HDI.. that ran perfect but aftr having an accident It was written off. I decided I wanted a Peugeot 206 again but this time I got a Petrol LX 1.4. This was a V reg car but since I have had it, it has been a complete nightmare!! First thing that happened was the Backaxle went, then (so far) 4 parts of the exhaust went.. and the next part is on its way. also the breakshoes went.. then the clutch. Its literally been a different thing every month!! If it wasnt for the fact I have replaced so much that the car is pretty much brand new now I'd just get rid. The car looks good, is good on petrol and nippy.. just be warned everything and anything seems to go wrong! I would cnsider getting a Deisel one again but this car has been a complete nighmare!!!

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      17.08.2010 14:28
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      From my experience avoid at all costs

      I bought my Peugeot 206 LX on a W plate back in 2005 for just under £4k, after many months of hard saving and trading in my old rusty banger. As it sat on the garage forecourt sparkling at me in a gorgeous blue colour I knew I had found the car for me.
      With 5 doors and a 1.4 litre petrol engine it was pretty much perfect in terms of running costs - petrol, tax (£65 for 6 months) and insurance, as well as having enough space for getting me from A to B. It used to cost me around £30 a week and I would be doing around 300 miles.

      The wing mirrors and bumpers were in black so not colour coordinated but this was not a problem for me, especially as the model was slightly cheaper if they were not coordinated!
      The interior came in a nice light blue-flecked design, which coordinated with the blue exterior. The dash and all other features such as door handles and rear window winders were in black plastic. The dash is really quite large and almost in your face which took some getting used to.
      I would have to say that the boot space on the car is not great but was sufficient for getting all the food shopping for the week in and also for when my partner and I have been away on long weekends. If you were a family of 4 however, I would recommend a car with a bigger boot to fit your entire luggage in!

      The windows are electric in the front of the car but not the rear. The seats in the back of the car are split with a 2-seat bench and an individual seat - these are very easy to fold down to increase the boot area. The middle seat in the rear of the car has a lap belt not the cross body belts as the rest of the seats have.

      My 206 came with an inbuilt tape and radio player - the original that was fitted from new. For me I wasn't overly fussed about having a CD player however I am sure it would be very easy to put your own player into the car if you wanted.

      For me the driving position was ok, but my partner hated it. We are both of similar height (5ft 8) but he found the pedals were far too close together and felt quite cramped driving. For me I got used to this as I drove it everyday but in the beginning it was really frustrating not to mention back aching.

      That's the cosmetic side done, doesn't sound too bad does it. Well 3 months after having the car I soon found out the problems with it, and they were serious ones. It started with the catalytic converter having to be totally replaced. Next was the head casket, a new clutch, and the whole exhaust. I had problem after problem. It went through tyres like no-one's business - the car mechanic couldn't work out what was going on with the car! I have owned many a car in the past and never had any problems like this (just in case you think it's my driving!).
      At one point the car was costing me in the region of £200 a month just in mechanic's bills.

      Don't be deceived by it's pretty appearance, the car was a good run-around for the first 3 months after that it just became a real nightmare.
      Seriously recommend staying well clear and go for another model.

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        01.03.2009 16:08

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        Do not buy this car!!

        Lovely looking car, great to drive but totally unreliable. If you own a 206 just wait for when the 'anti pollution' fault begins. The car will start cutting out for no reason, no diagnostic check will bring up any fault. It can cut out at any speed at anytime, mine cut out on me when I was doing 50mph on a corner, I lost all steering and most of my braking power. Originally the car would only cut out occassionally as I was slowing down and would start itself back up again, but it got progressively worse until the 50mph instant where it did not come back on until I managed to stop and restart the car manually, luckily this was before I drifted into the roudabout that I was approaching. I spend roughly £300 on parts for that car, none of which fixed the problem. Both pegeout and my local dealer accepted no responsibility for the problem.

        You will spend hundreds of pounds on new parts that you don't need. This car is dangerous and a waste of money. And pegeout accept no responsibility for it. Try typing pegout anti pollution fault into google and you'll see what I'm talking about.

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        11.02.2009 20:30
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        Buy one if you want a stylish but economical car.

        I bought my 206, as a nearly new car almost 6 years ago. I liked it then, and I still like it now, having clocked up 80000 miles in it. I mainly travel to work in it, but have also driven it to and from the south of France along with a roof box. That is quite impressive don't you think?

        I won't go into massive detail over the spec as that is readily available elsewhere. However, I would say that the 1.4 diesel engine is more than sufficient for me to nip around town and zip up the motorway to and from work every day. Acceleration is good, not brilliant, but that is not high on my list of priorities.

        My Peugeot is a very reliable car, and my bills have been kept to an absolute minimum with just the recommended services, and little work needing doing inbetween. Talking of spending money, the dreaded car tax has dropped to a ridiculous £35 per year, yes, just £35!! It is also in one of the lowest insurance groups, something I had to take into account as both of my children have learnt to drive in it!

        I have to tell you about 2 features that really appeal to me. I wasn't told about them by the main dealer salesman when I bought the car, but I would have definitely bought the car on the basis of these features.

        The first outstanding feature is that you can set the lights to come on automatically when the light fades, great idea, but even better is the fact that the lights also switch off automatically when you get out and lock the car. If you are the sort of person who, like me is completely forgetful, this will save many hours of angst when leaving the lights on has caused a flat battery. The only downside of this is that my lights come on full when i go into the multi-storey carpark and people must think I have a screw loose. Correct!

        The second great feature, I would rate as not quite as outstanding, but still useful. The windscreen wipers react to a sensor on the windscreen and come on automatically when it rains. In addition, they automatically vary their speed according to the conditions, altering from intermittent when it is just spitting, to double speed when it is lashing it down.

        The interior of the car is funtional and comfortable. It has a single cd player and radio and a digital trip recorder. Other than that there aren't really any other extras, but for the money you wouldn't really expect it. The seats are quite soft, so beware if you suffer from a bad back, I would not recommend this car.

        All in all, a great purchase, I am still happy with my car 6 years on, and would definitely consider another Peugeot as my next car.

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          07.06.2006 15:17
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          read professional reviews & test drive first !

          I bought my 206 1.4lx as my first car in 2001, it was brand spanking and initially very nice indeed.

          With hindsight, its not a good idea to buy a car on looks alone. Yes it looks good, indeed its a nice drive too, well for short journeys. Its a nippy little motor thats great for throwing around towns.

          Thats about as far as id go though. The trim, both cloth and dash are poor, the seats seemed to disintegrate ! and the dash started to come away early on, and yes i did look fter the car, when i traded it in, it was only 18months old, so it wasnt due to age either.

          As mentioned elsewhere, the stereo is poor, i changed this asap. Mine was also recalled for faulty brakes after a few months.

          The main problem for me though was the driving position. I read a few reviews later from famous car magazines / websites who all said the same, sadly i didnt read them prior to the purchase ! Its just impossible to get a comfy position for a drive of over an hour. Around town i would be fine but after doing a few longer trips id find myself in agony, creasing backache and leg cramps.....and im normally a healthy person... apart from the takeaways :)

          I wouldnt advise buying one of these unless you will only use for short trips. And i would definitely advise reading professional reviews too !

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            02.03.2003 19:11
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            This review relates to my experiences of a 2003 model Peugeot 206 1.4 HDi LX 5-door. I had the car on hire for a weekend and racked up some 400 miles in it. Now, the 206 has been the most popular new car in the UK with private buyers for some time, and it's not hard to see why. The styling strikes a chord with a lot of people (more on that later), Peugeot UK do some excellent special offers and finance deals, and the range of engines and trims is so vast there is literally something for everyone. Anyway, I came across this new 1.4 HDi diesel model when I had cause to hire a car for a weekend. I was expecting a Corsa 1.2 so that was something in the little Peugeot's favour straight away... First impressions of the 206 centre on the exterior styling. I don't profess to be a fan of it's shape or detailing, but I think it's one of those cars that you either love or hate. Having said that, the 3-door looks better than the 5-door, and the higher-spec models look better than the lower ones, especially in the Moonstone silver this car came in. Question to Peugeot after four years of production though - why oh why oh why are the wipers still set up for left-hand drive? Inside, and the biggest downside of the car (in my opinion) sits literally in front of you - yep, it's the dashboard. OK, everything is well laid out and easy to get at, but the quality of the moulding is horrible - the grain seems to have been moulded on an elephant's backside (so zookeepers have told me, anyway). And it rattled throughout the weekend, which indicates that Peugeot still haven't quite got the quality right - however, everything else felt solid and well put-together, so full marks otherwise. The car still suffers from the typical small-car problem of very oddly patterned upholstery though. The boot was a useful size and there was plenty of room up front, but with the seat slid back to accomodate my not-substantial 5
            9;10", there was very little rear legroom - almost as bad as the old Rover Metro in that respect. A new feature I hadn't noticed on earlier LXs (I've had experience of a 2000 model prior to this) was the radio display (up high in the dashboard) does all sorts of Knight Rider-type information bulletins, such as "ICE ON ROAD" and "LEFT FRONT DOOR OPEN". All very useful and so much better than the Maestro and 80's Renaults that used to talk to you. Compared to the 106/Saxo, Peugeot must be commended in designing a small car that can finally accomodate big feet on the pedals properly. No worries about hitting two pedals at the same time with my size 11s - in this respect the 106/Saxo can be downright dangerous. Out on the road I found the little diesel Pug a revelation. Sure, I know that small Peugeots are renowned for being good riders and handlers, so that was never in question. Rather, it was the engine that impressed me most. The badging on the back says "206 HDi" (why is it that car makers are shifting away from putting the engine size in the badging these days?) so naturally I assumed, after a few miles of driving, it was the 90bhp 2-litre version. Upon studying the rental documentation I then discovered it was the new 1.4 unit with 68bhp. A good little engine! Starts instantly, very well surpressed noise (except when idling, when you get a full London taxi impression) and decent flexibility too - up to 2000rpm it tends to be a bit flat, but then taps a rich seam of torque up to 3500rpm before tailing off beyond 4000rpm. It certainly cruised well at 90-95mph on the M3 and A31 (speedo must have been broken, officer). The best was yet to come. I travelled 370 miles, and yet only used £20-worth of diesel. What's that, about 60mpg? Factor in that the car was literally brand-new (540 miles on the clock when I picked it up) and I employed a wide range of driving styles on al
            l manner of roads, and it all seems to good to be true. So there you have it. The Pug was (to some) stylish, well-equipped, reasonably roomy and well screwed-together, nippy and *very* economical. It costs £10,855 with air conditioning and metallic paint (or £30 a day from Avis) and, if I could justify spending that much on a car (and even more so, justify buying a brand-new one), I might just put one on my drive!

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              14.02.2002 21:26
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              From the outside the car looks good. Smooth lines and curves with the little bonnet vent to give it a sporty touch. Inside the car is well equiped with cup holders, pockets and a nifty storage area under the passenger seat. Build quality is okay and I haven't come across any rattles or creaks yet. I've been able to drive a 3 door demo and my mother owns a 5 door 1.4 LX. Strangely the LX doesn't come with ABS as standard so if you want to add it on be prepared to wait for the car to be ABS fitted. My mother had to wait for 4 months to get her car just to get the ABS added. The car comes with a standard single slot CD player and some have CD changers in the boot giving some standard quality radio and CD listening within the car but it is nothing to be sneered at. The seats are quite comfy although I found the seating a bit high up but I didn't really look at adjusting the seat to suit my needs. The only grips I have with the car are with the gear change throw... the distance between gears is quite far and reminds me of my old 4x4 car. And finally if I'm reverse parking I find that turning the steering wheel knocks my foot off of the clutch! However, my mother doesn't have size 10 shoes like me! The boot has enough room to get a good shopping trip into. I would recommend the car but only to lady drivers or for a small runabout/school run car.

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                15.12.2001 05:03
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                The 206 is a good looking little car which is why its popular on Uk's roads.The rounded shape and smooth edges is one of its main features.The biggest thing that lets the 206 down is its interior build quality.The Metal effect on the gearlever on sportier models tend to spilt and give you a nasty cut on your hand!.Overall the 206 is not a bad car but there is pleanty other good looking small cars to choose from.I have split the op up into sections(as i usally do!) to make it easier to read. Peformance *** 3 star 3/5 The 1400 cc 206 arrives at 60 mph from a standstill in 12.5 seconds which is not overally immpressive for a 1400cc engine in a car of this size.Once it gets going it will struggle on motorways but will achive a 103mph top speed.As the 206 1.4 GLX does not include ABS brakes it will come to a holt from 70mph in 57.6 metres. Runnning costs The 1.4 206 has suprisingly qite high running costs compared to main rivals, Do not be prepeared to pay over £670 for a service(Max service cost figure by What car magazene).Expect a typical insurance quote for the 1400 206 to be around£366 as it is a group 4 insurance band.After 3yr's/36,000 miles the Peugeot 206 GLX 5Dr will have only %44 retained value from its on the road price. Economy The 1400 206 has good mpg results for a 1400 with a official combined mpg figure of 42.8mpg.In extra urban surroundings the 1.4 will have an mpg figure of around 53.5 mpg. Price The 206 GLX is fairly priced as it is the GLX model , which is the same luxury level as Rovers Sli models.The 5Dr 206 GLX will set you back £10,890 but you may be able to get a little reduction if asked for if a reduction occurs have a target price of £10,450,Including in the 10k on the road price you will recieve the following guarentees/warranty's .3yr/36,000 mile manufacters warranty .12Yr anti rust guarentee. Equitment
                You should expect a high level of equiptment come as standard on the GKX model as its the most luxurious out of the 206 common petrol models eg Stlyle and LX.The following equipment comes as standard on the GLX .Air conditioning . .Power steering .Central remote locking .Deadlocks .Alarm/Immobilizer .Driver/Passengers airbag .Electric front windows .Electric heated mirrors .RDS radio cassette player .Cd multi player OPTIONAL .Auto gear box £900 .Metllic paint £250 .Alloy wheels £399 .Electric sunroof £500 .ABS brakes £295 11,443 .Electric rear windows £650 .Sattelite navagation £915 .Leather seats £650 Reliability So far the 206 reliablity record remains fairly unknown as it has not been launched all that long.The pre 1993 Peugeots have had a positive reliability record. On the road the 206 drives fairly well but not as good as Puegeot makes out to be with there phrase''The drive of yu life''.There is better cars to drive on the small cars market eg Ford Fiesta Zetec which i would recommend instead of the 206.Road noise is at a pleasing level which is often the case in new cars. Security On The Road The Peugeot 206 handles well and sticks to the road like glue around sharp corners at speed.The 206 is quiet in the petrol version and is a very settled and sencible drive.At speed approaching 100mph the 206 begins to scream and becomes un comftable The security record for the 206 is extreemly un immpressive,It is known that the 206 is alongside much cheaper security rivals eg Hyundai Atoz. The 206 Gti which has the smae amount of security equiptment as the GLX scored 45 points in total.The 206 took a speedy 2.5 seconds for the What Car security team to enter
                the 206 but could not be driven thnks to Puegeot's Immobilizer which is standards on all models. Recommendations I would not recommend the 206 to anyone,I would have a look at the Fiestas range if seriously looking to buy a 206,Unless looking for a diesel supermini then i would give the HDI or Turbo Diesel a thought.The 206 GTI proves to be a fun drive but i would rather go for the Seat Ibiza Cupra. Thanks for reading Sam :0)

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                  07.11.2001 22:57
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                  I used to drive an old D reg. Vauxhall Astra, but I was forever having problems with it. It was my first car and had been passed on through the family but by the time I got it, it was on its last legs. Then one day whilst driving to work in the rush hour traffic it just stopped. I was towed away to a nearby car park and left the car there until after work when my dad helped me get it started again and followed me home. The car wasn't happy, it was making BAD noises, the speed dropped to 60mph, then 50, then 40, then BANG! 0 mph. My car was dead. :-( There was no way it was recovering from this one. There was a hole the size of my fist in the engine where the piston had shot right through it. Time to buy a new car! The Peugeot 206! We looked around at lots of cars. We looked at Corsa's, Ka's, Punto's, but then I saw the 206 and I had to have it. The front of the car looks fantastic! The funky styling and the great sporty look of the vent. Nice. I had to take it for a test drive. That caused a bit of bother too! This all happened during the petrol crisis last year when you just couldn't get petrol anywhere. There wasn't enough petrol in the 206 I wanted to take it for a test drive. A week later I finally got it out for a spin. I loved it even more. It felt great. Everything felt crisp and new so, within a week or so, it was sitting outside my house. I've had it for about a year now and I haven't had any problems with it. (Apart from the bus that drove into the front of it, but that's another story!) The 206 LX 1.4 5dr has power steering as standard along with electric front windows and headlight alignment. It also comes with your choice of either electric sun roof or air conditioning. The driver seat is height adjustable as is the steering wheel, so you're guaranteed to get a comfortable driving posit
                  ion. Other features include remote control central locking, transponder immobiliser and three 3 point rear seat belts. The 206 LX 1.4 5dr has a tank capacity of 50 litres. It can do 0-60 mph in 13 seconds and has a top speed of 106 mph (though I've never tested this!) The 206 really does handle well. It feels good to drive. Turning is a breeze thanks to the power steering and visibility is good all round. So, if you're looking for a funky new small car then you can't go far wrong with a 206. The only thing now is I want the new 206cc. Mmmmm convertible!

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                    16.07.2001 02:08
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                    I used to drive an old D reg. Vauxhall Astra, but I was forever having problems with it. It was my first car and had been passed on through the family but by the time I got it, it was on its last legs. Then one day whilst driving to work in the rush hour traffic it just stopped. I was towed away to a nearby car park and left the car there until after work when my dad helped me get it started again and followed me home. The car wasn't happy, it was making BAD noises, the speed dropped to 60mph, then 50, then 40, then BANG! 0 mph. My car was dead. :-( There was no way it was recovering from this one. There was a hole the size of my fist in the engine where the piston had shot right through it. Time to buy a new car! The Peugeot 206! We looked around at lots of cars. We looked at Corsa's, Ka's, Punto's, but then I saw the 206 and I had to have it. The front of the car looks fantastic! The funky styling and the great sporty look of the vent. Nice. I had to take it for a test drive. That caused a bit of bother too! This all happened during the petrol crisis last year when you just couldn't get petrol anywhere. There wasn't enough petrol in the 206 I wanted to take it for a test drive. A week later I finally got it out for a spin. I loved it even more. It felt great. Everything felt crisp and new so, within a week or so, it was sitting outside my house. I've had it for about a year now and I haven't had any problems with it. (Apart from the bus that drove into the front of it, but that's another story!) The 206 LX 1.4 5dr has power steering as standard along with electric front windows and headlight alignment. It also comes with your choice of either electric sun roof or air conditioning. The driver seat is height adjustable as is the steering wheel, so you're guaranteed to get a comfortable driving position. Other features include remote control central locking, transponder immobiliser and three 3 point rear seat belts. The 206 LX 1.4 5dr has a tank capacity of 50 litres. It can do 0-60 mph in 13 seconds and has a top speed of 106 mph (though I've never tested this!) The 206 really does handle well. It feels good to drive. Turning is a breeze thanks to the power steering and visibility is good all round. So, if you're looking for a funky new small car then you can't go far wrong with a 206. The only thing now is I want the new 206cc. Mmmmm convertible!

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