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      08.03.2011 23:40
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      Great for a first car, the good features outweigh the bad.

      The Look.. Ok, so i won't patronise with info about the look of the car from the outside...you can make that decision for yourself. However, the interior of the car is perhaps not seen as often, and was a real selling point for me when I bought my car back in 2007. I think that peugeot have made a real effort with the interior of the 206, it is really tidy looking, with the interior fabric generally matching the car's design in general. In fact the fabric inside the car actually makes it look rather sporty. In my case the interior is a block of blue on the seats (none of these horrible patterned weaves!) and black carpets and dash. The dash and plastic sections of the interior are curvy and smooth looking, again matching the design on the 206 in general. With the radio and air vents placed tidily down the centre of the front. The Drive... Ok, so you are not going to get any mechanical mumbo jumbo from me (I couldn't if i tried!) Just suffice to say that the 206 is a pleasant and smooth drive, with good handling. Perhaps lacking in power in the lower gears, i find that when up to third or fourth gear the car pulls well and has very good acceleration. Any problems?... For the first 2 years of owning this car (and it was used when we bought it, so was 5 years old at this time) the only problems we ever had with the car were wear and tear... a puncture, tyres needing changing, cracked windscreen. So we were impressed by its performance in this sense. Since then we have had a few electrical problems. The engine management light comes on every now and again to panic the hell out of you, only to find that it is an electrical fault in the dash...very frustrating!) This, i am told, is a problem with Peugeots in general. The clutch also had to be replaced when the car was 5 and a half years old...a costly repair...but considering the mileage we do not such a surprise. Radio has recently started playing up, again, we are putting this down to Peugeot's poor reputation on the electrical front. Best Features... Low fuel consumption... we do about 140 miles on 10 litres of unleaded. Low Tax Band. Smart interior. Hand radio controller on the steering wheel. Plenty of leg room for such a small car. Worst features... Electricals within the dash. Interior is easily stained! Gear knob gets worn quite easily. Not much power in low gears.

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      12.05.2010 12:16

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      Debateable!

      Hmmm this car is debatable.... I have been driving mine since September 2009 and my mind is constantly changing between loving it and disliking it. The good points of this car is it is a very smooth drive, unless your tracking is out :P Its quite spacious inside for a three door, enough leg room for my 6 foot four boyfriend! The petrol consumption is average, although sometimes i feel like i have a hole in the petrol tank!! The bads point i have discovered recently is that my petrol gage needle has kindly decided to stop working so i have been playing a dangerous guessing game on how much fuel i have. The seats seem to mess up when moving them forward and backward to let passengers into the back, they seem to not like locking back into place and it feels like you are sat on a rollercoaster for a while until the chair decides to lock back in. Generally a nice car to drive and looks good as well, apparently it is more of a girly car and i do agree that the shape is more for girls. The only fault i have so far with the car is the petrol gage indicator going and the seats refusing to lock back in place. Overall a nice car though.

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      09.05.2009 20:11
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      Efficient little car, quite fast and surprisingly roomy.

      I have owned a Peugeot 206, 1.4 for a few months now and so far have no complaints with it. The car is a 2004 reg but hass remained in great working condition and could be passed off as new once cleaned. The model is good looking, and relatively sporty looking compared to other hatchbacks of similar engine size. Having owned a ford Ka before this car, a slightly cheaper car, but with far less room in the back and in the boot, which the Peugeot provides. Despite looking very small the boot is big enough for at least two sets of golf clubs, and the back seats are roomy enough for three large people! The acceleration of the car is fairly brisk considering the small engine size and the clutch and gearbox are reliable and easy to use, however gear changes can be bumpy. The electrics of the car are efficient with good central locking. The stereo is also surprisingly good with quite good bass if your into that, but does become distorted a high volumes. Comfy and fairly smooth riding the peugeot is an excellent little hatchback, very good for young drivers.

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        10.06.2002 22:04
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        For the last three months now I have been the proud owner of a 206 LX 1.4 HDi, and I have covered just under 7000 miles on a combination of motorways, country b-roads and town driving with between one and four bodies on board. My car is the new LX specification (which now includes front fog lights, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights), and I have added a rear spoiler. I can only say that this little car performs admirably, regardless of what you ask of it. The 1.4 common-rail turbodiesel engine has 68BHp and 115lb/ft of torque available at 2000rpm, so when you need to pull away from something you can do so easily. On paper, the 1.4 petrol is faster but in real-world driving the immediacy of the torque delivery on the HDi means that it feels quicker. The one small problem with all that torque appearing at 2000rpm is that you can get wheelspin in first gear as the needle hits 2000 if you're a little heavy-footed. Not really an issue, you may think. Well, no, it isn't. But how about when you plant your foot in second gear round a moist corner? Yep, wheelspin at 2000rpm again. It's quite fun really, as long as you don't panic. :0) All 206s come with independent suspension all-round, and you can certainly feel it when you are accelerating out of a tight bend (in the dry). It is very competent and I have even managed to out-accelerate a sports motorcycle round a favourite tight corner! Even with the odd bit of wheelspin, the car is still perfectly stable. This, coupled with direct and accurate steering makes for a very enjoyable drive. On motorways, the 206 1.4 HDi is comfortable at 60mph but wants to be pushed a little harder. Engine noise is almost nothing, but road noise is a little on the high side on rough surfaces. The car easily pushes on to 70mph, and the little diesel engine is much happier here. It thrums away gently in a way that suggests it could carry like this all day, but wants t o be pushed a bit more. The engine noise is still very low. Press on again to 80mph, and the car is starting to feel in its element now. Again, it is confident at this speed and there is plenty of power left to out-accelerate a suddenly-slowing lorry on a hill. Engine noise is still unobtrusive. Driving at 90mph will begin to stretch the little motor, particularly if it has a full tank of fuel. Although still reasonable, the engine noise is definitely noticeable now and is telling you not to keep this up all day. Having said that, the handling remains much the same and is still light and direct. The handling remains much the same when travelling at speeds in excess of 90mph. As for economy, it is excellent. Thrashing about town and then hammering down the motorway will still return an absolute minimum of 46 miles per gallon, and a little sensitivity with the throttle will see the fuel economy rocket into the low 60s. I recently pootled all the way to Inverness from south-east London, a journey of some 700 miles. The car managed a magnificent 62mpg. I could have driven all the way there on one tank of fuel (except that I wasn't that brave). As for the cabin, it is reasonably spacious in the front and well laid out. All the central-console buttons are easily reached without stretching, and the seats remain comfortable even on long journeys. The automatic headlights can be a bit over-zealous, sometimes switching on when driving underneath a motorway bridge, but they do work. The rain-sensing wipers are excellent for dealing with frequent showers or overtaking lorries on wet roads (spray), but they do get a bit overwhelmed when there is a sustained heavy burst of rain. Since they are easily over-ridden, this is not really a problem. The automatic headlights also have a simple override. All in all, there are only a couple of points that I am unhappy with. Firstly, the wipers wipe the wrong way across the windsc reen. This is really just me being picky, as visibility is still fine on the drivers side anyway. Secondly, the handbrake is on the wrong side of the transmission tunnel (ie, closer to the passenger), but again it only takes seconds to get used to and is just me being picky. Thirdly, the rear space is not very good at all. I am only 5'10", and yet there is virtually no leg room behind me. Although this is only to be expected, it does become tiresome when ferrying people around. Lastly, it is no longer accurate to call the car's brain the "engine management system". Really, it should now be called the VCMU (vehicle control & monitoring unit), because it does so much. It checks that the radio is registered to the vehicle, it checks that none of the doors are open (and tells you which one if any are), it checks that you're not having an impact and if you are it deploys the airbags (after checking that the seat is not too far forward), it thinks about how hard it is raining (even with the auto-wipe switched off, it adjusts the wipe speed depending on how fast you are travelling), it thinks about how light it is, it works the horn when you ask it, it works your main beams when you ask it, it checks and displays the engine oil level for you, it remembers how much fuel you had when you turned the ignition off, it works the rear-wash wipe when you ask it to, it opens the drivers window all the way or closes it all the way (usually when you don't want it to), it turns the cabin-light on and off, all the while monitoring and adjusting the engine to run at its best. All of these functions, out of one little box. It worries me that something may go wrong with the wiper system, and the car could end up needing an entirely new unit. However, this is a risk on all modern cars, and the risk is very slight. I called a repair garage about the costs on the unit, and was told that in the course of a year they might fit five engine management units, a nd they usually see approximately forty cars a week. So the risk is tiny, and the likelihood of a problem on a Peugeot is apparently less than some other car manufacturers. After all, Peugeot are considered to make the most reliable diesel engines currently on sale in the UK (yes, even more reliable than VW). All in all, the 206 LX HDi is well worth a look. 10/04/2003 - Just a quick update.... the car has now done over 25,000 and there is still not a squeak or rattle from the cabin. I tell people this and they seem a bit surprised... apparently the 206 interior build-quality can be a bit hit-and-miss. But, as I say, over 25k on the clock and the cabin is a silent as it was when I picked it up from the garage.

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          07.11.2001 22:48
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          The Peugeot 206 (1.4)is a nice little car. It looks good, although I can see why people may think its a girlie car. As well as looking good, I have found it to be very fuel efficient and provides a smooth drive in most circumstances. My car came with free insurance for a year. The insurance is in Group 4 so shoulnd't be too expensive once the free year is up. I also got 1 year's tax free and as it is a low emissions car it will only cost £100. You also get your services free for a limited period. I am particularly impressed with the level of safety provided by the twin airbags, which you can switch off if you use a baby carrier. Other good things about the car is that visibility is good, it accelerates well and is quite nippy on the motorway. It provides a comfortable ride for passengers and is reasonably spacious in the back seats. The boot can hold quite a lot for a small car, particularly if you put the seats down. I managed to fit an ironing board in length ways. There are a few things that could be improved on the 206. The gears aren't very tolerant and aren't particularly smooth. The indicator light flashes from the inner side of the light and so it is difficult for other motorists to see, unless they are coming head on. Also, the contraption for moving the seat forwards is a bit flimsy. The front passenger seat in my 206 squeaks which is very annoying. Overall, I enjoy owning a 206 and hope that Peugeot's aftercare service will deal with any small ailments such as squeaking seats. It cost me £9100, but I got £500 off by haggling and saying I would buy it in a different town if they didn;t PLEASE drop the price. I also asked for free mats, which they also gave to me. SO, it's worth asking. UPDATE! Well I took my 206 in for its first service. The squeaky seat was fixed, it was due to the material on the seat needing tightening. So, now I don't have to go mad listen ing to the squeak. They checked the gears and they said they couldn't fault them. So, I guess the 206 just has clonky gears. This is a shame as to me gears are important especially when my old banger had much smoother gear changes. Some more things I have noticed is that the boot is centrally locked. You cannot lock it independently. This means that if you were stationary at some trafic lights, for example, someone could open your boot! I have to make sure I remember to centrally lock the whole car. The screenwash bottle seems to run out really quickly. Perhaps this is because the spray is very powerful. You have to check it regularly. The passenger seat belts are good as there are three proper belts rather than a useless lapbelt in the middle.

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            30.08.2001 01:21
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            The Peugeot 206 (1.4)is a nice little car. It looks good, although I can see why people may think its a girlie car. As well as looking good, I have found it to be very fuel efficient and provides a smooth drive in most circumstances. My car came with free insurance for a year. The insurance is in Group 4 so shoulnd't be too expensive once the free year is up. I also got 1 year's tax free and as it is a low emissions car it will only cost £100. You also get your services free for a limited period. I am particularly impressed with the level of safety provided by the twin airbags, which you can switch off if you use a baby carrier. Other good things about the car is that visibility is good, it accelerates well and is quite nippy on the motorway. It provides a comfortable ride for passengers and is reasonably spacious in the back seats. The boot can hold quite a lot for a small car, particularly if you put the seats down. I managed to fit an ironing board in length ways. There are a few things that could be improved on the 206. The gears aren't very tolerant and aren't particularly smooth. The indicator light flashes from the inner side of the light and so it is difficult for other motorists to see, unless they are coming head on. Also, the contraption for moving the seat forwards is a bit flimsy. The front passenger seat in my 206 squeaks which is very annoying. Overall, I enjoy owning a 206 and hope that Peugeot's aftercare service will deal with any small ailments such as squeaking seats. It cost me £9100, but I got £500 off by haggling and saying I would buy it in a different town if they didn;t PLEASE drop the price. I also asked for free mats, which they also gave to me. SO, it's worth asking. UPDATE! Well I took my 206 in for its first service. The squeaky seat was fixed, it was due to the material on the seat needing tightening. So, now I don't have t o go mad listening to the squeak. They checked the gears and they said they couldn't fault them. So, I guess the 206 just has clonky gears. This is a shame as to me gears are important especially when my old banger had much smoother gear changes. Some more things I have noticed is that the boot is centrally locked. You cannot lock it independently. This means that if you were stationary at some trafic lights, for example, someone could open your boot! I have to make sure I remember to centrally lock the whole car. The screenwash bottle seems to run out really quickly. Perhaps this is because the spray is very powerful. You have to check it regularly. The passenger seat belts are good as there are three proper belts rather than a useless lapbelt in the middle. Oh and that damn squeak is back!!! UPDATE March 2004 Its still going really well. Haven't had anything done to it so far, apart from the rear wiper blade being replaced during the 2 year service. It passed its first MOT without any intervention. I also got 5% knocked off the MOT fee, I'm not quite sure why. That's the second time I've had money knocked off for no reason. The 2 year service was supposed to be 160 quid, but they only charged me 120 quid. Of course I didn't complain! About a year ago my tyre was punctured and I went to every tyre place in the town where I live. None of them stocked the 206 tyre, which I found very inconvenient. I was avoiding taking it to Peugeot because normally dealerships charge excessive prices. I ordered a new tyre from Kwik Fit, then on the way home I passed Peugeot and called in just to find out how much it would cost there. It was half the price and included all the wheel alignment and balancing! So, I have been pleasantly surprised with their services department. The normal prices for services seem quite expensive, but I've never had to pay the proper price. The car is still great, I've only done 10,000 miles though. The gears are still a bit stiff, but I've got used to it. I can't fault the car and plan to keep it a little while longer. Oh, except for the pedals. They are so tiny! i have size 4 feet and I find it difficult sometimes, there's not much room there.

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              11.08.2000 22:26
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              I was very disappointed with the 206, mostly because of the rather awkwardly small pedals which I find are set far too close too each other - is the this a car purely designed for small female leg-ends? Obviously. In fact my feet are only a size 9 but I still felt unsafe due to the lack of space between the pedals. I've driven over 30 cars in the past few years and only the (surprise, surprise) Pug 106 was as bad. Add to that the poor gearbox and unresponsive (1.4) engine and the whole package shouts "City runabout for ladies", which is great if you're female and live in the city. I only score 1 out of 2 for those though. Such a shame for the car to be so spoiled by such basic things, the overall spec and the rest of the car was very pleasing indeed. As ever, try before you buy! I'm glad I was only renting it.

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              28.07.2000 20:55
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              Peugeot really hit the jackpot with its superbly styled 206 range. I own a 1999 LX 1.1 model - although way down in power, its nippy enough and handles like a sports car. For those of you who dont own a 206, and have only seen it from the outside - i assure you that the fantastic styling, smooth contours and modern look are carried on to the interior of the car. Inside, there is suprisingly a lot of space for a small car - the seats are very comfy - with plenty of room in the back for 3 passengers. The specification of the car is quite good too - with airbag, electric windows, remote central locking and remote control stereo system coming as standard. The car is a dream to drive. Throw it into a corner at speed and it sticks to the road - like glue. There is virtually no road noise while driving - this is the steadiest car on the road i have ever driven. I totally recommend this car to anyone who like me - can't afford the millions of pounds insurance costs on a faster car. You will have just as much fun with this.

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                12.07.2000 17:40

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                This is the car that combines everyones dreams, it looks sporty and fast, and it still has all of the major funtions of a car and much more. I have recently purchased a Peugeot 206, and do not regret it one bit. I do feel that the interiour of the car has let the overall appearance of the car down, as it isnt as nice as the rest. It must be one of the best cars that the Puegeot company have ever produced, and I do feel that it will be a big success when it come down in Price, as it is slightly too much to pay.

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                05.07.2000 21:46
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                Well - the ad campaign made it seem like a very desirable little number so I was overjoyed when my husband was told that it was to be his new company car - perhaps they thought they were doing him a big favour by giving him the little nifty sporty number instead of the 'company Issue 406's' - oh how wrong they were!! YES - from the outside the car looks good; it also handles pretty well (well - compared to my non-power steering trusty old Escort!) BUT it is designed for pixies with size 2 feet; does not take into account that you may have to look anywhere other than straight ahead; the doors have that peculiar way of swinging out to three seperate levels (you cannot open the door, say 6inches - it automatically springs out by about 10 inches) this now means that the doors all sport lovely bashes AND the particular Blue colour we have is not yet available as a 'touch-up paint' in Halfords! We also have a baby who has to go into her little car seat in the front - however the seatbelts are not long enough to accommodate her seat - it's just an absolute nightmare!!

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                  30.06.2000 01:59
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                  I was first attracted to this car because of the adverts put out before the launch, i registered an interest & was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party that was great. i looked the car all over & booked my test drive, I went home & raved , drooled over the brochure & fantasised about it.Finaly came the test drive, what a let down, I currently have a Civic the 206 may be in the same price range but thats where it stops. The interior of the 206 is drab & cramped I am only 5' so a car that feels cramped to me must me awful for a normal sized person. The level of trim is much lower than the Civic & the legroom in the back of the 206 would make a child uncomfortable! The drive was fine but the windscreen is rounded & the curve seemed to be in the centre of my eyeline so my veiw appeared to be surreal. all in all this car proved to be a great disappointment.

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