Product Type: Peugeot cars
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Nice car, not 100% reliable
Peugeot 207 5dr
Member Name: JT86
Peugeot 207 5dr
Advantages: Comfortable and easy to drive
Disadvantages: Had a couple of faults
I've had my 56 reg Peugeot 207 1.4 S model for just over 18 months.
I'm not a petrolhead or one of these people that watches every episode of Top Gear and can identify a make of car just from looking at the windscreen wipers. I struggle to tell one car from the next. I have a car to get me from A to B.
But having said that, like everything else in life, I'm fussy about which car I drive. I have to like the look of it, it needs to be comfortable, and fit my requirements.
The last two cars I had were a Micra and Clio, which were great and I never had a single problem with. When my three year finance deal on the Clio came to an end and I was looking to change I did a fair bit of searching. I didn't like the look of the new style Clios. Hated the newer style Micra. I was drawn to the Peugeot garage and the 207. It had a nice shape, all the extras I wanted, was comfortable, and after taking it out on a test drive, was nice to drive.
One thing put me off slightly. The first car I ever had was a Peugeot 205 and it was a total rustbucket. The gears were dodgy and it had this terrible high-pitched squeak that no garage could find the cause of or repair. Still, that was over 14 years ago, surely Peugeots would have improved by now, and it was probably a one-off anyway.
I paid around £11,000 for the car, which included about £150 extra I paid to have cruise control fitted. Cruise control wasn't an option on any of the 207 models, but the guy said there was no reason they couldn't add it there at the garage. Which they did, just by adding a stalk on the left side of the steering wheel.
What I got for my money:
Metallic paint, electric front windows, air conditioning, five doors, remote central locking, engine immobiliser, driver, passenger and side airbags, electric door mirrors, seatbelt fastening indicator lights, and a trip computer.
The trip computer, on the centre digital display, shows roughly how many miles you can expect to get out of the petrol left in your tank, average MPG, outside temperature.
The dashboard has the usual dials: speedometer, fuel gauge, rev counter, warning lights. All are black dials with chrome surround.
The seat height and steering wheel column are adjustable.
It has split and fold rear seats, and isofix fittings for child seats. It will comfortably seat 4 people. There is a 3 point seatbelt in the middle rear seat, but it could be a bit of a squash.
Rear leg room isn't too bad, although people with long legs would find it a bit cramped.
Each of the three rear seats has an adjustable head restraint.
Radio and CD are included and the station info and volume displays on the digital display in the middle of the dashboard. There's a stalk on the right side of the steering wheel that you can use to control the volume, move up and down between stations or CD tracks. This is very handy and saves messing about pressing buttons on the radio whilst driving, which obviously isn't safe.
There are two cup holders between the driver and front passenger seats which are useful.
I'd estimate that it averages about 40mpg.
At current fuel costs it's about £40 to fill up the tank from almost empty.
The insurance group is 3, with a green rating of C.
It has a Euro NCAP rating of 5 stars for adult passenger protection, 4 stars for child occupants and 3 stars for pedestrian protection. So basically, you're safer driving one than being hit by one!
It's comfortable to sit in and drive, and the interior trim is easy on the eye, in a dark grey colour.
Around a year after I got the car I had a letter to say there was a recall on the model. I don't remember exactly what it was for, but it wasn't anything major, maybe just a sensor that needed replacing.
Last Monday I was driving home and the warning light came on saying the engine was overheating. Luckily I was just round the corner from home. Three years AA Peugeot Assistance was included with the car, so I gave them a call and the AA man was there within the hour. After testing the car he discovered the engine wasn't overheating, it was a fault with the engine temperature sensor which was a known fault on this model. I booked it in at the Peugeot garage for the Thursday. Wednesday morning I got in the car to go out and the engine wouldn't start. AA came out yet again (can't fault them!) It was apparently connected to the engine coolant sensor fault. He got it started again and advised me to take it straight down to the Peugeot garage.
They fixed it under warranty and I got it back the next day. They had the nerve to charge me for a courtesy car which didn't impress me one bit, but I guess that's decided by the garage dealership rather than Peugeot.
Overall it's a nice car. Comfortable, good to drive, looks stylish.
Although not a major fault it has left me with a bad feeling about Peugeots. The only cars I've ever had any problems with have been Peugeots, so next time I trade in I'll be looking for another make.
Summary: Will opt for different make next time