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      16.11.2012 05:32
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      a brilliant first or second car

      My peugeot 306 turbo diesel is an absolute star and has been nick-named neville. To be honest he's not my car anymore as I have sold him to my brother but he has been in the family for 12 years (he was born in 1997 and we bought him in 2000). He is quite a nippy little car once you have got above the point where the turbo kicks in (about 2500 revs) and he's really fun to drive. The boot is pretty spacious - we used to travel with 3 collie-sized dogs in there - but when we had a baby our family grew too big for the car as a whole. Being a peugoet the electrics are generally the thing that will break if something's going to break and the central locking no longer works but considering how old the car is and the 175,000 miles on the clock you'd expect him to be a bit rough around the edges.

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      26.04.2002 19:50
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      I have had my 306 DTurbo (1998) for about a year now and I would recommend this car to anyone. To get the downsides out of the way: 1. The interior is not superb and there is some mild wind noise from the wing mirrors (particularly near side) at speed. 2. The fuel economy is not as good as some other 1.9 Turbo Diesel engines (namely the Audi A4 and Golf/Passat TDi). Mine does about 40mpg driving too fast. The others names are in the 50's. 3. This car, like any, has its weaknesses and radiator in the Mark I model seems to be one of them. Peugeot have opted for a slightly different radiator setup in the Mark II, presumably in answer to this criticism. 4. Front tyre wear is quite heavy, but this is common in many diesels. None of these problems outway the good points of the car, which are: 1. With only 90bhp it is incredibly good fun to drive. Hills present no problem (unlike its non-turbo sister) and the boost is very noticable when the revs go over 2000. It seems to keep giving speed to the car up to about 4500 revs, which is higher than its Citreon counterparts. 2. The seats are very comfortable! 3. 40mpg is very good from a car that is performing like a 1.8 petrol. 4. Although fairly expensive to buy still, these cars hold their value. The diesel engine is good for 200k miles plus and this means that even high mileage cars are worth buying/selling provided they have been serviced regularly. 5. Handling is superb. The car responds well to being thrown into corners and brakes (discs front and drums rear) are more than adequate for a car this size. 6. Image: These cars still look good even though the shape is beginning to date. Small modifications can make a big difference and don't look quite as silly as they do on say, a Vauxhall Nova or Ford Escort. So, if you are doing lots of miles and are not worried about racing people at traf
      fic lights, you could do a lot worse than the 306 DTurbo. A performance upgrade can easily and fairly cheaply make a big difference to the mechanically controlled turbo engine, but may shorten engine life. However, if you have the money, go for the newer 2.0 HDi engine which, although considerably noisier and no fun surge of power, gives 10mpg more with similar performance.

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        28.06.2001 19:36
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        What a superb car! I have owned peugeots ever since I started driving. I have owned a 106, 205, 405 and 306, and by far the best is my trusty 306 DTurbo. The greatest features of these cars must be there unbelievable low fuel consumption upto and around 40-60mpg, quickness, styling and handling. Although the car is beginning to be out dated with the arrival of the new 307, the 306 is going to remain a classic and I hope the new 307 follows peugeots good reputation for building quality cars. My advice to anybody looking for a stylish yet reasonably cheap car with all round good qualities then you have to buy a peugeot. The low grade insurance group 5 makes it even more appealing to younger people as a starter car. I only wish my first car was a 1.9 DTurbo....

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          22.06.2001 21:43
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          What a superb car! I have owned peugeots ever since I started driving. I have owned a 106, 205, 405 and 306, and by far the best is my trusty 306 DTurbo. The greatest features of these cars must be there unbelievable low fuel consumption upto and around 40-60mpg, quickness, styling and handling. Although the car is beginning to be out dated with the arrival of the new 307, the 306 is going to remain a classic and I hope the new 307 follows peugeots good reputation for building quality cars. My advice to anybody looking for a stylish yet reasonably cheap car with all round good qualities then you have to buy a peugeot. The low grade insurance group 5 makes it even more appealing to younger people as a starter car. I only wish my first car was a 1.9 DTurbo....

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            30.05.2001 03:22
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            Bought my 306 D Turbo in January 1995 and now it has over 150,000 miles on it. I'm spending £2000 a year on regular maintenance now that bits are wearing out on a regular basis but that's less than the depreciation I'd be losing if I bought a new one. Regular garage visits seem to be the key, with an annoyingly-short service interval of 6000 miles, but if you maintain them they should last indefinitely - bit counter-productive for Peugeot making cars that last this long. Niggles ? Short service interval, radiators that keep falling apart (I'm on number 4) front discs that fail and need warranty replacement (4th set again, but free this time) Apart from that I like my car. The salesman says it's worth £500 or so. When i doe eventually retire it i think I'll find it a space in my (big) garage and throw a sheet over it because I'm not letting anyone else get their paws on it to wreck it. Gordon

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              20.10.2000 03:21

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              Model Roadster 2.0i Price £ 21165 Insurance Group 14 Fuel Petrol Technical Engine 1998 Transmission Manual Power 123 bhp Torque 136 lb/ft Brakes Front VENT DISC Brakes Rear DRUM ABS Standard Tyres 195/55 15 Dimensions l/w/h 4179/1680/1356 (mm) Weight 1200 Kg Boot Capacity 623 Fuel Tank Size 60 Service Intervals 24 mths/24 miles Performance Top Speed 112 mph 0-60 10.8 seconds Economy Extra Urban 42.8 mpg Combined 30.4 mpg Pence Per Mile Cost 31.17 Features Driver Airbag Standard Passenger Airbag Standard Side Airbag Standard Air Con. Optional Extra Alarm Standard Alloy Wheels Standard Speakers 4 Electric Windows Standard Front Electric Mirrors Standard Steering Adjustment Standard This car is the 'mamba' of the 306 range which might I say is very varied? From the practical estate to the fast roadster it is generally a very good example of the new peugeot attitude. 'Improve our cars' the roadster certainly is an eye-catcher and the convertable is quite expensive when you could get a golf V6 4Motion for the same price. It is fun to drive and reasonably responsive so together with the reasonable mpg for todays sports cars it will be a success and if I had 21,165 I certainly would think about it.

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              23.08.2000 20:40

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              I've had my P reg Peugeot 306 since February this year and I must say I think I've fallen in love with it!!! I'm not normally into things like cars etc as I'm a bit of a girly girl but my shine blue machine is my pride and joy. I have a D Turbo model which does about 500 miles on a full tank - how great is that. Not only is it efficient its also very speedy and looks great - I do about 12 - 15,000 miles a year and feel completely at ease in this car. I must say I'm a total addict and could only every consider a peugeot in future - I really like the new 206 but nothing can touch the 306 for me (apart from a soft top version of course!)

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              13.06.2000 00:37

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              Don't under estimate the DTurbo. I have been blasting the Dturbo round twisty roads for over a year and it's been a hoot. And yes it is a diesel. The thing to bare in mind is the fat wedge of torque the engine produces at low engine speeds, all 145 lbft of it, thats about the same as the GTi-6. This is what give the car the in gear surge characteristic of Turbo Diesel's. Combine this with the brillant 306 chassis and show it a road with some bends in it and you can leave most cars dissappearing in your mirror. The bonus is you still get 40mpg no matter how fast you drive and it's only group 5 insurance! If you enjoy your driving then this must one of the most economical ways of having fun, so much so you will forget it's got a diesel under the bonnet. The only thing to criticise is perhaps the build quality and slightly cheap interior, but who cares when your tearing along your favourite stetch of road at high speed. And the new HDi engine is even better...

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