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P Reg Peugeot 306
Mine is light blue in colour, and has 5 doors. and has a 1.4 litre engine (1360cc) it is a "New Peugeot 306 LX" It is a manual 5 speed ( gear) car.
This is my first car since passing my driving test and have had it for about a year now. He is called Pierre! :)
Now i will warn you i am a girl, and i live up to the stereotype, I am not the most knowledgable on all the bits and bobs, but I will try my best. I had a look at the 306 online to get a bit more background information, and it was in 3 phases, of the car. My car is from phase two. Similar to the early 306, but with a more rounded front design.
The car has quite a nice shape to it. The bottom of the sides, curve in and then out underneath the doors. Overall it is a compact looking car. It is a hatchback car, with quite a spacey boot. Even more space can be added for loading by pulling forward the bottoms of the back seats, and by flipping the backs over the top, creating a level and protected space, with room still for two people. Alot can be fitted into the boot when it is like this. In my past experience objects as long as 6-7 feet long can be fitted into the back with a bit of careful planning. With 5 people in the car, there is still enough leg room for all, the front passenger can still have space, while someone in the back can sit comfortably, surprising when you look at the car from the outside. The car seats are comfortable, and It is comfortable to sit in a drive. The drivers seat can be adjusted in position from the wheel, as well as height. Using them both together, almost anyone no matter how tall or what size, can find a comfotable driving position. A nice little addition I think for a car like this.
Some cars tend to have the look of a tin can and looks like they have been made out of tin foil, especially in the ranks of small first cars. This is not the case with the 306. It looks like it could take a bashing and survive to drive away triumphant. When driving you certainly feel the momentum behind the car.
The dashboard and the steering colounm are made out of black plastic. It isn't too shiney but has a sheen to it. It looks a tiny bit dated, but when all polished and a few teddies it looks nice. Classic black is timeless right, little black dress and all that? It has a swooping feel to it, sort of wave like, making the radio and heating area a parallelogram shape as it tails off. It has all sort edges and looks modern in that sense.
There is one thing I am not a fan of and that is the soft interior of the car. Bearing in mind that it is a bit of and old car, fashion and design were different back then, the seats have a multicoloured dogtooth design down the centres of the seats, with a velour border. Not to my taste. Also the foot wells seem to be carpeted in velcro!? This made it really difficult to clean out, i had to get a wire brush to try and get little specks untangled from the carpet, and being black velcro it shows. But I wouldn't let this be the main thing to consider when choosing to buy, or not to buy this car, they can be covered with personalised seats which you can buy cheaply now, and maybe have a professional clean of the velcro, every once in a while. It doesn't add to the cost of the car too much as you don't have to do it too often and it just gets all those pesky little bits and bobs out of the carpet to make it look extra tidy.
It does guzzle the petrol. However, this isn't set in stone, as fuel prices are all over the place at the moment, but it isn' the most economical car I have come across, and me and my family have come across a few (we don't always have much luck!). In general though, the car can get 40-60 miles per gallon. Oil consumption is normal as far as I can tell, however, the radiator's water levels does very quite a bit, but that might just be my car, but i would check the levels very regularly, before you go out, just in case. Buying Peugeot parts aren't too expensive, especially if they are small parts, so if something does need replacing, it isn't going to cost an arm and a leg.
It is in insurance group 9 and while not the cheapes to insure, it could be alot worse.
It took about 11 months to see a really substantial issue with this car. The head gaskette had blown, and the oil had leaked into the radiator. It was time to break into my purse (gutted!!) The old owner had put K Block into the gaskette to seal the leak, (he put 2 bottles worth in) this made the car overheat, and meant that there was no room for oil, hence the car being rather dangerous to drive. This issue happens with alot of cars, and is in no way a reflection of the make or model of the car, however I would keep an eye out for early signs, as it is a pretty big job if left too late. (watch out for coffee like water in the radiator) The head gaskette was a bit difficult to get to but in any car these days it is usually the case.
Apart from this issue, the car has never given up the ghost suddenly for no reason like some cars, and has been quite reliable throughout. I have done some long journeys in the car, and it has always coped well, the only issue i do have is that it gets very hot in the car, and it can over heat if stuck in traffic for too long. I am planning to do a fair few hundred mile journey in the next month or so, I will update and let you all know how well it does.
I am planning to keep this car for a very long time, and it feels very safe and sound to drive.
The acceleration from stand still isn't exactly 0-60 in 2 second, but it's acceptable. It takes 14.2 seconds to reach 60, I found after doing a bit of research. When I first drove the car the acceleration was quite dire, but that was down to other issues, such as misfiring. It is quite a nippy little car, and although it isn't the smallest for a first car, it is still quite the spritely little fella! The car has power steering and handles really well on the road, compared to much newer cars, the power steering isn't as great, but it is still pretty decent, considering the age of the car, some newer cars don't have power steering. The car has a top speed of 102mph. I rarely go over 70mph myself, but it reaches the 70s easily from my experience.
The car has quite a booming noise to it when driving, it often puts some boy racers to shame! (Makes me feel quite smug, with their little 1.0 litre Clios trailing behind! All bark and no bite!) But it isn't so bad that it draws too much attention, it sounds like a nice healthy bumbling sound.
*Gadgets and Widgets*
Comes with a casette player and radio, it is fairly simple to replace that though, you just have to put a bit of force behind it :)
An electric sunroof is also included, which can open two ways, it can slide across, or it can open upwards, like a non electric sunroof.
Electric windows in the front seats, and manual ones in the back seats, which I think is quite nice.
There ISN'T dedicated air conditioning in this car, but personally, I think that is a total waste of time.. open a window? You can put the Heating on cold, if you really wish.
There is all the basics, like Hazards, and the demisters etc.
Perfect car for a small family. It has bags of room and is very practical.
Good for first time driviers, who find a van isn't practical, and also find themselves shifting alot of stuff around and loading and unloading (which I do alot of).
Bit of an all rounder really, it isn't flashy, but if well looked after and in the right colour it can look very pleasing to the eye.
Reliable, has the same issues other cars have if you're a bit unlucky, but that can happen with any car.
I am pleased with my car, I had a bit of doubt with what I had to fork out with it, but I am an unlucky person. I see alot of them on the road, and they aren't produced anymore. Peugeot must have done something right with them!
Personally I would not buy a Peugeot again. I have a Peugeot 306 1.4 XL (1995) and have had it for the last 3 years. I have experienced one problem after another due to in my humble opinion poor quality workmanship. Clutch problem (at 40k), Engine Problems to do with sensors, Drive shaft, Wheels, Bushes, Suspension, Electrical and much, much more. Things that shouldnt go wrong on a car just having done 65k although the problems have been occuring since about 40k. It first I thought I was just unfortunate and had bought the lemon that I am sure all manufacturers churn out. But soon realised that the different garages doing the repairs had done many more b4. They too wouldnt buy a 306 and some others pug models due to the high number of repairs they had to do. Also other people at work have had the exact same problems on there 306's (mostly the 1.4). I have come to the conclusion the Peugeot do not manufacturer a good petrol engine, so I believe this opinion should not really reflect on the diesel models as these are apparently very good. Also it will sometimes overheat and garages have been unable to see why as the radiotor is functioning properly but this seems to be an occasional problem as it happens about once or maybe twice a year for no apparent reason. Other than that it is sluggish for a 1.4 (My previous 1.4 escort was nippier). Economy is average. Build quality inside is pretty poor two. Only thing I like about it is the way it hugs the road. General Comments: Interior: Electric sunroof controls and two map reading lights. (Control for these fallen off). Fog lights, rear screen heater and all other usual controls. It has a column mounted radio remote control which is usefull only for the volume I find but better than none at all. No power steering but if tyres are properly inflated I don't really think this car needs it as it handles well and steers without difficulty. Good
standard radio/cassette player. Blaupunkt and puts out some decent sound for a manufacturer fitted bit of kit . This is the only thing that has not yet given my any trouble.Seats are comfy apart from on long journey but this is probably because I am 6' 2" so don't expect a car of this size to offer that. Exterior: Nothing extra. Just regular features. Non colour coded bumpers/mirrors. I would like to add at the end that this car has in no way been hammered whilst in my possesion and has done mostly motorway miles as I was commuting nearly 900 miles a week to work and back up and down the M1 or A1 so I don't think these faults have been caused by the way it has been used. OVERALL: One UNHAPPY Peugeot Owner.
I have had my Peugeot 306 for almost a year now, and have had absolutely no complaints, apart from the fact that the windscreen got chipped on the first day (Thank you Mr. Micra, wherever you may be), and it now has a crack across 1/3 the screen on the passenger side mind you, and also a nasty knock a month into driving it. (Courtesy of Mr. Anglian Water, thank you too!) So apart from a frantic and painful first month of new ownership I have had no problems at all, with it and mine is 9 years old, and 3rd hand! My Peugeot was one of the first 306’s to be made, so just missed out on the standard sunroof and electric windows, but I am not in the slightest bit bothered, as I got mine for a very reasonable price of £2100, with a mere 56,000 miles on the clock, a CD player thrown in for free, perfect service history, and a funky blue gear stick left from the previous owner! Not a problem as my favourite colour is blue! The good thing about the 306 is that it is an extremely popular car, obviously not as popular as something like a Fiesta, but popular nonetheless. The fact that I have been driving one, I seem to notice a lot more driving around, or perhaps I subconsciously look out for them? But as I was saying, the fact that they are popular means there are lots of 2nd hand ones around to be snapped up, so finding yours should not be all to difficult. In general, hatchback prices are very reasonable considering how good the car is; saloons are cheap but more desirable sports versions and scarce estates are pricier. The 306 has many redeeming features to its name, such as good fuel economy, especially on the 1.4 models, and the diesels, the insurance is fantastic, my car is only in the group 4 insurance range, which is good for young or first time drivers. Insurance is usually the killer when it comes to choosing your first car, so this is ideal. Also parts are quite cheap to come by, I know, as I had to repair mine after Mr. Anglian Wa
ter hit my front right wing. I managed to fix that, the bumper, and headlamp and indicator, get it all sprayed for under £300. Something that many people notice first about the 306 when they first drive it is superb chassis and suspension, giving outstanding grip and a smooth, well controlled ride; precise steering and effective brakes, which inspire great confidence in the car. The only quirk I have about the car is that being 6”3 leg room isn’t amazing, its almost perfect in the driving seat, but I found that I was too tall with most cars that I tried before this one so they are not alone! Other than that leg room isn’t too bad, I haven’t actually been in the back of my car, or anyone else’s 306 for that matter so I can’t comment too much on that, although I haven’t had any complaints from fellow passengers in the back. I personally find the ride comfort very good, and is fine over long distances. The 306 is a desirable car, for looks, especially in its day and age it was the best looking hatch back around, obviously other have passed it by now, but it still doesn’t look dated like other cars from the time of its origin, but it still hold its certain French ‘chic’ today, especially the Cabriolet and the S16 and Gti models pull of a lot of street cred. The 306 is also very safe car to drive, with good crash resistance – receiving three stars on the NCAP test; ABS on some early cars, (optional on all), then standard on all from 1999; airbag on most by 1994, mine being 1993 doesn’t have one. All models come with an alarm and immobiliser, and mine has remote central locking too, which is, or was standard on all models from mine upwards, only the XN below mine being the exception. Spec (this is for the 1.4L model): Price: New - £12,000 - 10,000 2nd Hand - £6,000 - 2,000 Engine Capacity: 1360 cc (1.4L) BHP: 75 Top Speed: 100 mph (
I have got it faster!) 0-60mph: 12.8 (Again I think I have got it faster) Fuel Economy: Urban 29.2mpg Cruise 48.8mpg (Miles Per Gallon) Speed 39.3mpg Dimensions: 399cm Long 169cm Wide 138cm High Boot Space: Seats Up: 340 Litres Seats Down: 623 Litres Seats: 5 Fuel Injection: Yes Service Interval: 12,000 miles Insurance Group: 4 Things to check for when considering buying a 306: The bodywork: Stands up to minor knocks quite well but check for badly resprayed accident damage. Engine & Gearbox: Avoid noisy or smoky diesels without full history, they probably have very high mileages; oil and coolant leaks; can be a bit noisy when cold; defective accelerator linkage gives jerky throttle response. Other things to look out for: Minor electrical problems‚ especially electric window lifts; uneven front tyre wear; suspension or shock absorber wear on high mileage cars or sports versions. Overall the 306 remains one of the very best small family ranges thanks to its excellent handling and ride, sturdy construction and practical interior layout. It is by no means the most modern car in its class, but it's still a contender. A wide range of engines, bodies and equipment levels means that there is a 306 for almost everyone, from no frills family hatchbacks to roomy estates, desirable sports models and elegant cabriolets. Peugeot have now introduced their new model the 307, which is a hybrid cross between the 306 and the 206, which was released last year.