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I bought my second hand Peugeot 307cc at the start of February. This review will be my own experiences of this car from the perspective of an everyday user. I won't be talking torque, horsepower or anything else technical because my own knowledge in the area of motoring is somewhat limited. I will however be giving an honest appraisal of my experiences with this car over the last six months.
Firstly, the general rule being put around on the Internet for purchasing this car is to check if it is a pre or post 2005 model. Apparently the pre 2005 models were prone to have some reliability issues especially with electrics and in some cases this was expensive. I bought this car from a colleague and was confident that although it was a 2005 model it hadn't seen the garage for anything other than its regular service.
I have the car in metallic black and am very impressed with the appearance of the car. Although a budget convertible it does turn heads, especially when the hard top roof is moving up or down. One button on the centre console between driver and front passenger raises or lowers the roof over a period of about 30 seconds. The button has to be continually held to operate through the procedure which I assume is a safety system that means if there is a problem you can stop immediately. The roof can be raised and lowered whilst the car is moving but with a top speed of 6mph for the roof mechanism to function this is really only useful if you've initiated the procedure at traffic lights and need a couple of seconds for it to finish. Most of the time you will raise and lower the roof when the car is parked.
I have the standard 1.6 petrol model. I would suggest that this is right on the lower level of what is acceptable and compared to similar sized non-convertible cars this is slightly sluggish. I didn't realise at the time of purchase (because this is my first convertible car) but the hard top convertibles have a considerable extra weight in the mechanisms that move the roof and for this reason if you have a choice between the 1.6 or 2 litre version I would advocate the 2 litre one as better.
When I first took this car into the car wash I thought that it had a leak. It turned out not to be true however. The car wash I was using was the pressure washer variety where you wash the car yourself. The pressure of the water was sufficient for the door handle to register that they were being operated which in turn causes the front windows to drop a small amount. This is a neat effect and stops the windows catching but it does mean you need a standard car wash and shouldn't try to wash the car with a pressure washer.
In terms of internal specification there are the usual things that sit redundant after the first play. The car has for example a trip computer that will tell you how many miles of petrol are left in the tank and how many miles you have travelled since you last filled up. You can even set it with the distance of a trip and it will count down how many miles are left in the journey. To be honest, I don't use this at all. I did use the computer for some small changes. I changed the language from Spanish which was the language of the previous owner to English for example. The CD player in my 307cc is the six disc multi-changer controlled a stick on the steering wheel. The sound quality is superb and with the right tunes playing and the roof down on a sunny day the motoring is great fun.
In terms of space, the back of the car has two seats for passengers. These are ample but with the roof in place getting in and out requires bending and some unnatural stretches of the legs. With the roof open this becomes far easier. I personally feel slightly claustrophobic in the back of this car but it isn't due to a lack of leg room, more that the roof curves down low and as a tall person this just creates a sensation for me of not having very much space.
In terms of boot space, this car surprises me massively. The boot is quite square and the sides of the boot have the mechanisms for the roof. In the middle of the boot is a screen that pulls out. This divides the boot into a top and bottom half. This screen has to be deployed for the roof to open. If you want to use the boot space with the roof open you really need to put your items in the boot before deploying the screen and before opening the roof, otherwise you are trying to post the items through a relatively thin gap. With the roof open you can get in about six large carrier bags or one suitcase. With the roof closed you could double this quantity. You do have to be careful though as the instructions make it very clear that you should not put anything on the side areas of the boot as to do so may damage the roof mechanism. Trust me when I say this looks like clever engineering and therefore something that would be costly if you were to damage it.
In terms of reliability, the only problem I have experienced is with the roof. Once, I stopped closing the roof half way through the cycle. When I continued it didn't reach the right point to lock into place above the windscreen. Opening the roof fully and then closing reset this problem and it has not occurred since. The other problem I had was an error message on the dashboard telling me I couldn't open the roof because the screen in the boot was not deployed. This wasn't true, the screen was deployed. When I inspected I saw that on the right hand side where the screen attaches a small plastic cover had come off and disappeared and therefore closing the screen wasn't pressing down on the contact switch to confirm the screen was in place. A small piece of folded paper is my current free fix for this problem but I'm confident that the offending missing piece of plastic will not cost much to replace.
Overall I am delighted with this car. It provides comfortable motoring and looks good with the roof up or down. I would say however that the shape of the car looks far better when the roof is open. At speeds of upto 50mph it is comfortable for rear seat passengers too but once those speeds get higher the air flow over the car changes and rear seat passengers can then take a bit of a buffeting. A fun car and a great price entry into the convertible market.
I got my Peugeot 307CC in June last year and it's not without it's problems.
I brought the car new from our local Peugeot dealer as they were offering a 0% finance deal at the time. I got a 1.6 black petrol model. I'd always wanted a Peugeot since I love the sleek look of them and I've always heard quite good things about their cars generally.
When I first got it (and for the most part now) I was thrilled and thought I was the business driving around in my sleek convertable, putting the roof up and down (something I find just a tad embarrasing to do now since everyone looks at you while you are doing it). The roof is very easy to use and I often find myself feeling quite smug seeing those that have to put theirs up manually while mine wizzes up in around 20 seconds.
The windscreen is a great design and cuts down wind resistance in the front dramaticaly and you can usually get from A to B without your hair getting too messed up (something us girls are usually concerned about) Shame it can't be said for the back of the car. My friends have sat in it while I've been on the motorway and nearly got blown away! My advice, make sure you put the roof up when going at high speed if there is anyone in the back of it (or at least warn them first haha)
I find it quite nifty for what I need and it opens up well on the motorway, as someone else has mentioned it's not going to win any races but for general pottering about at the weekend and motorway driving it's excellent. I also find mine quite economical on petrol and last year got to Plymouth and back using just under a tank each way which I didn't think was too bad considering the size and weight of the it.
The boot is also very large for a convertable and we have no problem fitting our suitcases in when we go away for a weeks holiday. The space is halved though if you have the visor down for the roof which means that going to and from anywhere with alot of luggage you won't be able to have the roof down.
I find the back of the car quite spacious (having sat it in myself when I went to go and look at it) and most of my friends seem to find it quite confortable. I even got my Dad in the back of it and he's 6'1!
Since getting this car though I have had a number of problems with it (and I'm not sure if I should put this down to the fact that it's new or that there are general problems with this model).
1. The alarm to signal the the 'roof manoeuvre is not complete' sometimes inexplicably comes on while I'm driving and the roof is up. There is no rhyme or reason to it except it's usually when I haven't touched the roof for a while. The dealership claim they cannot find a problem with it so it looks like I am stuck with it.
2. The window on the drivers side sometimes opens slightly up and down while the car is unlocked. This isn't a massive problem as it only does it occasionally, except last week when I accidently left my car unlocked and looked out the window of our house and the window had gone down half way! Good job I looked out when I did, not only because of theives but also as it started to pour with rain at that moment. (They are going to replace this door for me which they claim is due to faulty wiring so I guess that's something.)
3. The stereo speaker blew within about a month but this was fixed by the Peugeot dealership, this and the door are all within the Peugeot 3 year warrenty that I got with the car.
The only other thing I don't like is the fact that the bonnet is so low and you can't see where the front of your car is, for instance when you are parking. This is not so bad now as I have got used to it but when I first got it I used to park about a foot away from where I was supposed to be (and once nearly on top of a pole!)
When I last changed my job I was delighted to find I was eligible for a company contract car, so every Sunday, for what seemed like forever, hubby and I would trapse around the local dealers trying to find the "perfect" car. We knew we needed one that had low carbon emmissions (environmental and tax implications to be considered as you receive a higher rate of tax on a high emmission company car), one that was suitable for when we had a baby (the lease lasts for 4 years and we knew that within that time we would be starting a family), but one that was still "fun". My previous car was a MGTF and I wasn't ready to settle into a "normal" car at that point in preceedings!
After a great deal of shopping around we found the Peugeot 307CC, the make we have is the 2L diesel HDI, with the basic interior, but additional Sat Nav (which came with 5 CD changer stereo, MP3 and in car telephone) in slate grey.
This car has a hard top, electric roof (the electric roof aspect of a convertible is an absolute must for me, as having had a manual I found it had to be VERY hot in order for me to spend 10 minutes taking the roof down and putting it up again). The roof is easy to open, it is simply a case of ensuring the pull out roof net is out in the boot, putting the key in the ignition and pressing a button on the centre panel within the car. The windows open and the roof unfolds. It is the same with putting the roof up and in total takes around a minute. This is a godsend when you are out and about with the roof down and either stop at the shops and need to close the roof while you pop in or if it suddenly starts to rain (not something which is too unusual with the British climate). The front window screen of this car is nicely slanted and just the right height so that when the roof is down you don't get sunlight glaring into your eyes, so even forgetting your sunnies is not an excuse to not put the roof down.
The boot space on this car is fairly large, and now we have a baby we can fit into it a travel system buggy, the changing bag and a few bags of shopping - although we won't be taking my car on holiday as it would be impossible to take a travel cot, luggage, buggy etc - it simply wouldn't fit. When we have the above in the boot it is not possible to have the roof down either as the items go over the roof net, which acts as a restrictive measure. Although since having out daughter we have not had the roof down as the wind blowing through a baby's hair is not recommended.
This is a 4 seat car and you can fit a couple of adults in the back, but they would need to be small adults or the driver and passenger would need to be small! At 5' 10" I have to have the driver seat at the furthest position back, which means that anything bigger than a child's leg really doesn't fit in the foot well behind me. Now my daughter is in a group 1 (20lbs+ forward facing) car seat she can fit in the back (you are limited on the seats that will fit this car, the Maxi Cosi Prior XP does if you need to know), but we found that with both hubby and I being fairly tall it was not possible for a rear facing seat to fit in the back and hubby to fit in the front - the only way we could manage it was by hubby being relegated to the back, but it can be done.
The make we have is fairly nippy and can hold its own on the motorway - however, for some reason it does seem to attract boy racers and I often find myself being offered a "race", which I of course decline. To be honest in this car I probably wouldn't win if I did accept. It opens up nicely on the open road and is great for city roads as it pulls away easily and can nip in and out of small gaps. Having said that it takes a bit of getting used to on the parking front as the bonnet is very short and you have to "guess" where it ends as you can not see where it ends because of the slope on it - there are, however, rear parking sensors which have been great.
I'm afraid if you want all the gumpf about miles to the gallon and 0-60 etc that I'm a stereotypical girl and don't know it, but I enjoy driving this car and it has been possible to use it as a family car - although we will be waiting for my lease to expire before trying for baby no 2 as there is no way we could fit 2 baby seats in it. The model I have cost approx £23,000.
I own a 2006 Peugeot 307 CC - bought in September 2007 for £12995 in Belfast. I fell in love with it immediately and always wanted a convertible to zoom around the town in..... only wish we had the weather for it!
The model I bought is a 307 CC 1.6 petrol (basic version). It's black and despite having a hard automatic fold-down roof, there is ample space in the boot for luggage and shopping - or in my case rubbish! The folding roof is very cool, although I feel embarrassed using it as people tend to watch. You simply fold the protective roof cover in the boot and then press a button - and hey presto 20 seconds later your roof is down. I have had no problems with the roof as yet and loving using it - can't wait until the summer!
The in-car stereo system is excellent - CD player with superb sound quality. It even has integrated bluetooth for your mobile phone which is a handy little extra as I hate wearing those headsets. The back seats are a little cramped though - although there is certainly more space in these cars than the Peugeot 207 CC. The car is fairly close to the ground to give it a roadster feel, and driving and handling are excellent.
The drawbacks are the fact that, as I mostly do city driving, my car is averaging around 24 mpg, which is attrocious for a 1.6 petrol engine. I believe that this is due to the fact that the roof is so heavy, thus making the car less aero-dynamic and powerful. There is very little power in the engine and it sometimes struggles getting up steep hills - somewhat ridiculous for a modern car.
Two months into buying the car, I had to get the whole thing re-wired due to the head computer and wiring being faulty. Thankfully this was all covered under the remaining Peugeot 3 year warranty. The passenger door had also began to rattle and at times I had difficulty in closing it properly as it never seemed to be in it's socket completely. Again Peugeot fixed this for me gratis under the warranty.
It's a good-looking car, the automatic roof is head-turning and the inside cabin is well designed and modern, but beware - these are not the most fuel efficient of vehicles and there aint much power in my model....
The 307 was presented as the 307 Prométhée prototype at the 2000 Mondial de l'Automobile. The production hatchback versions were introduced to the European markets in 2001 as a successor to the Peugeot 306. The 307 was also sold in Australia, New Zealand and Asia as well; but not Canada, although it was sold in Mexico in 1.6 and 2.0 petrol versions.