Product Type: Peugeot cars
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Affordable open top motoring with a touch of style
Peugeot 307 CC
Member Name: plymyphil1
Peugeot 307 CC
Advantages: Price, the roof is great technology, comfort
Disadvantages: Slightly restricted space for rear passengers, can get windy above 50mph
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.
Summary: A fun car and a great price entry into the convertible market.