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As soon as I saw our latest Peugeot I knew it was the one for us. It has a great look on the outside and the inside isn't far behind. Plenty of space for the driver and a generous area for at least three childrens's seats. With this model there is the option of fitting an extra two seats but for the time being we are sticking with the standard five. The boot area can be covered or as in our case uncovered when the dogs are joining us. The Panaramic roof adds a touch of class with the side and rear tinted windows very useful for the kids on a sunny day. As always with all our Peugeot's they have great road handling and generally good reliability. What has let us down deeply on this model however has been the air-con, in winter its excellent, in summer and especially hot days it is non-existent. The failure of the multi-change cd player appears to be a common problem on this model, sadly we only found this out after we purchased the vehicle!
Our 307SW was one of the best we ever owned in terms of comfort. However, it was THE worst we ever owned in terms of reliability. Firstly, the Panoramic Glass Roof was brilliant, something that is sorely missed in the current family car. The sunshade was handy if the sun got too bright, but the car would bake like an oven if you left it open on a sunny day. The seats were very comfortable, offering plenty of support, but the fabric could've been better - easily snagged by various things. Slightly soft-touch plastics made the upper dashboard pleasant to the touch, but the lower dashboard features hard, scratchy, unappealing plastics, whilst the leather steering wheel wore badly, possibly due to the sun. It was very practical, but the seats were slightly fiddly to remove, and heavy once you'd managed to get them out! Reliability problems began a year into ownership (and it was only 12 months old when we bought it), with the clutch that failed. Then there were plenty electrical problems to follow, coupled with numerous trips to Mr Peugeot. The receptionists there were always quite helpful, the technicians not so much, but customer care was never as bad as it was made out in the motoring press. The diesel engine wasn't particularly economical or punchy, but it was quiet on-board and the ride quality was good. Handling was poor however, with a spoon-in-porridge-like gearbox, lifeless steering and plentiful body roll. In the end, it was time to say goodbye, and the family wagon was replaced by something slightly sportier and better quality!
I previously owned the Peugeot 307 1.4 diesel estate for around 18 months. Fuel consumption wise this car was quite good and £12-£15 worth of diesel (on last years prices) was lasting me around 5 days which incorporated going to and from work on a daily basis and the odd shopping trip in between. I had also travelled to various places up and down the country in the car and a round trip of about 260 miles was costing around the £30 mark.
Inside my particular model was quite basic with no mod cons like air conditioning etc however it did have electric windows, PAS, rear heated windscreen and cassette player. The windscreen spray and wipers are quite powerful and of all the cars I've had, I would say it is definitely the best for getting a clean screen! Seats are quite comfortable with adjustable driver's seat height and folding rear seats, which lie flat making the already spacious boots space, increase in size quite significantly. Legroom wise the car offers a good amount and even the tallest of drivers would be able to have a passenger sat behind them.
From the outside the car is nothing particularly special to look at and I felt from the back you'd fail to recognise that it was a 307, just purely because of the flat boot shape, however I think if you can find one which has good body work they really do look well for their age.
We did opt to sell the car however and the reasons for this were due to the amount of money we had spent on it since buying it but this could have purely been down to bad with the car we had. Such things as it requiring a new exhaust, which was quite awkward to come by as the 1.4 diesel version does not feature in some car books so some garages said they could not fix it. In the one's that did there was confusion over some technical details, which meant that this version was manufactured in two different ways. In addition, as there is quite a lot of computer-based technology in the car if a fault shows up on the dashboard a diagnostic report would be required. When the temperature dropped below freezing two faults would come on the car which basically meant it couldn't be driven (as this would cause damage to the engine) until temperatures had risen, which was often by the afternoon. A full diagnostic report would be required to find the cause but this could only be done when the fault was still showing but as you could not drive it you couldn't get it to the garage in the first place to be tested!
Aside from these things, I do feel that this particular model was quite a good car for us and with regards to fuel consumption, it was one of the better one's, however for us in the end the cons started to outweigh the pros.
i found out i was expecting twins and already having a child realised we wouldnt be able to get everyone in our VW polo(2 adults and 3 kids) i must have looked at dozens of cars trying to fit in 3 large 0-4years car seats and thought i would have to just except the fact we would have to buy one of those big people carrier things where there's seats in the boot but then i faced the issue of where the huge double buggy would go as the people carriers seemed to have tiny boots when the back seats are in use, plus i'm really short 4 feet 11 inches and i couldnt seem to reach the pedals comfortably in these. then just out of luck i stumbled on this car and thought i'd give the car seats a go and they fitted. its a snug fit but they do and the boot is huge! i get my double buggy in there and at least 5 bags full of shopping. a real find i think, i would check your seats fit in before taking the plunge and buying one as all car seats vary in size but mine are quite bulky. hope this helps
I have owned my Peugeot 307 SW 2.0 hdi diesel car for just over 3 years.It is a 2004 model, china blue in colour with silver roof rails and door handles.It is the S spec with electric windows,air con radio /cd and best of all a near full length glass panaromic sunroof which has an internal electronic cover.This is great for those summer days or clear starry nights.
I have the additional 2 rear seats which are exactly the same as the back passenger seats and can be removed quite easily but are quite heavy and storing them can be a problem in the house,although they do fold in half.These are not really suitable for adults due to the limited amount of legroom and I would say that are only really suitable for a child up to eleven years old.
The interior is okay but sometimes quite rattly from the dashboard,it comes and goes.The trip computer is useful giving average mpg,real time mpg,distance travelled and distance remaining on your fuel tank.I have calculated that the average mpg reading is actually five mpg lower than the true mpg.
The ride is very poor on bumpy uneven roads but on motorways it goes like a dream.
The best mpg I have had is about 53 mpg on a long trip to France but on my usual usage I get about 45.Tax is £120 a year.
Servicing at a normal garage costs me about £115 for a interim service oil and filter and usual checks and £160 for a full oil, air fuel filters etc.
Oil consumption is nil I have never topped it up once, it never uses any.
You either love or hate this car .me I would not really recommend it unless you want a cheap 7 seater without going along the box type route eg Galaxy, Zafiras.I have had no major issues with this car or breakdowns so the reliabilty factor is good
I bought a peugeot 307 sw outdoor in july 2008 and have now just done 2000 miles in it, so thought I'd share my views.
I bought the 1.6hdi diesel version, as in these days of rising fuel costs, I thought I may save some money. I filled her up a couple of weeks ago, at a cost of 43.00 (diesei around 1.25 a liter that day) and i have now refilled after doing approx 520 miles. That seems a lot better than my clio ( petrol) that took about £33.00, for approx 340 miles.
The car has a computer display which shows you how many miles an hour, how many miles travelled and average fuel consumption. For mainly around town, mine is about 49 miles per gallon.
I have never owned a peugeot before, but husband had and he persuaded me. What a great move. It really is a lovely car to own and drive. It has got buckets of room, and the back seats fold flat, without all the messing around of taking bits out.
The panoramic roof is great making the car feel like and bright inside.
It is a very sturdy, safe feeling car, that takes corners brilliantly
The interior is very stylish with leather/fabric sports seats, and they really are very comfie, even on long journeys with my bad back.
I think the only thing i have to watch is I'm cruising along, and look at the speedo, and its 90 plus mph, so it moves, without feeling you're doing that speed.
I don't like the position of the drinks holder, as it is positioned behind the handbrake, and as I'm always drinking, its quite hard to grab it easily when driving. Has a tiny glove compartment, which is a little frustrating, as I generally have a ton of stuff to put in it. Nice feature of a fire extuingiuser, hazzard triangle, and camera for accidents, included in a case, that has velcro, which holds it in place in the boot. I really liked that.
Also because electric windows for rear windows is next to the ones for front seats, I find myself opening them without realising, then getting out of the car and seeing the back windows open, which is a bit annoying.
i chose the top of the range model ( that's a first) and it cost around £14,500 from peugeot main dealer.
Overall though I really love this car, and hope i have years of trouble free driving
I had this car as a hire car in June and covered close to 2000miles in that week alone so am quite well placed to write a review on it.
Being a foreign car it was spec'd differently to the UK but had Automatic Climate Control, Full Electrics, Panoramic Glass Roof, front foglights and trip computer. I do know a bit about these cars in the UK and know most of them do come with these anyway. We chose the car to ferry myself, three passengers and all our luggage for a 2 week holiday driving around france and spain and we couldn't have had a more practical car for what we wanted.
Firstly the space, how do they get so much space from a small family estate. The do market it as a mini mpv but in reality it's a 7 seater estate car but the space inside is immense! It was comfortable inside and had room for 4 suitcases, 4 rucksacks and a wheelchair in the boot alone! Everyone was impressed with this! The glass roof also helped make it feel even more airy that it actually was. There were masses of cubby holes to put things in, cup holders in the fold down table in the back and a lockable air conditioned glovebox which was good when we were camping in spain for our valuables.
Although spacious the car was a little dated inside. You can tell it was in need of the replacement which has just come out, the 308 SW. However it is hard wearing and functional and not a disgrace by any means. If you were buying one second hand it would not put you off at all providing you expect a few rattles and squeeks after a few miles.
The engine was lovely to use. It was smooth and powerful and never struggled even with our full car. It was the 110bhp Diesel engine and the torque pulled is and all our stuff with ease. It was also pretty economical giving us 45mpg and had a range of over 600 miles per tank. I'm sure with a normal lesser load and less agressive driving it would easily get us over 50mpg.
The handling was adequate though typical peugeot, smooth and quiet but not much fun around the bends. It's not meant to be a sporty car and it's not but is safe and holds the road quite well even with a heavy load.
After a fortnight with this car I can say it is an extremely practical family car that will be cheap to run and cheap to buy as well with some very reasonable new and used prices. If you've got 2 or 3 children and need something to take you and your luggage on days out and holidays very little will do it better for the same money with the same standard equipment. Well worth a look if that's what you need!