Product Type: Peugeot cars
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Recession beater......for the garage
Peugeot 307 SW
Member Name: niki_d
Peugeot 307 SW
Advantages: Cheap to run
Disadvantages: Costly repair bills
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.
Summary: A good car let down by a few things