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The surprisingly spacious 307 is a very practical option for a family car. The low fuel consumption makes it cheap to run - and despite being prone to certain technical faults, it is an overall reliable car to own.

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      25.06.2012 23:43

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      I have a 5 dr and as I have a baby and it is so easy to get my baby in the back, the boot is a perfect size for my shopping and a pushchair. Passenger airbag can be manually switched off if I have to have my baby in the front with me. Economical, cheap to run, come in great colours, family car,

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      03.05.2012 16:18
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      An average sized fairly reliable car.

      I've had my Peugeot 307 2.0 HDI (90) for about 3 years now and was initially bought because my wife likes the look/style of it.

      Firstly I should point out that at the time of purchase the mileage on the car was about 20,000 and it was manufactured in 2004 (54 plate) and was bought with a brand new MOT. Right from the start we had problems with the car. It was taken back to the garage as there was a strange noise coming from the front wheels, this according to the garage was down to the new tyres fitted and we were politely told to go away. Then a few days after that the ABS warning light came on (coincident perhaps) so a call back to the garage and was told that there was a problem with the front brakes and a part would need to be ordered. When we finally got the car back we were told that a part of the ABS had been changed as well as the front set of brake discs (which is apparently what had been causing the strange noise from the front wheels).

      All went well with the car for around a further 9 months. Then we started hearing a knocking noise coming from the front of the car - it was intermittent but only seemed to be if you travelled over any rough road. I took it into a local garage and they had a check underneath only to come back and say that there was nothing wrong with the car. All of a sudden the knocking sound ceased - however a few weeks later it was back - again intermittently. I decided to leave it until the first MOT was due on the car - which was booked into the same garage that had checked the knocking noise for me. Low and behold I was advised that the anti roll-bar drop links were severely worn and needed replacing urgently to pass the MOT. I purchased these from my local car part dealer for around £15 each and had them fitted for another £30. MOT Passed and Knocking completely gone. My local car part dealer advised that these are a common failure on the Peugeot 307, especially if you live somewhere that has a lot of speed ramps.

      About 6 months later whilst driving to work one morning my temperature gauge shot through the roof and a message came up on the display to advise my car was overheating (I thought this was very strange as I was not in a queue of traffic but on a dual carriageway and the car had not been sat idling for any length of time). I pulled over into the lay bye and opened the bonnet. The engine didn't feel overheated so i jumped back in and started the engine again - only to find the temperature gauge back to normal. I took it to the local garage and was told that the temperature sensor was faulty and the car was running at normal engine temperature even when the sensor was stating it was overheating. Consequently I bought a replacement sensor from eBay and had it fitted for a few pound. Problem solved.

      Next up - a recall notice from Peugeot. I received a letter from them asking me to contact them due to a recall for a faulty circuit board casing which was situated behind one of the front headlights and that it controlled something on the ABS breaking system (could this have been part of the initial problem when I purchased the car?). I have to say that the Peugeot team in our local dealer were very helpful and offered us a cup of coffee whilst we waited for the part to be replaced.

      About 6 months after this I noticed a smell of diesel whilst stopped at lights - I checked underneath the car but could not see anything apart from a little water from the air conditioning unit, however this smell continued every time I drove the car and I started to notice that my diesel wasn't getting me as far as it usually would. I called a friend who started the car whilst I checked under the bonnet only to find that one of the high pressure fuel pipes seal had gone and diesel was gushing out. An attempt to tighten the seal on the pipe didn't work so a replacement was ordered from Peugeot which took about 5 days to arrive. Pipe fitted and problem solved.

      Since then (which was about a year ago) I have had no problems with the car whatsoever apart from the pump failing for the windscreen washers - I purchased a replacement from eBay for £6 and fitted it myself (which wasn't easy and took about 1 hour) - last MOT it needed 2 new wiper blades and 2 new tyres and on the new MOT it has just had all it needed again was a couple of tyres replacing.

      Overall I am quite happy with the car, spacious interior and boot, good economy on the 90hp 2.0 Diesel doing on average about 40mpg round the local area but shoots up to around 60mpg on a long motorway journey. The few things that have gone wrong on the car were not major and since buying the car I have not had to top the oil or water up once (and it is regularly checked).

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      08.05.2011 21:31
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      Total garbage.

      Hello. I have been reading with interest all of the reviews which have been posted on here about the Peugeot 307 over several years.  I have just sold my 2007 307 SW SE 1.6Hdi model which was complete with sat nav, Bluetooth telephone and every other feature which you could specify when new. I bought mine in October 2010 from my employer who had used the car from brand new under a contract hire system. At the time I was pleased with my purchase - impressed with all of the toys and thought the diesel mpg was fantastic... But then it all went wrong. 

      I soon learnt that Peugeot build quality was really very shabby, unreliable and cheap. Light bulbs blew at least once every month, the entire electrical system failed in January and it had to be repaired at Peugeot and they had the car in for 3 days. The parking sensors failed earlier this year - again another expensive repair. Then the fuel cap sensor failed telling me that the tank was unlocked. This led to a fuel injection fault which Peugeot just replaced the whole cap etc at great expense. On top of this, when ever I drive at 50+ mph there is a dreadful squeak from the left hand wheels. The suspension sounds absolutely dreadful as if you are driving on rocks all of the time - a sort of knocking noise is always present. Also the ride is very hard and rigid . The sound system is the worst I have ever heard - really tinny. Oh - how could I forget that at 33k miles I had a new clutch!!

      Also one day in the wind I opened my driver door and the wind pushed it open. Unfortunately the cheap door catch snapped and the door fell off denting and damaging the entire door and front wing. Another expensive repair.

      All of these problems from a 3 1/2 year old car which has full Peugeot service history from new. My first car (an R reg Ford Fiesta) which I acquired with 40k miles on the clock was much better, smoother and far cheaper to run and reliable than this French heap of junk as proved by my putting another 40k miles on it in 2 years!!

      Seriously, my advice would be to avoid these cars at all costs. Although they look nice and appear to represent good value for money the repair bills are extortionate. What a good job the seats are comfortable...for when you have to wait for the repair lorry to tow you away! Haha. On previous occasions when I have complained to my local Peugeot garage about the noise whilst driving they simply tell me that the squeaks and bangs from the suspension is normal. 

      Well I have now purchased a Jaguar following the sale of a business and pleased to be enjoying driving once again. Thank goodness for the sale of bad rubbish. I just feel sorry for the poor chap who buys it from Peugeot next. 

      Happy motoring. 

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        15.03.2011 04:11
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        After nine years on the road it is a very competitive car inside and outside!!!

        Nine years have been passed since i bought my Peugeot 307, and i remember very clear the days i was searching for the right one.
        The first car i checked was a Daewoo Lanos. The package was a sport edition of the car in a good price. But i said to myself first to make a research, and then to decide.
        So i moved to Renault Clio.
        I understood the difference between the two cars, only a minute after i was inside the Renault. The quality of everything in this car was a scale above Daewoo and immediately decide that i must concern my research in Europe. Of course there were great cars from the east like Honda, but it was not for my pocket.
        The third one was the Peugeot. There was the 206 and the brand new 307.
        First i was thinking about 206, cause my money wasn't enough for the 307, but i thought let's take a look... Nothing to lose.
        Well that was it. When i stepped inside i fell in love with the car. The quality was similar to the Renault, but this one was a brand new model, with much bigger rooms, six airbags, music controls on the wheel, much better outside appearance from the two other cars, but also more expensive!
        So i found what i wanted, but my money wasn't enough. But In the end after deep thoughts and financial help, i decide to buy the car that i wanted.
        And you know what. I made the right choice. Because after nine years compared to other cars in this category, it is still beautiful outside like a new model, and the package that was offering for standard nine years ago it is still very good and for today's standards.
        My 307 mechanically hadn't no problems except the natural waste, and the driving behavior of the car it is just fine.
        The only thing i don't like it is the horsepower! Because 307 is heavy on the road for 75 horses. But of course back then it was very difficult for me to buy the better version.
        Later Peugeot offered new packages with more horsepower and lifting for the car. So everyone who wants to buy a used 307 can find more choices than me...

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          06.03.2011 01:49

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          FInd something better

          I had a 307 for about 6 months at the beginning of 2010. It was second hand, had done about 3000 miles and was in really good condition. I was pleased with my purchase, I paid the going rate and it had 6 months left of its warranty and a full MOT and road tax.

          About 5 months into having it however, I started to have issues. Coming off the motorway by manchester the car suddenly stalled and some warning lights came on. 5 minutes earlier and i'd have been crushed by a lorry. After looking at the car, peugot changed a part at a cost of $400 to me and told me eveyrthing was fine.

          It was fine... for about a week, after which the car kept giving me various warning messages saying various car systems were failing. this happened especially when driving in heavy trafic where I had to stop often.

          Eventually I got rid of the car, not feeling safe to drive it. I manage to sell it without issue, the car didnt play up when I sold it but I imagine the garage had a few issues trying to pass it on to someone else.

          My problem with the 307 isnt actually the car, its a wonderful car to drive and its quite nice looking for the priccetag. My problem is with peugot. A quick google unleashes THOUSANDS of people who;re having problems which peugot refuse to adknowledge. After hassling them greatly they agree to have a peek but refuse to accept responsibility. They claim that its OUR fault for driving badly, when in reality there are many others out there with identical problems. Coincidence, I think not

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          01.02.2011 16:33

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          My car is a 53 reg and I have owned it since 2004 approx 85Miles on the clock, now, it's 1.4 S & it has has been very economical, not good for motorways you would probably need a bigger engine size but comfortable modernly styled, light & easy to drive around town. The first real faults arrived in 2009 a clickety clackety sound in the engine meant a new water pump £220.00, then the CD player packed up £200.00 february 2010 a new clutch £260.00 in april a new drivers side spring £180.0 in june a new starter motor £250.00 and in December 2010 a new gear selector £200.00 and in january 2011 the heater has packed up!!! it has been fun to drive but the faults have been too costly & too many.

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          27.01.2011 14:16
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          I like the car but there is now much better cars out there for a better price.

          I have owned a 51 reg 307 for 3 years now and I really enjoy driving it. I upgraded from a Ford fiesta because i wanted a larger, more powerful car and this was certainly the car for the job.

          The car is very spacious and I have filled it 5 people and there is still plenty of room with a very good size boot, plenty for all my shopping!!

          I have driven over 40,000 miles in the car taking it to 80,000 miles, in this time I have noticed that the fuel economy has gradually decreased to around 33mpg and the car has got slightly noiser, however, it's still a very comfortable drive and manages well with long distances and motorway driving.

          I have had to replace many things on the car but nothing so much as the exhaust, i don't know if it's living by the sea, or just a bad design. I have had to replace one part of the exhaust at least once a year and also the brackets. Since these are quite rare, every time they have to special order the part in and it's a bit of a pain. I'm sure these parts shouldn't break so regularly. I have also had to change brake pads, again twice, and the wishbones, but as i said general ware and tear. I have also had to change the wing mirror, this cost £250. So parts for the car seem hard to come by and very expensive.

          So overall, i like the car but it could have better fuel economy and the parts could be cheaper and more easily accessable.

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          20.12.2010 14:15
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          Great all round family hatchback

          After having owned a Peugeot 206 and experiencing the worst motoring years of my life, I vowed never to own a Peugeot again.
          Upon looking around the local car dealer's forecourt after needing to trade in my 206, I was surprised at myself being drawn to looking at a Peugeot 307. I was extremely against the make purely due to my previous bad fortune, however my partner said it was worth a look and a test drive and after much "discussion" between us I agreed to at least give it a closer look.

          The test drive went well and the car really was a dream to drive really smooth with a great driving position, I was amazed but still pretty reluctant. After my partner had a look over the car and I phoned our trusty car mechanic we went for it and bought the Rapier model with a 1.6 litre petrol engine. I bought a 2003 registration and it had around 70,000 miles on the clock, which for its age was about right at the time.

          The car has 5 doors, electric windows in the front, electric wing mirrors, air conditioning and a 5-disc CD changer (what a luxury!). Not being a car fanatic I'm not in the best position to advise on the gadgets and specification of the car, however what I can tell you is that in comparison to the 206 I previously owned it was a massive step up in terms of what the car offers. The car really is a great little model, it is reliable and sturdy - I certainly feel a lot safer driving this than my old Peugeot. It grips to the road well and cornering is smooth. In the bad weather the car seems to hold it's own, despite being a small hatchback it is still quite a large car. We have even taken it on a family holiday for the week and fit our entire luggage in the boot!

          Since having the car for a couple of years now I have had very few problems...touch wood. Despite having my reservations initially I am pleased to say I'm happy with the choice we made that day. For my budget at the time it offered everything I was wanting without needing to pay more than planned. I would recommend taking a look at this car if you want a small car with plenty of room that's economical and rivals similar makes.

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            14.12.2010 17:13

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            Owned a 307SW HDI 110 since it was two years old with 30 thou on it. New Turbo, New turbo Valves new ECU, new clutch and flywheel, new drop links, new rear door struts (exploded sending oil all around) won't start, electrics do what they want. Interior is falling apart, exterior falling apart. eats light bulbs for breakfast, 2 grand a year depreciation. Sounds like a bag of nails when started, new rattle from off side front, rear suspension has a horrible dry spring noise. CD magazine broken. Trip computer bulbs gone wanted 50 quid to fix, yeah right. Never again will I buy French. Only will I buy Japenese ever again.

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            11.11.2010 17:28

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            steer clear of these cars,in fact all hdi its unreliable,and peugeot and vosa should of recalled these cars to sort the antipollution fault out (egr valve needs replacing) call me on 07008099626 for more info and helpps,the australian government ordered peugeot to recall and fix problem... makes me wonder why most of the peugeot dealerships have shut down!!!!

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            16.10.2010 15:04
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            Turn the radio up loud to drown out the fault beeping alert

            Having had numerous peugeots (106XSi,2x306D turbo,307cc,406td) I have never had any problems so I bought an 05 2.0 307 HDi XSi 3 years ago with 30k on the clock. The car has now done 99k and I am having numerous problems, mainly the engine cutting all the power and it feels as though you are driving a car with about 30bhp. If you turn the ignition off and then restart it, it is ok but only temporarily, it may do it again in a mile, 5 miles or 20 miles, but it will happen! Then there are the electrical faults that pop up on the display, anti pollution fault, ESP/ASR fault, braking fault - it is turning into a total nightmare! Does anyone have any ideas on how to sort any of these faults?!? The car still drives great apart from these faults and averages 59MPG which is outstanding but the cons definately outweigh the pros!

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            19.07.2010 11:47

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            Wouldnt purchase another one

            I have a Peugeot 307 Turbo diesel which i purchased on a part exchange deal. It is a good looking car but i had problems from the start.
            I had to have the BSI (brain of car) changed and ever since i keep getting warning lights coming on and off on my dashboard. The airbag light and the ABS light especially. It doesnt appear to affect the car but it may if i crashed and the airbag didnt deploy because of this.
            The engine is so tightly packed that it is very difficult to change a headlight bulb unless you have very small hands, which i dont.
            The carpet next to the drivers and passengers front doors keeps coming away leaving a gap.
            This was my first Peugoet i purchased and will definately be the last. Even though it is a good looking car and drives fairly well it has too many flaws. Im sure there are better and cheaper cars.
            On the plus side it is cheap to tax.

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            21.06.2010 22:33
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            Nice to drive, not nice to own.

            I was given a 57 plate 12-month old Peugeot 307 SW as a company car upon starting a new job in 2009. Having been driving a Rover 45 for the previous 2 years you can imagine my joy and excitement upon seeing the gleaming Peugeot slowly revealed to me as my manager raised the underground carpark shutters. I honestly thought I was being given the wrong car - it was immaculately presented and I was over the moon when I had a quick look round and noticed the party piece - the pararamic roof! I drove it home on the motorway and couldn't get over the drive comfort, it was like the car was driving itself and seemed like it needed very little input from the driver - probably because I was used to driving a prehistoric car for the past 2 years.

            The car was very generously equipped with cruise control, fog lights, ABS, electric windows, the glass roof (how I miss that), amongst others.

            The armrests which came down from the front seats added extra comfort, and felt like you were driving a car from your front room and was genuinely a very nice place to be. Very comfortable, well presented and a smart looking interior.

            As for the exterior, I suppose it's a love-it-or-hate it design. It's a very 'daring' design which won't be to everyone's liking, especially the headlights which look like they've been 'melted' into the bonnet.

            Ok, enough of the praise. In the 15 months that I had the car, I probably had more trips to the Peugeot garage than I did to the petrol garage. Servicing of over £1000, The headlights NEVER worked for longer than a week before the bulbs would blow (Peugeot never fixed the problem), I've had a hole appear in the fuel injection pipe which very nearly made the car catch fire, several overheating problems and Peugeot even went to the liberty of damaging my locking wheel nut key without telling me, making life pretty difficult for me when I got a flat tyre in pouring down rain. Oh, and every time it came back from the Peugeot garage - a new knocking noise would appear.

            Although that may seem like a lot of problems with a nearly new car, I'd actually say it was the best car I've ever owned...but I probably wouldn't if I was paying for the repair bills!

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            07.02.2010 11:43

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            Would reccommend

            I have just got a 2002 307. I love the space inside for a small car, it is big and is more than enough for my family of 4 (inc 2 kids under 6). It is a nice drive but the bite is very high on the clutch and does take a while to get used too. I have only had for a couple of weeks and the heating has broke, indicators are playing up and the engine rattles, all of which the garage said is common for the 307 model (luckily it was under warrenty. Having said all that i love it and it is a great looking car! I would definately recommend to anyone who is thinking of buying one, for all its faults it is a nice car which is good for the price and is good on fuel costs which is all good for your wallet!

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            06.01.2010 18:53

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            Hi have a little question, have a Peugeot 307 , 2003 , 1.6 rapier . I' wondering if its safe to put a baby seat in the back due to it having rear air bags, ive dissabled the passanget air bag but not sure if its the front or the back , tnx

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          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.