Product Type: Peugeot cars
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Peugeot 307 2.0 HDI
Member Name: DJClarke
Advantages: Spacious, Good Fuel economy
Disadvantages: Anti Roll Bar Drop links are known to fail
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).
Summary: An average sized fairly reliable car.