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i drove a Peugeot 309 for years. My Mum bought it from new back in 1988 and the car was passed to me and my brother when we learnt to drive.
What can you say. It wasn't exactly a looker. Ours was bright red, with a gold go faster stripe and a sunroof. The interior was practical grey but still seemed to show all the stains. It was only a 1.3 so was slow, slow, slow. 0-60 was a long time, probably about 15 secs. syaing that it would quite happily propel you to above 90 if you really wanted it to.
For all it's downsides I loved that car. It was absolutely indestructible and it ran without much in the way of serious incident for 17 years until I got rid of it. Sure there were a few minor problems here and there but it was so simple that even I, with no mecahnical skill, could keep it going. It was a decent size, with a massive boot and was ridiculously cheap to insure.
When I got rid of my 309 it was the oldest car of any of my friends and went a lot better than most of their newer cars. I scrapped it in the end as I couldn't bring myself to sell it to anyone else and I could afford something new and sparkly. I miss it though.
It was an '89 309 SR injection and is without doubt the best car I have had. I sold it in 2003 beacuse I moved away and still regret it. It is a car that scores on so many points.
1. Price - These are filthy cheap cars these days. Insurance aint bad either unlesss you go for the GTI.
2. Durability. Think about it. How many 309s are still kicking around compared with other contemporaries - you do not see many escorts of similar age around these days. I regularly took my car on travel roads and even slipped off a road into a ditch in it with no ill effects. A modern day 307 would not tolerate this behaviour
2. Spaciousness. These are surprisingly roomy inside. Back seat space is OK and on occasions the wife and I slept in the car by by putting the back seats down and sleeping with our feet going into the boot.
4. Cheap service. As there are not many fancy parts its reasonably cheap on this front.
5. Cracking engines. There are three engines I would put in this catergory. The sensible choice is the diesel which has more than adequate performance and is tight on the pennies. The boy racer choice is the 1.9 version in the GTI which will embarass many new supposedly hot hatches. Finally my choice, probably because I had one is the 1.6 injection engine which is plenty quick enough including a very satisfying mid range burst that seems to overtake most cars.
6. Handling. The speed at which it is possible to go round corners in these in fantastic
7. Looks - what are you on about people may ask. I think they look good especially with the peugeot alloys, and in white or black.
I suppose to make it balanced, the bad points certainly on my car where the way that it drank oil and sometimes stalled without reason. Hey though, you can't have everything !
1,2The 80?s were known for many different things, my mum being a victim of those crazy hair styles, the bouncy cheesy pop dancing and Acid house music making a huge entry into the UK. Though while all this was going on here in the UK, the French were proper hard working on their latest model the ?309?. The 309 was a short sturdy hatchback design that was designed more for economical use rather than a comfortable sporty riding car. I came across the 309 at a local car auctions. Having heard of Ecosse, a Peugeot specialist in car modification, I leapt at the chance to grab this dark ocean blue 309 for just £800. The interior was fine and it came with a full service history which is so difficult to get you?ll find it easier to see John Prescott without doughnuts in his hand. ~ Introduction ~ ------------------ The 309 was first introduced in 1986 replacing their earlier model the 305. Peugeot had designed the car to be more of a practical car therefore the mechanical side was sound and pretty much up to a high standard. The model ranged throughout in the engine size and types, including Diesel and Petrol as well as 1.3 all the way to a massive 1.9Gti 16v. I currently own the manual 1.6 GLX but am soon hoping to change the engine size to a bigger GTi giving me a huge 160bhp. ~ Car History / Service ~ --------------------------- I?ve owned the car for 8 months and since have only had a slight clutch problem and problems with the brake lights, which is electrical. Its passed all but 2 of its MoT?s as to what I can see and proves to be a reliable motor however there?s been much service done on Oil leaks which seems to be the cars most common problem. Other service that needed working on the car included brake replacements and gearbox replacement and a few electricals. But considering the length of my baby?s life, it?s sure done pretty well. ~ Bodywork / Design ~ -----------
------------ As you can most probably see from the picture which isn?t a photo of my car but still shows you the basic shape. It?s sturdy and quite solid looking with the odd curve mainly at the front. It?s not an appealing car but it?s nothing too big and nothing too small especially as it?s a 1.6 engine. The only bad thing about the design is the boot in my opinion. It?s quite large and would easily fit me and family and possibly even the rest of you in the back. However, if the rubber lining isn?t replaced regularly water leaks down into the boot and collects in the wells beneath the rear seats which I found out not so long ago resulting in soggy seats and damage to the interior. ~ Handling / Suspension ~ --------------------------- Some models mostly the later ones have power steering. I have driven both models without and with power steering. I can honestly say that handing is excellent; the car handles really well though in wet weather it seems to have that over steer. But on dry surfaces the car handles extremely well through cornering and overtaking. Being a front wheel drive motor, the tyres stick well to the road, good traction and good grip ensures good handling. The ride is a comfortable ride as the suspensions well built to cope with rough road surfaces however you sometimes get a few clunks and bumps from the rear forward. On the motorway there isn?t much road noise though you certainly know it?s there but then the petrol models do tend to get noisier and smokier with time and age. ~ Engine / Speed / Acceleration ~ ----------------------------------- The engines a 1580cc size capable of a top speed of 120mph though I?ve never been crazy enough to push it harder. It has a basic 79bhp through standard though due to a few engine modifications I?ve brought it up to a much needed 98bhp. Acceleration from standing still isn?t all that good, it?s about 9secs 0
-60 and only gets moving as you bring it further through the gears. Mid-Range acceleration is pretty much acceptable and gives a nice speed through cruising in 5th gear. Despite the engine been a fairly large size for the design and structure, its more economical than the other cars in its range as you?re on a 35-37mpg. ~ Brakes / Braking ~ ---------------------- I?ve had a couple of problems with the whole braking system mainly due to seizure of the rear callipers, which is often noticeable on the state of the rear discs. The actual braking system works fairly well. When braking hard there?s a fair bit push forward but due to the practical build of the car most the braking force is spread out evenly throughout the car giving a lot less push forward. In wet weather I feel the need to be a lot more cautious with the braking but I?m not entirely sure whether that?s because I get slight over steer on the car in wet weather or whether the actual discs work a lot less. ~ Interior ~ -------------- The interior is quite boxy with a fair bit of leg room whether you?re the kid or daddy sat in the back or whether you?re a huge Mo Molem sat in the driving seat. The actual driving position is debatable. I find it near enough perfect, as I?m able to sit comfortable on long journeys with all the pedals in the right positions for my feet. The slight problem I find is that the steering column comes close to the knees and this often annoys me personally. The gear stick is a perfect position as it should be but the glove box is quite tricky to handle while driving so if you want that ?no claims bonus? then be cautious if wanting to get something out of the compartment. ~ Recommendations ~ --------------------- This car is definitely most suited for a first time buyer or a young single woman. The reasons behind me saying this is that it?s practical, economical and cheap
to run, low on insurance and very easy to handle. The car has huge potential for those who want to take cars on as projects and kit them up. There are a few specialists around that will help you to create the perfect kit and add the most interesting modifications on the market and this is one huge bonus that the 309 has. One last thing that needs to be said is that if you really are considering in buying this car then you really needs to search for a 5 door car rather than a 3 door. Second hand pricing should range from around £700 - £1,200 however the popular diesels go for around £1,250. I?d check for rust underneath the wheel arches, boot and side wings. Try to get a full history or much as you can and everything should be spot on and you?ll enjoy driving this cheap suited motor as much as me. Thanks for your time reading!
Let me establish right from the start that I don't drive. I never have. I never want to! Both hubby and son drive, so I have a chauffeur if I need to get anywhere, so why should I worry about driving? Anyway, I digress! Hubby passed his test first time in 1971, and since that date has only ever had 5 cars. The last two have both been Peugeot 309's. Our D registration Peugeot was red, and a very basic model. We only kept that for three years, having bought it new. We then traded that in, in 1990 for an H registration Peugeot 309 Look, a special edition, only available in blue and white. We have a white one. It is a fairly basic model, with a sunroof, and radio casette player, but it has done us proud over the years. Hubby used it for getting to and from London to work. It runs on unleaded petrol, and does approximately 56 miles to the gallon. It has a 1.4 litre engine, and is pretty nippy on the motorway! We recently touched 100 mph on the motorway, but don't tell anyone! The car is a 5 door model, with a spacious boot for a car of its size. The back seats fold down to give extra boot space, and during its years, it has transported such things as a freezer and beds, and even a wardrobe in the back. Many a time, it has been filled with black bags of rubbish destined for the tip! It has even had a pretty hefty pedal bike in the back when on the journey to and from Southampton, to say nothing of hamsters in cages, and a pretty hefty Labrador Cross Breed dog! The car is now getting on for 12 years old. It has done over 130,000 miles in that time. It has carted belongings to both York and Southampton, when the children were at university, it has done the round trip from London to Penzance more times than I can remember, and many a trip to the Midlands. Our son learned to drive in it, and had his first knock in it If I remember rightly, we paid about £7,000 for it back in 1990. It has had only one new exhaust, and o
ne new battery in the time we've had it, plus new brakes a couple of times. The drive shafts have been replaced, as has the suspension. The inside is still immaculate, apart from the glove compartment door, which no longer stays shut. The heating unit still works, although the fan which blows hot or cold air is now rather noisy. Today, Hubby went out and bought a new car. Well, it's not a NEW car, but a new second hand car! So on Wednesday, we will be saying goodbye to our trusty old Peugeot. It's going to seem very strange being in a different sort of car. Including our last car, we've had a Peugeot 309 for nearly 16 years. We've always found them comfortable and reliable, and if they still made them, I'm pretty sure we would go for one again. However, Hubby doesn't like the 306 or the 307 as much as the 309, so it's goodbye to Peugeot, and hello Ford! I suppose we will get used to our new car, but it's going to be a wrench at first. Some lucky person is going to get our trusty old girl for a song. I hope they enjoy her as much as we have.
I passed my test at 17, and as soon as I turned 18 I got myself one of these baby's. It was an E reg 1988 (I think!) Black 3 door - and God I loved it! Immaculate when I first got it, I was the envy of all of my friends.... for a while! These cars are great fun. Remember that if nothing else. They're not hugely fast (130bhp on the front wheels) but they feel well balanced. The longer wheel base also gives the stability that the 205 always lacked. The power supplied is sufficent to see off most other hot hatches if you really want. The rear suspension is provided by a torsion bar - which keeps things tight at the back end, and the standard macpherson shocks on the front. Brakes are responsive, and fairly progressive. It's also worth getting some decent 205 profile tyres for the 15 inch wheels - torque steer can become a problem if you run around on slicks. The only problem I had with my car was a worn out UV joint, a power steering failure and the usual wear on the track rod ends. I would'nt recommend lowering these cars - the ride as standard is rock solid with very little understeer - If you must drop the ride height then dont do so by more than 15mm, 20mm absolute max, or you'll be bellying out all the time. I would recommend fitting an induction kit - my fuel economy seemed to improve?!!! I filled the boot with stereo, as you do when your 18, and as a result wore out the battery. Enter a heavy duty battery from a peugeot 2.5 td van. Suddenly, all the electrics worked well. So if you leccy windows start to slow down, fir a huge battery! It may help! This car always made me smile - except when it came to insuring it! It is a high group, so beware if you have points on your licence. I can recommend a 309 GTi to anyone who's after something a bit different with a bit of power and nice handling. This is the top of the range 309, so they should be quite plush if you get a decent
one. Sadly, my beloved car ended up in a mud field one night, and I was quite happy enough to escape alive!!! I'm writing this from a nostalgic point of view i suppose, but still a classic hot hatch.
I own a 1992 (K) registration Peugeot 309gld which I have had for 1 year now and so far I am delighted with all aspects of the car. I find these cars easy to handle very reliable and cheap to run. Although this model is now outdated and it is no longer available to buy. I still find it a lovely looking wee car. It is very economical too as far as fuel consumption is concerned, and as it is a diesel model there is a good mileage to the gallon. At present I am getting 60 miles to the gallon. I would certainly recommend this make and model as I have had no major problems with this car.
My second car, a Peugeot 309 I have had a short time, but am well pleased with.It,s a 1987 "D" model, in white with only 2 owners. As neither of them used it much it has a genuine 68,000 miles on the clock. Must admit that when we went to open the bonnet, when I had bought it, no-one could find the bonnet switch to open it!Eventually found it near the front passenger seat door, but does seem a strange place to put it. For a reasonably small car the steering is a bit heavy and would have preferred power steering.Apart from that, I am quite pleased, as there is no rust, and bodywork is in good condition, not sure of economy yet as I have not driven that far.
I have an F reg 309 GTi. The first time I was taken for a ride in one I was so impressed I smiled for days. I had to get one, so a couple of weeks ago I did. Now they do look a bit boxy but to me they are beautiful (Not as much as my girlfriend tho). The 1.9 injection engine gives it the power to impress people day and night and is nice to drive. Inside is nice as well, the rear quarter windows are operated from by the handbrake by 2 levers and there are enough buttons to keep anyone busy. All late E's F's have PAS, which is there when you need it, and you cant feel it when driving so you can feel what the car is doing and the suspension enables the car to handle like a go-cart. With speed and agressive looks the 309 GTi is a perect car to impress yourself and others, If I was you I would get one.