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      23.02.2003 05:55
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      I have had a Peugeot 406 coupe for almost three years from new. I have the 3.0 litre which replaces the 3.0 SE model. I can certainly endorse the comments about its looks I think its a very fine looking car. It is quick and can get you to license losing speed very quickly although it does feel a bit heavy, it is after all a big car. Driving in general is great. Motorway cruising is relaxed and comfortable. The interior is very comfortable in particular great seats. I have not actually had many problems with the car except for the remote control key losing its code twice which is a problem because without it you can't actually get in at all! There are a few things however that take the shine off of it. These may seem minor but as with everything living with annoyances makes them worse as time goes by. Firstly the rain sensitive wipers dont wipe unless its raining heavily in which case you would turn on the full wipe anyway, this is a problem because it doesn't have an intermittant setting so in spray or spitting rain you are constantly working the manual wipers. Next the stereo is not that good, the radio is hard to tune to a specific station, prefering to tune to the strongest stations rather than the one you want. The CD changer jumps at the slightest bump. I changed the stereo for a Pioneer system and the difference was huge, the speakers are good though. The front seats are powered in sliding forward but they move at a snails pace, no fun when your friends are trying to get int the back in the rain! However there is one big problem, its so easy to break into. My car has been broken into three times in the last year each time in the same way and I live in a nice area. All the criminals seem to know it. This results in very expensive repairs to the doors and electrics and they didn't even steal anything! With this in mind I can't wait to get rid of it, its sad but it seems you can't have an
      ything nice nowadays.

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        03.01.2003 18:46
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        I think it was on Top Gear, somebody said that once the decorative things have fallen off, they are indestructable! I have one, and I agree. I live in Holland, so the SE model is called the Pack. I have one, and it is red with black leather, just like the picture. I had it from new, and have very mixed feelings about it. Firstly, there was a hellish waiting list, and I expect that for a right hand drive car, it will only be worse. I waited 8 months, and it was delivered 2 months later than expect. Then it was not entirely the correct Spec, as it did not have the JBL speakers, but had some special wheels instead. The deal sorted out the speakers, and I got to keep the wheels! Dislikes... Within the first week, the indicator switch came off in my hand! Since then, the wing mirror adjustor has broken, and I have a problem with the rear seats, which fold down, but when up, they do not easily lock in place. I had quite a shock when I had to break heavily, and the stuff I had in the book came forward into the back of the car! It is thirsty, although I have not measured it, and it does not bother me because it is a company car, and I do no pay the fuel. The 2 litre engine is a little underpowered for acceleration, although I understand that there will soon be a 2.2 litre petrol, which will help a lot. Top end, I have got mine up to 220 km per hour with 4 adults in the car. And if will cruise all day at 130 although it is a little noisy. Likes.. The looks make the car. It really looks great, especially when clean. In about 9 months of ownership, I have cleaned it more times than all cars in the past 5 years. It drives very smoothly, and feels solid (if a little heavy). For a Coupe, there is reasonably good leg room in the back, and the boot is cave like. The stereo (6 CD changer, with JBL speakers) is the best car stereo system I have ever heard. Onboard computer is
        useful, although it is only mono in colour ( black and orange rather than black and white). I used to have an Alfa 166, that had a colour display, with was better. The heated seats, especially with leather, are great in the cold weather.

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