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I have owned my 406 coupe v6 for about three years, it has now clocked up 90000 miles and still drives brilliantly.
These are cracking motors and make great second hand buys, they are extreemly cheap executive sports car especially if you consider the price of them when they were brand new. if you go for a 99 model and above the services are every 20000 miles as to being 10000 on the earlier model. Cambelts need changing at 80000 miles and look out that the clutch is ok as this can cost £600 plus to replace as it is an 8 hr job. When you are buying one make sure you give the electrics a good thorough check. Ive had problems with the electric mirrors self adjusting every time the car is started up and i have to adjust them everytime before i can set off, dont even bother asking peugeot dealerships to fix it as they havnt a clue and want paying for not having a clue as well, heated element in the drivers seat also burned out and peugoet want about £450 pound to fix that but dont let this put you off as these are great cars.
The looks are stunning and people think its alot more expensive than it really is, i still get alot of envy admirers even though they could afford it themselves. i would buy another one as they are excellant to drive and 0 to 60 takes just 7.8 seconds with a top speed not to far away from 150. If your light on the accelerator you can achive 40mpg but on the other hand if you are a bit heavy expect to get about 23mpg, in other words it means getting 300 miles out of a tank full of fuel or getting 500 and its nearly £60 to fill the tank.
The looks alone should make you want to buy this car as the curves are great and you dont see them on the road as much as other more expensive boring vehicles.
Dont even bother going for the 2ltr version as my nan can run faster but if cost of fuel is your concern then they now do a 2.2 diesal, there are no differance in looks thow the wheels on the 2.0l are 15" and the V6 are 16" with a slightly wider tyre.
I have owned two Peugeot 406 coupes - both V6 models. The first was a used approved vehicle (18 months old with 12000 miles) the second was brand new. I have no problem with the way they look... let's face it, they are very handsome vehicles indeed. If you want people to take a second glance as you drive through the urban mass, over populated with BMW 3 series and Audi TTs, you had better choose a 406 coupe. Collecting admiring glances was never a problem. I have no problem with the engines... my first 406 had the old type V6 delivering 193BHP, the second had the revised unit with 210BHP. Both were smooth and responsive, and with a 20000 mile service interval, not too expensive to maintain. Despite manufacturers data suggesting that the new engine was more fuel efficient I found the reverse to be the case - although there wasn't really much in it, the 210 engine demanded more frequent visits to the petrol station. I got rid of the first 406 because the secondary mechanical and electric systems started to cause problems - the cruise control stopped working, the climate control failed, the variable power steering malfunctioned - all still covered by warranty, but worrying enough to want to change the car before the 3 years were up - I shudder to think want to repairs would have cost me to pay for out of my own pocket. I loved the look and feel of the car so much that I decided to buy a brand new one... top of the range, no expense spared. The problems started early on. Again they were secondary and electrically issues - the engine was fine. I ended up taking the car back 10 times in 9 months. Highlights included electric seats that operated themselves, an alarm system capable of lowering the windows whilst you were away from the vehicle, and a CD multichanger reincarnated from Skippy the bush kangaroo. Eventually, with county court papers pending, the dealership finally agreed to buy the car back from me at the
top list price for it's age (a fair resolution I felt). Peugeot UK had no interest in helping whatsoever, I got a strong sense of - thanks for spending £27,000 on one of our cars, we have cashed your cheque, now p**s off because we don't give a t**s about you. I was so disappointed that, in my experience (I fully accept that other people may truly love their 406 coupes - good for them!) the beautiful lines and strong engines of the 406 coupe were matched with wholly inadequate build quality in terms of electrics and secondary systems. They don't make 406 coupes any more so it is an entirely second hand market... great if you can get a good one - you'll get a lot of car for your money. But if you get either of mine (both Silver) I hope you are both patient and wealthy! Perhaps I was just unlucky.... twice!
what a car! I've had my V6 SE for 6 months now and i still enjoy just looking at the curves. This car is just 'pretty'. If it were a woman it would be a playboy centrefold. But under that sleek exterior is an excellent engine. V6 3 litre that gets you to 100mph on the motorway sliproad while leaving you thinking youre at 60 mph. It is quiet and fast, top speed just short of 150mph and still averaging 30mpg. Leather interior is luxurious and the rear seats can carry adults quite comfortably. 6CD changer and 8 speakers belt out whatever you listen to clearly and very very loudly if you need it. Around town you get a lovely deep rumbling from the exhaust which just oozes power. At traffic lights the boy racers pull up along side admire the shape and dare you to race. Of course you dont need to because you know the outcome. with 0-60 at just under 7 seconds there isnt alot out there to beat you. But its not about the speed, this car is few and far between and it is forever getting admiring glances. I enjoy taking this car out and being looked. I will definatly by another one in a couple of years. Ace car!
I am about to buy a 406 Coupe V6 and have recently test driven all three variations of manual engine. (March 2001) The 2.0 16v drives nicely, is powerful and quick but with a typically revvy 16v sound and takes some work to get the best out of the engine. The noise is actually rather unpleasant but those who are moving from a hot hatch or small engine car will be right at home and will be very impressed by the power. However, the 0-60 stats say it all and I wouldn't advise you to buy the 2.0 16v when the same money will buy you something better elsewhere. The 3.0 V6 gives a superb ride. Having test driven both the 194bhp and 210bhp engines it is hard to tell if the new Coupe engine betters the old. Certainly driving them on the road, you are unlikely to notice the difference. I would expect that if you took them on the track the difference would tell. The 0-60 stats do show that the new engine is quicker off the mark at 7.7 secs. The most impressive thing, however, was how quiet the car is. The V6 is smooth, effortless and oh so quiet. Combine that with a seperately JBL amplified sound system and here is a car with real refinement. Drive it conservatively and a gorgeous ride is to be had, put your foot down and the V6 roars to life with enough power to overtake easily. The real reason to buy this Coupe however has to be its looks. They are simply stunning. The only reason I would buy a Peugeot is to have the Pininfarina badge on the car. On top of that you get a true 4-seater coupe which will seat 2 adults in the back comfortably (I am not saying you would want to cross Europe with two adults in the back!) The spec is top of the range and now comes with satellite navigation as standard on the V6. The V6 new costs around £26,500 but look around and you will find a second hand bargain. The new Coupe (SE spec as standard but not badged as SE) started around the 99T-00W registration and you can pick them up for £20,000. With the o
lder coupe you need to ensure it is the SE spec (which gives you leather seats and electric adjustments etc.) and a V6 will set you back from around £11,000 for a high miler up to £17,000-£18,000 for a perfect example. This is without a doubt the best looking, most practical (it uses tried and tested Peugeot 406 engine and electrics), 4-seater coupe around and with the second hand market at an all time low, there are some real bargains to be had. You have to think that with its good looks and prestige badge it will also hold its value and be a real classic in years to come. Continued... (February 2002) I thought I would update this opinion in light of my having bought and driving a 1999 406 Coupe 3.0V6 SE. One of the curiosities of this particular model is that it is not sought after by the trade since it has high value and little demand. For me though, I knew what I was looking for - a high mileage 1998/1999 car in Blue with Black leather. Using a contact in the trade I managed to pick one up at auction for just under £9000. With 60,000 miles on the clock it has seen some tarmac but being a V6 this shouldn't be a worry. In the event the car has performed beautifully. It is due for its first MOT in June and with an aftermarket warranty (about £200 a year which covers everything including ABS and Air-Con.) I feel confident that there won't be any surprises. Having done about 5000 miles in the car I have got to know its limits. In town it drives quietly and predictably. On the open road it tends to wallow and the steering is too light and doesn't feed back very nicely - it is not a nice car to throw around tight country lanes! But on the motorway it is gorgeous. It cruises happiest at above the speed limit and will accelerate up in the region of its top speed with little effort. I have had four people in the car comfortably but not five as the middle back seat is not padded for a p
assenger! My overall verdict is this. I look forward to seeing my car, driving it and driving others in it. It is a stunning looking car which does turn heads and is still slightly unusual compared to the herds of BMW's dominating the road in this class. The only other car I would compare it to is the BMW 8 Series, but I put a 7 foot christmas tree in the Coupe at Christmas and a flat packed double bed from Ikea in it last week. Show me a car which compares to that! This is a car which I will be sad to see the back of.