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PEUGEOT 307 Hatchback 2001‑2007
168 owner reviews for PEUGEOT 307 Hatchback 2001‑2007
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PEUGEOT 307 2.0 HDi 110 D Turbo 5dr [AC] (Review date: 6th November '13)
Before we start I have owned Saabs, Audis, Nissans, Hondas, and Toyotas. I've also owned 2 other Peugeots... They were all great cars - they really were - but overall despite what you are told my Pugs were great and my 307 is no exception. I've always found Pugs to be ultra comfy and this is no surprise - Citroen are part of the same company and despite negative reviews about Citroen you can never say they are uncomfortable- they are world renowned for comfort. All my Pugs have been reliable but my 307 has been the most reliable of any of the cars I've owned. Get a bad one and they seem to be really bad according to reviews on this website, but get a good one and it'll last you for years. How do you know if you got a good one? Well.... its the same for any car.... doesn't matter if you buy a Bentley... you can still buy a bad one. Just do the usual common sense checks. As for me I bought what must be a good one. Its ultra ultra comfy. I mean arm chair comfy. I have the 2.0 HDi - not the most economical around town out there but not the worst either - On a run she is excellent though. I'm told the 1.6 HDi is extremely economical alas however it doesn't get the same spec as the 2.0. My Pug has Climate and cruise control, auto headlights and wipers, half leather interior, CD system, steering wheel controls, a useful 12v permanently live socket in boot (a god send if you are a camper caravanist !) lots of innovative storage in the cabin, leccy windows all round, and all this from a car born in 2002 - lots of modern cars don't even have this level of spec! All those toys and thought in the design of the car put a smile on your face. She feels like a big car inside but handles like a small car. You may have never looked at a 307 before, neither did I, its only until I tried one that I realised how good they were. They are gorgeous to drive, and the paintwork is great - wash them every two weeks and they'll scrub up brand new if you look after them - unlike my mates 3 year old Volvo which has dull bodywork (like most Volvos, Renaults and a few other manufacturers).
PEUGEOT 307 2.0 HDi GT 5dr (Review date: 31st October '13)
I bought this car used two and half years ago and have done just over 40,000 miles.
Pros - It is comfortable and well refined ride with full leather seats, a nice arm rest for long journeys, auto wipers, auto head lights, auto rear view mirror.
I do long motorway runs and did wonder if this car might be a bit bouncy or stiff for such a journey but it is very capable and I can get 56 to 60 mpg on motorways cruising at 70.
135 ponds road tax, servicing reasonable and a very responsive drive and acceleration, can easily accelerate in 6th from 60mph. I used to select cruise at 70 and relax, no matter how steep a hill it would not hesitate.
Cons: the reliability was good for the first 30,000 miles, once it got to 70,000 it all went wrong. An electonic control box got water inside which would lock and unlock the doors and sound the alarm - Â£350. Then a depollution fault would appear on the dash and the car would go into limp mode. This was initially the depollution chemical had run out and the chemical pump had failed - Â£390. Now the depollution fault has returned with the limp mode, this time it needs a new turbo at 80,000 miles and Â£1000.
Despite being on the dyagnostic machine at the main dealers several times they cannot really be sure it is the turbo so why take the risk of paying Â£1000 that may not fix the problem.
Would I buy another, no. I have lost faith in Peugeot.
Great all round car for small families
PEUGEOT 307 1.6 HDi 110 S [AC] 5dr (Review date: 9th September '13)
A great little car which can be picked up for not a lot of money these days.
Try and find a similar aged Golf for the same price. Diesel is very economical yet has plenty of grunt. The car handles well, is comfortable and is very nice to drive. This model also gets cheap tax with low emissions for the age of the car.
My wife loves the car having previously owned a Micra. She loves the extra space and the much more solid and substantial feel of the car. Good car for a small family.
It is perfect for her 40 min commute to work with a mix of good comfort levels and low running costs.
Only had the odd electrical niggle, reversing light switch and dodgy connection on blower to remedy in 2 years of ownership.
Oh my...... where do I start
PEUGEOT 307 1.6 LX 5dr Auto (Review date: 18th July '13)
I have owned 3 cars in my young life and I'm sorry to say this one was the biggest disappointment.
I think the car looks great on the outside and not too shabby on the inside seeing as it is a cheap car.. but my word she got expensive.
within about 3 months of having her 'gearbox fault' was being displayed on the dashboard and the car was taken to the main dealership about 10 times (not exaggerating) for the same issue over the 3 years of owning her for system updates and new gearboxes and all kinds of noise.
Towards the end of her life she started slamming into gear, refusing to change, coming up with 'eco faults' and all sorts! oh and also these cars are RENOUND for having bad external lights. You will notice on most of these cars either a brake light / backlight / headlight blown. this is a regular occurrence.
Cheap and cheerful gone horribly wrong in my opinion at least with the automatic!
realy good car
PEUGEOT 307 1.4 S [AC] 3dr (Review date: 12th June '13)
i use this as my outher car every day . it so smoth and drives like it floats on the road . verry big in side and easey to drive. quite quick for a 1.4 sport . only one problen is the airbag keeps turnning its selft on and off . took to peugto and it was a softwhere uo date that it neede and tha did it for free so good of them . air condishing is the best ive drove it for 300 miles in one day and it was soooooo nice no acks or pains lol best car ever
An excellent small family hatch
PEUGEOT 307 2.0 HDi 90 LX 5dr (Review date: 23rd May '13)
Peugeots often get a poor reputation for reliability or "because its French" but this is very unfair. First, if they were so bad, why are there so many of them worldwide? Secondly, many of the parts which are "unreliable" are made by Valeo or Bosch - who make parts for almost every vehicle. Finally, many Peugeots were made in the UK at Ryton in Warwickshire!
The only thing which makes a Peugeot bad is poor maintenance from the current or previous owner. As a Peugeot diagnostics mechanic I quite often see cars where the owner never lifts the bonnet. All it takes is half a morning once a year to ensure that the engine bay is clean, all electrical points are clean and free of dirt and grime - especially the earthing points.
Early 307 models suffered from failing COMM2000 units (indicator stalks), but this was remedied a year or two later. ABS faults can also plague the car but again this is a simple fix.
I didn't want to like this car, but I have to say it's been good to me
PEUGEOT 307 1.6 Rapier 5dr [AC] (Review date: 15th April '13)
I bought this car for the wife in 2006 and ended up driving it myself from 2008 until now. Apart from some strange whirring noise (and my wife reversing her car into it) I haven't had a single problem with the 307 in my 60K+ miles in it, the vast majority being non-motorway. It gets serviced once a year at a independent local garage and always comes out with almost nothing to do. Always passes MOTs without work being required.
When I first had it I felt it was very slow on acceleration, but don't find this a problem any more. Probably more to do with my expectations.
There's nothing fancy about this car, but when I compare it to my wife's newer MG TF it costs very little to run and is much more reliable.
Our treasured Peugeot
PEUGEOT 307 2.0 S HDi 90 [AC] 3dr (Review date: 5th March '12)
This car has been in the family since 9 months old. First my daughter owned it but then, due to company car, needed to sell. I liked it so much we bought it off her and have never regretted a single moment as it is so reliable and the colour is lovely.
My only regret is that it now has to be sold as my husband, who is due to retire shortly, has his specific 'dream car' wish, hence the sale. I know a tear of two will be shed once a buyer is found. Hopefully it will go to a good home.
Too many reliability issues!
PEUGEOT 307 2.0 XSi 3dr [AC] (Review date: 29th February '12)
Owned my 307 for a year, and did 8k
The most unreliable car Ive ever had.Within 4 weeks of buying it from a garage, the clutch went AND the front passenger side suspension went. £850 bill. Another 2 months, & the eml came on with the error message anti pollution fault Run a search for this you will see that pretty much 1 in every 2 307s gets this error at some point! Stupidly expensive to fix, and generally only fixable by Peugeot themselves
There was also another time when the car failed to start.We push started it, & I drove off. Yet as I approached the 2nd roundabout of my journey, the engine then cut out completely, also cutting out the brakes meaning that I had to coast around the roundabout, whilst trying to turn the engine over. Luckily it was late at night so there were no other cars around so I avoided an accident.
CD changer never worked & constantly ate & scratched any CD that I dared try to listen to.
Its a shame it was so badly made as when it did work, it actually drove very well.The 2ltr XSI engine was pretty quick (or at least felt quick!) and the steering & handling where excellent. Interior was very nice, & the half leather sports seats were great. Plenty of room in the back, plus the boot was massive. With the seats down it was like a cave! Also loved the folding electric door mirrors!Mpg wasnt great. Think the best I managed on a 70 mile trip was 34, and around town was a lot less.
Oh & the doors are massive & open really wide.Need to be very careful in carparks as can easily hit the car next to you.
Definitely wouldnt get another. Theres a reason why these are relatively cheap! Unless youre super-rich, reliability is (or should be) the most important feature in any car and the 307 fails on this. Yes its great to have excellent performance & comfort too but you need your car to start! The 307 drives well & is nice inside, but the reliability issues are just shocking. There are plenty of other decent driving cars that are also reliable so my advice is to buy one of those instead!
Very cheap to run.
PEUGEOT 307 1.4 S HDi [AC] 5dr (Review date: 25th February '12)
My wife and I down sized cars twice over the last few years. Me from 7 Series BMW she from Honda CRV. We decided on the Peugeot 307 1.4 diesel 5 door hatch as it gave us 'everything' we were trying to acheive.
The road tax is £30 per year as it is a 1.4ltr diesel. The insurance is as low as you can get in these insurance inflationary times! The car does around 55 mpg around town (wife drives very carefully!) and as we have just returned from a week away in Dorset from the North West, and covered over 800 miles I would say the car does around 65mpg on a run which involves the 70mph motorways.
The car is 'surprisingly' comfortable and if you did not know you were in an economy car you feel as if you are in a more expensive vehicle.
There is some engine noise whilst driving at 50mph but the car is nearly 10 years old and was carrying a fair payload. Gearbox perfect and the general drive of the car was very good.
If I had a bad point to this car it is this. The car is a little underpowered for me at low and intermediate speeds. My wife loves it and has come down from a 2ltr to this 1.4ltr without a problem I however still 'think' that I have 3.5ltrs under the bonnet and have to think more than twice about pulling out in traffic and overtaking times!
Over all when I change the car I will almost certainly go for the newer 308 which is basically the same car but has the advantage of a 1.6ltr diesel engine and a little more poke but still the 'cheap to run' label. An excellent all round small-ish family car.