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Peugeot 206 Hatchback 1998‑2009(158 reviews)
Excellent | 11th December '17
This car is fantastic. Was brought for me as my first car from an old lady owner, she only used it for short journeys, hence the low mileage. She had it from new. The car has been great. Very clean and good upkeep. Petrol costs are not too bad. Insurance is kind of average, especially for new drivers. The car is in a very good condition, apart from general small scratches where the car has been used. Gets me from A to B very easily and is all round a brilliant car.
AF92 | 10th September '17
I've had my 2005-plate 206 sport since 2010 and it has been a fantastic car over the last 7 years. I never thought I would still be running my first car after so long! It has never once failed an MOT, and during that time has only had one 'major' breakdown in 2015 where I had to stop out on the road; it was quickly and cheaply solved and the car was back up and running again by the same afternoon. You couldn't ask for a more reliable car and she is an absolute gem. It makes a difference when you look after them well!
Perfect for local suburban commutes, but equally punchy on the motorway once you overcome the initial lack of pulling power with a 1.1 engine. She will cruise quite comfortably between 65 and 70 for long periods. Cheap to run as well as tax and insurance are relatively low, and there are no big computer screens or complicated electronics to go wrong (like most more modern vehicles). Cannot recommend highly enough.
It is almost impossible to come up with a valid mechanical, financial or practical reason to get rid of her other than my vanity wanting something 'flashier'. I will own other cars in my life but this will be one I always look back fondly on.
alinegavazzi | 3rd August '17
Immaculate interior, fully functioning air-conditioning, airbags, car has been well looked after and you probably wouldn't find one so weel kept. Note this car needs a little rev when starting, it has never been an issue for us. Next MOT 12/05/2018.
Full service history.
Maz123 | 18th June '17
I got this car as my first, and I've always been really pleased with it. I've not had to do a lot of maintainence on it, just the exhaust and the servicing. The back passenger space is a bit crammed but the boot space is very good, I can got a good weeks shop in the back and have fitted 2 big suitcases with a couple of bags in the boot - very impressed! It drives like New, really fun and it's a 12 year old car too. The fuel economy is very good.
RegValue | 25th May '17
Runs well, starts well, fully adjustable seating, fully adjustable mirrors to aid parking, 50 to 60 mpg (standard driving), 5 door so fully functional.
Tiho | 15th May '17
Massive build up for 3 years it cost me nearly 2k to drive properly. Common problems - whole rear axle, brake discs, suspension. I change alternator, starter, joints, brake discs, tyres - almost everything. Some people will think that i am crazy. At all if it is in good after look condition it drives well and pull quick. Reliable road runner.
RickWJH | 12th August '16
I've owned over 60 cars in 35 years of driving and this is one of the best. I only bought it for my son to learn to drive in but as son as I got behind the wheel to drive it home I realised I had forgotten how much fun these warm hatches are to drive.
This is a good 'un, having been carefully maintained and driven by two owners and having a very low mileage. I fitted a set of Pagid discs and pads all round (it has ABS), a new radiator, a set of new Pirelli Cinturato tyres and a full new exhaust.
Part of the problem is that when these cheap cars are fixed using cheap parts and fitted with bargain tyres they just don't perform to their best. Factor in young and impoverished owners and the problems can rack up very quickly.
My sons car now handles really well and stops extremely well. The 1.4 16v has VVT and above 3000 rpm you get a really useful shove. Keep it on the boil and it is a really swift little car.
At ten years of age this one is squeak and rattle free, nothing is work, nothing is broken and the electrics are fine (they would be as they are Bosch and Siemens, so German - please note those who bang on about French electrics!)
The body has zero rust, no dents or significant scratches and is a deep shiny Miami blue. Looks like new. The interior is black cloth and nothing is showing any signs of wear or tear at all - factory fresh.
Fuel economy is staggering on along motorway run at 55 mpg and although it drops when pressing on around the lanes it never gets worse than 30 mpg.
Interior space is fine for front seat passengers but cramped in the rear. If you want a people carrier you would not be in the market for a 206 anyway.
The point of these cars is fun, fizz and enjoying the drive. I also have a modified MG Midget, Citroen C5 and 406 Coupe. I think this 206 is probably the most fun to drive. A little peach.
bowler | 10th May '16
People often don't recommend the 'French cars', if you buy right you can find yourself a genuinely quick, reliable motor for not much money.
The 206 GTI is a nippy car, is well suited around town, a+b roads are a blast and considerable on the motorway. Feels torquey with the 2.0 even in high gears around town and always managed 35mpg mixed driving (330+ a tank). Is a fun car to drive with nicely weighted steering and a good chassis.
206 GTI 2.0 140
-Good fun to drive
-As economical as the (1.4) for size and power
-Cheap to maintain
-Decent amount of standard kit for age
-Some cheap materials and less sound insulation than rivals (adds to rawness of driving)
-Missing 6th speed (gearbox)
-Some mechanical faults on the 206 range (abused examples suffer)
Would recommend, I do miss the fun, raw driving experience, burble of the exhaust and being able to show up those German executives.
pug67 | 29th February '16
Exterior looks modern
Cheap on fuel
Relatively cheap on insurance
Electrics are a joke
Bulbs constantly needing replacing i.e brake lights
Abs sensor light stays on (common problem with Peugeots)
Constant problems with the head gasket
The interior is pretty boring
The amount of money spent on repairing this car is more than the car is actually worth, I wont be buying a Peugeot again!
Formalis | 19th February '16
It's a speedy car that sticks to the road and is fun to drive, plus the exhaust allows for a nice purr from the engine.
When I first had it, I was doing about 12k miles a year for several years, and it never let me down. Since then, about 7-8k a year due to a change in jobs, but it's still giving me 34 MPG on average.
The seats are comfortable, the heating controls work nicely and the stock radio allows for use of the media paddle on the right of the steering wheel, which feels nice to use. That said, the stock speakers aren't the best, but good enough unless you need a driving bass to drive to.
The boot is pretty spacious to begin with (including the built-in CD changer on the left-side), but can be increased dramatically when you drop the rear seats and remove the parcel shelf.
I'll be honest and say that in the 4 years I've owned mine, I'm now onto my 3rd exhaust (first one fell off due to the previous owner's bad installation. 2nd was a large bore exhaust which was unbearably loud from inside the car, and after nearly 2 years, fell off also. 3rd exhaust is now just a regular stock one and seems to be holding well).
Other wise, apart from that, a loose quick-release battery connector, and some key-fob issues I've had, a fairly reliable car.
I bought mine for £1500 in 2012 (considered just below the asking price at the time), now valued (Feb 2016) at £500-600, so it hasn't held its value
-Not a bad purchase for £550
-Not the best speakers
-Some electrical issues (French Electrics!)
-Exhausts like to fall off
-(Seriously though, French Electrics!)
-Didn't hold it's value, although that shouldnt matter now
Honestly, I'd rate it a solid 8/10, great for a young aspiring driver as a first time buy.
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