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I've had this Peugeot 406 estate for about 3 yrs, bought 2nd hand with 118,00 miles on the clock. Not the most comfortable of rides but has good fuel ecomonmy (45 mpg on average), large enough space to carry everything I need to put in it and parts are not too dear especially 2nd hand, as there is a breakers for Peugeot local to me.
It cruises at 70 (and I confess a bit more at times) with little effort and motorway driving is a breeze, although I do wish this model had a cruise control. It has the usual complement of electrics, mirrors, windows, fog lights, map reading light, Cd/radio. You can switch off the passenger air bag, why you'd want to, unless your always on your own in the car. It has a good heater, which was a bit naff on my previous car (97 Mondeo estate) and Air Con which I rarely use.
I've had no problem with rust, just a bit coming through now around the wheel arches. I do have it regularly serviced and get the service book stamped, it has a full service history, so hopefully most problems are sorted before they happen. The only major thing that has happened was the anti brake locking mechanism went on the offside side front wheel. Other than that I would buy this car again, if only they still made it.
We have had this Peugeot 406 from new and she has always been very reliable, always starting at the first turn of the key .Fuel
economy is fairly good between 35 and 40 mpg cruising at the national speed limit. The engine seems to get better with age
along with acceleration but the 406 1.8 is not the best when you put your foot down . The ride comfort and handling have
always been good , not bettered by some more modern cars I have driven.
The most amazing thing is that after nearly twenty years the 406 has had no problems with rust and the only problem I had
with the engine was when it developed a slight misfire which only turned out to be a faulty ignition coil pack.
The 406 has passed every MOT with only the odd advisory notice , I have only had to replace normal wear and tear items like
brake parts , suspension drop links, engine timing belts and water pumps. the clutch is still original but I think that always
depends on how the car is driven.
Heaven knows what I will replace it with.
My wife and I each have an 18year old Peugeot 405 diesel estate [though mine is a turbo] - not possible to review here - each used for the daily commute. I am a gardener, my car gets pretty grubby as a result. The 406 is the "posh" car for going out with other people, for long trips or holidays. My 405 will not travel for more than about 45 minutes without overheating, but is still useful, and still surprisingly fast, despite appalling abuse. The 406 is the executive version with leather seats. By comparison with the 405 it is fast, smooth, quiet, has a better sound system, and is altogether a nicer experience. We have had no problems with it, but it doesn't get much use. My 405 will not last much longer, already costs more to repair each year than to buy a replacement, which will be another 406. I like what I know....
Getting on a bit now but never let me down. It does have a full service history. Body work still sound and no rust even though it's left parked on the street. Had it 3 years now and only 2 problems one was with the airflow monitor which came up on the dash but has not affected performance and once with the driver's side electric window controls, both items replaced and no more problems. Cruises at 80 (motorway) effortlessly and acceleration is very good and fuel consumption is excellent (diesel, giving 50+ mpg on longer journeys). Good space inside and with a full size spare.
All in all I'd buy a newer version of my current vehicle when it does eventually give up the ghost.
Basically a very good vehicle, well built and reliable.
The most dissapointing aspects of the car:-
1) The warning lights on the dashboard, some of which come on without warning, and when investigated prove to have no reason to have come on (ie. no fault). Talking to our local garage they suggest this is a very common fault on these cars!
2) The cost of the exhaust particulate filter, and related regeneration fluid -- Outrageous!
I have owned 4 previous Peugeots Estate cars, all very good cars, but the dissapointing issues mentioned above make this current vehicle the least good Peugeot I have owned, despite the fact that in theory it should be the best.
OUR 406 EXEC HAS BEEN IN OUR FAMILY FOR 15 YEARS AND WE LOVE HER. SHE WAS NEARLY NEW WHEN WE BOUGHT HER AND SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH THICK AND THIN WITH US.
WHEN SHE HAS BROKEN DOWN IT HAS ONLY BEEN WITH WEAR AND TEAR PROBLEMS AND WE HAVE USUALLY BEEN ABLE TO REPAIR HER OURSELVES.
WE WOULD DEFINITELY BUY ANOTHER ONE GIVEN THE OPTION AGAIN
LOADS OF SPACE, ACCELERATION WHEN YOU NEED IT LOVELY SMOOTH RIDE AND COMFORTABLE SEATS. MEMORY FRONT SEATS SO NO HAVING TO TRY AND FIND YOUR POSITION. ALSO HEATED FRONT SEATS SO NO COLD BOTTOMS!
JUST CHANGED THE HAND BRAKE CABLE - FIRST TIME AFTER 166+ THOUSAND MILES
I have owned a 406 Estate for 5 years. The ride and comfort are excellent with plenty of room for passengers and storage plus the dogs travel in the boot.
It has smooth gear changes and it has never broken down. However there always seems to be an advisory on the MOT. I have it serviced annually despite driving less than 4000 miles a year.
The only downside is the running cost of a 2L auto and it's handling in icy conditions. It's a heavy car and will slide about on ice.
Recently I had it broken in to and as the locks are no longer made by Peugeot they were unable to be replaced.
I bought this car from a friend in Oct 2007. It had already done over 125000 miles but as I was buying it from someone I knew well I had no qualms!
I have never regretted buying it...
Apart from the occasional wear & tear associated with a car of it's age and mileage, I've not had any problems whatsoever!
My usage is less than average but having recently changed jobs I have started to use it to commute, every day.
I simply cannot afford to replace it and it's worth a hell of a lot more to me than the 'book' value.
With 156,000 miles on the clock my 406 is still smooth and comfortable to drive. The clutch is original, never had to touch the gearbox or engine and only the odd suspension component and wheel bearing have been replaced. The bodywork still shines and there is no rust.
Peugeot electrics are not quite up to the same standard. The speedometer and rev counter packed up and I disconnected the security unit after that failed.
So I've had 10 years of fairly trouble-free motoring and I'm really not sure what to replace it with.
I love my 406, it goes and handles well, plenty of space for people and stuff, pulls caravan OK and I get about 40mpg mixed town and open road.
Get some nice equipment too, digital air con, lights come on when its dark and wipers wipe by themselves when it rains.
It has a nice dark cosy feel inside too.
Only complaint is gearing a bit 'tall' could do with the gears perhaps closer together and a 6th gear. (think they done this in 407 etc).
Been reliable, only had wear items at garage always passed MOT.
Having purchased this vehicle two and a half years ago I have found it to be highly reliable, comfortable and economical to run considering the current high price of diesel.
The only reason I would consider changing it would be if I had to incur an excessively high maintenance/repair charge due to its age in order to maintain its safety for the M.O.T. test. In such an eventuality I would probably look for another Peugeot, but probably a smaller hatchback to improve luggage space and economy.
My car, an aging Peugeot 406 turbo diesel, has to be on of the most comfortable, reliable and economical cars I've owned. I have had no expenses apart from the usual - fuel, insurance, tyres and an exahust.
It has now done over 150,000 miles and keeps going ever onwards, and as I do my own regular servicing, I don't expect any problems - even the bodywork, apart from some touched in chips around the front, is still in showroom condition.
Not bad for a 15 year old ex-company car!
Low running cost is one of the main reasons for owning this car. It is comfortable, a roomy interior with well laid out controls. On nights out with the boys I am usually chosen as the designated driver and easily fit five guys without complaints.
Very low maintenance costs, it recently passed its' MOT without a problem and I haven't spent a penny on repairs all year. The diesel engine is quiet and very economical returning better than 43mpg.
Ex lease car. Not the liveliest car I've ever owned but has proved to be the most reliable, comfortable and practical for my needs. It has never let me down over eight years and 100k miles. Bodywork remains sound and is in very good condition despite lack of regular cleaning. Sadly it will have to be replaced in the next 12 months and am currently at a loss as to what the replacement vehicle will be as this model is no longer produced.
Purchased used 7 years ago to replace my 16 year old 405. Not the liveliest car I've owned but over 90k miles has proved to be an extremely reliable and practical car. Apart from servicing and normal wear items unplanned maintenance items and labour have been under £1k. No apparent rust. Little niggling faults are starting to occur which will probably mean disposal in the near future. Sadly this model is no longer manufactured.
Mine is an old car now, with 85,000 on the clock. On long runs it is comfortable and returns up to 36 mpg. Naturally on local cold start journeys the mpg drops to 20-25. This is not important as my mileage per year is only about 4-5000 on this car.
I've thought of replacing it with a 407 - also a well-used car, but the reduced carrying capacity leads me to postpone.
Best car for me.really suits.my lifestyle. Holds loads of goods I transfer between properties and is large enough to hold.my dog's pen, bed etc as well ss my clothes. Up to now, the car has been reliable, comfortable and economical The turbo feature makes me feel safe as I can normally get out of dangerous situations caused by inconsiderate drivers.
Perfect for carrying surfboards, bikes and pretty much anything else, but still comfortable and easy to drive (Executive model). The engine runs fine after 130,000 but the electrics are all over the place, doors sometimes lock themselves, stereo on the blink, built in Sat Nav unreliable.
Very sluggish uphills.
I bought this car because it had low mileage and full service history. It is very nippy, comfortable and very stable on the road, reliable and good MPG. I have had many similar cars during my many years of driving and have never been more pleased with any other car I have owned.
I've had this car for 6years and she had high mileage when I got her. I have been all over the place Europe, Scotland, back and forth from London to Norfolk and she just keeps going. A great car to move house in several times. Comfortable to drive and be a passenger in.