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Peugeot 2008 (2013–)

Last updated 3 December 2018

What's good

Back seat spacious enough to seat adults in comfort.

Cabin is neatly laid out and material quality is good.

Flat rear sill and flat load area with rear backrests folded. 

Grip Control standard for all 2008 1.2 Puretechs, manual or auto.

Excellent punchy and economical 1.2 Puretech 110 and 130 engines.

Light 1.2 PureTech engines give good ride quality and low road noise on Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons all weather tyres, even at 205/50 R17 size.

Standard spare wheel.

Excellent EAT6 torque converter auto option.

What to watch out for

Only the 1.6 HDi 115 gets the decent 6-speed manual transmission.

The 1.2 three-cylinder petrol model only gets under 100g/km when allied to the 'EGC' automated manual.

Handling and ride quality aren't the best.

1.2 VTi Expression only comes with one remote key. However, both the remote and the ordinary key both disarm and arm the alarm/immobiliser.

27-3-2015: Complaint from a reader that you cannot delete and replace radio pre-sets. Once you've used up all the pre-sets you cannot alter them and nor can the dealer via the OBDII port.

5-5-2015: On a reader's 2008 e very few weeks the DSC/ASR (Dynamic Stability Control) warning light comes on and remains on until the engine is switched off . This usually happens when he applies the footbrake coming downhill but recently occurred twice in one afternoon when braking on a level road. The car has been returned to the supplying garage on several occasions but neither it nor Peugeot can find any reason for the fault. They now say that it must be down to the way he drives and that he will have to live with it.

24-10-2016: Report of brakes seizing on 5 week old 2008 1.2 PureTech 130 S&S. Turned out to be water in braking system possibly from storage. Fixed under warranty.

20-1-2017: Peugeot dealer picked up fault with clutch of October 2016 Peugeot 2008 and immediately replaced the clutch.

12-3-2017: Report by owner of new Peugeot 2008 that vertical scratches have appeared on his screen. Dealer tried to polish them out without success, then more appeared. Maybe a neighbourhood cat.

23-12-2017: Report of 2015 Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 84PS breaking down on the motorway with low oil pressure. Turned out to be a blocked oil pump made the engine rattle. Under warranty they changed the filter on the pump. Had not has its first service until April 2017.

31-7-2018: Report of engine problems with Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech: engine spluttering on climbing a hill. Dealer changed the leads and re-programmed the ECU. Then it happened again. Engine found to be firing on 2 out of 3 cylinders because a spark plug had broken. Owner fearful of consequential damage.

22-8-2018: Report of spark plug tip in engine of 2016 Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech shearing off and wrecking the engine at 18,000 miles. Owner says car "bought 2 years and 3 months ago (therefore 3 months outside the guarantee period)", which is odd because they are warranted for 3 years. Peugeot has agreed to pay 80% thereby leaving owner to pay the remaining £1,300. Unclear if the car had been serviced outside the Peugeot dealer chain and replacement of the spark plugs with the wrong plugs led to the failure. (See 31-7-2018. Different case entirely.)

13-9-2018: Report of engine failure of June 2018 Peugeot 2008 after a "rasping noise" was heard at 2,500 miles. Peugeot dealer diagnosed a 'manufacturing fault' which requires a complete new engine and agreed without hesitation to replace the engine.

29-10-2018: Report of repeated engine failures of April 2016 Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 110. Engine fault warning appeared in March 2018, but no fault could be found. Spark plug tip came off into engine in July 2018 casing catastrophic damage to engine at 38,000 kilometres. By then car was out of 2 year Spainsh warranty. Eventually PSA agreed to a subsidise a replacement engine for €1,389 if onner signed a disclaimer. But by 26th October 2018 the replacement engine still had not arrived. (Not the same case as 22-8-2018.)

20-11-2018: Report of misfiring of July 2016 Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech. After around 8,000 miles engine started faltering in October 2017. Occurred again later but only very occasionally. Then in July 2018 owner drove 10 miles on a motorway and engine began to falter really badly. Wold not start, fan came on and engine warning light came on. Needed recovery to the Peugeot dealer. Fault turned out to be spark plugs misfiring. Happily the plugs had not broken up. (See: 29-10-2018; 12-9-2018; 22-8-2018; 31-7-2018.)

3-12-2018: Report of failed front nearside damper on 2015 Peugeot 2008 at 38,000 miles. Dealer recommended replacing both at a cost of £408.

Recalls

14-7-2016 R/2016/160: Peugeot 208, 2008 and 308: FUEL MAY LEAK. The fuel injectors supply rail could develop a leak over a period of time leading to a drop in fuel pressure in the injector supply rail which can affect the operation of the stop start system. In some extreme cases the engine might not restart and a spray of petrol under the bonnet may occur which is a fire risk. Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and check the fuel injector supply rail. Where necessary replace the fuel injector supply rail. VINS: VF3******ES138371 to VF3******ES137145. Build dates: 15-1-2014 to 12-6-2014.

24-04-2017: R/2017/140: STARTER MOTOR MAY NOT OPERATE CORRECTLY. A possible nonconformity of an internal component of the starter motor relay could affect the control of the starter motor. This could adversely affect the starting operation and damage the starter motor due to overheating and in extreme cases there is a risk of fire. Fix: On affected vehicles check and where necessary replace the starter motor relay. VINS: VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463; VF3******GT174225 to VF3******GS210463. Build dates: 15-05-2016 to 12-10-2016.

 

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