Peugeot 2008 (2013–2019)

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)", (European 2 year warranty.) 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. Would 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.

1-2-2019: Report of failure of engine of December 2016 Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 130 GT Line. The engine was eventually fitted with a new cylinder head, but this took 39 days. Sequence of work was as follows: Fault codes checked implying ignition fault; Removed spark plugs and found plug on cylinder No 3 (timing belt side) electrode damaged; Carried out compression test and found two cylinders at 9.75 bar and one cylinder at 8 bar; Cylinder 1 (gearbox side) was slightly down; Carried out cylinder leak off test – no fault found; Contacted Peugeot Technical who advised various checks (numerous hours of work); Removed manifold to check for sticking valves, etc.; Carbon found round some valves – dampness detected; Removed injectors and found carbon on the tips (cylinder 1 worst) – this would cause poor spray; Suspected cause of electrode breaking is due to pre-detonation caused by incorrectly working injectors; Authorisation given to replace injectors - parts on order; Agreed next actions with Warranty department – remove cylinder head and inspect for potential oil leaks; Replace cylinder head.

12-2-2019: Depending on the age of the car a 1.2 Puretech might be due a software update for the engine ecu. There's has been a software update campaign for the older Puretech 130s that Peugeot / Citroen main dealers will carry out when you take the car in for a service / other work.

27-3-2019: Report of 2016 Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 130 needing 3 clutches over 17,000 miles, all replaced under warranty because the first two were noisy. Has also needed three batteries because the stop/start ceases to operate even after a long run. Most used has been short runs of 5-10 miles intersperced with longer journies of 20-50 miles.

22-4-2019: Report of excessive tyre wear on outside edge of nearside front tyre of Peugeot 2008 1.6HDI GT Line at 10,000 miles. Dealer checked for damage but had no alignment equipment. Told owner that wear on n/s front tyre is normal.

24-5-2019: Rattle from rear of 20,500 mile 2005 Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech turned out to be failed rear dampers. Robins & Day (Peugeot owned Peugeot dealer) estimated £900 to replace them. Peugeot contributed 70% to the cost.

9-7-2019: Two faults reported with 2016 Peugeot 2008 1.6 Blue HDI by 25,000 miles. Needed noisy front offside damper replaced. And indicator column switch playing up, refusing to cancel. Replaced once but still stroublesome. Owner finds that switching hazards on and off cancels it.

26-8-2019: Made aware of report on Peugeot forum of crumbling 'belt in oil' timing belt in 2015 1.2 puretech 110bhp at 107,000km. Mechanic reported that the timing belt has started to crumble and the debris from it has clogged the oil system causing issues with oil pressure. Belt is normally scheduled for replacement at 120,000km ( Apparently, new 1.2 Puretechs are fitted with a different compound belt that does not suffer from this problem.


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.

29-05-2019: R/2019/136: A plastic component inside the exhaust line could under certain conditions damage the diesel particle filter (DPF). Affects cars sold between October 2016 and June 2018.

3-6-2019: Report of (same engine) 2017/67 Citroen C4 1.3 Puretech 130 EAT6 auto being recalled for a "quality recall Software Download reference code GNK." GNK is that it is a quality campaign, and not a recall (as it is described by the customer)…which is why they “can’t find anything about this on the internet.” On the affected vehicles, the engine management ECU software may not be correct to specification. The upgrades relate mainly to injection tuning, ignition advance, timing management and knock prevention. This campaign consists of downloading the latest version of the engine management software.

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