Peugeot 206 SW (2002–2006)

What's good

Tidy looks and more practical than the hatch.

What to watch out for

Take a test drive first and make sure you can get comfortable. Women have few problems, but taller men with big feet aren't always happy. Possible quality problems.

17th from bottom out of 137 models in 2003 Top Gear survey. Came 13th = from bottom in 2005 JD Power/What Car Survey of 23,000 cars reg Sep 2002 to Aug 2003 with satisfaction score of 73.9%.

Fault in indicator stalks very common on 206s, especially Multiplex, from July 2001. Many owners force ands break them.

On HDIs, rubber cushioned timing belt pulley needs replacing at same time as timing belt (60k - 70k miles) otherwise can separate. Free fix available in France from December 2002, in UK during January 2003.

On 206 GTIs used for short runs from cold emulsified oil can block the feeds to the hydraulic tappets leading them to fail within 3 years. The cure is to fit oil feeds and tappets from the 2.2 engine.

The electronic control unit distributing Multiplex current for the headlights seems to be failing regularly and is £500 to replace.

31-12-2012: 'Gong' sound means that car battery is failing to hold sufficient charge and needs to be replaced.

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