Peugeot 406 - Graham Pownall
I am thinking about buying a 406 next year (probably HDI model) I do a reasonably high annual mileage, and intend to keep the car for 4-5 years. What tends to go wong wth this model over a high mileage, what should I watch out for. Any advice appreciated

Re: Peugeot 406 - Brian
I presume that you have looked on HJ's Car by Car Breakdown.
I have had a 405 TD, previous to that a 309 D atmos.
No signs of rust on either although HJ recons the 405 seams are suspect.
Both have needed radiator replacement.
309 needed an alternator. (Did 90k in 309, 120k when exchanged).
Otherwise very pleased with performance and reliability.
Don't know how my experience wpold transfer to a 406, though.
Re: Peugeot 406 - Andrew Moorey (Tune-Up Ltd)
From a mechanics point of view, horrible car to work on. Glowplugs are a nightmare to replace, cambelt is almost an engine out job. Radiators fragile and the oil cooler for the pas is vulnerable if you nose the car over the kerb in a parking space.
Re: Peugeot 406 - Dave
My dad had a petrol SRi for 2 years and over 100k.

One of the best cars he's ever had. No sign of rust despite two years of abuse he was really sorry to see it go back. Used to get loaded up to the gunwhales with horse ***p once a week and driven down a short, but rocky, farm track twice a day all year round with no noticeable noticeable problems.

If it's a private buy Andrew Moorey's comments are worth paying attention too. If not go for it.

Cracking cars.
Re: Peugeot 406 - Graham Pownall
Thanks for you advice, do you you think I'm better off with with a Japanese diesel car,eg Toyota Avensis ? Are they easier /(cheaper) to work on. Are the Japanese diesel engines generally as good as the French, in terms of reliability ??

Re: Peugeot 406 - T lucas
Toyota every day Peugeut too many silly things that break/stop working to get my hard earned.
Re: Peugeot 406 - Miller
Diesel engines.....Japan......Don't be silly! French ones are the best, but I'd rather buy a Petrol, but thats another story.
Re: Peugeot 406 - Lee H
My father drives a 406 2.1TD and he's had a bit of trouble with the ABS warning light staying on all the time. The franchise fix it at each service, but it keeps returning.

Otherwise, it's no more hassle than the 405 TD it replaced, which covered 150k without missing a beat, but was serviced religiously.

Re: Peugeot 406 - Nick
On my 2nd 406 HDI estate - company car so not my first choice. Do 40k a year and both cars have never missed a beat. Generally more solid than people credit it for. No major problems but car always serviced at main dealers as per the book. Sedate driving gives 48-50mpg. Long, fast motorway runs give 43mpg. Lots of kit so appear quite good value (i think the LX now as satnav) if a private buy. Cambridge dealer is friendly and appear efficient. The HDI 90 runs out of puff quite quickly - it's lugging a lot of weight.... Estate is ideal for IKEA runs (charge your mates delivery!) and big trips to the coast loaded with windsurf kit.

Good luck.
Re: Peugeot 406 - MPA
I tried a new 406 diesel a few weeks ago on the advice of Back Room contributors. I tried one, it was useless, wallowed all over the road and the vibration through the pedals was unbelievable. Tried a second and it was even worse.

See "Car" magazine which rates these heaps as "depreciation disasters".

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