Peugeot 307 SW (2002 – 2008) Review

Peugeot 307 SW (2002 – 2008) At A Glance


+Makes sense of the 307. Up to seven forward-facing seats. Good to drive. Decent diesels.

-Pre-facelift cars still had quality problems

On average it achieves 93% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a Peugeot 307 SW (2002 – 2008)


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30–70 mpg

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Which is more comfortable and quiet, the SEAT Ateca or Volkswagen Golf Estate?

"My 10 year old Peugeot 307 SW, which I have enjoyed, needs replacing. Both the new SEAT Ateca 1.4 petrol DSG (18-inch wheels) and the new Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.5 petrol DSG (16-inch wheels) suit my needs on paper as regards to space and driver assistance packages. I've driven the Ateca and I'm waiting to drive the Golf. Apart from space and specs, a quiet comfortable ride is very high on my needs list. Without the ability to test drive the two vehicles "back to back" on the same roads I expect to find it hard to compare between them. Logic suggests that on wheel/tyre size alone the Golf should be the winner for comfort and quietness although there are clearly other factors that effect ride comfort. I would very much value your opinion as to which vehicle is likely to be the most cosseting."
SUVs have bigger wheels than cars, usually by an inch or two, but what's important is the amount of tyre between the rims and the road. Atecas can come on 16-inch ‘Design’ alloy wheels with 215/60 R16 tyres; 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ alloy wheels with 215/55 R17 tyres or 18-inch bi-colour alloy wheels with 215/50 R18 tyres. But the big thing here is that the Golf as VAG's latest 1.5 ECO engine and though the 1.4 TSI 150 is good, it isn't the latest engine. The Golf will probably be on 16-inch wheels with 205/55 R16s.
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What small estates have seats in the boot?

"I have a Peugeot 307 SW which I love as it has a spacious boot, isn't too large, economical on long journeys, nippy round town and can get extra children in the boot seats for short journeys. It's done 108,000 miles and is diesel and I don't do the miles I used to do so need to replace it with a petrol. Are there any similar small estates which have additional small seats in the boot? All the newer cars seem enormous."
A new 308 1.2 Puretech 130 SW, but only available as a 5 seater.
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1.6 HDI turbo problems

"I have heard reports of the 1.6 diesel engine fitted in Peogeots, Citroens & Fords to suffer from damaged turbos due to lack of correct maintenance and not selecting the correct oil type. Subsequently the oil gullies become slugged up and blocked. When was this engine improved and how can it be identified? Are there any other similar engines that suffer from the same issue?"
If you buy one of these, the first thing to do is to change the turbo bearing oil feed and oil return pipes because once these get blocked with sludge or carbon the bearing will fail. If you are still not getting enough oil pressure, drop the sump and change the sump strainer and oil pump.
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Will the 307 SW spare wheel cradle hold a full size spare?

"I recently bought a 2007 Peugeot 307 SW. When I lowered the emergency steel spare wheel to check it I found it was filthy dirty and very rusty. I have got hold of a matching alloy wheel with a standard 205R16 tyre on it. Do you think it is fine to hang this on the winch system? It is a little heavier!"
If it fits the cradle, no reason why not. Consider putting it in a thick plastic garden waste bag to keep it cleaner, but remember it's in a very hostile place so dirt and damp will still get onto it so best to inspect it every six months or so.
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