Used car review Peugeot 306 1994-2002 | carsguide.com.au

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Peugeot 306

Used car review Peugeot 306

Graham ‘Smithy’ Smith the used Peugeot 306 1994-2002, its points, its flaws and what to for when you’re buying it.

The 306 was a revelation when it arrived in bringing an intoxicating European of prestige and practicality that had missing from most of the small cars at the time.

road testers were in their praise of the small particularly its ride and handling were considered outstanding. were also enamoured its cute styling, which was a change from the staid hatches that then the market.

The 306 N3 range opened the budget XR three-door hatch, and to the nicely equipped XT five-door and concluded with the sizzling S16 hatch. A few months later a joined the party, and in 1995 a sedan was added to the range.

The XR and XT were mechanically identical the same all-alloy 1.8-litre overhead cam fuel-injected four-cylinder driving the front wheels either the standard five-speed gearbox or the optional four-speed

Peak power was a modest 77 kW at revs, torque peak was 160 Nm at revs. Biased towards low end and drivability the 306 was no top-end screamer, but it did smooth and unfussed motoring.

just over 1100 kg the 306 was going to be a fireball, yet it still the reasonable 0-100 km/h of 12 seconds in manual form. the auto was about two seconds

Sharp, precise and at the same impressively supple the 306’s and handling was a delight delivered by a of MacPherson Strut front and trailing arm/torsion bar independent Part of the 306’s secret was its suspension travel which the suspension to soak up the bumps of bounce over them as other cars tended to do their stiffer suspension

Even with this to soak up bumps the 306 still beautifully. Its power-assisted rack-and-pinion was nicely weighted and gave the plenty of useful feedback.

level of the XR reflected the price, but it had windows, central locking, wiper and an adjustable steering The XT got more in the form of power fog lights, an external temp and boot carpet. ABS was optional on the XT but not on the XR, and neither had airbags to begin

The sporty S16 three-door hatch was by the 2.0-litre twin cam four engine from the larger 405 and was an different car. Output was a respectable 115 kW at 6500 revs and 193 Nm at revs. which gave it of punch and got it to 100 km/h in 9.2 secs covering the standing 400 metres in 16.5 secs.

The S16 was fully featured, boasting ABS and air-con. It was only available a manual trans, and there was a available.

The heavily revised N5 arrived in July 1997 and brought new twin cam engines and improved performance. The 1.8-litre then had 85 kW at 5500 revs and 158 Nm at revs, which gave it a boost in get up and go.

The entry level became the Style, the mid-spec XT the S16 became the XSi, and the sizzling new was the range-topper.

The GTi6 had a zippy 124 kW cylinder engine and six-speed and a vast array of features.

for the 1994-97 N3 XR range from to $11,000, the XT from $8000 to add $300 for an auto. The S16 ranges $11,000 to $13,500 and the cabriolet $16,000 to $19,500. Sedans from $10,000 to $12,000.

Post-1997 N5 Style three-door range from $9700 to XT five-doors range from to $22,900, the sporty XSi from to $26,200, the GTi6 from to $29,800, and the cab $24,100 to $41,300.

The 306 is a robust and reliable little car the post-1997 model rated better than the earlier

Some 1.8-litre engines in cars suffered from an piston rattle and high oil and while most were under warranty there are still in service that been rectified. Listen for a rattly engine.

Later cam engines have few reported and the 1.8-litre has more respectable than the earlier single cam unit.

It’s important to the cam belt at the recommended 80,000 km or year intervals on both the and DOHC engines. A broken is likely to result in serious damage to the engine.

No problems are reported with the or drivelines, although the manual is much preferred to the auto, turns the 306 into a slug.

Peugeot 306

wear is an issue with all the front disc rotors out quite quickly and they’re expensive to replace.

Later cars boast thicker panels, which make a little more damage-proof earlier cars that up daily dents much easily.

Chris Teh bought his 306 GTi6 when it was six months It has done 75,000 km now with trouble and is generally in good condition.

The 22-year-old electronics is generally happy with the although he says the servicing and costs are high. The cost of is also a problem for him.

likes the interior that he has plenty of room for up to five he regularly has to accommodate. Even it’s a little dark he likes the ambience and the lack of plastic trim parts.

Performancewise he thinks it lacks the of other cars in the same range, but likes the ride and He is critical of the clutch, which he is too heavy for a woman to use.

has gone wrong with the Chris says. He’s the front disc brake twice and the rears once, and the cable has been replaced.

cute as a button styling

roomy well appointed

• modest performance SOHC 1.8

• more zip DOHC fours

• brake wear

• road manners

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