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Peugeot 307 (2001-2006) Buying Guide

Peugeot 307 (2001-2006)
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by Richard Dredge

It may have been Car of the Year in 2002, but the 307 isn't as good a bet as the Focus or Civic; it's not as reliable or as good to drive, while also being relatively expensive. However, there are plenty about, along with a decent range of engines and bodystyles - including a genuine four-seater convertible with a neat folding hard top. But some examples suffer from all sorts of reliability issues so be very careful before committing.

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Choice of engines and bodystyles
Capacious 307SW estate
Good to drive
Poor reliability
Not great value
Key Dates 
4/01307 launched in three and five-door hatchback forms. Choice of 1.4, 1.6 or 2.0-litre petrol engines plus 1.4 or 2.0 HDi turbodiesels.
3/02Estate version launched, badged 307SW.
7/03307 CC (Coupé Cabriolet) on sale with folding metal roof and 2.0-litre petrol engine.
4/04307 1.6 HDi appears.
12/041.6-litre petrol 307CC on sale.
  • The engine can cut out altogether and/or all electrical power can be lost.
  • Trip computers fail, as do service indicators.
  • Starting problems are endemic.
  • Brake pedals break away.
  • The steering column stalks can stop working.
  • Interior trim is poor, with split seats, rattles and squeaks very common.
  • Screen surrounds leak and the glass can crack.
  • ECU problem with HDIs causes flat spots and hesitation.
  • Carpets come adrift, as do the door rubbing strips.
  • Odometer can over-read; the cure is a software update.
  • Clutch judder can develop on 2001/2002 diesels, with clutch failure also common.

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