Least worst option – Renault or Peugeot for a cheap estate car?
As above really? Looking at Lagunas and 307s that are about 10 years old – appreciate it’s a risky purchase, but I don’t want to/will not spend more than £1500 on the car.
What’s the view from the assembled masses?
Fords, VWs etc seem to be thin on the ground at that price.
Having just managed 30,000+ miles in 2.5 years from a £600 car from auction I am a fan of bangernomics.Posted 4 years agosobrietyMember
I had a megane – the dci engine has an issues where if the alternator belt/timer fails it belt goes into the cam belt and destroys the engine. Which is nice – not sure if the laguna has the same engine.
I now have a 407. Which, touch wood, had been mechanically fine thus far – it does, however have some comically french electrical moments, usually caused by dodgy earths.Posted 4 years agosingletrackmindMember
Primera , Passat , 406 or a leggy Accord .Posted 4 years ago
Primera Td can suffer from warped turbo shafts on pre 2002ish models
Passats very good , just be aware of wet passsenger footwells
406 , few common faults some with binding brakes and odd electrical gremlins
Honda Accord 2.2 supposed to be very good and just in your price bracket
All above are deisel , do not know much about petrol models , except most Lagunas are a liabiltyMarkieMember
I’ve got a 10 year old diesel 406 on 180,000 miles that’s still (touch wood!) running great.
Admittedly, one rear door doesn’t open, the central locking is gone and there’s a bit of rust starting to appear on the window pillars, but still…
That said, it’s probably just worth £100 -£200, so for your money you should be able to get a nice one!Posted 4 years ago
BMW E39 touring, don’t bother with any of the pleb brands, this one will do.Posted 4 years agobutcherMember
Really? My bro in laws old 59 plate diesel Golf needs a new Turbo at 60k miles.
That’s probably more to do with the way the car’s been looked after than anything.
In my experience of having always driven old bangers, Japanese cars are great. Especially old ones. Many of them were way ahead of their time. They’ve levelled out a fair bit in recent years, but old Toyotas, Nissans, stuff like that, they go forever when looked after.
All cars have their common faults. Some bigger than others, so whatever you look at, look them up beforehand. But there’s some good’n’s out there. Especially big barges. They’re cheap as chips.
The last thing I would buy is anything British. Closely followed by anything French (Peugeots might be OK to be fair….no real experience of them myself).Posted 4 years agoBigEaredBikerSubscriber
The 306 and 406 non-turbo diesels are very reliable, my old R plate 306 fell apart but the engine and gearbox were sound. 407’s are a more complicated car – the 1.6 HDI is reputed for problems if not well looked after but I like mine and having had the DPF removed, EGR bypassed and an engine remap done it drives better and will hopefully last for a few more years. I believe the 307 was reputed as one of Peugeot’s worst cars but I have never driven one.
I’d also recommend a diesel Rover 75 or MG ZT if you can find one in budget without astronomical miles. Definitely the best car Rover ever built and uses a BMW engine – plenty out there with 170,000+ on the clock.Posted 4 years ago
Dont all beemer of that era rot from the rear arches etc?
Whereas Pug’s are galvanised?
Why would one manufacturer omit and the other care?
You are right, rust never kills Peugeots, they never get old enough, the electrics turn to cheese long before that becomes a factor.Posted 4 years agobutcherMember
I’d have thought you could find any manufacturer if you are spending that much (£1500). Currently driving a £500 Passat, solid as a rock.
Yes, my Civic cost £750. With full Honda service history! A year later it went through its MOT with only 1 advisory (because I let the brake pads get low and they scored the discs a bit).Posted 4 years agoMikeypiesMember
I had both renaults scenics and a pug 307sw of about that vintage as compay cars.
They were bobbins the petrol scenic broke down 13 times with knackered coils and several other issues but still drove the pug had to be relayed to a garage twice and had bit fall off both were less than 2 years old.
The diesel renault scenic ( which was after the petrol scenic was the best and nothing went wrong at all and was a great bike carrier as the rear seats come out so easy and creates a small van. If I was you I would look for a 1.9 diesel renault scenic make sure you get a basic one with out to many electric toysPosted 4 years agoflickerMember
Galv body so doesn’t rot, diesel engine that will run forever.
Had mine since 2005 and it’s been the best car I’ve owned by far. Very little gone wrong, huge load space, comfy and quiet, great car.
Zero electrical problems too, I’ve had a lot of people comment on the electrics, when I’ve asked them about it, turns out they’ve never owned one :/, but a mate of a mate said blah blah zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……Posted 4 years ago
Had a 307 for 6 weeks, three engine sensors, failed central locking and often I would return to it to find the front windows had rolled themselves down. The dealer ( A car supermarket.) did not even quibble me rejecting it as not fit for purpose, which suggests it was not the first time it had happened.
These days I prefer a more premium car, all be it a few years older, and I tend to go for petrol engines as older diesels seem to be a world of pain.Posted 4 years agoGary_CMember
Peugeot 307 2.0 HDI here. 90bhp version, so no DMF or DPF to go tits up.
’04 plate, bought it last April with 118k on, now on 132k, returns low to mid 50mpg on a run. Only mechanical issue has been two worn front anti-roll bar drop links, but £12 spent at my local friendly motor factors, plus 1 hour of my time soon had those sorted.Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
406 is nice to drive. I had an s reg v6 petrol for a year or so. Sold it in 2008 when I gave up my company car and had to get something more economical (I went from three cars to one).
The vital electrics worked and it was spacious and comfy and ssurprisingly reliable and rot free. My 306 was good too (although that was a git hatch).
Had a megane for a while 53 reg. hateful!Posted 4 years agodooosukMember
Interesting how on this thread and the mondeo, accord one that most people are assuming diesel even though the op doesn’t specify.
At this budget I can’t see why you’d go anywhere else but Japanese petrol. Highest reliability across all manufacturers and all chain driven. Cheap motoring for years if you buy wisely.Posted 4 years ago
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