Great diesel engines, a practical SW-badged estate and a coupe-cabriolet are all part of the appeal of the varied range. However, buying one isn't without pitfalls. Here, we check out the major factors to consider when splashing out.
What to look forPeugeot's diesels are highly acclaimed, but avoid the unrefined 1.9-litre - available from October 1998 to November 1999 - as the 2.0 HDi which replaced it is much better. Post-January 2000 cars got a three-year warranty. Don't pay too much for special editions; these often offer little more than a fresh paint job and a better stereo over standard trim. And don't think the 206 CC is a four-seater - space is minimal in the rear.
RecallsMay 2000: Fuel filter leak (Cars built from Sept 1998-Sept 1999).
Sept 2000: Side airbag deployment.
Jan 2001: Front suspension problems.
Nov 2001: Passenger airbag concern.
Feb 2002: Seatbelt anchor concern.
May 2002: Ignition key may foul the steering column cowling.
Nov 2003: Handbrake linkage (Sept 1998-Feb 2002).
May 2004: Rear spoiler may detach (206 SW from Nov 2001-Oct 2003).
May 2004: Potential problems with the throttle body (Jun 2004-Apr 2004).
Sept 2004: Starter motor wiring loom issues (Jun 2004-July 2004).
Apr 2005: Possible seepage from the diesel fuel return pipe (HDi models).