SOTW: Peugeot 406 Coupe
Mmmmm.... Pininfarina for pin money. Tempted?
Well, ignoring the front-drive underpinnings and 406 interior (though I've always harboured an inexplicable affection for the 406 dash and squishy leather upholstery, however rubbish it might actually be), not a lot, really.
And unlike more modern coupes from mainstream manufacturers (the forthcoming Toyobaru BRZ/FT-86 being a notable exception), turn-of-the-Millennium two-doors were what you might call proper coupes, rather than the rakish hatchbacked pseudo-coupes that the likes of VW (Scirocco), Renault (Megane) and Vauxhall (GTC) have been churning out of late.
Still, that roaring-lion badge is probably going to put off as many people as it attracts (although the allure of Pininfarina might mitigate that somewhat, but if you want a sleek, comfy and moderately luxurious cruiser then you might well fall for the svelte Pug's myriad charms.
This one has done a thoroughly average 128k miles, but it looks in pretty decent nick (well, it does in the photos...) and has a whisker of tax and moderate amounts of ticket left on it. You do get plenty of kit with this one, too, including leather, heated seats, air-con and a JBL six-cd changer system.
Kudos to PHer ninos for the cracking spot...
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Peugeot 406 Coupe 3.0 V6
£995 Irvine, North Ayrshire
'X' 2000 Peugeot 406 Coupe 3.0 V6 in Metallic Blue with superb Black Leather Interior, this is a fine example of this soon to be rare sporty classic. It has all the electric extra's including Heated Seats and Air Con and is fitted with a JBL Sound System and a 6 cd auto changer. Taxed until the end of December and Mot'd until April 7th 2012. All the tyres are good and it has recently had a new exhaust system and just had a brand new alternator fitted. I have 2 remote keys for the car.
1 - fantastic small cars which handled brilliantly
2 - comfy barge-like family cars which wafted beautifully
Problem is, this didn't really do either quite as well as you might have liked - but it's far from terrible (it's a better steer than a Ford Cougar, for example) - but it's definately a 'motorway wafter' and not a B-road hooligan.
Plenty of these about too - if you don't like the idea of the V6 there are even diesels (tho they're not the "will never stop working" diesels of the earlier Peugeot variety!!)
As for condition - the biggest problem with these is selective chassis rot. Again, unlike earlier cars, they do rust in nasty places and MOT failures for excessive corrosion aeound things like seatbelt mounts aren't uncommon (but are relatively cheaply fixed!)
Parts are cheap - electrics will be moody of course, as with all French cars - overall a stunning amount of car for under a bag IMO...
..however for a grand it can't really be argued with
This always seemed a very odd choice to make when it was new and still seems odd to me, when you could have an e36 coupe for the same money now or the Volvo C70, or Audi Coupe, etc
How did they end up producing their current crap?
and for someone higher up, i designed and fitted my own exhaust to it - it sounded very nice!