SOTW: Peugeot 406 Coupe


Glamorous Pininfarina lines, V6 power, room to fit three deeply impressed passengers in your cut-price coupe...what's not to like about a Shed-spec 406 coupe?

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.


The 194bhp 3.0-litre is reputedly a lusty performer, too - better than its claimed 0-62mph time of 7.8secs and 142mph top speed suggest, some have said. And it's quite a decent handler, by all accounts, though perhaps more of a GT than a point-to-point master.

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.


Of course, because this is Shed money, you'll also be pleased to learn that it has had a brand-new alternator, four decent tyres and a new exhaust system. And that magic Pininfarina badge...

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.



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  • Ftumpch 24 Nov 2011

    I've not read the definitive researchrolleyes

    But I have to say I've never been convinced by this one. There's just something slightly dodgy about it that I can't quite put my finger on.

    And so... judge as a result I tend to put it in the category of "hairdresser's car", along with its compatriots the TR7, Maserati Biturbo, Opel Calibra, Porsche 924, Jeep Wrangler, BMW 318i...

  • radlet6 23 Nov 2011

    I see it's gone awfully quiet since the definitive research was rolled out. smile

  • radlet6 22 Nov 2011

    johnpeat said:
    radlet6 said:
    What tosh! That's like saying that I should take no notice of people who tell me that swimming with sharks covered in fish entrails is dangerous - I should try it for myself. I do read the motoring press and take notice of the woes of other Peugeot owners in my ken (e.g my neighbour's once new 307 that only had 2,000 miles on it after 9 months. Why? because it was in the garage more than it was on her driveway; I also refer you to Rammy's response just below your post). So I won't be buying one anytime soon.

    Re the French car websites. Clearly you have been looking at the likes of iwearrosetintedpeugeotspecs.com: have you tried http://www.peugeotforums.com ? There's plenty on there.


    Ohh, I nearly forgot. The 307 convertible I rented in Italy 4 years back. 5,000 Km on the clock and the power roof failed in the down position.
    The difference between ignoring advice based on common sense and accepting a bit of anecdotal experience and extrapolating it to apply to the ENTIRE UNIVERSE is the difference between an idiot and a complete moron.

    The SOTW 406 is 10+ years old - similar cars have covered well over 100,000 miles - if they even remotely matched your idea of a Peugeot, they'd never have made it this far surely?

    "All Peugeots are st and break down so much they barely do 2K miles a year"
    "Well this one has done more"
    "AAaaaarrrrhhh get OUT OF MY HEADDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    wink

    Edited by johnpeat on Tuesday 22 November 16:41
    Like I say the rule does not apply to all. No doubt some will make it that far. Although the small numbers of surviving cars vis a vis Audis, Mercs etc. probably says it all.

    And it's not just anecdotal evidence. I do read the motoring press too you know.

    Then of course there's always this:

    http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/jd-power-survey-20...

    or this that rated the Pug 406 at 109th.

    http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/jd-power-survey-20...




    Edited by radlet6 on Tuesday 22 November 16:58


    Edited by radlet6 on Tuesday 22 November 22:35

  • johnpeat 22 Nov 2011

    radlet6 said:
    What tosh! That's like saying that I should take no notice of people who tell me that swimming with sharks covered in fish entrails is dangerous - I should try it for myself. I do read the motoring press and take notice of the woes of other Peugeot owners in my ken (e.g my neighbour's once new 307 that only had 2,000 miles on it after 9 months. Why? because it was in the garage more than it was on her driveway; I also refer you to Rammy's response just below your post). So I won't be buying one anytime soon.

    Re the French car websites. Clearly you have been looking at the likes of iwearrosetintedpeugeotspecs.com: have you tried http://www.peugeotforums.com ? There's plenty on there.


    Ohh, I nearly forgot. The 307 convertible I rented in Italy 4 years back. 5,000 Km on the clock and the power roof failed in the down position.
    The difference between ignoring advice based on common sense and accepting a bit of anecdotal experience and extrapolating it to apply to the ENTIRE UNIVERSE is the difference between an idiot and a complete moron.

    The SOTW 406 is 10+ years old - similar cars have covered well over 100,000 miles - if they even remotely matched your idea of a Peugeot, they'd never have made it this far surely?

    "All Peugeots are st and break down so much they barely do 2K miles a year"
    "Well this one has done more"
    "AAaaaarrrrhhh get OUT OF MY HEADDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    wink

    Edited by johnpeat on Tuesday 22 November 16:41

  • radlet6 22 Nov 2011

    The Spruce goose said:
    radlet6 said:
    To my knowledge the biggest electrical problem with recent PSA group products is a failure of the CANBUS wiring system; and when it does fail it is a nightmare to put right.
    So what you are saying is you have had personnel experience of these failures. I am just really surprised as I have been a member on 3 different french car websites and never come across this as a major issue.

    Where as I've had a 306,406,307 with over 80 k between them, but because I had no electrical faults these must be anomalies.

    It is fair to make negative statements about cars, but in my view you should have actually driven/owned one.

    What tosh! That's like saying that I should take no notice of people who tell me that swimming with sharks covered in fish entrails is dangerous - I should try it for myself. I do read the motoring press and take notice of the woes of other Peugeot owners in my ken (e.g my neighbour's once new 307 that only had 2,000 miles on it after 9 months. Why? because it was in the garage more than it was on her driveway; I also refer you to Rammy's response just below your post). So I won't be buying one anytime soon.

    Re the French car websites. Clearly you have been looking at the likes of iwearrosetintedpeugeotspecs.com: have you tried http://www.peugeotforums.com ? There's plenty on there.


    Ohh, I nearly forgot. The 307 convertible I rented in Italy 4 years back. 5,000 Km on the clock and the power roof failed in the down position.

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