RE: Peugeot 106 | Shed of the Week

RE: Peugeot 106 | Shed of the Week

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CDP

7,110 posts

225 months

Friday 13th August
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ballans said:
Got close to buying a gti many years ago as I seem to remember the finance deals being very enticing.
I really liked it but what put me off was the pedal box being incredibly small. I’ve only got an average size 10 but I remember it being very tight. Maybe I had forgotten to take my flippers or hob nails off as it seems like a quibble or excuse not to buy now.

Edited by ballans on Friday 13th August 10:47
It has a tight box, my feet are slightly smaller (9.5) but they were no worse than my MG TF or Locost.

Excellent for heal and toe, just wear the right shoes.

AC43

9,544 posts

179 months

Friday 13th August
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s m said:
AC43 said:
BFleming said:
I recall 26ish years ago fitting a set of LHD headlights to a friend's newly acquired 106 diesel to get it through BFG. They were a peachy little car, and I remember taking my 205 GT to a local car dealer to look at a 106 GTI afterwards. I didn't buy the 106, but instead ended up with a 309 GTI that remains possibly my favourite car.
309 GTI. Another cracker from the Pug line-up at the time.

I remember scratching my head at the time as where to go after Alfa 33's and couldn't stop checking out these and Renault 19 16v's.

The French really took over the hot hatch mantle at the time in my book.

I just wasn't interested in Golf GTI's - too stodgy and boring in comparison.
According to Performance Car in pre-EVO times you would have liked the 309 perhaps after the Alfa 33


Thanks, interesting. It was such a shame to see the 33's being starved of investment after the glorious Sud :-(

I always fancied the 309GTI as a slightly more grown up 205GTI.

Unfortunately, my fleet manager had other ideas and I forced to have a Cavalier :-( :-(

j555

67 posts

199 months

Friday 13th August
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Got to love a small, light old Peugeot. I recently got my 205 back on the road after a period of inactivity. Lovely, simple old things. There is a joy to driving these basic cars, even when you have faster and more modern toys at your disposal.


I remember sitting in a 106 back in the early 2000s and thinking that the pedal box was a bit cramped/slightly offset. Could be my memory playing tricks on me, but I think they were worse in this respect than the older 205?

HustleRussell

20,487 posts

131 months

Friday 13th August
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j555 said:
Got to love a small, light old Peugeot. I recently got my 205 back on the road after a period of inactivity. Lovely, simple old things. There is a joy to driving these basic cars, even when you have faster and more modern toys at your disposal.


I remember sitting in a 106 back in the early 2000s and thinking that the pedal box was a bit cramped/slightly offset. Could be my memory playing tricks on me, but I think they were worse in this respect than the older 205?
Very nice!

Mouse Rat

1,260 posts

63 months

Friday 13th August
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Nice car. Nice colour. No surprise it didn't hang around.

wab172uk

2,005 posts

198 months

Friday 13th August
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j555 said:
Got to love a small, light old Peugeot. I recently got my 205 back on the road after a period of inactivity. Lovely, simple old things. There is a joy to driving these basic cars, even when you have faster and more modern toys at your disposal.


I remember sitting in a 106 back in the early 2000s and thinking that the pedal box was a bit cramped/slightly offset. Could be my memory playing tricks on me, but I think they were worse in this respect than the older 205?
They were indeed cramped. Never really bothered me back then. But last time I jumped into a 106 (several years ago) it felt really cramped, and I did wonder how I ever coped.

CDP

7,110 posts

225 months

Friday 13th August
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j555 said:
Got to love a small, light old Peugeot. I recently got my 205 back on the road after a period of inactivity. Lovely, simple old things. There is a joy to driving these basic cars, even when you have faster and more modern toys at your disposal.


I remember sitting in a 106 back in the early 2000s and thinking that the pedal box was a bit cramped/slightly offset. Could be my memory playing tricks on me, but I think they were worse in this respect than the older 205?
I really like that.

Dad's 405 had superb ride and good handling even though it was just the cooking 1.8GLX estate.

Tom _M

309 posts

41 months

Friday 13th August
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My girlfriend at the time had a 106 in about 2004/5. Think it was a ‘Graduate’. Main thing I remember was I found it tricky to drive with my big feet as the pedals were quite close together.

benzinbob

525 posts

27 months

Friday 13th August
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CDP said:
Dale487 said:
Quhet said:
Wonderful shed. Great first car for those not at all worried about their safety as I doubt these would stand up at all well in a crash with anything remotely modern (or anything full stop tbh).

Good memories of hooning about in a mate's 106 in sixth form. They seemed to be everywhere at one point. Can't remember the last time I saw one now though!
They were a 2 star NCAP car back in period, even with dual airbags - the report doesn't make happy reading.
Which is massively better than a classic Mini or mk2 Escort could dream of.
I’m not sure if defending this cars miserable crash safety performance by comparing it to cars from the 60s and 70s is the way to go.

Muddle238

2,815 posts

84 months

Friday 13th August
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We used to have one identical to this, except it was on a W reg. It was my OH’s first car and saw her through college, uni, onwards to her career and our first home together. I believe we had it for around 7 years, by which time it had accumulated almost 140k miles. We have fond memories of him, although in reality towards the end it was getting increasingly crusty and shot underneath.

Anything over 50 was uncomfortable, it was really too noisy faster than that, also for me the pedals were too close together and the tiny door mirrors, combined with a lack of PAS, made reverse parking far more difficult than it should have been. Then there was the worry that any form of crash would likely have life changing consequences, so ultimately it was sold.

However, it served us well overall, the day he was sold to some young chap my OH stayed late at work, as she didn’t want to see it being driven away by someone else. We kept the registration on retention though, it’s financially worthless but means a lot to my OH.

s m

21,530 posts

174 months

Friday 13th August
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AC43 said:
s m said:
AC43 said:
BFleming said:
I recall 26ish years ago fitting a set of LHD headlights to a friend's newly acquired 106 diesel to get it through BFG. They were a peachy little car, and I remember taking my 205 GT to a local car dealer to look at a 106 GTI afterwards. I didn't buy the 106, but instead ended up with a 309 GTI that remains possibly my favourite car.
309 GTI. Another cracker from the Pug line-up at the time.

I remember scratching my head at the time as where to go after Alfa 33's and couldn't stop checking out these and Renault 19 16v's.

The French really took over the hot hatch mantle at the time in my book.

I just wasn't interested in Golf GTI's - too stodgy and boring in comparison.
According to Performance Car in pre-EVO times you would have liked the 309 perhaps after the Alfa 33


Thanks, interesting. It was such a shame to see the 33's being starved of investment after the glorious Sud :-(

I always fancied the 309GTI as a slightly more grown up 205GTI.

Unfortunately, my fleet manager had other ideas and I forced to have a Cavalier :-( :-(
Yeah, had a 309Gti for a few years - was a very enjoyable car - certainly at the top of the class back then, also enjoyed the Astra 16v which was more like the 205, less planted than the 309.
Interesting you found the Golf too stodgy - heard a few say that




humphra

288 posts

63 months

Friday 13th August
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coppice said:
My wife replaced her 205 with a badass 106XND. Compared to a 205, it felt like a bank vault and as for the Airfix kit build quality AX GT I once owned ... It was a jolly little thing , doing nearly 70 mpg on a holiday in Normandy , and surviving my engine stopping indiscretion in deep floodwater with aplomb . (pushed it out , lots of starter motor action , clouds of steam and then ran perfectly for years) .

The XND had a normally aspirated 1.4 diesel of about 50bhp and its acceleration was leisurely . It lost pace up motorway hills , struggling to do even 60 sometimes , but it'd whizz down the other side at 90 plus . A proper French car then , vraiment .

And a far , far better one than the appalling 206 DTurbo she bought after the wonderful 306D Turbo which replaced the 106
I had the XRD and despite that and lack of power, I absolutely loved it! It was utterly frugal and would happily cock a wheel going around a roundabout.

James_N

2,496 posts

205 months

Friday 13th August
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I picked one of these up in Jan 2020 for £250. I was lucky, as i was looking for the cheapest runaround possible at the time and saw this only 20 miles away so i snapped it up. Luckily the guy selling was a good 'un as he had people offering him £350 but as i'd agreed to come right away, he held it for me!

Its been good to me over the 18 months ive had it. It now has no carpet, as it was sopping wet from a sunroof leak (never got round to sorting the leak, but now the carpets are gone, it doesn't seem leak anywhere near as much in bad weather!).

Its had four tyres, a self service and a cambelt / tensioner / waterpump, so in 18 months its cost me £200 odd in maintenance but it just keeps going and going.

Recently i thought the headgasket had gone as i was having problems with the cooling system, but it turned out to be a knackered O ring on the radiator cap so cost £8 for a new cap and i put a new thermostat in also for £8.

i use it for work and to go and see my dad who lives a good 50 miles away. round the backroads on a sunday morning, even though its only 1.1, its great fun! it even pulls pretty easily from 30mph in 5th gear, so on the straighter longer roads, i don't even have to change gear much (thankfully as the gear change is very sloppy but never caused me a problem!)

No PAS can be a pain when people park up your arse but again, no PAS or electric windows = less to go wrong!

if it goes pop tomorrow, it owes me absolutely sod all and actually, i can get as much back now in scrap as what i paid for it! Its a bargain.

Can't help thinking £995 is strong money for one of these, but I guess in that condition, commands a premium.

Cheap as chips to run, cheap to fuel, cheap to insure, its great!

CDP

7,110 posts

225 months

Friday 13th August
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benzinbob said:
I’m not sure if defending this cars miserable crash safety performance by comparing it to cars from the 60s and 70s is the way to go.
It's in the context of classics and fun cars.

If I had a teenage son or daughter I'd prefer them to be in something more modern like a mini or Fiesta.

CDP

7,110 posts

225 months

Friday 13th August
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rampageturke said:
The last generation of truly small, small cars?
I think an Aygo is similar weight. Probably fun too.

Earl of Petrol

274 posts

93 months

Friday 13th August
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Top shedding, Shed.

Meridius

1,554 posts

123 months

Friday 13th August
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MrBrown1980 said:
Realistically how much would it cost to put a rallye (or similar) engine in and upgrade the suspension and brakes?
Not much, but you can do better than a Rallye engine if you're going to bother with that

MattsCar

248 posts

76 months

Friday 13th August
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Rallye engines, S1 anyway, are like gold dust, so best bet would be a 16v unit from a GTi. Cheap as chips.

Saw a young lad in an identical 106 as per advert today as I drove past in my s1 106 rallye. Have to commend the guy, not many young uns would bother with anything over a few years old these days/ without Bluetooth.

Bet he is having fun.

ruairi50

50 posts

135 months

Saturday 14th August
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Citroen Saxo Anyone

shedweller

372 posts

82 months

Saturday 14th August
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Crash safety........ I drive a 106 Rallye as a fun car, And last year I was driving down a local road when I was presented with an oncoming mercedes GLA in the middle of the road with the driver looking at something in his lap?
I stuck it properly into the hedge (Devon road, no kerb) and lived to tell the tale but as a father to two kids it did make me think that something more "modern" might be an idea.

I bought the Clio pictured below thinking that it might fit the bill as a new fun/weekend car - It doesn't
All it does is highlight how the 106 is a great driving car compared to some others.
The Clio is well regarded but........ Meh

I shall keep the pug...

There is a lad around here that drives a 1L Citroen AX.... In the 90s that was the fastest 1L car you could get..... Bar the charade gtti...... How things have changed!!!
This shed will make a great fun runaround for someone or as someone mentioned.....16v it


Edited by shedweller on Saturday 14th August 21:49