RE: Shed of the Week: Peugeot 306 GTI-6

RE: Shed of the Week: Peugeot 306 GTI-6

Friday 29th September 2017

Shed of the Week: Peugeot 306 GTI-6

Yes, the fast 306 is still around at Shed money, so best move fast...



Ah, the 306 GTI-6. It's the best part of four years since one of these gems last appeared on our unworthy Shedly screen. Like today's Shed, the 2013-advertised one was a W-plater in silvery-blue. Unlike today's £1,295 137,000-mile car, that one had done less than 50,000 miles and was under £1,000.

Which implies one of two things: today's Shed is overpriced, or values for these GTi-6s are on the way up. Let's look at the evidence and see what we think.

Original 306 launched in 1992...
Original 306 launched in 1992...
Four years on from its appearance here, that low-miles Pug has just failed its MoT, mainly on small lighting stuff but also on excessive emissions. Given that the car still only has 68,000 on the clock, which represents fewer than 5,000 miles a year, the CO2 thing could probably be at least partially sorted by giving the car a good seeing-to on the nearest fast road.

And beasting a GTI-6 along a fast road would be a very pleasurable activity. This car is from an age of pure chassis design. According to our Matt's report, the otherwise exciting-looking Hyundai i30 N has 1,944 different driving modes: proof, if any were needed, that the manufacturers really have lost the plot on chassis settings and are just handing the problem over to us punters to sort out.

The GTI-6 demonstrates that you actually only need one driving mode, as long as it's a good 'un. The one Peugeot gave to the 306 GTI-6 was most certainly that. Admittedly, car makers at the back end of the last century weren't as restricted by the suspension-confounding requirements of safety as they are today. Even so, there have always been (and always will be) exceptional cars that rise above the average in any era, and the 306 GTI-6 was one of them.

If the windows and air-con fail it's a Rallye, right?
If the windows and air-con fail it's a Rallye, right?
It weighed a little over 1,200kg, which seems not very much these days but was nowt special back them. The thing to remember though was that it was only 20kg or so heavier than the utterly sparkling 306 Rallye, which went without the GTI-6's air-con and half-leather trim.

The suspension was conventional enough, although the torsion beam/trailing-arm rear set-up did incorporate some passive rear steer. Mounted well back under the bonnet was PSA's lovely 2.0-litre 16-valve four putting out 167hp at 6,500rpm. This was hooked up to a Peugeot motorsport-developed six-speed trans described by Autocar as "so precise and smooth, you find yourself changing gear for the hell of it". Shed seems to recall it being the first six-speeder in the hot hatch class.

Blessed with the 306 S16's quick steering rack, it was a lovely thing to punt about, and surprisingly tail-happy for a front-driver too (are they ever - MB). Silverstone used to use them for ARDS race licence testing, which tells you something.

The PH ad gives the acceleration figures as 0-60 in 8.8sec. Nobody seems really sure about the truth, but the rumour is that contemporary Peugeot tests were carried out with a full load. Shed reckons something in the mid-sevens might be nearer to the mark.

If you want a GTI-6, this particular example is definitely worth a gander. Things to watch out for? Well, 306 interiors aren't Germanic in terms of quality. Seat mounts and adjusters are notoriously rubbish, the air-con is unlikely to be working at this stage, and you'll probably have electric window issues at some point.

15-inch Cyclones still great looking wheels
15-inch Cyclones still great looking wheels
Then you've got potential woes from crackly electrics, and rust, obviously, given the sheer age of the thing. Having said that, the 306 resists corrosion pretty well. At a distance at least, this one looks clean. It's had plenty of work done and plenty of bits added, plus the MoT history is very nice.

The parts that make the GTI-6 so good are also the parts that take a hammering and break. In that list you can put suspension parts generally, engine mounts and driveshafts, and rear axles. Trailing arm bearing failure can give the wheels a jaunty new angle of dangle.

In engines generally, cambelts do two things: whizz around or snap. The one on this engine is an interference type, and so needs careful examination (and preferably changing) every 36,000 miles.

Many of those who have tried both put the 306 GTI-6 above the 205 GTI, which is high praise indeed. The body style still looks fresh nearly 20 years on. Mrs Shed has been hinting about how much she would love something small and French. Shed has been trying to pluck up the courage to pop a snail on her pillow. So far he's had no trouble resisting the temptation to give her one, but maybe this 306 could change things.

Here's the ad.

2000 Peugeot 306 GTI - 6
137k miles
MOT until July 2018
2 previous owners
Some invoices/service history
Paperwork includes Original Certificate of Conformity along with original invoice and service book (2 stamps)

Bought a few years ago following snapped cambelt repairs included:

Full set of inlet and exhaust valves
Full set of exhaust guides
Valves seats machined
Hydraulic buckets stripped and re-primed
Head Skim
Cambelt and water pump

These repairs were done at approx 111k. And within a year after a new imaxle rear beam was fitted, along with rear wheel bearings, rear caliper and pads and discs all round.

Prior to it's MOT in July 17 it had:
New Pug Racing cat back exhaust (original cat still used)
2 new rear tyres
Handbrake cables
New Nissens radiator
Oil, air and fuel filter change.

The car passed with no advisories

Bodywork is in good condition a few marks in paintwork on passenger door but nothing major. Main damage is to the alloy wheels where paint is flaking off and to the front bumper where there is a scrape and the bottom of the bumper is cracked.

Interior is in nice condition although drivers and passengers seat is wearing thin and a few holes are starting.

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Filibuster

Original Poster:

1,106 posts

149 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Way to go!!

essayer

5,419 posts

128 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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A good shed

dinkel

24,693 posts

192 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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We miss cars like this...

SS2.

10,738 posts

172 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Happy memories - had two of those way back when.

Pretty bland performance figures by today's standards but great fun at the time.

swanny71

1,739 posts

143 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Had one identical to that years ago (and a blaze yellow one before that), absolutely brilliant cars. Great shed.
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Drive Blind

2,807 posts

111 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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I always loved the 3dr 306 shape. It's looks just so 'right'

alpha channel

1,015 posts

96 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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I always had a hankering for one of these after my Aunt bought (an early) one that looked exactly like this. Always liked the 3 door 306 and it's still a good looking car even now, if it hadn't been at the other end of the country I'd have been tempted to go and have a nosey around that.

Dale487

739 posts

57 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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SS2. said:
Happy memories - had two of those way back when.

Pretty bland performance figures by today's standards but great fun at the time.
I was thinking the same about the performance - you could hardly call it a hot hatch today, a 150PS 1.4 SEAT Leon would match it for pace. But on the right road you'll have so much more fun in the Peugeot.

Also name a better looking hatchback than the 306.

J4CKO

25,270 posts

134 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Drive Blind said:
I always loved the 3dr 306 shape. It's looks just so 'right'
Indeed, perfectly proportioned and nicely detailed, the convertible was a real looker as well, saw one yesterday and still looked great, very dainty compared to more modern stuff.

Remember a chap in the office getting a black "D Turbo" in about 1994 (was it that long ago, god its almost 25 years since the 306 arrived !) and how I coveted that car, it felt pretty rapid back then and looked so cool in black with little red badges.

A well regarded old school hot hatch that seems in good order for that money will seem like a steal in years to come, I think this and the Clio 172 were where the old school peaked and we started getting into bigger cars with loads of power, lost all semblance of lightness, I am not over keen on nostalgia but these handled really well and teamed with that engine had plenty of power, we are addled now with 300, 400 bhp and really you dont need it, take this over a country road at speed and it will be plenty fast enough.

Look how 205 GTi's have gone price wise, these were better to my mind, but they are in limbo, still a bit too new and nobody has cottoned on, no buzz trotting the prices up yet,these are the cars to spot and grab for those on a budget, not saying it will go silly but you wont lose, there arent many out there, certainly not decent ones, the Rallye has already started going up.


ExPat2B

1,921 posts

134 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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I used to have one of these back in the day. Its one of those cars where you look at the numbers, and just think meh.

Then you get in an drive it. The engine pulls hard, the steering goes exactly where you point it and has plenty of feedback.

It is genuinely adjustable on the limit, the 6 speed box is a delight. I still remember getting out and thinking, wow, this car just does exactly what you ask it. A triumph of tactile response over spec sheet top trumps.

It makes you look at modern cars like the new BMW M550, with numb steering, endless grip and soggy suspension and sigh.

The only caveat I would make is that it has been somewhat eclipsed by the Civic Type R, which is faster, better built and dare I say it more practical.

TiminYorkshire

385 posts

153 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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I had one of these for a couple of years. It made a great everyday car, did a good 50+laps of the Nurburgring (it would have been sub 9minutes BTG with a better driver in standard spec), it was suprisingly good at towing a couple of motorbikes behind it and was great on snow tyres in the snow (even more tail happy)., happy on long schleps to the alps.

It's demise was snapping a cambelt in France towing a bike back from Dijon circuit and proving too costly to recover.

It sounded nice high up in the rev range but wasn't quite as special to drive as the 309GTi I owned a few years before that, but way more practical. The air con didn't work....

Jonny_gti

123 posts

14 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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proper shed this! always wanted one of these or even the 306 Rallye getting rare now. Seen a Rallye at the weekend at a car meet but couldn't tell you last time I seen a gti-6 on the road. Will prices start to rise soon or is that it until they are gone........

culpz

3,893 posts

46 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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It's good to see a proper hot-hatch come under SOTW biggrin

I seem to hear nothing but good things about these. I, personally, just can't get on with the styling at all though. I'm not a huge Peugeot fan, if i'm being honest and truthfully, I'm more of a Renault guy. Specifically and not surprisingly, the rival Clio 172/182, to be exact.

So, maybe it's a bit unfair to judge because of my own bias but i can't help think that they just look a bit too plain, both inside and out. The same can be said of the Clio but i just reckon they look a bit more purposeful and stand out compared to the cooking models.

Still a cracking car for the money though!

Jimmy Recard

14,941 posts

113 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Brilliant. I have always wanted one of these, but an earlier one ideally

yorky500

1,616 posts

125 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Fantastic cars. Remember driving one around Silverstone on a trackday special my ex-wife bought me for my birthday (crikey, that was 23 years ago).

sjabrown

1,221 posts

94 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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A very good shed there. The 306 GTI-6 is an unticked box for me but I have fond memories of learning to drive in a 2l turbo diesel 306. Lovely thing.

Lotusgone

99 posts

61 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Well spotted, this should not hang around for long. In the early 90s, I went to a lease car open day and tried lots - the 306 XSi was the best handling car I tried, a better experience than the 300ZX and Prelude. If I didn't already have a FWD hooligan weekend car (Alfa GTV), then this would be the next on the list.

Jimmy Recard

14,941 posts

113 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Autocar's road test from 1996:
http://www.306gti6.com/downloads/reviews/autocar/

Interesting that the complaints of 1996 (regulations in the car market) are exactly the same as those of 2017.

s3pc1989

403 posts

209 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Proper shedding - definite hit this week.

PTF

3,282 posts

158 months

Friday 29th September 2017
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Interesting fact. There are 4x more 205 GTIs left than there are 306 GTI-6s. It's much rarer with only 466 left on the road and 686 SORN'd:

https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/peugeot_306_...

https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/peugeot_205_...


I hope values do start to climb a bit. I've got an 83k mile one sitting in my garage that's an ongoing project to make it a really good drive in original spec. It was original to start with but needed a few jobs doing, namely a new clutch, throttle cable, gear linkages, brakes, wheel refurb, decent (correct size) tyres, etc, etc. Next will be OEM spec shocks, possibly a refurbished rear beam, tidy a few bits of bodywork. At that point it should be a really tidy example, but cost a fortune!!!