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Old 04-02-14, 05:24 AM   #1
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Default 306 upgrade to 307?

Hi everyone! I'm new here and I've had my 306 XSi (1997) for 3 and a half years. I love it to bits even though it's incredibly quirky, has all the central locking electrical issues other people have had with the same model as well as lots of other little things that are just too expensive to fix.

The thing is, I've spent so much money on it because it's getting a little old now and maintenance costs in Australia are very expensive, not to mention things like timing belts which I had to get before a long drive recently.

So I'm considering upgrading to a 307 XSE (2006) model but I'm just wondering will I still get the same problems with cost that I have with my current one? What I mean is has technology developed enough to be worthwhile for an upgrade to a car that's now 8 years old instead of 17? Has anybody done a similar upgrade and what issues did you have?

Sorry this is a bit arbitrary but I thought it'd be good to get some real user feedback! Thanks heaps!
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Old 04-02-14, 07:31 AM   #2
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I've done the same route as you. My fifth 306 was written off and I just couldn't find another the same condition so I went for a 307.

Occasionally I do miss the 306 and go back to them, but you won't regret a 307. The worst thing is they're a lot higher than the 306 so you feel you're driving a bus.

Just go for one that's been well cared for and full service history and you won't go wrong. My favourites are the GLX and SE models as they have lots of toys inside.

I'm a member on pug306.net and I have to say that the common faults which appear on there don't really appear on the 307.
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Old 04-02-14, 07:59 AM   #3
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DO IT! You will love it. The 307 is far more comfortable and a pleasure to drive. The 307 has a lot more room and a lot more tech to play with. Engine slightly different, but if you've worked on 306 a lot your bound to find it easier. As Gibbo said, go for one that has been maintained well and you can't go wrong. Personally i'd say go for a 90BHP model so you don't have DMF and DPF to deal with.
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Old 04-02-14, 09:16 PM   #4
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Thank you both for your suggestions! Gibbo, at 5 306s that is hardcore but I completely understand! There is nothing quite like my 306. I feel a lot better about really considering a 307 now after the history!! Now time to start test driving and playing with tech! I will look into the models you have suggested.

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Old 04-02-14, 09:32 PM   #5
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I have a petrol 1.6 SE, lovely car, 63,000 ish miles on the clock when bought and still handles lovely and smoothe.

Clutch biting point is a little high and the gears are stiff (1st, 2nd and reverse) but other than that i can't fault it.
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