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Old 28-01-13, 12:36 PM   #1
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Hi all,
My first post on here so please be gentle with me!

My beloved 206 has recently been written off in a smash, so the time has come to buy a new car. After a lot of faithful motoring from my 206, have decided that I'm needing a bit more space and a little bit more power.

I'm currently looking at a 55 reg, 307 HDi 1.6 S that suits my needs. Mileage is 99k. Has a full service history and receipts to back up work undertaken. Price is 2500.

I asked about the cambelt and the salesman said it wouldn't need doing until 150k or 10 years. I changed my cambelt on my 206 at 68k/8 years old. I found a timing belt interval checker online and it says 96k or 10 years, found something else online which said 144k or 8 years. Rang pug who wouldn't tell me unless I wanted to book it in, try explaining you can't book in a car which you don't own was slightly more difficult than it should've been! (I just want to know the interval!).

Spoke to my own mechanic who says that he would recommend it being changed because he wouldn't take any chances as it is almost 8 years old and gave me a quote of 290 plus vat and possibly about 25 more if a new water pump is needed.

So....advice really, would the cambelt need doing straightaway (no sign of any juddering or misfiring) or is there a greater interval recommended.

I don't mind doing it as long as that's reflected in what I pay for the car but dealer is insistent the interval is 150k or 10 years.

Edited to say: I do use my car for motorway travelling, I do a 370 mile trip once a fortnight and a 120 mile round trip every week. Do try to avoid using the car around town if I can possibly do so (only as parking is a nightmare financially here!)

Any advice is appreciated
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Old 28-01-13, 12:48 PM   #2
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The 206's are more reliable! but as far as the cambelt is concerned if there is no history of it being done and your going to keep the car for along time then I would say just get it done..
O and get the water pump and auxillary belt replaced at the same time
As for the price it depends if you want to spend that much, what condition is it in? and what gadgets are there? Ie air-con, e-windows, leather seats, and o on
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I loved my 206! Sadly with two growing girls and buggies, it became a bit too small in the end!

It's in overall good condition, I've seen worse, interior and exterior both in pretty top notch condition, has electric windows in the front (not in the rear), air con. Full Peugeot service history as well.

I would be keeping the car for the foreseeable future as size wise it suits me and gadget wise, as long as I have air con and a CD player I'm pretty happy.

I would see the cambelt as money well spent but equally, I do want the price of the car to reflect I've got to do that work and if course everyone wants a bargain!

I'd not anticipated having to ever replace my 206, I had it in 2002 from new and we were very happy together, she never gave me any problems and my cambelt was my biggest expense, it only once failed its MOT which was less than 50 to put right, 30 a year to tax, 500+ miles to a full tank. It was an absolute gem!
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Old 28-01-13, 01:30 PM   #4
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Is it the 110BHP 1.6? If so I'd say look for another.

There's no shortage of 90bhp 307s out there, and you won't have particulate filter or dual mass flywheel clutch problems.
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Yes, it is the 90 BHP version

I wouldn't touch a DMF after problems the Mr had on a Vectra we had.

Thanks for pointing that out, as I wouldn't initially have thought to check that, much appreciated as I could've made a costly error.
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I think there is a mistake here: Don't forget that we have French cars that are sold to markets that are mostly 100% metric.

I was told by a Peugeot mechanic that my 407 required a cam-belt change at 160,000 miles - I think he must have meant 160,000 Km, which is 99,419 miles i.e. 100,000 miles, and far more sensible.

Likewise, your 93,000 miles sounds much more like 150,000 Km (which is 93,205 miles) rather than 150,000 miles.

Change it earlier rather than later.
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Hi all,
My first post on here so please be gentle with me!

My beloved 206 has recently been written off in a smash, so the time has come to buy a new car. After a lot of faithful motoring from my 206, have decided that I'm needing a bit more space and a little bit more power.

I'm currently looking at a 55 reg, 307 HDi 1.6 S that suits my needs. Mileage is 99k. Has a full service history and receipts to back up work undertaken. Price is 2500.

I asked about the cambelt and the salesman said it wouldn't need doing until 150k or 10 years. I changed my cambelt on my 206 at 68k/8 years old. I found a timing belt interval checker online and it says 96k or 10 years, found something else online which said 144k or 8 years. Rang pug who wouldn't tell me unless I wanted to book it in, try explaining you can't book in a car which you don't own was slightly more difficult than it should've been! (I just want to know the interval!).

Spoke to my own mechanic who says that he would recommend it being changed because he wouldn't take any chances as it is almost 8 years old and gave me a quote of 290 plus vat and possibly about 25 more if a new water pump is needed.

So....advice really, would the cambelt need doing straightaway (no sign of any juddering or misfiring) or is there a greater interval recommended.

I don't mind doing it as long as that's reflected in what I pay for the car but dealer is insistent the interval is 150k or 10 years.

Edited to say: I do use my car for motorway travelling, I do a 370 mile trip once a fortnight and a 120 mile round trip every week. Do try to avoid using the car around town if I can possibly do so (only as parking is a nightmare financially here!)

Any advice is appreciated
hi just to say he is a sales person for a reason is if no proof of it being done i would say it has not and if travel on motorway would recomend on any car you buy to do it as will put mind at rest and to find out things like service intervals and when and what needs changing might be worth a look on autodata if like the car try and play the sales person back at him trying to get the price down to pay for the cambelt as they are going to tell you all the good things and its up to you to find the bad things but on the positive side its the hdi 90bhp
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Well, wow, Thanks all, you've all been really helpful.

Firstly to reply to PureJoe- I think you've hit the nail on the head and he's got his KM/Miles incorrect, I thought 150k would be pushing it on a cambelt!

deanonew- again, you're right, he's a salesman and wants to sell. On the plus side it is the 90Bhp model and there are plenty about so I can walk away and wait for another to come up, if I can't get it at the price I like.

I kind of feel a bit lost buying a car, I'd always been so happy with my 206, I'd anticipated having to purchase another car when it eventually died or became uneconomical to continue to repair or such. What I didn't anticipate was a van driver deciding to drive head on at us and failing to stop, rendering the 206 a write off.

The car was substantially damaged yet when it was lifted from the crash, it still started!
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Old 28-01-13, 03:00 PM   #9
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Belt due on that engine at 150k miles or ten years is correct.

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