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Old 22-12-17, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default Thinking of buying a 307 HDI - Things to look out for?

Hi,

I'm in need of a new car early 2018, something around the 1k mark, and i've been weighing up the 307 HDI 1.6. It seems pretty ideal for me as the fuel consumption is good (I'll be working in the car).

I'd be grateful if a few of you could share your thoughts on the car and its reliability, and in particular any common problems/faults.

Specifically any common faults that I would be able to check for when viewing/test driving.

Thanks very much guys,

John
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Old 22-12-17, 06:33 PM   #2
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I think the 2 litre engine is a better bet, it seems to be more robust.
For 1k you can't expect too much, you ill be buying a car that is getting on in years and will have some miles behind it.
Having said that, 307's normally carry their years well, and if properly looked after can cover many miles without massive repair bills. Don't expect anything in your price range to be trouble free though. 307's are reasonably easy to repair, a good independent garage will mostly be happy to work on them if you don't do your own repairs.

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I think the 2 litre engine is a better bet, it seems to be more robust.
For 1k you can't expect too much, you ill be buying a car that is getting on in years and will have some miles behind it.
Having said that, 307's normally carry their years well, and if properly looked after can cover many miles without massive repair bills. Don't expect anything in your price range to be trouble free though. 307's are reasonably easy to repair, a good independent garage will mostly be happy to work on them if you don't do your own repairs.

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Yeah, I forgot to mention I'll be looking to PX my current car so we're probably looking more towards 1500 but I gather that'll be with a lot of miles.

I used to drive a 306 HDI that was still going strong well over 150k miles so I'm hoping to grab a 307 at or around the 100k mark and go from there. I do expect to spend at least another 500 or so over the course of a year on essential services etc like the cambelt, clutch etc.

I'm curious to know if there are any big problems with these cars that I should check for when viewing? Anything that might scream 'no!', ya know?

If I can get a car from 100k and run it to 150k I'll be very happy.

The 2.0 is tempting as I had the 2.0 hdi 306, but the 1.6 does an extra 6mpg with my driving circumstances which does mean quite a lot in the long run.

Cheers for the reply,

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Old 22-12-17, 08:49 PM   #4
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2 litre all the way 1.6 does more mpg but is more prone to issues 2 litre will be more reliable in long term and if you get a 90hp you will get no DPF or dual mass flywheel to worry about basically same as your old 306.

1.6 HDI can be reliable if well serviced and driven properly but if neglected it will give trouble where a neglected 2 litre is still likely to be reliable.
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Ive got 2 litre 90 hp year ago only minor problems 240k on clock it works perfectly

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That's really useful information, thanks...

The 90bhp variant, what year were those made? Or were they made alongside the more powerful option?

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All years generally lower spec variants though.

90 can be a bit slow but with a few tweeks will be just as good as 110 without DPF to worry about but as i say it is basically what your 306 had they were 90s too.
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All years generally lower spec variants though.

90 can be a bit slow but with a few tweeks will be just as good as 110 without DPF to worry about but as i say it is basically what your 306 had they were 90s too.
*nod* 90bhp would be fine...

Say I opt for a higher spec one, is the DPF really that much of a pita?
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If car is used properly then no but it does need maintained and this is what causes the issue people dont look after them or drive the cars properly.

You also get the dual mass flywheel on more powerful cars and this also fails before the clutch does generally.
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I've got a 1.6 110 sw se, 155k on it and bar a few niggles and teething troubles it's fine.

It'd been sat about for a while when I bought it, and that's what I blame for the self curing limp mode incident 2 days after I bought it...

Niggles include having to fix the spare wheel winch, fix the rear exhaust heat shield and having to replace 2 tyres in time for MOT.

I did feel a bit of concern for the dpf for a while given all the scare stories about them (and the fact I apparently don't drive it properly...), but I've since decided not to be bothered and if/when it gives trouble I'll bung on a 100 aftermarket unit if flushing doesn't work.

All in all, not bad for a 400 car.
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