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Old 03-09-17, 06:59 PM   #1
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Hey guys.

I'm buying a Peugeot 307 CC S 1.6l

I want to know what I should and shouldn't do to the car, and am about to ask some questions.
I'm new to modifying cars or changing them in ANY way, so please be kind and as helpful as possible

I want to fit a 2din android touchscreen stereo. I know I will need to cut out the center plastic part to make it compatible.
The car I'm buying doesn't come with cruise control, however I am buying a stalk which will allow it to work (once I get it programmed at a Peugeot garage)

1) Will I be able to use cruise control without having the original stereo in the Peugeot?
"pdg's" A) I don't think the cruise is related to the stereo, so you should be alright on that front.

I also want to tint the windows on my car.

2) What tint would you recommend? I was thinking 70% front, 20% back.
I'm scared that the front tint will be illegal, but I can't find 75% tint anywhere

"pdg's" A) Under impression front side windows already have tint. Have them assessed to keep legality. Declare tint to 'help' avoid being an illegal factor

3) Is it worth getting the ECU tuned so that I can accelerate faster?
3.1) If yes, is it cheap to do? And how effective do you reckon it would be?

"pdg's" A) Acceleration isn't necessary. Girls aren't impressed by fast starts and wheelspins.

If I have more questions I'll edit this. Same with if a question has been answered.
Thank you all SO much for your time, as I know these are probably stupid questions .

Kind regards,
George.

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Old 03-09-17, 07:18 PM   #2
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1. I don't think the cruise is related to the stereo, so you should be alright on that front.

2. I was under the impression that the front side windows already had a tint, so to be sure to remain legal the only way is to get them assessed first - decent tinting shops should have a transmission meter. Or just wing it and hope for the best - but keep a full wallet for when your insurance refuses to pay out if you pull out on someone (any tint at all will trigger this response unless it's certified and declared, and even then will likely be construed as a contributory factor).

3. Are you a new driver? You should declare a remap and it'll really hike your insurance premium (unless you're old like me) - why do you want to accelerate faster anyway - just want to lose it on that corner and plough into a church sooner? And define faster - my 30 year old BMW motorbike will outdrag a 307 whatever the ecu has had done to it Plus, girls aren't impressed by fast starts and wheelspins... So no, not really worth it from that perspective.

3.1. Depends what you call cheap - a hundred quid for an unreliable back alley job that just uses fuel faster?

Honestly, a bloody good service will be a better way to spend money. And with the way the roads are now I'd rather spend the change on upgrading the rest of the audio over a remap.
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1. I don't think the cruise is related to the stereo, so you should be alright on that front.

2. I was under the impression that the front side windows already had a tint, so to be sure to remain legal the only way is to get them assessed first - decent tinting shops should have a transmission meter. Or just wing it and hope for the best - but keep a full wallet for when your insurance refuses to pay out if you pull out on someone (any tint at all will trigger this response unless it's certified and declared, and even then will likely be construed as a contributory factor).

3. Are you a new driver? You should declare a remap and it'll really hike your insurance premium (unless you're old like me) - why do you want to accelerate faster anyway - just want to lose it on that corner and plough into a church sooner? And define faster - my 30 year old BMW motorbike will outdrag a 307 whatever the ecu has had done to it Plus, girls aren't impressed by fast starts and wheelspins... So no, not really worth it from that perspective.

3.1. Depends what you call cheap - a hundred quid for an unreliable back alley job that just uses fuel faster?

Honestly, a bloody good service will be a better way to spend money. And with the way the roads are now I'd rather spend the change on upgrading the rest of the audio over a remap.
Honestly you're correct haha xD. I like a bit of fast acceleration just to get ahead of traffic. It's not too important to me though, and not worth a few hundred pounds for small improvements.

I am somewhat a new driver. Had my full licence since april, however have been driving since January. When I get the car I'll have been driving just over a year.

This car isn't for girls. I just want to personalise it for myself. Just have something I'm proud of. Honestly a good service sounds good, however I'm only really willing to spend a maximum of like 500 on the car, short term anyway.

I'm going to be forking out 200 pounds on the touch screen radio. Then have 500 left to increase performance of the vehicle. (That includes comfort and reliability. Not just speed, plus as you mentioned it's really not an important factor.)


If I'm 100% honest, what I really want to do is this

1) fit the 2din touch screen stereo/navigation system
2) get aftermarket speakers. (Heard the original speakers are a little garbage)
3) Make comfort for the backseat passengers AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE. I know the back seats in the 307 are more comfortable than the 206cc and 207cc, however apparently still aren't good enough for long journeys. I REALLY want to find a way for my passengers to be comfortable.
I've heard there's a better amount of legroom now, but it's just the upright seats that aren't nice.
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Old 03-09-17, 08:52 PM   #4
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Right, I've been driving for over 20 years and 'performance modifications' still affect my insurance more than I'd like, so with 6 months under your belt I'd really forget about performance as such - your 500 budget would likely not even cover the insurance increase from fitting a sporty exhaust. It's never ending anyway - a twin turbo V8 feels normal after a few hours behind the wheel...


Rear seats I know nothing about - but why is your passenger's comfort so important to you? Unless you're operating a luxury transport service (which a small convertible isn't the car for anyway) then you're giving them a lift - it's a favour, if they moan they can walk

As for the head unit - I recommend more thought...

The standard unit can be made more than reasonable, it is 100% compatible with the remote control and it gives you access to stuff like the clock.

Maybe - get at least one of the aux inputs activated and use an android tablet as the interface - that'll cover all the music storage and navigation requirements. You could even hide the stock head inside the dash and put a 7" tablet in the dd hole.

Sort out how they're mounted and a good set of speakers will run well off the stock head.

Of course, that sort of thing requires a certain level of skill, which doesn't come particularly cheap if you can't do it yourself...
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Right, I've been driving for over 20 years and 'performance modifications' still affect my insurance more than I'd like, so with 6 months under your belt I'd really forget about performance as such - your 500 budget would likely not even cover the insurance increase from fitting a sporty exhaust. It's never ending anyway - a twin turbo V8 feels normal after a few hours behind the wheel...


Rear seats I know nothing about - but why is your passenger's comfort so important to you? Unless you're operating a luxury transport service (which a small convertible isn't the car for anyway) then you're giving them a lift - it's a favour, if they moan they can walk

As for the head unit - I recommend more thought...

The standard unit can be made more than reasonable, it is 100% compatible with the remote control and it gives you access to stuff like the clock.

Maybe - get at least one of the aux inputs activated and use an android tablet as the interface - that'll cover all the music storage and navigation requirements. You could even hide the stock head inside the dash and put a 7" tablet in the dd hole.

Sort out how they're mounted and a good set of speakers will run well off the stock head.

Of course, that sort of thing requires a certain level of skill, which doesn't come particularly cheap if you can't do it yourself...
The reason I want the 2din android head unit it simply for the looks and functionality of being able to have it be used as a sat nav, and as a dvd player.

I know I'll lose functionality of the clock, but I'm not too fussed about that as the android head unit will have a clock displayed on it.

I'm not the best technical person when it comes to cars. When it comes to computers, I find solving problems ridiculously easy. However wiring is not my specialised skill xD.
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Old 04-09-17, 07:21 AM   #6
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I didn't mean any form of discouragement by the way - I've been through doing the modification stuff and it's a good way to learn.

It's just that these days it's a lot more expensive, and awkward in a way.

For the stereo, I was only saying to consider the original because of the partial integration - my 307 is the first car I've ever had where I've even considered keeping the factory fit head (although, it's not staying much like Peugeot intended...)

By all means change things and have fun doing it.
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