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Old 17-08-15, 06:28 PM   #1
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Are all Peugeot money pits?
The wife has a 1.4 16v 55 plate. 40k miles
It only does about 2k a year but is always in need of the contents of my wallet.
Water pump, exhaust, rad, coil pack, then to top of the year the head gasket went,
So we get about 5 months and all is well until she comes home from her 1 mile drive home, and hay oh.... I now have water flowing out of the throttle body.
So it looks like the head work failed.
Looks like it will be time for the big car park in the sky
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Are all Peugeot money pits?
Nope, usually just poorly maintained ones.

Yours is ten years old, even if it only does 2k a year parts are going to deteriorate with age.

The very low miles is does is probably not very good for the car as it probably never gets to normal operating temperature.
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I agree I tell everyone that is looking for a low mileage car the same thing lack of use does just as much harm as lots of use as parts need a work out to keep them good.

2000 miles a year does she REALLY need a car I can do that in 3 weeks

You say she drives 1 mile home I would use a bike in the good weather it take no time to do a mile and think about a bus for the longer journeys or taxis

I go 5 miles each day to my workshop on my bike in the good weather even in winter
Ok I know there may be reasons why she needs a car but to do only 2000 miles a year ANY make of car will give trouble for the reasons gibbo already pointed out.
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+1 for the commute on the bike....save a fortune in fuel and helps keep things in check.

I also think storing the car outside without them being used also causes them to degrade.
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Yes looks like she is getting a bike. Any one got a wide load sign for her ass...
Re --mantance not a lot you can do to prevent major failure like water flowing out the throttle body.
It did get more than a good run out most weeks
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If she does enough pedaling the load wont be wide for long
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Older 206s are pretty cheap these days, I often seen Y reg or 51 plates come up for around 295 round here. If the car is just purely for getting from A to B then it might just be a case of getting one and running it into the ground and then getting rid at MOT time or if it fails.

But to be honest, I'd probably say you've just been unlucky. You wouldn't be the first person to have a second head gasket issue. I used to have an MGF and be on the MG forums and you'd see so many people report secondary failures a few months on. You should see my neighbour's one. Its an old X reg, battered to hell, used for shopping runs, and it looks like he's been carrying farm animals in it, but it just runs and runs.

The only other cheap motoring option is a scooter. You can pick up a simple 125cc one for a few hundred.
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This would be an ideal candidate for an electric only car.
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Going to have a play at weekend with it,
Just assumed its thr head again.
Think they have water aruond some throttle bodys.on the Pugs
Might get another 20 miles out of it laster her a few more weeks.
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I have a Ford Galaxy (2008) for the wife's "leisurely" use.
It has done a massive 23K in the 7 years we've had it.
It has always been parked outside and still drives and operates like new.
It has had new discs, pads and tyres, but that was just normal wear.

Had a 406 (1995) which did 12K a year for 7 years which only needed tyres and pads.

Had my 407 (2005) for 2 months and spent just under a grand on it so far.

Reckon it really is down to luck, on any motor.
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