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Hi all,

I am after some expert advice on how to go about inspecting and possibly buying a 207. I am anxious after reading some of the reports on this forum of the potential problems that may be inherent with the car. It's a 2008 plate done 20k miles with FSH. CAn you please advice what I should be looking out for and what questions I need to ask, that is apart from the obvious ones.
 

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I can't claim to be an expert so I would hesitate to to put you on any bum steers....so I won't. But there is one thing to remember. There are many types of vehicle forums from owners clubs to ones like this. People tend to post on here looking for answers or at least advice regarding problems they are experiencing with their vehicle. Very few if any people are going to bother to post the news that they have just bought a car and there is nothing wrong with it....or that they've had a car for 5 years and never had a problem! So what you get is a preponderance of posts about problems and rarely anything about trouble-free motoring so you get a skewed view and the impression that 207's are very unreliable and liable to break as soon as you've driven out of the showroom!

While I'm not an expert I am experienced with ownership of Peugeot cars. Here's my history....

!996-2000 106 1.1 (new). Problems...none really. Parts purchased...Front tyres and pads and exhaust back box. 2 MOT passes with no advisories.

2000-2010 206 1.4SE (new) (I had it for three years and then my wife claimed it for the rest of its life) Problems....failed injector (5th year)...had to buy the whole lot as not available separately (£185) Front pads and tyres. Had shoes checked after about 5 years....no problem. In ten years this car never even blew a bulb nor needed an exhaust after 87k miles!. Still running well after 10 years but was starting to look very tired. Wife got £1200 quid for it in Part X against a 2 year old Chevrolet. In 10 years never failed an MOT!

2003-2007 307 1.6 110BHP petrol Rapier (new). Problems....none. Parts needed....front pads and tyres and one brake light bulb (although I changed both) 74k miles in the 4 years I had it. Passed two MOT's with no advisories.

2007-2013 207 1.4 16v 90BHP A/C. (new) Problems....brake light switch (£30 odd) Other problems...none. Parts needed, front pads and full set tyres after 4 years. Best car I ever had in 43 years of driving. Why did I get rid of it....got bored with it...like an old pair of shoes! Ran as sweet as a nut for much longer than I normally keep cars. And I still miss it!

2013 present 207cc 1.6VTi GT 120BHP:). 3 years old (59 reg) First used car I've bought for 25 years (because I'm retired now and can't afford new cars at this level) 21k miles. Bit of a problem with a well known fault of a rattling roof. Sorted with the help of a few kind souls on here. Only had it 2 months so can't be definitive but so far I love it.

So the moral of the story is ......remember the reason why most posters post on here! Take what you want from my history but as a result of it I would have no hesitation in recommending any Peugeot model that I have had, especially the 207. Go and get one!
 

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207 1.6 XS Sports

Thanks Davrobate, I have opted to check it out and if it drives as good as it looks I will be buying. Its a private sale so have to be doubly careful. Do you know what the difference is berween the XS model and the GT?
 

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207 1.6 XS Sports

Thanks a lot, that link was very useful, never realised there is so many different models
 

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Thanks a lot, that link was very useful, never realised there is so many different models
No problem,also check everything does its thing,my 207 1.4 Vti has rear speaker pods but no speakers(Peugeot spec)and headlight leveller switch seems to do nothing.Also ensure your spare wheel is included in spec or you'll end up with a can of tyre filler in the boot instead.
 

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Thanks Shep64 - brought the 207 home last night, drove really well and everything seems to be ok. The only thing I found missing is the owner's handbook, if you come accross one for sale please let me know.
 

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207 Owners manual

You can try freepdfb.com/pdf/peugeot-207-owners- manual for a free download.

I'd scan it first though as I've never actually used the website myself but it looks ok. There are other sites that offer free downloads and if I can remember the adresses I'll post them too.

Enjoy your motor!
 

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207 owners manual

Yeah, if you google' peugeot 207 owners manual free download' quite a few sites come up offering just that (too many to list here). I'm sure you already know this but just make sure you uncheck all the boxes so you are not downloading all kinds of other crap along with it! I know' I've made that mistake myself.

The hatchback handbooks are all the same whatever the model with a lot of 'depending on model' information, or at least they used to be. Only the cc has a dedicated one. If you don't fancy downloading one I'm sure your local Peugeot dealer could get you one although I've no idea how much they would charge.

You can also download a workshop manual for £9.99 from emanual or order a hard copy from Amazon for the same price (Haynes) It covers the 1.4 16v...1.4 Vti...1.6 Vti ....and 1.6 Vti Turbo engines as well as all the other usual stuff. I got that for my last car, hatchback, but it still has useful bits here and there for my cc such as brakes, suspension etc.

Good luck.
 

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Took your advice and got a 207 - no regrets so far, very nice car.
So you took the plunge Wingers:) Think you'll find it's a good choice.
Worth checking your front discs/pads as when I bought mine at 23k needed changing.Europarts are a good option and seen they've got 20% off again.
Also if you get a rattle from back of car,just try a wrap of insulation tape round the boot catch before you go any further.
 

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So you took the plunge Wingers:) Think you'll find it's a good choice.
Worth checking your front discs/pads as when I bought mine at 23k needed changing.Europarts are a good option and seen they've got 20% off again.
Also if you get a rattle from back of car,just try a wrap of insulation tape round the boot catch before you go any further.
Thanks for the advice Shep4, it needs front discs and pads, slight wobble in discs, also an annoying rattle in the boot needs sorting, I'll try wrapping insulation tape around the bottom catch.

Also Shep4, I was thinking of fitting an ipod /USB connector. Do you happen to know if its an easy job that a DIY'er can do.
 

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Thanks for the advice Shep4, it needs front discs and pads, slight wobble in discs, also an annoying rattle in the boot needs sorting, I'll try wrapping insulation tape around the bottom catch.

Also Shep4, I was thinking of fitting an ipod /USB connector. Do you happen to know if its an easy job that a DIY'er can do.
Hi Wingers,have you not got an mp3/auxuillary connector in glovebox?
If not then I'm sure ebay do connector kits but I don't know what sort of job it is to fit.
 

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Hi Wingers,have you not got an mp3/auxuillary connector in glovebox?
If not then I'm sure ebay do connector kits but I don't know what sort of job it is to fit.
Thanks Shep64, the insulation tape worked a treat no more rattles.

As for the Auc connections I don't think there is one in the glovce compartment or I can't see anything that resemles one. I'll go on e-bay and seek a kit for fitting.
 
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