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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Guys - a few rants and ramblings...

The receint purchase of a 307 has introduced me to Peugeot, after many years in Fords, Honda, BMW, MINI, Toyota and Jaguar ownership.

Having read on here about the nightmares of 307 ownership (he says tempting fate), I dont think that the issues are all that bad, assuming you either know what you are doing or have a dealer that does.

I agree that the electonics are "complex" to some, but its just a sign of a modern design. BMW etc were doing things this way for years before other "mainstream" manufacturers made the change.

I do think that the lack of aftermarket diagnostic kit at a reasonable price adds salt to the many wounds... if there was a "cheap" alternative, such as Autoenginuity (which offers dealer level diags to most elements [other than coding]) then more non-main dealers would get more efficient at repairing them. Most smaller garages will not invest the £400-£600 for a one marque diagnostic kit.

So - my work so far on the 307... its been a dream! :thumb:

The car is a 1.4 HDi with 80k miles, and a service book stamped by main and independant (non specialist) dealers.

When I bought the car, it had done 100miles since last service and MOT time, and when inspected, I would not have given it a pass.

Even with a stamped book and receipts... the car has needed:
  1. Replaced rear exhaust box - even the exhaust putty was held on by more putty.
  2. Coolant changed - must have had a new radiator or hose as concentration was offering little frost protection.
  3. Brake fluid flushed/changed.
  4. Replaced rear brake calipers - on both sides, some twat must have used long nose pliers to try and retract the pistons and subsequently ripped the dust seals on both sides!
  5. Replaced rear disks and pads - both disks were corroded to the point of bits falling off the braking surface plus pads only contacting 1/2 of disk area.
  6. Adjust handbrake - efficiencly only on OSR.
  7. Replaced air filter - again, some twat has stabbed the filter with a screwdriver, ripping the bottom of many pleats (duh! - no holes once it was mounted up as pressure closed holes)
  8. Replaced polen filter plus did an "aircon clean"
  9. Fuel filter replaced - old one looked like it had been replaced a long time ago (non-peugeot, so must have been done sometime).
  10. Fix OSR door - was sticking and required a heavy pull to open.
  11. Fix front bumper and arch liners - half of clips missing, those present were loose, and ty-wrapps holding a lot together. I bought more OE clips and put it back the way its meant to be.
  12. New rear shock absorbers - NSR appeared to have been leaking - which was weird as they feel like they are gas, not oil. OSR dust cover/gaiter was ripped - heaven knows what happened there!
  13. Other than that lot, its been a clean and tidy up - mudflaps, a cheap set of OE alloys, return to original Cd player... oh, and clean that grubby head lining.

What I must say however, is that although the car is deffinately built to a price, working on it has been so simple and straightforward, with each job being so quick and without hassle. You cannot say that of most manufacturers where more thought has been put into ease of build rather than ease of maintenance!

So - wonder what will be next - I would be interested in hearing Betty's list of service work given the very high miles he has done in his charriots!

Stepping off soap box now.


Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Fix OSR door - was sticking and required a heavy pull to open

^^ That one seems to be getting more common i've noticed!

And i know what you mean about simpleness, fixed a dropped window on a 97 golf the other week, and even removing the door panels was a nightmare! at least on the 307 they have the courtesy to come off by themselves :lol:

All joking aside, apart from the need for diagnostics constantly, everything else seems to be pretty straightforward, have read somewhere on new golfs you cant even change the brake pads without the dealer electronically retracting the pistons via computer, now that would be a pain in the arse!!

Discussion Starter · #3 ·

Yes, you are right re some modern VAGs re diags neede for "simple" brake servicing.... thats the way it will all go... eventually.

So - question for you - how difficult did you find it getting all thebits you needed to "rebuild" your damaged car?

Did you buy mostly new, or from breakers (as I expect)...? Not many 307s in breakers it seems.


Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
A good chunk of it was from ebay (bonnet, bumper, slam panel, various missing trim bits)

And fans, radiators, and other missing support brackets and hoses from car transplants near me, have a man in the know who works there so he helped me out loads

luckily the car transplants place gets a lot of modern cars in, but as you said the smaller breakers never get them :(

Think i only bought 1 new part in the whole rebuild, and even that was from ebay! :)

Main benefit of fixing one up is that everything gets checked over as we do it, that way any problems or starts of problems can get ironed out before it goes roadworthy, just hope it stays that way!

Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I know what you mean re ironing out - like when I buy a car, I like to have a thorugh look over and service, that way you know exactly what you have got....

Remaining wish is that the Peugeot service info was more complete, and easier to use. There really seems to be a lack of online detailed info.


Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Agreed, i was tempted to buy a service box cd off ebay but havent got round to it yet

haynes is ok but doesnt go into enough detail sometimes!

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hi guys , not going to go into which car needed what (can`t remember) but i think
1.brake discs and pads all round on both cars
2.coreplug failure on one (near [email protected] myself on that one)
3.anti pollution fault-dirty filter in fueltank
4.doorends at back both fell off on one car
5.crankshaft pulley on one
6.carpet on both pulling away
7.water behind dash lit up dashboard like a xmas tree
8.indicator holders rusting on one (now starting on the other)
9.back doors sticking
10.headlight misting up
11.back exhaust on both
12.middle exhaust on one
13.dirty sensors (abs) on one

if i can think of anything else i`ll come back to this,

but you know what 295,000 miles between the two cars and myself and my wife love them,
normal services and oil changes , think i must be lucky or the 307 1.4hdi is so basic theres not much to go wrong.

long live the pug.

Discussion Starter · #8 ·

Thanks for that run-down....

What was the fix for the back doors sticking?

I just took the door card off and sprayed white grease on the lock, and, bent the bracket that contacts the (exterior) door handle to the lock mechanism. That seeme dto fix it fine without any further need to disect the actual door locking "block".

Crank pulley - I thought that was not on the ford engine... only the bigger Pug HDIs..

Timing belts? done them? I bought a locking kit with the intention of doing mine soon... looks easy enough, after all its a modern engine.


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doors-got away with coppergrease and wd40

crankshaftpulley-bottom pulley?

timing belt-every 60k (at the minute thats nearly every year ),i know its meant to be every 144k or 96k for example taxi-driving , but old habits die hard,

brother-in-law does them i`m just a spectator.

didn`t have time today to get a good video david but you`ll get the .you`ll get the idea- 0-60 below 3000rpm.
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