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hi all, im just looking for any advice for looking at used 407sw.

I have found a 55 plate Executive that has high miles (130k) but is obviously very attractively priced. im going to have a look at it this week and wondered is there anything i should be wary of or on the look out for?

I always go for high milage cars as i believe you get more spec for your money and i have done pretty well so far but my last one a "renault laguna sport tourer" which had done 110k ended up costing me a small fortune due to electrical faliures which had i researched the car a bit i would have found that they are notorius for electrical problems. luckily some idiot decided not to stop at a junction and embedded himself in the side of me a few weeks ago and totalled the car, and as no one was hurt that turned out to be a result for me :thumb:

So any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated

Regards higsta :cool:
 

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Hello Pal. As always, check the service history is complete and upto date. Electrics can be problematic on all Peugeot's also I'm afraid, but just make sure you check everything is working before you hand over your readies. There are loads of independant Pug specialists out there, (some even have access to Peugeot Planet 2000 Dealer Diag Software!), so if you do have a problem you do not need to worry about expensive main dealer labour rates. The front hubs are prone to excecssive wear on all 407's due to the suspension set up, this is covered under warranty were applicable, and is easy to check. Lift the front wheels clear off the ground and try to shake the front wheel, (like you would if checking the wheel bearings). If there is a problem you will feel movement in the wheel when you shake it, but it's a simple fix, and again, an Independant would just change the causal part, a dealer would probably quote you for full hubs on both sides, ouch!
You don't mention what engine it is, I'm guessing it's an HDi with the mileage? If so, check if it has a FAP filter, (most 407 HDi's do, i think there is only the 2.2 HDi with a certain spec that doesn't have one), and if it has, check if it has been examined at the relevant services, (I think it is advised every 60k?, but it is not a required part of the service, so often gets overlooked). Also try and check the level of the FAP fluid, (also called Eolys fluid), there is a small tank under the car that holds 5 litres of the stuff, and it's around about £30 per litre! If the tank is dry, then the FAP filter cannot work properly, and will get blocked. If there is any problem in this area, there should be a warning on the dash top display. Make sure you have a long test drive to maximise the chances of any warning lights illuminating, as they do not always stay on constantly. Hope this helps. The 407 is a great car, (all car's have their own problems, mainly caused these days by all the wizardry required to meet emissions controls. I recently had a Skoda Superb 1.9TDi - never again, and Skoda are consistently top of the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey!). I currently run a 407 Executive Saloon, 2.0 HDi Auto Tiptronic. It's a bit heavier on fuel than my last 407, same engine but a manual box, but I don't care, I love it.
If you have any doubts, a Peugeot Dealer, or reputable Independant can plug the car into the Diag machine, they can then read the ECU and check if there are any fault codes stored, (as any fault should be logged in the ECU, even if it is not apprarent in the vehicle itself). The dealership where I work usually charge 1/2 an hours labour to read the ECU, download any fault codes, and provide you with a print out accordingly.
 

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thanks for the heads up on those items :thumb:

im veiwing 2 high milers this week .... firstly a 55 plate 2.0 hdi Executive with 130k on the clock 1 owner and some history and the seller doesnt think its Pug History. And secondly a 05 plate 2.0 hdi SE with 100k on the clock 1 owner and full pug history.

Will post as soon as there is any development.
 
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