Is it better or worse than your previous car?
Getting my 508 1.6 gt line in 3 weeks, hope it's better than my Passat ?
Getting my 508 1.6 gt line in 3 weeks, hope it's better than my Passat ?
My wife didn’t like driving my previous 508 SW GT 6 speed auto. She thought it too big and hard work to drive. She loves driving the new 508. Small steering wheel like her 208, and very light power steering. She drives it with confidence.I echo the replies from Idler and Blue407. Thoroughly pleased with the car and the main gripes I have are two software issues - mono air con mode not working and slow responses from the steering wheel control for radio/media. Both minor issues and I think the latter has been resolved with a software update.
My previous car was the original 508 in 2.2HDi SW GT guise. It was a good car but this one is better in many ways, including being more refined, easier to manoeuvre (I like the small steering wheel), more nimble, more modern features and gorgeous to look at! I’ve noticed a lot of people turn their heads or do a double take to look at it and colleagues have shown an interest.
I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!
It does feel like a smaller car and is much lighter. My old 508 SW felt comparatively like it had the turning circle of a super tanker!My wife didn’t like driving my previous 508 SW GT 6 speed auto. She thought it too big and hard work to drive. She loves driving the new 508. Small steering wheel like her 208, and very light power steering. She drives it with confidence.
Yes, I have been a loyal pug owner since buying a used 406 2.0L petrol GLX in 1996 after having driven Ford Ecort and Vauxhall Cavalier company cars for many years and have been more than happy with pug ever since. I then wanted a bigger boot and went for 406 2.0L GLX estate, then changed to diesel 406 2.0L estate for better economy, then the executive version. I then went down to 307 SW with 7 seats, but missed the large boot so then went for the 407 SW, followed by 2 508 SW’s until the new 508 came out. My wife had a 308, then a 208 and now the new 208. I guess you can say we are hooked, but all have performed very well and never put a foot wrong. They may be a bit more expensive than their competitors, but after finding a very good dealership locally I am loathed to change.Seem to be a few loyal Peugeot buyers. ..think the last one I was in was a 205 gti in the late 80's.
I always get excited when it's time to get a new car, I picked this one on looks inside and out, hopefully the drive will add to the package!
I didn’t know until very recently that the stop/start on the diesel 508 stops the engine as you slow down to 12mph, as you mentioned. On the petrol version it doesn’t stop the engine until you slow to 1mph. However I think that’s six of one, half a dozen of the other - with the petrol version I find that it can end up stopping for less than a second when I’m in slow moving traffic and it’s annoying so I’ve got into the habit of disabling stop/start in that type of traffic.I had two 308s before so I'm used to the smaller steering wheel, in fact I quite like it. The touchscreen is similar as well so I knew what's where etc.
I haven't done much driving on country roads but so far it seems to handle quite well. It sits well on the road as you'd expect from a larger car.
There's a few reviews on Youtube, I watched the CarWow one and another that I think was in Poland but he gig it in english. Both mention the 'typical Peugeot' suspension noise when going over bumps but I can't notice it myself.
They aren't the quickest in terms of acceleration but as with the 308, I think Peugeot have the gearing more biased towards economy.
What is noticeable on the 508 is how over zealous the stop/start is. It's common for it to stop the engine at about 12mph when coming to a stop, not a problem because the power steering is electric. However, I like to lift off the brake a bit at the last minute to get a smooth stop, if you do that the engine starts up again so some stops can feel a bit abrupt. I've also had it stop when going over speed bumps and when turning a corner slowly, but it starts up that quickly that it's not a problem for me anyway.
What has taken me some time to get used to is the lane keeping assistance, particularly if you try changing lanes without indicating. It's a bit like driving Herbie, I'm trying to steer one way and the steering wheel is trying to go the other. There's a switch on the RH side of the dash near the drivers door to turn it off, but it resets itself every time you switch off.
If you haven't already done so, go here INFOTEC - Service Box Peugeot and click on the 508 image. You can then download the full handbook, the paper handbook supplied is a cut down version.
There is one downside and that's the frameless doors when it's frosty. Frost and ice along the window seal across the door stops the glass from dropping when opening the door. I've found sliding my thumb nail between the seal and the glass is enough to allow the door to open properly.
What is handy is that you can change gear with the paddles when in D, you don't have to put it in M. I use it when approaching speed cameras on a downward slope, I just flick it down a couple of cogs just to stop it running away.
I enjoy driving it and I'd definitely have another.
I hate the stop/start system and was very pleased when my battery charge fell to below 76% which meant the stop/start would no longer be activated. I believe it has only been implemented to comply with emission regulations. I believe it will be bad long term for engine reliability. It requires a bigger (and more expensive) battery which will probably require replacing after 3 years. It needs different (and more expensive) starter motor and alternator. I think it bad for the big-end bearings as the oil bearing has a chance to drain making it lose the oil bearing when the foot is lifted off the brake pedal. I never had it stop on me before being stationary though as you guys report, but is very annoying when slowly nudging up to a parking bay when trying to get close to an obstacle and it keep cutting out as you temporary stop. At least on the new 508 there is a touch button on the dash to stop it cutting out instead of opening the flap below the steering column to press the button as on the previous 508. As yet I have not found a way of switching it off on my wife’s new 208, but during the last week it has stopped ‘stopping’ probably due to the battery charge depletion. I was shocked last year when I was on holiday in the US with my American friend and our hire car. It was a Chrysler with stop/start and he had not come across it before. He kept stalling it and I couldn’t understand why until I realised he was driving with left foot on brake and right foot on accelerator. As he was hitting the gas immediately the engine didn’t have time to start.The stop/start on the 308s that I had seemed to be affected more by the heater/air con settings than the 508, my 508 will also cut out in less than half a mile. I think there's a lot of battery monitoring/management going on as well, a cold start sapping the battery a bit probably means that it'll want to recover a bit more first.
I've got to say though that the Peugeot stop/start system is very good, I've never had my foot on the pedal waiting for it to fire up.
Yes,i may have given the wrong impression in my earlier reply. I’m not against stopping pollution and anything we can do to help is ok, but I think stop/start is bad for the mpg efficiency and unless the engine is stopped for more than a few minutes what pollution is saved is made up for by starting the car up again and bringing it to running efficiency again, let alone being bad to the long term reliability of the engine. I dont think we will see trucks using start/stop and they generate far more pollutants. With mostly short journeys now that I do being retired my 508 battery is more often not performing start/stop. After coming home from a longer trip of say 250 miles it resumes start/stop, but only for a few days. Now that my wife’s 208 has been running around town for a couple of weeks it has also stopped so I am happy with that. In my opinion the manufacturers are only paying lip service to government leglistlation at the moment in attempting to aim for targets they set.I remember reading that Citroen introduced stop/start on a small car around 2005, I think the Japs dabbled with it back in the 70s. It's been around a long time albeit in a limited capacity, it would be interesting to know how much difference it makes to the mpg.
I wouldn't like it with a manual 'box because it's all a bit of a faff but I can't ever see myself having a manual again.