So we bought a Peugeot 307 2.0
After I sold my Mercedes, I was in the market for a “new” car again. I had my heart set on a 2003-2004 Chevy Lumina SS. I then decided to hit up a few car companies for a possible long-term car instead, but that campaign simply ended in disaster, for obvious no-magazine-so-you-suck reasons. To absolutely avoid the horrendously racist taxi service, my family still needed another car, so I went hunting for that Lumina again. Last Friday, after this loser Lumina owner cancelled our meeting yet again, I suddenly decided to save some cash and buy a sporting economy car instead. After searching through the papers, skipping over funny-priced Hondas, Renaults, Tiidas and Golfs, I found a reasonably-valued 2005 Peugeot 307 2.0 3-door. I went to see it and bought it at once. It is not the most perfect car, but I’ve been known to make a lot of spontaneous decisions.
And yet again, I have a car from yet another country. The French aren’t known for the most reliable of cars, but the 307 has proven itself to be mechanically sound, if electrically retarded. So far, the car drives fairly well, with quirks that are probably design flaws rather than any real problem, such as a delayed throttle response and a mild thud when shifting into reverse. It has only done 40,000 km and ever-so-slightly neglected thanks to its lady owner, and I picked it up for a total expenditure of Dhs 26,000.
So far, the only real problems are a few dents and dings, a dying centre-console display and an “airbag fault” light, but these are just minor niggles. The 307 is known to show false warnings due to worn-out sensors, so I know the six(!) airbags will deploy when needed. The Europeans would’ve been all over this if airbags weren’t deploying, like the storm caused by Audi TTs killing drivers and Mercedes A-Classes flipping over.
Compared side-by-side with the class-leading new Honda Civic, this 307 is as expected. Same horsepower, much more torque, and way better handling that makes it worth the 2nd-hand price alone. Notable features in my rare 3-door 2.0 include glove-like sports seats, in-dash CD changer, big sunroof, auto up-down windows and auto-folding mirrors. Rear access is tight but quick, and the legroom back there is exactly the same as that of the 5-door version.
This purchase, even if sudden, is a calculated risk, as I researched the car heavily beforehand. As we clean up this 307, I’ll go over more details about the car. It will be interesting to keep track of a French automobile, and see if the stereotypes about reliability are true.