Let down by details
Added: 12th of October 2013
I have owned my Peugeot 407 1900 cc diesel estate for over 6 years, having bought it nearly new. It is roomy, comfortable, well-appointed since it has the highest specification of any car I have owned, a bit sluggish, but in many respects a desirable vehicle. But over the years it has been regularly let down by what appears to be a Peugeot ailment - build quality. Warning lights and sensors have regularly malfunctioned and needed expensive attention - they say that modern cars are overstuffed with technology and are starting to become less reliable as a consequence, and this certainly seems to be the case with my 407. Also, the steering and suspension don't like the less-than-pristine road surfaces in East Anglia and several components have had to be repeatedly replaced, again expensively, even though the mileage is very low for the car's age. I suspect these elements harbour a design weakness. In all these respects the 407 compares unfavourably with the Peugeot 405 and 406 which I owned previously. In sum, it is potentially an excellent car spoiled by lack of attention to assembly detail. It hasn't been manufactured for a couple of years now, and I would advise anyone considering buying one to inspect it with a fine-tooth comb first. On the other hand they may be getting a bargain, because prices are low, and the diesel engine in the larger Peugeots is legendary for durability. But I'm afraid that on the strength of my overall experience with this car, it will be the last of my six Peugeots.