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Peugeot 406 car: owner reviews, features and specifications

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Peugeot 406 car: owner reviews, features and specifications
Peugeot 406 car: owner reviews, features and specifications

French cars are not very popular in Russia. The only exception is the Renault brand. But, nevertheless, the French have another car that has become famous throughout the world. This is Peugeot 406 - the famous "Peugeot" from the movie "Taxi". Almost everyone knows this car. But is it worth buying such a car, and what does it represent? Peugeot 406 owner reviews and review - later in our article.


The Peugeot 406 is a French front-wheel drive D-class car, mass-produced between 1995 and 2004. For all the time of production, the car has undergone one restyling. It is also worth noting that the model was produced in three bodies:

  • Sedan.
  • Universal.
  • Coupe.
  • 406 owner reviews
    406 owner reviews

This car has become the successor to the outdated 405th model. By the way, the station wagon version was introduced in the 96th year. And the first coupe waspresented in 1997.


The design of this car was developed by the Italians from the Pininfarina studio. It must be admitted that the appearance of the car is relevant to this day. The car does not look old or boring after such a long time. The body has balanced lines and shapes. Also note that the design of the sedan and coupe was different. Below is a photo of the Peugeot 406 Coupe.

peugeot 406 owners
peugeot 406 owners

Reviews note that this car is even more eye-catching. Among the special differences, it is worth noting the optics, bumper and grille. The body has become more streamlined. The coupe in bright colors looks especially impressive. As noted by the reviews, the Peugeot 406 coupe is perfectly tuned. Owners install various body kits and wide wheels (sometimes with negative camber).

Body and corrosion

They say that the body on the Peugeot is galvanized, but time has shown the truth. As noted by the reviews, the Peugeot 406 1998 is seriously rusting after 20 years, like the BMW and Mercedes of those years. The bottom rots especially often, so you should carefully examine it before buying. The centers of corrosion are a serious reason for bargaining with the seller. By the way, some models can be repainted not at all because they were involved in an accident, but because of attempts to eliminate rust and numerous chips. We also note that the coupe body rusts the least (since it is less often used in winter).

Dimensions, clearance

Dimensions may vary depending on bodywork. But I must say that the wheelbase and height are always the same - 2.7and 1.4 meters respectively.

The Peugeot sedan is 4.56 meters long and 1.76 meters wide. The station wagon is slightly larger. It is 4.74 meters long and 1.76 meters wide. The coupe is shorter than the station wagon, but larger than the sedan. It is 4.62 meters long and 1.78 meters wide.

As for the ground clearance, it is quite solid (with the exception of the coupe version). So, the clearance is 17 centimeters. This is quite enough to drive on not the most ideal roads, of which there are most in our country. High ground clearance is a serious advantage of the Peugeot 406, according to many car owners.


Reviews say the Peugeot 406 has a less boring interior than German cars from the same period.

peugeot 406 owner reviews photo
peugeot 406 owner reviews photo

For the driver, there is a four-spoke steering wheel with the ability to adjust and comfortable seats with lateral and lumbar support. The instrument panel is arrow. On the center console there is a pair of air vents, an on-board computer, a radio tape recorder and a climate control unit. All controls are within easy reach.

Besides, the car is well equipped. At the request of the buyer, the car could come with:

  • four pillows;
  • power and memory seats;
  • leather interior (offered in three colors);
  • thermal windshield;
  • electric sunroof;
  • adaptive power steering;
  • navigation system;
  • rain and light sensors;
  • onboardcomputer;
  • climate control;
  • CD changer;
  • auto-dimming interior mirror.

On the move, the car is much more comfortable than modern budget cars. Peugeot is great for long trips. Noise isolation is not bad, ergonomics are on top - reviews say. But when buying, it is worth checking the serviceability of the air conditioner. If it does not work, this is also another reason to reduce the price when buying.


A huge number of engines were provided for this car. The weakest in the line of gasoline is a four-cylinder in-line 1.6-liter unit. By the way, it was also installed on the Peugeot of the previous model. The maximum power of this internal combustion engine is 88 horsepower. It was discontinued in 1999.

peugeot 406
peugeot 406

Next on the list is a 1.8-liter eight-valve unit. Its power is 90 forces. After restyling, a 16-valve version with a capacity of 116 forces appeared. According to reviews, the Peugeot 406 2000 with an eight-valve unit did not have hydraulic lifters, which is why the owners had to set the gaps on their own. Therefore, it is better to take only a 16-valve engine.

A two-liter naturally aspirated engine was also provided. Its power is 132 forces. After restyling, he began to give out 136 power forces. A rare example is a turbocharged two-liter engine with 147 horsepower.

Another petrol engine in the range is the naturally aspirated 2.2-litre unit with balancer shafts. The flagship is the six-cylinderV-shaped engine with 190 horsepower. The working volume is 2.9 liters. It was installed mainly on the Peugeot 406 coupe. Owner reviews say that with this engine the car had excellent dynamics. Acceleration to hundreds takes only 8.1 seconds. And the maximum speed is 240 kilometers per hour. By the way, after restyling, the French increased the power to 207 horses.

peugeot 406 owner reviews
peugeot 406 owner reviews

Diesel engines can be found mainly in Western European copies. In Russia, they have taken root a little. The most popular are the turbodiesel four-cylinder engines of the XUD series. With a working volume of 1.9 and 2.1 liters, they develop 90 and 110 power forces, respectively. A little later, this series was replaced by another - Hdi. So, the base here was a two-liter engine with a capacity of 90 horsepower. And the second motor developed 133 forces with a volume of 2.2 liters.

What kind of motor do car owners advise to take in the reviews? Peugeot 406 with a 2 liter engine (gasoline) is the best option. This engine is not as weak as a 1.8-liter and is also cheap to maintain. As for consumption, it spends relatively little - about 8 liters on the highway and 10 in the city. Well, for lovers of savings, you can consider buying a Peugeot 406 1.8. Reviews do not recommend taking a diesel. Although it is economical, it is very difficult to repair. Not every service takes on their service.

peugeot owner reviews
peugeot owner reviews

As noted by reviews, Peugeot 406 2002 (gasoline) is much easier to maintain. From replacement to replacementyou need 5 liters of oil. If the rings are not “tired”, it is not necessary to add it during operation. The air filter is changed every 15 thousand kilometers. Among the malfunctions on the motor, it is worth noting, perhaps, the air pipe. This ICE does not have any obvious sores.


At first glance, the design of the suspension is simple. Front - classic "McPherson", rear - multi-link. But it is worth noting that the car has good handling. On some versions, the rear wheels could steer. Thus, the car literally screwed into the turn, and this without any rolls. The car behaves predictably at high speed.

About suspension problems

The most common problem concerns the SHRUS. It can be cut off. Previously, you can hear a characteristic click. You need to look after the condition of the anthers.

peugeot 406 reviews
peugeot 406 reviews

As for the remaining elements, their resource directly depends on the quality of spare parts and the condition of the road surface. Ball bearings on average become unusable after 90 thousand km. The front suspension arms serve from 70 to 100 thousand. Rear floating silent blocks serve a little longer - about 140 thousand kilometers.

Summing up

So, we found out what Peugeot 406 reviews and specifications have. In general, this is a good car that boasts a stylish appearance and not the weakest engines (even with 1.8, the car picks up a hundred in 11.5 seconds). Someone is scared off by the low liquidity of Peugeot on the market, others are afraid of corrosion. ButI must say that this car will not be as expensive to maintain than competitors from Mercedes and BMW of the same years. And in terms of comfort and level of equipment, it is in no way inferior to German counterparts.

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