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    What to look for when you buy a 206


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    What to look for when you buy a 206

    Post by redhot on Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:43 am

    What to look for when buying a 206

    'V5' Log book and 'VIN'

    Sections: 1. Registered keeper 2. Previous keeper 3. Special notes 4. Vehicle details 5. Registered keeper 6. New keeper 7. Vehicle changes 8. Declaration 9. Trade sale 10. New keeper supplement 11. Export.

    Is the seller’s name and address the same as the name and address in the 'V5' log book? If not, ask why not, and decide if you trust the answer.

    Check everything on the log book is spelt correctly and there have been no alterations made to the document. If you are in doubt about whether a log book is genuine, call the DVLA helpline on 0870 240 0010

    Does the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate on the car match the number on the V5? The VIN plate can be in several places (The car hand book should tell you where it is, but usually it is under the bonnet, on the windscreen or near the driver’s door or seat.)

    Service book

    •Has the service book been regularly stamped?
    •Do the stamps match the MOT and any receipts?
    •Are key service details listed? For example, cam belt changes - see model specific checks for the key service issues on this car.

    Data Check ('HPI check')

    Data (or HPI) checks tell you whether a car has any outstanding finance, been declared a write-off or been stolen. It is essential that you have your own check done, to ensure:
    •The car is not owed to a finance company
    •The car has not been written-off
    •The car is not stolen
    •The VIN number on the car matches the one the data check provides

    Evolutions of Peugeot 206 (1998 - Present):

    Year Change or development

    -1998 206 range launched in UK.
    -1999 2.0 GTi (137bhp) with ABS, sports instruments and seats in leather and suede effect trim. 2.0 HDi D Turbo (90bhp) launched with PAS, ABS, air-con, remote central locking, elec front windows.
    -2000 2.0 HDi LX and GLX; specifications as petrol models.
    -2001 Coupe Cabriolet launched:1.6 SE, 2.0 SE.
    -2002 SW estate introduced, 1.1, 1.4, 1.6, 2.0 HDi, XL.
    -2003 Revised GTi launched with 180bhp engine.

    Bodywork Checks

    Standard checks to make on all cars:

    Is bodywork free from dents, scratches or other marks? Squat down on your haunches and look along the sides of the car to check for dents. Ripples, small craters or swirly scratches in the paintwork indicate it has been given a quick top coat re-spray.

    Pull back rubber seals and lift door handles right up. Are the colours the same (but less faded)? If the colour under the rubber looks older than the rest or if there is a build up of paint where there has been an overspray it has been repaired. This tells you the car has been involved in some kind of accident, but it may be minor. You only need to worry if it looks like the car may have been in a major accident (see other checks below).

    Do both bumpers and all the car’s panel colours match? Are all the gaps between panels (known as shut lines) consistent and evenly spaced? Any big gaps may mean the car has had a poor quality repair after a fairly major accident.

    Look at the number plates and the reflective mirrors in the back of headlights. Do they all match? If one headlight is darker than the other or the number plates don’t match, it may have been in an accident

    Open the boot and bonnet. Does all the metal look the same colour? Different colours tell you there have been major bodywork repairs.
    Is the windscreen free from major cracks or chips?

    Are all the locks the same? If not, ask why not. Changed locks can mean the car was stolen or broken into.

    Paint Work. Never see cars in the rain or twilight as either condition makes it harder to sport defects.
    If paintwork has white marks that rub off with a light rub, it is probably old polish that hasn’t been removed. Whilst it looks bad, it is a good sign; the car will usually clean up well.

    Is there any rust on the car? Look at all the bodywork, along the sills, under the bonnet and in the boot. Significant rust is to be avoided.

    Squeezing the sill all the way from the front to the back will confirm whether the sill is suffering from corrosion.

    Specific Bodywork Checks for Peugeot 206 (1998 - Present):

    Area:Central locking actuator
    What to look for: Test the central locking to ensure that it works correctly. The locking system can 'bounce.' This is where you lock or unlock the car and it immediately re-locks or re-opens itself.
    What it means: If the locks bounce, the actuator needs replacing.
    What to do: Negotiate a £155 discount or have the repair completed.

    Engine Checks

    Standard checks to make on all cars:

    Is the exhaust smoke-free on start-up?:A small amount of white smoke on cold or damp days is fine. Any blue smoke or excessive smoke means there is problem with the engine.
    Is the exhaust completely smoke-free once the engine is fully warmed up?: If not, there is a problem with the engine.
    Is there plenty of clean oil?: If the oil is black rather than golden brown it needs to be changed and suggests the car has not been recently serviced.

    A dipstick is pulled out to check the oil. Oil should be golden-brown & over half full.

    A main oil cap is unscrewed from the top of an engine. This cap looks as it should, with just oil on the inside and no white creamy residues.

    Is there plenty of water and anti-freeze in the radiator reservoir?:Anti-freeze stops the engine freezing and rusting.
    Are there any signs of any leaks?: Leaks must be identified and repaired quickly to prevent further engine damage.

    A radiator in good condition (all the fins are clean, strong and complete). The fat top rubber hose should feel bouncy. If it is very soft and floppy or rock solid when the engine is running then the head gasket may be failing. NB Use heat-protective gloves.

    Radiator is by the yellow dot on the right and the reservoir.
    Do all the belts and hoses look strong and free from frays, cracks or tears?: If not they may be close to failure which can have serious knock-on effects.

    Specific Engine Checks for Peugeot 206 (1998 - Present):

    Area: Cam belt
    What to look for: Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 5 years or 72,000 miles. Many garages recommend changing the belt at 60,000 miles.
    What it means: If the cam belt and associated parts (such as the tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.
    What to do:Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £100 on petrol engines and £150 on HDI diesels.

    Area: HDI diesel engines
    What to look for: With the engine running, listen for a loud metallic tapping noise coming from the engine bay.
    What it means: This noise usually indicates a crankshaft pulley has broken.
    What to do:Negotiate a £197 discount or have the repair completed.

    Area: Ignition coils
    What to look for: Check that the amber engine management light comes on with the ignition and goes off shortly after the engine starts. Leave the engine running and ensure it runs smoothly and doesn't misfire (coughs and splutters). Drive the car to ensure it doesn't suffer a lack of power at any given speed.
    What it means: If the engine management light doesn't come on at all, then the bulb may have burnt out or been removed to hide a bigger fault. If the light stays on and the car misfires or suffers a loss of power, the most likely problem is the ignition coil pack.
    What to do:Negotiate a £180 discount or have the repair completed.

    Area: Engine stalling
    What to look for: During a lengthy test drive, be prepared that the engine management lights may illuminate, followed by the engine cutting out. Check that the engine re-starts again.
    What it means: This is problem occurs at random, usually on 206s with over 40,000 miles or over 2 years old. If the engine starts without a problem, the issue can often be fixed by replacing the potentiometer and stepper motor. But some owners report not being able to fix the problem despite replacing ECU, coil pack and other components.
    What to do:Change the potentiometer and stepper motor. Budget £200.

    Interior Checks

    Standard checks to make on all cars:

    Do all the controls and electronics work?: Check: heating controls (both hot and cold), radio, windscreen wipers, all windows and sunroof, central locking and alarm.

    Do all the lights (inside and out) work?:
    Where the model-specific checks recommend checking engine management lights.






    Specific Interior Checks for Peugeot 206 (1998 - Present):

    What to look for: Turn the radio on for a part of the test drive. Check that it turns on and stays on, as a number developed a fault of turning themselves off (and staying off for up to several days).
    What it means: If the radio is temperamental, it needs to be replaced.
    What to do:Negotiate a £240 discount or have the repair completed.

    Area: Bulkhead leak
    What to look for: Feel the front foot well carpets to ensure they are not wet. Smell for dampness.
    What it means: A leak in the front foot well is usually due to a blocked drain in the bulkhead.
    What to do: Negotiate a £20 discount to have the drain unblocked.

    Area: Switches
    What to look for: Check that all the switches work correctly, especially the indicators and headlight light controls. The multiplex electrical system uses radio waves rather than wires to send the signals from switches to components and can fail, causing fire in the most extreme situations.
    What it means: In most cases the system can be re-tuned. If not, the car needs either a new switch (stalk) or ECU.
    What to do:Have the repair completed. Budget up to £50 for re-tuning.

    Specific Suspension Checks for Peugeot 206 (1998 - Present):

    Area: Front suspension
    What to look for: As you drive the car over rough surfaces or bumps (e.g. speed bumps) listen for a knocking/chattering noise coming from the suspension.
    What it means: A knocking noise from the suspension usually indicates that a front drop link or front lower ball joint needs replacing.
    What to do:Negotiate a £50 - £85 discount or have the repair completed.

    Recall History of Peugeot 206 (1998 - Present):

    Date: 18 May 2000
    Model: Built: 01/09/1998 - 22/09/1999
    Recall:There is a possibility that fuel may seep from fuel filter housing due to external corrosion. A fire risk may exist.

    Date: 19 Sep 2000
    Recall:Possibility of unintentional deployment of either side air bags.

    Date: 15 Jan 2001
    Recall:There is a possibility that the front stub axle lower ball joint fixing may have been incorrectly machined which may result in separation of the stub axle from the ball joint/lower suspension arm.

    Date: 12 Nov 2001
    Recall:Incorrect specification passenger airbag internal module.

    Date: 28 Feb 2002
    Recall:There is a risk that the lower attachment on the front and rear left hand seat belts could be loose.

    Date: 04 May 2002
    Recall:There is a possibility that the steering column cowling may move out of alignment causing the ignition switch to foul on the steering cowling and possibly stick in the start position.

    Date: 24 Nov 2003
    Model: Built: 01/09/1998 - 28/02/2002
    Recall:It is necessary to exchange the two clevis pins on the brake pedal system to avoid any loss of braking. Peugeot have experienced a limited number of incidents where one of the pins has not been locked properly during fitting.

    Date: 07 May 2004
    Model: Built: 28/11/2001 - 02/10/2003
    Recall:The spoiler mounting on the rear tailgate may, in certain cases, have some weak points and cause some noise. This may even lead to the loss of the spoiler.

    Date: 14 May 2004
    Model: Built: 03/06/2004 - 04/04/2004
    Recall:The software may cause erratic operation of the motorized throttle, which may result in breakage of the throttle stop. This can result in the engine reverting to limp home mode, with a possible reduction in braking assistance.

    Date: 13 Sep 2004
    Model: Built: 01/06/2004 - 13/07/2004
    Recall:The possibility exists that the starter motor wiring loom has been positioned incorrectly. In consequence, there is a risk that this could cause a short circuit.

    Date: 11 Apr 2005
    Recall:There is a risk of a manufacturing non conformity on the fuel injection diesel return pipe. This may lead to the possibility of fuel seepage.



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    Re: What to look for when you buy a 206

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