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I do not know much about French cars. We were thinking about buying a peugeot 307sw since they are good on fuel and insurance compared to nissan xtrail. But are peugeots good cars, generally speaking? Of the 3 french cars listed here, which ones are good or bad?

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We struggled with the same decision when buying a car. Went with the Peugeot and don't regret it. It's a bit more expensive than the other two brands, but from our research, it was more reliable. I bought a used 207 and haven't had a problem with it in the 1.5 years we've been here. We did not like the way the Citroen drove (seemed underpowered), and have many friends who have had problems with their Renaults (although I understand certain makes are more reliable than others).

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FWIW Citroen-Peugeot is the same company these days - just the models are different. Renault is linked with Nissan and some of the models are the same, just with different names here in France.

Like dijid says, you need to drive a few models to see how you like them. If you're used to driving American cars, the European models may feel a bit "hard" in comparison, and personal preferences really do make a big difference.

What I'd suggest is checking on the garages in the area to find which make has the best service reputation. Though the dealer's garages will service other makes of cars, it's usually easiest to use the "right" dealer for maintenance and repairs and having a dealer/garagiste that you get on with can make all the difference.
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Hello,

I do not know much about French cars. We were thinking about buying a peugeot 307sw since they are good on fuel and insurance compared to nissan xtrail. But are peugeots good cars, generally speaking? Of the 3 french cars listed here, which ones are good or bad?

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We bought a (very) used Peugeot 407SW and we really like it for ride comfort, space and power. I'm still not convinced the air conditioning is working right but the guy we bought it from says all is normal. It had a couple of minor faults - and the Renault dealer we bought it from has been terrific in taking care of it. One thing to watch out for (if the 307 has the same issue) is the front air dam/spoiler is so low it gets pulled off if I get it over the kerb or parking lot markers. The other issue is the 407 is quite a big car and parking and country roads can be a challenge. June doesn't trust herself in it yet but then she drove a Ford Thunderbird for 11 years in the US!

We didn't like the Renault - mainly because of styling, in my opinion the Megane is one of the ugliest cars ever created especially the version with the "bustle" at the back.

I used to love my 80's Citroens in England but they are not the same any more and just don't look or feel right to me - we drove a couple but just couldn't get on with it.

Make sure you get a warranty on the car and I'm told if you buy it on credit they have to warranty it for the period of the credit.

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We bought a 2 year old 407SW a year ago. We too thought that the aircon was not up to scratch and took it our local dealer for a recharge. They told us it a needed a part "Freon pipe" and they had ordered it (it was to be fixed under warranty).

We have now been waiting 15 weeks in a heatwave and Peugeot can't tell us when the part will be available or if it will ever be available. Apart from this issue the car is excellent, but I think it will be returned to the dealer for a refund and back to Volvo.

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So far we've had no problems with our 307 (knock wood). The in-laws had a Renault Scenic for a long time (BIL is driving it now) and then went with a Citroen Picasso, and while there haven't been any huge problems with either of those that I am aware of, the Picasso has some persnickety traits that constantly annoy my FIL and I'm not sure they'd get another one. I'd agree with Bev's advice about looking into the garagistes in the area if you can.

Haven't had rynd2it's experience with the front catching on the kerb in the 307 but can vouch it's a complete pain in the rear to have a car that does! Maybe it's more common in the 407? (My first car was a Thunderbird; I miss it). No problems with the air conditioner either but as we don't live in a particularly hot place maybe I haven't noticed.

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when we first came to france every car in our village was french , just like the residents
now the only one left is 20 years old
all the rest are now german or japanese despite the fact that there isn't an agent for 20 miles

if you ask why , better quality is more economic is the reply

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I suppose it helps that a few "foreign" car makers are actually building cars here in France. The Toyota Yaris is perhaps the best known example, but I think there are others. And now that the Yaris comes in a hybrid edition, it's possible to go "French built" and still save on gas! No, I'm not advertising for Toyota, though I've been a confirmed Toyota customer now for ages. And it helps that the Toyota garage in the area, while not exactly the closest, is one of the friendliest with the best service (family run). Find a good garagist that you like and trust and just go with the marque they offer.
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We are in Spain and in this area the most common vehicle is French (Citroen/Peugeot and Renault) all of the small MPV type = Berlingo, Partner and Kangoo respectively.

Our first car here was a Berlingo (3yr old 1.9 diesel 95k on the clock) we always felt that it was sluggish, especially when overtaking (no turbo). We P/xed it earlier this year with 155k on the clock (it had been to UK and back {5k}, Barcelona and Á Coruña {both 2k round trips}). We were at the Citroen main dealers having a minor fault fixed and I noticed a Partner in their showroom (it again was 3 yr old but with 93k). It has a smaller engine 1.6 (diesel again) but with turbo. It drives like a dream with plenty of zip if we need to overtake. Prior to coming to Spain, I'd had my eye on a Kangoo but seeing it in the flesh, it is smaller.

Berlingo and the Partner are almost identical in appearance and carrying capacity (five people plus their luggage) and with the seats folded forward has excellent carrying capacity for goods (we brought all our kitchen units -flatpack {about 1 tonne} in the back of the Berlingo 85km to the house)

BTW we get about 53 miles per gallon (4½ litres) running around and can get about 1150km on a full tank of 60 litres.


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It is rumoured in financial circles that PSA (Peugot, Citroën) have deep financial problems and may not last more than 2 years without some external intervention. I doubt that the Fr Gov of any persuasion would let PSA go bankrupt, so perhaps a takeover or other soothing solution?

I don't know how that affects car buying, but it is a piece of info for you. In the past I've had a Cit Dyane ( = 2cv) and Ren 4 (quatrelle to the French) and a Cit Xantia in the UK. In France I'vehad 2 Kangoos and now a Koleos. I've been very happy with all of them.

Useless piece of information - as a small boy (1952?) I remember my father buying a big Citroën of 193??? vintage. It had been "souped up" and drew crowds everywhere we went. I became very popular at school because there was a chance my friends might go for a ride in it.

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