Great car until the electrics go haywire
Got this car a couple of months ago and the first few weeks were lovely. It is comfortable and drives nice. The 1.6 petrol is surprisingly good. Then the electrics went haywire. kept resetting and lighting up the STOP and Service lights. Resets the clock, climate control and alarmingly the cruise control switches off. Took it back to the dealers Allpike peugot and they had to escalate it to France. Its been two weeks and still no diagnosis. Given me an inferior car to drive in the meantime. Called Peugeot Australia that were quick to t...ell me that they have no provision for loan cars and it is up to the dealer whether they will even give you one. This is on a two month old car! Don't expect any support from head office as their policy is that they don't do loan cars. I have no idea what is wrong with the car and how long before I will have it back. Neither does France apparently. I have spoken to others about Peugot as I manage a fleet and they have reported similar problems with service from Peugeot, especially the time it takes. Beware of buying one - they are a nice car but highly prone to be troublesome and remember that the dealer is on their own with little support from the few staff in head office. Comfortable, well equipped and stylish Sta Nav is next to useless and out of date - I have put my Garmin in. Cup holders poor. Storage minimal for such a big car.
Peugeot 508 2L turbo-diesel sedan 2012
Very close to the perfect vehicle.. Almost everything in my July 2012 Peugeot 508 shouts quality. Spectacular pulling power with four adults (or a family of five). Good town and highway car. Cavernous boot. Sumptuous, comfortable leather seats. Great in-car storage options. Very adjustable driver and passenger positions. Brilliant sound/telephony options. On-board USB ports, charger ports, etc. Lovely range of automated "toys" - wipers, lights, air-conditioning. Outdoor proximity sensors brilliant for tight places. Parking sensors (on both side...s) are a dream. Would give it four and a half stars in a flash but a couple of annoying things for the manufacturer to fix before it's up for five stars. Almost everything. My favourite thing is the comfort, the road holding, the in-built safety, the driver toys. Most of all I love the outstanding economy. Two return trips Newcastle-Gold Coast without refilling the 70L diesel tank until the last 50-100km. Outstanding economy on the highway and around town at the speed limit. 1. The sat-nav is not accurate enough and Peugeot chose an appalling third party company to manage/oversee it. 2. The glove box is next to useless. Barely anything "normal" fits in it. 3. The drink/cup holders are a joke. They only fit things with the same diameter as a standard soft-drink can. Also, one cannot manage the sat-nav, stereo or telephony screen while cans of drink are in the holders as the view of the screen is blocked.
Excellent car with heaps of features.
I bought this car in the Allure HDi 2.0l diesel form on 24/11/2012 and have since rolled of 1200 Km's without a single problem.
The engine is a little bit doughy on initial take off and changes to 2nd gear at relatively low revs (1500) but then will hold on in other gears till approx 4000 revs.
The Turbo kicks in very well and gives it a shove in the back once it reaches approx 1800 revs and then proceeds without any effort, but with good urgency, to the speed limit you want to achieve. The only concern is that under relative high acceler...ation then when you get to the required limit (say 80Km/h) then it will hold in gear thinking you still want to accelerate. The car comes with a full complement of safety items, 6 airbags, ABS, Traction control, EBD, seat belt warnings, door ajar warnings and even more. It has an electric automatic parking brake that comes on automatically when the car is switched off and put in park. It then stays on when the car is started and put into gear, only releasing when the accelerator is pushed. The car I purchased had the factory fitted sat nav (without the HUD) and it gives a better interface for the operation of the car's entertainment and Bluetooth phone system. I would recommend it to anyone buying this car. The steering is handled by an electric connection which does leave some vagueness after years of hydraulic power steering but is easy to get to grips with and once used to it gives good feedback to where the front wheels want you to go. Under steer is there but only just when pushing hard into a tight corner such as a roundabout.
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