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    Default Bonjour from the Gold Coast.

    Hello Aussie Froggers.

    I'm Jeff and I live on the Gold Coast. I have a huge interest in cars (some would say it's an obsession) and have always been intrigued with European marques (French ones in particular)

    I'm looking at the possibility of purchasing a Peugeot estate/wagon in the future. I haven't decided whether to go for a 406 or 307 at the moment, but as long as it's a diesel, gets great fuel economy and goes a long way, I'll be happy.
    I've had diesel cars in the past (mainly Japanese imports) and I'm starting to wonder why I ever went back to a petrol one.

    I'm currently driving an V6 Magna AWD sedan and although it's a great car, I'm getting rather tired of the terrible fuel economy (14-16L/100km around town. 9.5-10L/100k on the Hwy)
    Plus, I miss not having a wagon. It's amazing how handy they are..

    I was also looking into a Citroen C5 HDi estate, but the suspension setup scares me a bit.

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    I'd also have to find a good mechanic (probably up in Brisbane) as there currently seems to be a lack of Citroen/Peugeot mechanics on the Gold Coast at the moment

    Anyway, I'm hoping to learn lots of useful information about the various French marques and hopefully make some friends along the way.

    I've even sent a request to join the AussieFrogs Facebook group. (just in case whoever runs it, reads this post)

    Thanks for reading.

    Jeff.

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    Hello and welcome. If you want outstanding fuel economy and a loverly drive in my opinion you can't go past a 406 HDI wagon with the manual box.

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    Or a nice Koleos diesel six speed auto..... (In my humble opinion)
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    Quote Originally Posted by young 4 old pug View Post
    Hello and welcome. If you want outstanding fuel economy and a loverly drive in my opinion you can't go past a 406 HDI wagon with the manual box.

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    Great cars.

    A C5 HDI wouldn't be a bad car. Have a read on the forums to see some of the common issues which arise with them! Remember, in Australia, they only come in Auto
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    Quote Originally Posted by STALLED View Post
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    Great cars.

    A C5 HDI wouldn't be a bad car. Have a read on the forums to see some of the common issues which arise with them! Remember, in Australia, they only come in Auto


    Yeah if the C5 hdi RHZ came in a manual here in oz I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.



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    Thank you for the replies everyone.. I really appreciate it.

    Kim Luck, I've thought about a Koleos diesel, but they're still way above my price range at the moment. Most newish cars are... My price range at this stage would be up to $10k.

    The only ones that seem to be cheaper are the 406, 307, C5 and some C4s.

    STALLED, I'll have a look into the C5 and its issues on here.. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWD View Post
    Thank you for the replies everyone.. I really appreciate it.

    Kim Luck, I've thought about a Koleos diesel, but they're still way above my price range at the moment. Most newish cars are... My price range at this stage would be up to $10k.

    The only ones that seem to be cheaper are the 406, 307, C5 and some C4s.

    STALLED, I'll have a look into the C5 and its issues on here.. Thanks.
    Jeff,

    Suggest you look into Renault Laguna 6 speed diesels. I have one, had it for 2 years now (following various other Renaults/Peugeot/Citroens). I love the Laguna! Go hunting. :-)

    Ian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWS View Post
    Jeff,

    Suggest you look into Renault Laguna 6 speed diesels. I have one, had it for 2 years now (following various other Renaults/Peugeot/Citroens). I love the Laguna! Go hunting. :-)

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    Thanks Ian,

    I'll look into that too. I like the Laguna. They're quite a nice looking car.
    I see there are quite a few for sale for @ $10k+. The hatch or wagon would be preferable to me. At least a long hatch has some carrying capabilities.

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    If looking at auto - make sure it is the later model 6 speed. Earlier model autos were not nearly as smooth a drive. Not sure what year they changed the auto trans? Someone here will know!

    Ian.

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    If price is your main consideration, look at these statistics.

    There are 22million people in Australia.

    21 million of those people hate Citroen.

    Guess which second hand car delivers most bang for your buck? Don't buy one if you like a comfortable car.

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