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    Hi all,

    I've been meaning to do this for a while. The introduction of the 306 in Australia can be confusing for someone who is interested in buying one. I decided to start this because I seem to remember silly little details about the sporadic changes Peugeot had made to the 306 in the 8 years it was here.

    It is most definately a work-in-progress, and I wish to build on it in future, possibly with photos. Please feel free to suggest additions, changes, or feedback in general.

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    Timeline of 306 introduction

    April 1994 - Peugeot 306 launched in Aus

    306 XR 1.8 (manual only)
    306 XT 1.8

    June 1994

    306 S16 released

    October 1994

    306 Cabriolet 1.8 released

    November 1995

    306 XSi 2.0 release (8valve)
    306 ST release (Sedan with 2.0)

    April 1996

    306 XTdt release (Turbo Diesel XT)

    December 1996

    306 ST 1.8 8v (77kw) released. 2.0 8v (92kw) motor dropped

    January 1997

    306 Cabriolet upgraded to 2.0 8v motor

    July 1997

    N5 306 Introduced.
    Changes and facelift across whole range.
    New nose and tail-lights.
    Revised dashboard.

    306 Style introduced to replace N3 XR. 1.8 16v replaces 1.8 8v (except for auto)
    306 XT upgraded to 1.8 16v (except for auto)
    306 XR replaces ST. 1.8 16v replaces 1.8 8v (except for auto)
    306 XSi upgraded to 2.0 16v motor (auto included)
    306 Cabriolet upgraded to 2.0 16v motor (auto included)
    306 GTi6 introduced (note, there were no N3 GTi6's officially imported)
    306 XTdt dropped

    1998

    No changes made

    January 1999

    2 millionth Peugeot 306 assembled arrives in Australia (Red Cabrio)

    February 1999

    306 XRdt released. (Turbo diesel version of XR sedan)

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    August 1999

    N5 update introduced.
    Minor facelift across range incorporating following changes;

    • Clear headlight lense + indicators (H7 bulbs)
      New tail lights for sedan (chrome strip
      Larger Peugeot badge on rear
      All cars now have GTi6 front bumper and skirts
      Door mirrors and protection strips are now painted (except for Cabrio)
      Dashboard gains metallic highlights. Gearlever + handbrake button now silver painted.
      Revised graphics on guages. White needles.
      Remote locking key changes to ultra-sonic, increasing range and reliability.
      Rear window wiper gains smooth look. Hatch window loses weather strips.


    306 Style upgraded to 5 door body. 3 door dropped.
    306 XT upgraded to 2.0 16v motor (including auto)
    306 XR badge changed to XT. Receives same 2.0 16v motor (including auto)
    306 XRdt badge changed back to XTdt (again)

    March 2000

    306 HDi introduced (sedan only). 306 XRdt dropped.

    September 2000

    306 XT upgraded. Added 15" rims and ABS
    306 XT Sedan manual dropped around this time.
    306 XSi Auto dropped.
    306 XSi + GTi6 gain side airbags.

    April 2001

    306 Rallye introduced. Basically an XT with a sticker.

    October 2001

    306 Cabrio Limited. Body coloured hardtop standard.

    By April 2001, 11,700 Peugeot 306's had been sold in Australia.
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    Excellent work ! cheers! I will be watching this thread.

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    thanks for that, its quite useful. Wonder if you could tell me which country the 306's made for Australia were made in or were indivdual models made in different countries. I think my 306XR is made in Iran.

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    purrr-geot:
    thanks for that, its quite useful. Wonder if you could tell me which country the 306's made for Australia were made in or were indivdual models made in different countries. I think my 306XR is made in Iran.
    I think most of our 306s were made in England, with the S16 and GTi6s being built in France.
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    can you edit the original posts with following additions/mods

    My GTi6 was made in 1999, mid way through 1999 the GTi lost the "6" and gained new chrome "GTI" badges on doors only. Rear has "Peugeot" and "306" only. I have side Airbags and mine is 1999. Please refer to GTI124's Pug for photos. The black leather and ALCANTRA interior became standard for GTi spec.

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    purrr-geot:
    thanks for that, its quite useful. Wonder if you could tell me which country the 306's made for Australia were made in or were indivdual models made in different countries. I think my 306XR is made in Iran.
    I know they assemble 405's and 206's in Iran (and, until recently , 205's), purrr-geot, but do they make 306s too?

    One of the difficulties with the "where was it made" question these days is deciding what you mean by "made". I think most of the stiff that goes into the assembly of an Iranian Pug is still made in France.

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    i was told all 306's were made in england
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x '98 306 GTi6

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0


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    I was reading another thread a while ago in regards to Peugeot production in England - i think it was about build quality of the 206. Someone mentioned that 306's were manufactured in England (except perhaps GTi-6 and S16) until the 206 was introduced. RHD 306's were then manufactured in France (not sure about Iran etc.)

    Is there some way of telling from the car's VIN?

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    i have been told by a few in the know that the easiest way to tell is french built are dipped and english built are sprayed hence the english ones can tend to have a little orange peel a lot of the time
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x '98 306 GTi6

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0


    WTD long range fuel tank for 605

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    So i should be asking "where my car is being assembled" as oppose to "where my car is made" correct?

    on the last melb cruise someone mentioned how there was a website or some sort of database where you just type in the Vin No and it' would tell you where your car was assembled. Anyone know about this?

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    The PSA videos I have of Mulhouse and Sochaux have cars spray painted - either by hand or robot.

    Who dips the cars in paint these days anyway? Sure people do that for undercoat, etc, but for the colour base?

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    There is this ...

    <a href="http://www.angelfire.com/ca/TORONTO/VIN/WMI.html" target="_blank">http://www.angelfire.com/ca/TORONTO/VIN/WMI.html</a>

    Mine starts in "VF" so I guess that means it's built in France .. but 206's VINs also start in "VF", and those I know are built in England. I think it details the country of the origin of the manufacturer, and not the actual factory it was built in.

    It seems the 11th digit specifies the factory -- mine is a "2". Then again that web site tells me my car is a MY2003 build, which it definitely isn't
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    WOW! nice work brenno.
    I can only realy contribute to the S16 bit,.... here goes
    * All aus deliverd S16's in RHD are built in the UK. There is stamped plate in my engine bay to indicate this.
    * There was 2 series of S16's and that ruffly happened at very late 94.
    * The 94 S16 is different by the front grille badge, its a little smaller and not trimmed, similar to the early XR's. And the later S16's had slight diferent suspention bits. Like the Swaybar links and brand of egine mount. There is very few earlies left on the road, well in sydney anyway.
    * S16's had optional Full leather seats, Pirellis instead of Michelin (but varied yard to yard), factory electronic sunroof, CD stacker (only on 95 models, and dealer fitted), Drivers seat Lumbar pump, Special S16 floor matts, although ive NEVER seen them in a car.
    * S16 badging consisted of a chrome lion in the front grille, in the earlies it was silver, lates chrome.
    out the back they had silver on black "peugeot" and "306" with a small "S16" in red over black.
    * They featured a diffrent ECU than most pugs, using a Magnetti Marelli in the later S16's.
    * The S16's had standard 15x6 inch peugeot alloy wheels with a matching spare. like the XSi
    * They used very bolstered and pumped front seats, similar to Recaros etc. Which i think were unique to the N3 range of 306's. Using seat belt magentic pre-tentioners, but i think all XSi's had this too.
    * The Tacho read to 8000rpm and a 240+ kph speedo, all the milage was done in k's via mechanical means (ie no digital display like the Gti6's)
    * S16 colour range was basicaly White, Red, Burgundy, Blue, Silver and Black. Sources at Inchape (now a diferent name) also told a story of yellow being offered, but never delivered to Aus? true/false? not sure.
    * Last funny item is apparently the S16 was the least selling of all 306's in Aus, this includes, the sedan and the gti-6. With about only 85 in the 2 years they were sold, here in Aus.

    *common known faults, Intake actuators, top drivers side and lower rear engie mounts, rear window water spray, Sparkplug coils and dirty ABS sensors on the brakes, most are easy fix.

    Known, S16 owners here in AF are, Brad/phasis (nice blue one), Stone perfect A1 blue), Gem (neat i red) and S16 (don't know his clolour though)...
    Stones would make for great archive photos as its near perfect.
    Hope this helps. Cheers Xq
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    I have a theory about working out the place of build based on my experience with Volvos. I've copied an excellent example from the Volvo Owners' Circle detailing Volvo VIN numbers for Model Year 2004 <a href="http://users.bigpond.net.au/skystar/Volvo-VIN-MY04.htm" target="_blank">here</a>. Now why can't Peugeot provide this kind of info online for owners

    Based on reading the above, I'm going to try to decipher a Peugeot VIN. Here is a hypothetical one (but technically correct) I've made up for a 307 1.6 auto 3 door hatch. Something which isn't sold here, so I'm sure noone has one here. Having tried to work out some differences between 307s, I'm only familiar with 307 VINs, but I'd imagine they are similar to other current Peugeots.

    VF33ANFUE82387489

    VF3 - Manufacturer.

    The first few digits will tell you who the manufacturer is. Here are the French manufacturer codes:

    Peugeot - VF3
    Citroen - VF7
    Renault - VF1

    3A - Model

    3 - series
    A - body type

    In this case, we have a 307 3 door hatch (3A). A 5 door 307 hatch is a 3C. I know 206s have a code starting with 2.

    According to Peugeotlogic.com, a 306 would be:

    7B - sedan
    7C - 3 door hatch
    7A - 5 door hatch
    7D - cabrio

    Don't ask me why Peugeot swapped the Cs and As when the 307 was launched!

    NFUE - Powertrain (1.6 auto)

    N - TU5.
    F - fuel injection
    U - engine series (Z is the old TU5JP, U is the TU5JP4 (16V)
    E - gearbox type. E is the auto gearbox. B is the manual.

    Other examples are RFNB (2.0 manual) - R is the EW10J4. F for fuel injection makes sense. N is probably engine series related and B, like in NFUB, signifies a certain manual gearbox.

    So in short - first 3 letters are about the engine. Last letter is about the transmission.

    8 - model year?

    2 - plant.

    If someone with a 206CC can post the two digits after after the 4 letter code, I can start working out plants. Similarly, a Pom 306 should have the same number as a Pom 206 (non CC).

    Given this 307 has a 2, it's either Mulhouse or Sochaux. It's French.

    387489 - "serial number"

    This is the 387,489th 307.

    Now 306 owners can go and try and work out their VIN's based on this. You don't have to post the whole lot - basically the last few digits are the only things unique to your car. The first part is all generic.

    Cheers,

    Justin

    [edit: added 306 specific model info]

    <small>[ 19 July 2003, 09:29 PM: Message edited by: Pug307 ]</small>

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    Drivers seat Lumbar pump
    Don't want to confuse matters, but my mum's cousin has one of these in his N5 306 Sedan. That would be a 306 XR going from Brenno's info. It is definately the 1.8 16v

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    Yeah derek im not sure exactly wha features are unique to the S16, but im pretty sure all the FULL leather models have this pump.....not 100% on this though. My normal S16 seat definatley has one.
    I was going to mention, that there was about 4 to 5 2000 gti-6's sold with a chrome S16 badge on the front guards, this was a mistake, but somehow not all got recalled and changed...
    cheers chris
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    I think you might be on the money with your VIN details Justin.. here's the start bit of mine:

    VF3 = Pug
    7C = 3-door 306
    RFSW = XU10J4RS w/ 6MT
    3 = ?? (my car is a MY00 made in late '99)
    2 = bona fide Frog

    All this VIN mystery stuff is like playing a game of master mind

    xqisid:
    * Last funny item is apparently the S16 was the least selling of all 306's in Aus, this includes, the sedan and the gti-6. With about only 85 in the 2 years they were sold, here in Aus.
    Which is pretty strange, since I see a heap more S16s on the road than GTi-6s..
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    Thanks for that.

    If more people post the first generic chunk of their VIN, we can crack the mysterious Pug VIN code!

    The two digits after the 4 letter code are what we need especially.

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    rek:
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    * Last funny item is apparently the S16 was the least selling of all 306's in Aus, this includes, the sedan and the gti-6. With about only 85 in the 2 years they were sold, here in Aus.
    Which is pretty strange, since I see a heap more S16s on the road than GTi-6s..
    Can't believe we both live in Melbourne.

    I hardly see any S16s Seen a good handful of GTI-6s though.

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    ok
    here is mine
    VF3 = pug
    7C = 3 door
    RFSH = XU10J4RS engine

    according to my book i have here
    7C = 3 door
    7A = 5 door
    7S/7T = 3 door van/5 door van

    now then you also have
    7CRFVE and 7ARFVE = manual
    7CRFVP and 7ARFVP = auto

    both with the XU10J4R engine

    then you have diesels
    7CDJYE
    7CDJYT both have the XUD9A engine

    7CDHYE
    7ADHYE both have the XUD9TE engine
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x '98 306 GTi6

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0


    WTD long range fuel tank for 605

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    Here's the VIN segments from both my 306's:

    1994 306XR (1.8L 8v engine, Dec 1994 build)

    VF37CLFZ230xxxxxx

    The last character is a zero not an "o". There is one less alpha character in this VIN than you're expecting Justin (ie LFZ compared to RFVE in my newer car).

    VF3=Peugeot
    7C=3 door hatch

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    1999 306XSi (2.0L 16v engine, August 1999 build)

    VF37ARFVE32xxxxxx

    VF3=Peugeot
    7A= 5 door hatch

    Given my '4 digit' code ends in E, I know I definately don't have an Auto!

    My 3 2 is the same as rek's

    Derek

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    that falls in line with what i posted above
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x '98 306 GTi6

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0


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    rek:
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    * Last funny item is apparently the S16 was the least selling of all 306's in Aus, this includes, the sedan and the gti-6. With about only 85 in the 2 years they were sold, here in Aus.
    Which is pretty strange, since I see a heap more S16s on the road than GTi-6s..
    mmm ive seen 3-4 privately owned ones on the road.
    Take this forum as an example, i know of atleast 10 Gti-6 owners, but only 5-6 S16's at best.
    i don't think we have a sedan 306 owner as a member do we? though they are relaitively seen in some of the yards and in the papers..
    Sure you're not confusing them with another car?.... at the SFCD i had x3 people ask me who did the engine convertion?.. they had no knowledge of the S16.
    Ok enough on the S16's, who has info on the King of 306's the GTI-6!!
    cheers chris
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    DeKa:
    Here's the VIN segments from both my 306's:

    1994 306XR (1.8L 8v engine, Dec 1994 build)

    VF37CLFZ230xxxxxx

    The last character is a zero not an "o". There is one less alpha character in this VIN than you're expecting Justin (ie LFZ compared to RFVE in my newer car).
    Yeah, that's right. For some reason, Peugeot decided in the N3 306 1.8 XR to have the manual as 2 (instead of a letter) and the auto as 4.

    To be precise, the rule should be, the 6th to 9th characters relate to the powertrain.

    DeKa:
    1999 306XSi (2.0L 16v engine, August 1999 build)

    VF37ARFVE32xxxxxx

    VF3=Peugeot
    7A= 5 door hatch

    Given my '4 digit' code ends in E, I know I definately don't have an Auto!
    I trust you on that one

    With an E, you should have the BE3 5 speed manual.

    A P signifies the old ZF 4HP14 4 speed auto.
    A W signifies the AL4 4 speed auto.

    These letters are specific to each powertrain and may not necessarily be generalised between cars. Maybe Peugeot likes to reverse everything once in a while for variety (you've seen it with the 3 & 5 doors codes swapping in the 307, now the transmission letters!)

    DeKa:
    My 3 2 is the same as rek's

    Derek
    Thanks for posting the details. Can we have some 206s post the VIN details, especially if we have a CC and a hatch.

    Once we have cars which are certainly from the UK, then we can start working out what those magical two digits mean.

    Cheers,

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    So were RHD 306 GTI-6's built in France or the Old Dart? a_drink peugeot_

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