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    Hello All.

    It's been a while since I've visited the forum. My last Peugeot was a Series 3 205GTi that was sold when I needed to get 3 kids in the car on a regular basis

    But with the family fast growing up and not greatly interested in what Dad's doing anymore, it's time to start thinking of GTi ownership again

    Research is starting now.

    What is the recognised pick of the 206, 207 and 208 GTi bunch?

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    Most of my driving will be in traffic during peak hours with a blap around corners between traffic lights. I'll be doing the 9pm pickups after the oldest daughter has finished work. And there will be the occasional weekend trip away with the wifey.

    I want a car that is tractible and accelerates nicely with low body roll around corners so it is fun to drive.

    Good advice appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    G’day

    The biggest difference would be age going from 206’s through to the current 208.

    I loved my 206 GTi180 but like any highly tuned NA engine, loves a good rev to get going. Really gets going above 5000rpm.

    If only the 208 GTi was a 5 door. I would have one in my garage now. However, the practicality of 5drs with my Polo GTI won over (8,5,3 yo).

    Am sure the 208 is the same being a 1.6T, the torquey nature of these modern engines reminds me of the ‘point and shoot’ nature of the 205 GTi.

    I’ve never driven a 208 GTi but a few 207 GTi’s. Didn’t mind them at all....

    Depending on your budget, a 308 GTi or even GTi 250 maybe suitable also. They are a bargain car about 1yo.

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    Although I'm a big fan of NA cars, I'd pick the 208 GTI out of that bunch. Likely the Peugeot Sport one.

    Depending on your budget, the 308 GTI is an absolute cracker and has dropped down to mid 20s in price.

    Alternatively, I'd consider going old skool and getting a 306 GTI6 or another 205 GTI
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    If you dont want to lose too much $$ over time go the 205......the others are modern white goods on wheels and although nicer to drive with all the mod cons....they devalue quicker than Jeeps !!
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    Also consider the Renault Megane RS variants... Proper performance and practical enough...

    For pugs though I think you'd be hard pressed to find a good GTi6, the 208 is meant to be very good but if you can stretch then a t9 308 GTi 250 is great value right now.

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    I think you'd have a be mad to buy a Peugeot past the 06 range group. The styling of the 07's and 08's is shocking. The depreciation will be horrifying and there are much better options out there. Focus XR5, Focus ST, Astra VXR, Megane RS, Volve C30 T5, Golf GTI, BMW 130.
    All much more appealing than anything Peugeot offered during the same period.
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    Make sure you consider a fiesta ST with eibach or mountune springs or a megane RS 265.
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    PJD - Agree re some of the peugeot models of that era, however, having owned a Volvo C30 T5-R I can say that a 208 GTI absolutely annihilates it as a capable, fun drivers car. Volvo was good at a lot of things, but definitely not in the same league around the bends / braking / driver involvement etc.
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    While a 208 GTI is a very cool little car, I'd be very wary about buying a newer pug in turbo petrol, they have a lot of problems. I work in the workshop of an Adelaide dealership that recently stopped selling Peugeot and have heard horror stories, and seen enough myself, to put me off them. Biggest issue seems to be choked up inlets, which requires a top end strip down to repair. Not a problem with the NA motors however.

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    Yeah I'm with him. Either buy a 2 liter diesel Peugeot or a renault!

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    Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of NA engines (especially the Pug 2 litres), but we have four 1.6 PSA turbos in our family and haven't experienced any horror stories. The clogged up inlet issue affects all modern direct injection turbos. It's a reasonably simple fix and generally only required every 100k.

    Another car to potentially add to your list to test drive is the RCZ (assuming you no longer need rear seats). Really impressed with mine. Heaps of grip and really fun to punt through the bends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverGTi_6 View Post
    Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of NA engines (especially the Pug 2 litres), but we have four 1.6 PSA turbos in our family and haven't experienced any horror stories.
    Yes, I’ve had three (still got two of them) and had no issues either.

    I guess we’ve just been really lucky...
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    How about an RS Clio? I went from a 205 GTi to a Clio 182 Cup and I love it - not too many regrets although I would have kept the 205 if I had the space


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    Mk4 Clio? I'd have one if it wasn't an auto 4 door (who wants a bloody 4 door auto sports car!) but I guess that may suit in this case?

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    I recently picked up a gti 180 and I looooooove it. That being said it looks to be the opposite of what you want and really the worst pick of the bunch lol!

    Uncomfortable, hates traffic, kids will hate the back and so on...

    208 would be my pick.

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