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    Default 407 Coupe - your advice please.

    I have a 306 GTi6 which I have gradually worked on over the last 18 months to make into a pretty good car. It's great fun to drive and I love it.
    I'm thinking maybe I could also have a 407 Coupe. What are your thoughts? Diesel or petrol? I would prefer manual but since I am keeping the 306 GTi 6 maybe that's not a deal breaker.
    Or, should I look for a 406 Coupe and have fewer electronics?
    I would be pleased to take advice.

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    Diesel ones tend to have a lot of oil water and diesel leaks as they age Iíve had the opportunity to buy a lot cheap but donít really want the hassle if you can find the petrol in a manual you have a ripper of a car


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    I have owned my HDi since new. Only needed a wheel alignment under warranty, nothing else ever.

    I have seen a very high mileage HDi that had copped a flogging and I was surprised to see it still going strong.

    I call mine the aircraft carrier, they are a big heavy car, very low in the front and really a two seater (Not much head room in the back for adults). Great car on the open road.

    If you are really interested in the petrol model DON'T test drive the HDi, they have really big torque and you will then not be happy with the Petrol one!
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    You are the exception not the rule


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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGRR View Post
    PS I did have to replace the battery after 6 years :-)
    What's wrong with batteries these days? They don't last long at all!
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    I was 407 Coupe shopping late last year (but ended up with a C5 X7!). Each to their own, but I think the 407 Coupe is a sensational looking car, I could almost justify one on that basis alone. I only test-drove one, a 2.7HDi. A dealer had it for sale for $4900, at the cheaper end of the scale, although it seems like if you paid more than $7K you paid too much for one. Once I got over the depressing state of the car (only had something like 110,000km on it, but looked like it had never been loved -- at all. Lower engine cover falling off, rh h/light globe missing, no coolant showing in reservoir etc) I realised how big it was outside v how little room you get inside. I guess that goes with the territory, but it felt too cramped to me (for a large car). I liked how the engine performed on what admittedly was a short test drive -- great torque, refined. I suggest you go look at one first, see what you think, but try to avoid the 'bargains' like I saw. I get the feeling that a poor 407 C would make one very... poor.
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    Most people write off the petrol manuals without driving them Iíve driven all of them the diesel is great but a drivers car nah the x7 is the better car.


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    [QUOTE=dmccurtayne;1603165]You are the exception not the rule

    Almost forgot to mention, my car has been garaged every day of its life and has only covered 32,000km.

    May be I should just keep it in the garage!
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    Peugeot 08' 407 Hdi Coupe from new

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    Funny you left out that unimportant info phantom buy his


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    Quote Originally Posted by 505604 View Post
    What's wrong with batteries these days? They don't last long at all!
    I know, my DS3 battery only lasted 7 years.

    Pathetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206 View Post
    I know, my DS3 battery only lasted 7 years.

    Pathetic.
    Yep, but mine's bigger than yours!!
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    Peugeot 93' 205 Gti 16v
    Peugeot 73' 504 Ti from new
    Peugeot 08' 407 Hdi Coupe from new

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    Peugeot 95' 605 Sv
    Peugeot 92' 205 Gti
    Renault 72' 16TS from new
    Renault 69' 10
    Renault 71' 10s
    Renault 68' 10 from new

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206 View Post
    I know, my DS3 battery only lasted 7 years.

    Pathetic.
    I know that I was joking about the battery lasting a short time, and that your reply was tongue-in-cheek, but thatís seriously good performance from any car battery.
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    Batteries notwithstanding....
    I've looked at 2 x 407 Coupes.
    Both were 2006 petrol models and in neither case had the cam belt been changed. Both had serious leaks from the tappet covers and one had an auto trans that was clearly inhabited by a howling bear (well, at least on a fast start.) Both had dealer service records until about 2010 and then the servicing seemed to have fallen into an abyss. One owner explained that changing the oil every 2 years was quite sufficient - in his mind; not mine.
    I'll keep looking and when I find one owned by someone who has the same level of OCD as I have about repairs and servicing - and then I'll grab it. Yet to drive a diesel so I can't comment on that.
    It's sad to see what is clearly a very good car deteriorate because of an owner who can't/won't look after it.

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    After my 2010 3.0 HDi auto got written off last June (written off as being uneconomic repair....absolutely broke my heart ) I kept an eye out for another. In December I found a 2008, HDi auto, one owner, black on black with only 54000km on the clock, with service records. ; I even had some change left over from my insurance payout! Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, but I love the 407 coupes, and I love the diesels. I'm lucky that I have scored 2 very good, low mileage Coupes, but I had test driven some cars that just hadn't been loved as much as my pair. They are a beautiful car to drive, particularly at freeway speeds. I guess, like buying any car model that is nearing its 14th anniversary, there are always some risks; I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with them - its just how well they have been looked after by their previous owner(s)
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