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    Hi Guys,

    Just wondering if any of you know if it's common to have to replace the front control arms in a 2003 206 after 2 years?

    The car has done just under 50,000kms and has only been used for city driving - no off-roading or unsealed/dirt roads involoved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bella
    Hi Guys,

    Just wondering if any of you know if it's common to have to replace the front control arms in a 2003 206 after 2 years?

    The car has done just under 50,000kms and has only been used for city driving - no off-roading or unsealed/dirt roads involoved.

    Thanks!

    wouldn't think so unless something is out of wack in the front end

    my mothers 206 is lowered and she drives it the way a GTi should be driven and she has around the same mileage (maybe a little less) and in 4-5 years she has never had to have lower arms or bushes replaced
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    I bought the car 4 months ago from a dealership - the NRMA inspection never showed up anything.

    I work for another car company & asked a couple of the guys who have more mechanical backgrounds than me if this should happen & they said no, I complained to Peugeot Customer service but I got the stock standard "your car is our of warranty, we can't help" crap.

    Also, does anyone else have issues with squealing brakes in this model? every time I put my foot down (not hard, I might add) the brakes let off this high pitched squeal. I've just had it in yesterday for service & they said to replace the shims, but will this stop the noise? As far as im aware it hasn't helped in the past...

    Sorry to sound so stupid, but this is the first Peugeot i've owned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bella
    I bought the car 4 months ago from a dealership - the NRMA inspection never showed up anything.

    I work for another car company & asked a couple of the guys who have more mechanical backgrounds than me if this should happen & they said no, I complained to Peugeot Customer service but I got the stock standard "your car is our of warranty, we can't help" crap.

    Also, does anyone else have issues with squealing brakes in this model? every time I put my foot down (not hard, I might add) the brakes let off this high pitched squeal. I've just had it in yesterday for service & they said to replace the shims, but will this stop the noise? As far as im aware it hasn't helped in the past...

    Sorry to sound so stupid, but this is the first Peugeot i've owned!

    The brake noise is totally normal.... Just break dust build up... Get in there with a hose and clean them and the noise will be gone for a day or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bella
    Hi Guys,

    Just wondering if any of you know if it's common to have to replace the front control arms in a 2003 206 after 2 years?

    The car has done just under 50,000kms and has only been used for city driving - no off-roading or unsealed/dirt roads involoved.

    Thanks!
    I had a 2001 GTI which I lowered. When I lowerred it I replaced my control arms with Peugeot Sport items. When I did this I was told the orginal items were only meant to last 60,000kms and the Peugeot Sport items would last twice as long. So going on what I was told buy Peugeot Sport, it's probabbly not unusual.

    As for brakes, I had the same problem with my 2001 model. I was told the brakes were glazing up because I didn't use the brakes heavily. Peugeot Service cleaned them up and told me to use my brakes more, rather than down-shift all the time. I couldn't stop my habbit of downshifting to slow down, so I changed my brake pads to Kevlar ones. They cost twice as much, but stopped the noises, and are much better for stopping

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugrambo
    wouldn't think so unless something is out of wack in the front end

    my mothers 206 is lowered and she drives it the way a GTi should be driven and she has around the same mileage (maybe a little less) and in 4-5 years she has never had to have lower arms or bushes replaced
    You should get her to have them check every now and then. It's a very common problem for lowered 206's that arises on UK Pug forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blu180
    I had a 2001 GTI which I lowered. When I lowerred it I replaced my control arms with Peugeot Sport items. When I did this I was told the orginal items were only meant to last 60,000kms and the Peugeot Sport items would last twice as long. So going on what I was told buy Peugeot Sport, it's probabbly not unusual.

    As for brakes, I had the same problem with my 2001 model. I was told the brakes were glazing up because I didn't use the brakes heavily. Peugeot Service cleaned them up and told me to use my brakes more, rather than down-shift all the time. I couldn't stop my habbit of downshifting to slow down, so I changed my brake pads to Kevlar ones. They cost twice as much, but stopped the noises, and are much better for stopping
    My 205 has 230000km on the same LCAs
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    Quote Originally Posted by blu180
    You should get her to have them check every now and then. It's a very common problem for lowered 206's that arises on UK Pug forums.

    she does but the only problem she has ever had with them was when the springs were put in the dealer stuffed it up and didn't align the lower arma properly and could never find the problem even though she went back to the 3 times

    it took a suspension place 5 mins to see the problem and it has been fine ever since
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    Quote Originally Posted by bella
    Hi Guys,

    Just wondering if any of you know if it's common to have to replace the front control arms in a 2003 206 after 2 years?
    Well, just a quick read of this link would be enough to upset me about Peugeot Australia's response - if indeed these are the same items you had replaced.

    Personally (if these are one and the same item), I think you should write to them, and let them know that you are aware of them being less than perfect in their design and/or longevity, and ask them to reconsider.

    In my experience I have found the Peugeot Assistance phone number to be nothing less than a firewall to prevent you getting to anyone that is qualified to make a decision on the issue you rang them about. A letter seems to get much better penetration into the department required.

    It's certainly worth a shot
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