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    Default I've just bought my first French car!

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    I've just joined. I have bought a Peugeot 406 from 2001, a manual so my boys can learn to drive in it. I was hoping for an HDi, but not many of them were showing up in Brisbane. They tend to be in Perth. So far it's great. I hope to have many happy years with it.

    I have a few questions that I hope people can help me with.

    1. The remote key doesn't work. I tried what the dealer said, which is to put the key in the ignition, turn the on without starting the motor, hold the unlock for 10 seconds, then take it out and let the system sit for a minute. That didn't work.

    Does anyone know about these things?

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    2. There is less storage than our other car, but it does have two spaces encumbered by ash trays. Can anyone recommend how to make those spaces more useful?

    Regards
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkPatterson View Post
    Hi

    I've just joined. I have bought a Peugeot 406 from 2001, a manual so my boys can learn to drive in it. I was hoping for an HDi, but not many of them were showing up in Brisbane. They tend to be in Perth. So far it's great. I hope to have many happy years with it.

    I have a few questions that I hope people can help me with.

    1. The remote key doesn't work. I tried what the dealer said, which is to put the key in the ignition, turn the on without starting the motor, hold the unlock for 10 seconds, then take it out and let the system sit for a minute. That didn't work.

    Does anyone know about these things?

    2. There is less storage than our other car, but it does have two spaces encumbered by ash trays. Can anyone recommend how to make those spaces more useful?

    Regards
    Mark
    Welcome!

    1. Take key to dealer, bash dealer over the head with it until it works. If this fails, get one or both said boys to live in the car and lock/unlock when they see you pointing the remote at them. That will solve the unmentioned problem of overcrowding the house which in turn will raise the chance of more intimate moments with the missus.

    2. Take up smoking?

    You're welcome!
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    G'day,
    just wait until you find the silly part of the forum...the pond

    Wait for a few more answers, then take it to a dealer, or at least, someone who knows about Pugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkPatterson View Post
    I have a few questions that I hope people can help me with.

    1. The remote key doesn't work.
    Mark
    Does it have a battery inside the key that could be replaced??


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    It may be that one of the microswitches inside the key fob has snapped off as we found in the Xsara we recently bought. The unlock works, but the lock does not.

    Others here may suggest alternate replacements for the remote function.

    Welcome to AF and enjoy your new French car.
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    good to see yet another well adjusted person

    others buy sitruns or renolts

    i'd go with the battery option first up as has been mentioned

    does it have a light on the fob ? if so does it light up when you depress the button ?

    let us know how you get on

    as for the twin ashtrays, well they are a good spot to fill up with coins. sitrun people don't understand this as they always have their hands in their pockets for their cars
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    Congratulations on the purchase!

    You can buy a non-smokers kit online for the 406 which replaces the ashtray! Costs around 30 quid iirc!
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    I have already replaced the battery with a new one from Dick Smith

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlitzaugen View Post
    2. Take up smoking?
    You know, you might be onto something there. 40 million frenchmen can't be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STALLED View Post
    You can buy a non-smokers kit online for the 406 which replaces the ashtray! Costs around 30 quid iirc!
    Thanks, yes, I found some mention of it here:
    http://www.406oc.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=2994

    It's called "Center console storage unit". I'll try to look into it when I get some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkPatterson View Post
    Hi

    I've just joined. I have bought a Peugeot 406 from 2001, a manual so my boys can learn to drive in it. I was hoping for an HDi, but not many of them were showing up in Brisbane. They tend to be in Perth. So far it's great. I hope to have many happy years with it.

    I have a few questions that I hope people can help me with.

    1. The remote key doesn't work. I tried what the dealer said, which is to put the key in the ignition, turn the on without starting the motor, hold the unlock for 10 seconds, then take it out and let the system sit for a minute. That didn't work.

    Does anyone know about these things?

    2. There is less storage than our other car, but it does have two spaces encumbered by ash trays. Can anyone recommend how to make those spaces more useful?

    Regards
    Mark
    Hi Mark - Firstly you have my sympathy for buying a french car: secondly, take it back to the dealer and DEMAND he fixes the locking problem under the 3 month statutory warrantee, and thirdly the ashtrays come out. Just take them out and put an offcut of thin carpet in the recesses.

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