Buying a 08/09 308 XSE HDI
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    Default Buying a 08/09 308 XSE HDI

    Hi all,
    Looking at buying one in or around Melbourne ASAP, My budget is around $20K.

    What should I be looking out for?
    Any buying tips appreciated as I have never owned a French vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrewer View Post
    Hi all,
    Looking at buying one in or around Melbourne ASAP, My budget is around $20K.

    What should I be looking out for?
    Any buying tips appreciated as I have never owned a French vehicle.
    If you are looking at autos, watch the transmission behaviour because the computers don't work properly and you often find they want to start off in 3rd gear from a standing start, I had two and they both did it, and couldn't be fixed.
    Never had a manual so i don't know. Look for engine oil leaks especially from the top of the engine the head gasket area. Be prepared for all the dash lights to go out intermittantly as you drive along especially if the A/C compressor cuts in. Just accept that.
    Have a really good drive and check out the seat and ride comfort. They are also very 'jiggly' and harsh on the road.
    Service costs are high so consider that. DO NOT BUY ONE THAT HASN'T GOT A COMPREHENSIVE WARRANTEE AND CHECK THE SERVICE RECORDS WITH WHOEVER SERVICED IT.!. This from somebody who has been bitten twice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigkev414 View Post
    They are also very 'jiggly' and harsh on the road.
    These are European cars designed for European roads which are a lot better quality than our good old Aussie roads. Yes, the ride is a bit harsh, but not uncomfortable. I've driven our 307 from Adelaide to Bathurst and back and didn't have any complaints from the three occupants of the car.

    Service costs are high so consider that.
    Servicing costs a lot if you go to a dealer. If you can find a Euro specialist, or even better a Pug specialist mechanic, then costs will be a lot lower. I just started using a Pug specialist here in Adelaide and it's saving us a heap of money compared to the dealer and is not much more to service than a regular car. The other thing that offsets the higher servicing costs is that the servicing intervals are greater on the HDi motors (20,000kms), so you're not getting it serviced as often as a petrol motor.

    I can't really comment on the 308 as we have a 307, but it's been a fantastic car for us. Different people have different experiences I guess.

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    The only thing that has gone "wrong" with our late 09 308 XS Diesel is the memory on the EGC ("robot" manual gearboxes only available on the 1.6 diesel) - which was reset under warranty so I have no idea of the cost involved. Apart from that the car has been bulletproof - and 12 month/20k servicing is a good thing as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrewer View Post
    Hi all,
    Looking at buying one in or around Melbourne ASAP, My budget is around $20K.

    What should I be looking out for?
    Any buying tips appreciated as I have never owned a French vehicle.
    The 308 Hdi is a good car.

    Proper regular servicing and the use of correct oil is essential. If the car has been looked after it will serve you well.

    Any car is only as good as the care / service and owner. So buying used you will have to do your homework on the car in question. Look at the service logbook and call the dealer that has been servicing the car. Ask them about the history..Any warranty work, faults and accident repair etc. Don't be shy, just tell them you are looking to buy a car that they have serviced and ask them to help you with the history. You'll be surprised how far a polite question will go....

    Check the oil level. It should NEVER be above the full mark. Take off the air intake hose that connects to the tubo when the engine is cold [ if you can ] and check for turbo shaft play [ there should not be any.. ]

    Start the engine and let it idle while you look around the car. If its a manual or EGC listen for any metalic rattle sounds, from the gearbox / flywheel. If its had a hard life the dual mass flywheel springs could be worn.

    Take it for a test drive. The power should come in strong from 1800 Rpm.

    Ask the owner if its had a "Depolution System Fault" and if so how was it rectified and how long ago.

    Check that all electrical items work.

    If all the above is clear and you are happy with the test drive go for it.

    If you are not sure you can always have the RACV do an inspection for you.

    Be prepared to travel for a good one. I did and have never looked back.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

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