Peugeot 208 common problems?
If you have an eye on a particular used Peugeot 208 that’s for sale, check that it has an up-to-date service history, preferably with the work done by a Peugeot specialist. There appears to have been a noticeable improvement in quality and reliability when Peugeot moved up from 207 to 208, and it got better again with the upgraded model.
We have heard of issues with the valves and timing chains on the basic 1.6-litre turbo engines (not the GTi versions). The 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engines have a timing belt that requires replacement every nine years or 180,000km, which is better than most, but you will still need to budget for it.
When testing automatic versions, take note of the transmission operation, as major repairs can be expensive. In manual Peugeot 208 versions, check the clutch operation.
There was a safety recall in June 2014 for a suspension fault. Most should have been rectified by now but it is worth checking with a Peugeot car dealer to make sure the vehicle you are looking at has been repaired.
1.2-litre models: 5.0-7.5L/100km.
1.6-litre models: 7.0-9.5L/100km.
1.6-litre turbos: 7.0-11.0L/100km.
The 4cyl 5dr hatches have a five-star ANCAP rating. Other variants are unrated.
820kg to 1150kg, depending on variant, but 46kg towball load only.
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