Peu­geot 2017 CC

Part one: In­tro­duc­ing our 10-year-old, 66,000-mile, £1300 auc­tion pur­chase.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Contents - An­drew Everett?


We’ve ac­quired a 10-year-old Peu­geot 207 CC for just over £1300. Are these as prob­lem­atic to main­tain as ev­ery­one says, asks

Un­fairly de­rided as a ‘hair­dressers’ car’, the Peu­geot 207 was mas­sively pop­u­lar when new, which means there are thou­sands of sec­ond­hand ones on the mar­ket. Of course, they’re not all CC mod­els – the ma­jor­ity are the three- and five-door hatch­backs that also com­prised most of the pre­vi­ous 206 range.

While tech­ni­cally bet­ter than the 206, the 207 hasn’t en­deared it­self to all own­ers and me­chan­ics due to be­ing dif­fi­cult to work on. In truth, they’re prob­a­bly not that much worse than any­thing else on the road these days.

Our 207 CC 1598cc 16v GT THP con­vert­ible was bought at auc­tion from Leeds BCA sight un­seen af­ter editor Knowles spot­ted it on­line. The bid­ding started at £1000 and the ham­mer fell af­ter only one bid – that was us – for £1100 plus fees, mak­ing a to­tal of £1341. That’s a whole lot cheaper than the £2300 book price. With 66,000 war­ranted miles, an MOT cer­tifi­cate to May 2018 and in pil­lar-box red, it looks like we bagged a bit of a bar­gain. How­ever, that’s not to say it won’t need work, as any 10-year-old car will do.

Our first job is to re­new the tim­ing chain. While many 207s use the older en­gine with a cam­belt, this 150bhp 1.6 Turbo unit uses the Prince en­gine also found in the 2006-on­wards MINI R56 in both nor­mally-as­pi­rated and turbo Cooper S forms. This en­gine is not highly re­garded in the trade and many deal­ers are rightly very wary of them. The main is­sue is tim­ing chain stretch, which leads to the guide rails break­ing and the chain ei­ther jump­ing or even snap­ping. What’s more, this can hap­pen at rel­a­tively low mileages. Sure enough, when started from cold, our 207 gave a short rat­tle as the ten­sioner took up slack.

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