Peugeot 2017 CC
Part one: Introducing our 10-year-old, 66,000-mile, £1300 auction purchase.
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.