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How well have the older 206's held up?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:52 pm Up
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I'm looking at getting back into 206 ownership again after not owning one for around 10 years. I haven't even seen one up close in years, and not been around the French car scene for ages.

What is the average condition for them like now? Are there any pitfalls and issues coming to light now they are another decade older? I'm not a novice when it comes to 206s, but I'd like to start shopping with an up to date idea of what to look out for.

I'm not afraid of having to do some restoration work. I currently have two other cars and a bike with a combined age of over 120 years, so I can handle a little rust!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:28 am Up
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Welcome back,

Look out for collapsing rear beam, had to replaced on two cars already:)

Rust sets in badly jacked up sills, behind front arch liners and headlights (where drain points are).

2.0 HDi, year 2000 (lockdown 1 beater)
GTi 180, year 2004 (in hibernation after endless driving fun in 2019, queued for "cambelt in tight spaces")
Missus' 1.6 16v CC, year 2007 (rust-ic underbody sandblast pending)
£50 1.4 HDi, year 2002 (seatless transporter, lockdown 2 beater)
..couple more Franco/American-made/owned ones, journey depending
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:17 am Up
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I've not long bought a 206 GTi as a runaround after years away from them. They're at an age now where there will always be something that needs done. Rear axles, COMM2000 units and rust appear to be the main issues I'd watch out for. If there is no proof of a recent timing belt change I'd factor one into your price.

I've just found out the head gasket on my 206 needs done as it's leaking into the water jacket on cylinders 2 and 3, which could be causing the oil to pressurise in the sump and get quite hot. Something else to maybe think about.

'98 Nile Blue 306 GTi 6
'04 Obsidian Black 206 GTi 138
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:26 am Up
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Wow Luke, didn't you have the Roland Garros? Or am I thinking of somebody else?
What did I miss ???
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