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Giving in and scrapping the Pug
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Hi guys,

This is probably in gross misconduct of the forum rules or something so feel free to delete, but having posted a pathetic 22 posts so far, a hefty 78 posts below the minimum required to post anything in the designated For Sale section, I'm just going to fire away and do it, but there's some semblance of a genuine question that wouldn't belong in the For Sale section anyway, so who knows where this post belongs.

I'm getting rid of my [once] trusty old 306, the affectionately named 'Tony'. '99 Phase 2 1.4 Meridian, done nearly 159,000 miles now. Despite having had a lot done to him since I got him three years ago, it gets to that point when you just think "You ain't gonna survive the winter, are ya?". And if he does, it won't be without considerable anxiety every time I go to start him. If he didn't have his current inexplicable major oil leak he'd probably be worth repairing again, but it's just one thing after another now, and he's done nearly 50k miles in the past few years laden with stuff, 3 house moves, all weathers, through dirt tracks and cruising up and down the M5 through various conditions. He's been a wicked car all in, I've spent, roughly in the region of £1500 on him minus the usual servicing and MOT stuff, on top of the friendly £500 I paid for him way back when he was a young 110k'er. Great car and has really turned me on to 306's. To the right person he's still worth a punt, but not to me anymore, I struggle with even the basics of car maintenance (despite the helpful advice I get on here, muchos gracias...) so stuff like replacing the wiper motor is just something I almost definitely won't do myself properly. It's a shame because I put a new head gasket on him only in March (that was a miscalculation, but needs must when you're skint and in desperate need of wheels at the time - a £560 job on a £500 car stings but is cheaper than getting another £500 car and the clutch going the next day; a case of 'better the devil you know'...) and the clutch has only done about 25,000 miles. But I've got access to a decent 306 diesel in the meantime (thanks sis) and am on the hunt for possibly a 306 estate now my finances are looking a bit better, but following the recent emergence of a new oil leak (got through 2 litres between Bristol and Exeter on its final voyager after an emergency top up swiftly followed by another no-start incident relating to the battery earth, I believe), coinciding nicely with some surgery I've just had done thus rendering m not allowed to drive for a few weeks, now the's the time to rid. 

It seems to be impossible to gauge prices correctly, but I'm going to sell it as spares/repairs I think, unless someone wants to diagnose and fix its problems, but that seems doubtful, I wouldn't be surprised if the rear axle was on its way out as well, so I'd love to get £100 for it, but that seems unlikely. If anyone can give me a decent ballpark of what I could be asking for when I call the scrappers (though I'll probably quickly put it on eBay etc for a week first, just in case...), I'd be grateful.

Here's the low-down.

FOR SALE - Spares/Repairs 1999 PEUGEOT 306 1.4 MERIDIAN

Faults:
- Inexplicable major oil leak. Has had minor oil leak for a while, but recently consumed 2 ltrs of engine oil in about 80 miles. 
- Wiper relay problem, only two settings work
- Faulty CD player
- Loose front bumper
- Rear left brake light not working
- Rare, but significant start-up problem related to the battery, where car simply won't start and engine won't turn over (enough swearing and persistence WILL solve this)
- Cosmetic damage, rather scratched and slightly dented
- Some kind of recent emergence of a lower hernia underneath at the back - rear axle on its way out perhaps? Very likely for a 306

Good bits:
- Still starts, generally well, apart from the occasional times it doesn't (see above)
- Tyres good
- MOT and tax until March 2019

- New head gasket put on this March for some reason
- New coil pack put on last year
- No MOT advisories other than loose bumper
- New clutch about 25,000 miles ago

Car is sat in Mid Devon, near Crediton.

What can I reasonably get for this?   Huh  Danke

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sad news but unfortunately being a 1.4 its not a desireable model. Good that it reached 159k though. Ive shared it with a few members to see if they will take it off your hands.
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Hey Pughawk.  Don't worry about the numbers of posts.  I think any new member will take a long time to get to 100 posts these days with it being pretty quiet.  Really sorry to hear about your current 306, although it has managed good mileage for a 1.4.  It's hard to financially justify keeping a car of this age going if you can't do a fair bit of the work yourself.

Not sure I can help you with price as a 'spares or repairs' but wish you good luck with it.  Am sure you'll get plenty of advice on here about buying an estate.  One thing I do know is to watch out for corrosion above/around the nearside wheel arch.  (Some of the interior trim needs to be removed to fully assess though).
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Don't waste your money on ebay… The fees for cars are daft and it's now full of people that don't understand the rules of auctions and just waste the sellers time & money. Autotrader is free for cars under £1000 so that's the best one to go for of those 2. Facebook Marketplace is ideal for cheap cars as well and is again free.

If you don't want the hassle of private selling, there is the option of a car buying service like 'Motorway' (this one automatically uses my own post code so yours may be different).

Or scrapping via cartakeback though that's not looking very lucrative unless you can drive it 50 miles.


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(27-11-2018, 09:31 PM)Mighty306 Wrote: Hey Pughawk.  Don't worry about the numbers of posts.  I think any new member will take a long time to get to 100 posts these days with it being pretty quiet.  Really sorry to hear about your current 306, although it has managed good mileage for a 1.4.  It's hard to financially justify keeping a car of this age going if you can't do a fair bit of the work yourself.

Not sure I can help you with price as a 'spares or repairs' but wish you good luck with it.  Am sure you'll get plenty of advice on here about buying an estate.  One thing I do know is to watch out for corrosion above/around the nearside wheel arch.  (Some of the interior trim needs to be removed to fully assess though).

ive lifted the 100 posts now.
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Thanks for your input guys, I put it up on the Facebook Marketplace last night and was amazed to be inundated with interest within hours, probably about 20 replies overnight. Tried getting £100, haggled to £80 to some dodgy chap earlier today; scrappers were offering me around £70. As I've not been very well and the whole thing was a very quick process I was disappointed not to be able to properly say goodbye to this noble stallion which has served me so well. Oh well.
The guy seemed to think the head gasket hadn't been done properly and was quick to pick up the keys and go without checking out the rest of it, then I [naively] waited for him to get in touch online with his address and my VC5 number (I didn't know you had to keep the entire document and thought I'd had the number written down - thankfully it turns out I had the actual number logged on my phone from a previous event so I've been able to transfer details to the DVLA using a bit of streetsmart to figure out his address; before he went cold on Facebook and his profile was no longer visible, though was from a second account I have - when I mentioned his address in a private message he was all of a sudden visible again. Me thinks a private dealer looking to fix and sell on rather than use it for a few months!).

Thanks for your help again. It was a great car and I hope it does see a bit more action. Gutted I couldn't say bye, might swing by his address in the near future and check if it's there. Next up is to get myself insured on my sisters 306 diesel. Ride on, hail the 306.
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The diesels can reach epic mileage so hopefully you'll be behind the wheel of one for a good while yet!
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Pity because the 1.4 is an excellent engine, Peugeot just fitted them with a shit cam so they only made 75hp.

A standard H or J cam from a 106 takes these to 95hp straight off the bat before mapping - not that you should but it does lol

I came across something similar when I bought my 106 diesel, luckily you can do it online. Whoever owned my car last would have got a surprise note to say it was now sold lol
A moments silence please, for our brothers in the NAD-zone.
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