Find a car review

Make
Model
Long term tests

Peugeot 106 Rallye

Richard Meaden succumbs to Friday afternoon classified browsing and buys a Rallye

Just under a year ago I succumbed to the idle, Friday- afternoon pleasure of surfing the online car classifieds. I suppose I did have a pressing reason to buy another car, but even so, the speed with which my brain accelerated from thinking ‘Ooh, I haven’t seen a 106 Rallye for ages’ to ‘Crikey, that looks like a good one’ and finally ‘You’ve got to have it! Call the bloke tonight. CALL HIM TONIGHT!’ still makes me think I’m slightly unhinged.

Anyway, I made the call, and went to look at it on the Sunday. Typically it rained just as I arrived, so it looked super-shiny, but it felt fresh on the test drive and my heart had bought it before we got back to the vendor’s house.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

A fearsome bout of negotiating followed. Actually a miserable attempt at hardball deal-making ensued, but I didn’t hand over all my cash (a brace of £20 notes and a crumpled tenner remained in my envelope after I'd handed over £2700) and I left with a cracking, two-owner, 48,248-miles-from-new S2 106 Rallye.

Since then I’ve had a brilliant, terrible, cheap, costly, fantastic and frustrating time with the blue meanie, which makes mine the typical old-performance-Pug ownership experience. It got me home with no problems and ran fine for a while, but then a rear brake caliper seized and needed to be rebuilt, along with a new disc and pads. Then the engine decided to cut out randomly, usually at the most hair-raising moments. A new fuel pump cured that. Then came an oil leak, which I decided would be best cured with a fast road QEP head and Cat cam. Man Logic at its finest, I think you’ll agree.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

On the plus side I’ve driven more than 4000 miles on back roads, A-roads and motorways, come rain, snow or sunshine, and I can honestly say the one thing that’s never failed is the smile that spreads across my face every time I drive it. You can find a more detailed breakdown of the, er, breakdowns, along with driving impressions, images and the extensive list of upgrades and refreshed parts in my blogs at evo.co.uk. Just go to the Community section, click on Evo Team, friend me up and have a read. Be warned, though: any resulting Friday afternoon impulse purchases may seriously damage your wealth…

Running Costs

Date acquiredMarch 2009
Total mileage52,399
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month249
MPG this month33.4mpg
Advertisement

Have You Considered

Visit/mclaren/201626/next-mclaren-ultimate-series-car-revealed-to-be-open-top-speedster-model
McLaren

Next McLaren Ultimate Series car revealed to be open-top speedster model

16 Aug 2019
Visit/mercedes/201625/2020-mercedes-amg-e53-coupe-spied-with-mid-cycle-updates
Mercedes

2020 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe spied with mid-cycle updates

16 Aug 2019
Visit/ford/fiesta/st
Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST review

15 Aug 2019
Visit/volkswagen/golf/r
Volkswagen Golf R hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf R 2019 review

15 Aug 2019

Most Popular

Visit/news/22986/abt-audi-rs5-r-sportback-revealed-alongside-788bhp-abt-powered-boat
News

Abt Audi RS5-R Sportback revealed

Not only has the German tuner fettled the Audi RS5 Sportback, it’s also turned its attention to watercraft
9 Aug 2019
Visit/features/22971/mercedes-amg-c63-s-vs-alfa-romeo-giulia-quadrifoglio-super-saloons-go-head-to-head
Reviews

Mercedes-AMG C63 S vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio - super saloons go head-to-head

We pit the Mercedes-AMG C63 S against Alfa Romeo's Giulia Quadrifoglio to find out which is best
9 Aug 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
Features

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
7 Aug 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019