The Peugeot 1007 is a small three-door quirky Peugeot city car that was first introduced for the 2004 model year and it ran until 2009 when Peugeot discontinued it for good. The 1007 is now exactly the type of car most people imagine when thinking about daily drivers which is partly why the 1007 never really succeeded as far as outright sales are concerned.
Be that as it may, the 1007 is now a fairly affordable used car that offers quite a bit of space and uniqueness, something that is difficult to find in the modern-day car industry. In this article, we are going to go in depth about all the common problems with Peugeot 1007, tell you what to look out for, and how it affects the car’s overall reliability.
Starting with the engine, the 1007 has quite a few problems in this department such as issues with oil consumption, failing catalytic converters, and MAF problems. Other issues include problems with the gearbox overheating, issues with the car’s electrics, and issues with the car’s suspension system.
Now it’s time to go a bit more in-depth about all of these individually and tell you how serious they are in regard to the car’s overall reliability.
The engine on the 1007 seems to be experiencing quite a bit of issues, the most common ones being problems with excessive oil consumption which can lead to serious engine damage if not dealt with in time. Failing catalytic converters can cause significant drops in power, acceleration, and overall feeling of speed which isn’t the most noticeable from the 1007’s small engine.
The mass-airflow sensor is also potentially a sore point which is why many people replace these, even a few times during ownership. All in all, the engine in the 1007 needs proper and timely maintenance in order to be reliable. If you fail to take good care of the engine, it is going to let you down big time.
Many owners of the 1007 reported similar problems where the car shudders and refuses to engage forward gears. The 2-tronic gearbox used with the 1007 is prone to overheating issues with many other Peugeot models as well. It is said that a temporary fix is to let the car cool down for about 15-20 minutes, especially during warm summer months.
While driving the car, it’s a good idea to place it in neutral whenever you can in order to minimize the chances of this happening at all. Some say that the gearbox ECU needs to be relocated near the radiator in order for it to better withstand high temperatures which can help with it not overheating as often.
Many potential issues trouble the 1007. These include problems with the radio, the door locks, the central console not wanting to start, issues with the horn, the windows, the indicators, parking sensors, and potentially even the gauge cluster. These can be caused by a huge number of problems, but faulty modules and sensors are usually the reason.
This also tends to happen on higher-mileage 1007 models much more which makes sense as the older the car the more worn the electrics are. Fixing these is often challenging as it’s difficult to always find the right culprit. As such, the best thing you can do is take the car to a Peugeot dealership where they have all the right equipment to locate the problems.
The last group of issues we are going to mention today refers to the car’s suspension system which seems to be experiencing issues with the front shock and strut assembly. Quite a few owners reported clunking noises coming from either the driver’s side or the front passenger side which typically point toward problems with the anti-roll drop links/sway bars.
It is said that these can get out of whack due to daily wear and tear, especially if you often go over speed bumps and uneven terrain. The good thing is that these are not expensive to replace, but the bad thing is that they can fail multiple times during car ownership.
Should I buy a Peugeot 1007?
If you want a quirky, unique, and relatively rare family car that isn’t too big or too expensive, the Peugeot 1007 is actually a really good choice if properly maintained. Yes, the car does have its fair share of issues, but most of these are indeed due to lackluster maintenance. As such, if you buy one that hasn’t been abused, you should be able to enjoy it for a long time.
On the other hand, most car enthusiasts won’t bat a single eye for the 1007 as it isn’t luxurious, dynamic, exciting, or anything in particular. It’s a neutral-looking, neutral-driving car that does not pull on any heartstrings at all. If that is something you enjoy and you just want an A-to-B transport vehicle, the 1007 is a good choice.
Why did Peugeot discontinue the 1007?
The reason why Peugeot let go of the 1007 is that it is actually one of Peugeot’s greatest sales fails. The initial concept 1007 was a widely popular car and the interest for the real deal grew enough for Peugeot to make it into production. However, when the car actually came out, hardly anyone bought it which isn’t too surprising since it looks “meh”.
Some say that Peugeot lost an estimated €14,000-€15,000 on each 1007 sold which makes this a huge flop for Peugeot. Therefore, it is reasonable to think that Peugeot will think twice before ever wanting to offer a similar car again.
Is the Peugeot 1007 cheap to own?
The Peugeot 1007 is indeed a really affordable car to own due to its small engine, good fuel economy, cheap registration fees, and fairly cheap insurance. Buying one is immensely affordable these days as depreciation has lowered the 1007 price substantially.
All in all, we can’t really say that we are surprised, but in reality, the 1007 is rare these days and one could not lose money on a low-mileage one if kept in good condition during ownership.