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Hshan's 1999 Peugeot 406 Coupe - update, finally

Here’s my second car, after 3 years of not having any. Though it’s actually the first one to have some sense and the first being bought with any use of my brain :stuck_out_tongue: As the title says, a '99 406 Coupe, powered by the base engine (I think?), a petrol 2.0 making a bit odd 132 horsepower. I was looking for some interesting car that would still be within my reach when it comes to ownership costs, and this is right on point - a cool looking coupe, yet with pretty common and standard tech. It’s not in a perfect condition, but it’s good - it passed its MOT very recently, has a rather new valvetrain (few kkm), new exhaust and hardly any rust. It drives well and - quite unusually for a cheap 406 Coupe - has bumpers with no cracks.

So, what are the downsides?

  • AC doesn’t work! that’s a big one, I don’t know what’s the cause
  • LPG installation needs regulation and/or minor fixes - it works, and the engine works ok on LPG in general (definitely drivable), but it doesn’t always provide the correct air/fuel mixture
  • driver’s window stops some 1,5-2 cm below the level it should - minor, but annoying
  • oil gauge (temp, AFAIK) doesn’t work
  • no radio :frowning:
  • and some tiny stuff: it needs two keys - one for the locks, the other for starting - I think the ignition was replaced, as the cabin light needs electricity to be turned on on the ignition to glow; I can lower both windows from the driver’s door switches, but I can raise only the driver’s one; rims are scratched here and there; both door limiters stop only on the first position.

The interior is covered in black leather - not my preferable choice, but ok, car’s coolness factor makes up for that :wink: At least it has heated seats, so I won’t freeze to the seat in winter. I was amazed by the amount of space in the rear - I can easily sit there, without being squeezed, behind the front seat set up for me - and I’m 187 cm (that’s 6 ft 1,5" for you 'Muricans). As for the rest of the equipment - the non-functioning AC is manual, there’s the cruise control and, I think standard, power mirrors. I don’t expect much in that regard, so as soon as the AC will be fixed and some radio with BT installed, I’ll be entirely content with that.

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406 Coupe! One of the most beautiful cars of the 90s :heart_eyes:

My BR:C submission was intended to be a direct copy of the 406 Coupe but ended up way more bland lol

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The 406 Coupe hails from a time when nearly every manufacturer had a stylish coupe to sell in the European market - a consequence of high insurance rates killing off most hot hatches and forcing their target market to seek something else instead. As a Pininfarina design, the 406 Coupe reminds me of a Ferrari 456 from some angles - and while it’s nowhere near as fast, it’s much more attainable.

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The 406 Coupé is probably the best looking of all the FWD Peugeots IMO.

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I’ve added photos and info in the first post :slight_smile:

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Loooong overdue, big status update

Ugh, yeah, there were many things related to this car I could’ve shared, but I never quite remembered to take pics showing some of them until recently :smile: So, let’s go with the news!

Good news - a lot of things were fixed

New photo by Piotr Szafranowski

(I know it’s cut, but this is what Google Photos’ sharing through link does, and I can’t be bothered with scaling all my 12 MP photos down manually)

As you might see on that photo, the left headlight was polished (my mom’s idea :smile:). And no, I haven’t lost the little centre cap from the wheel, it just turned out when the tyres were changed (old ones were in a quite mediocre condition, and I needed winter ones anyway) that it was glued, as the clips that normally hold it in place were damaged. It wasn’t glued back, I still have it in the boot, but I’ll find a new one… eventually :stuck_out_tongue: Anyway, those are the visible things, but others were more important. Of course I’ve got the AC fixed - it had a leak (replaced… don’t remember what, some pipe I think), and thus was empty (filled), and the control panel had broken links that connect it to all that ventilation inner stuff (panel with links replaced). Left window needed a new mechanism, since the old one had a broken tooth or in its gear, I’ve found a good used one. Some connections in power windows controls needed a little cleaning to actually connect, and that helped, but not ultimately - some day the right window started lowering randomly on its own, so it’s button was temporarily disconnected - sorta dumb, I know, but I’ll get that fixed properly before it gets actually warm outside. During all that window tinkering the door limiters were also adjusted (as I couldn’t find new ones then IIRC) but it helped only the left one. LPG system indeed needed fixes, namely new injectors and… reconnecting some little pipe (vacuum I guess) and now it runs as it should. Also front brakes were replaced.

Bad news - suspected coolant leak was an actual coolant leak

At first it seemed that the stain somewhere on the inner side of the bumper came from a bit of the coolant spilled when I wanted to check it a bit too soon (yes, it was hot). Then it didn’t disappear, so a leak was suspected, but there were no other symptoms nor an obvious spot of the leak. And soon after, when I drove just a few km, the coolant temp raised to over 100 °C, when it normally stays at 80+ °C. Ooops :smile: Driving to the mechanic as calmly as possible was a bit of a challenge. The radiator and the thermostat were replaced - yikes, that wasn’t cheap.

Good news - I’ve got a radio! :grin:

New photo by Piotr Szafranowski

This little thing here. Very simple model, but it has what I wanted - Bluetooth. It was brand new, cheap and from a brand that I recognise, not some Chinese no-name, and that’s all I really cared about. Sound quality is not superb, but honestly it doesn’t really matter to me in a car, especially since this one isn’t some bubble of silence (welp, that’s short gearing an frameless doors for ya). I like it.

Bad news - rust! Also I’ve scraped it a tiny bit

New photo by Piotr Szafranowski

Ouch. The previous owner warned me about some rust starting to appear on the sills, but since I didn’t see it when I wanted to check, I forgot about it a bit. Well, that’s what winter brought me for that. I’ll have to take it to some tinsmith rather soon.

New photo by Piotr Szafranowski

Yeahhh… That was just before Christmas, I was buying some presents in a shopping centre. It was painfully slow, because due to covid each shop let in only a limited number of people, so there were long lines everywhere. I got somewhat annoyed by that and terrible traffic beforehand, and thus a bit less careful than I should be in the tight, underground parking. I’ve scraped it on a wall beside a tight turn just before the exit.

Good “news” - I really like this car

Its looks strike just the right balance between cool and elegant IMO, and even that common silver paint looks good as long as it’s clean - though I think about getting some nicer, an inch larger wheels. It’s really comfortable, I can actually go over normal speedbumps at a normal speed close to the local limit, not half of it, and not jump inside, and I can drive on some cobbled roads without everything shaking violently. And for my limited experience, it’s definitely dynamic enough. I just can’t miss taking a look at it when I go by :wink:

I’ll try to make next updates more in line with any events :stuck_out_tongue:

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About that… After Blaupunkt went bankrupt, anything with their logo is just cheap Chinese no-name products with Blaupunkt tacked on.

But I guess if it’s cheap and it works, it works.

Oh well :joy: At least mom’s radio at home and grandma’s TV - both from this “new” Blaupunkt I guess - are perfectly fine, so I hope my radio will be too.