While What Car? gives the used Peugeot 207 hatchback four out of five stars overall, it notes a number of faults reported by owners. These include premature wheel bearing and suspension damper failures together with electrical gremlins. The model also had six factory recalls in its first two years.
This probably explains the demand for a Haynes manual by 207 owners. Good news! The Haynes Peugeot 207 Owners Workshop Manual is now available. It covers hatchback and estate (SW) models with petrol and turbo-diesel engines (excluding the 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine) and the mechanical features of the CC (Coupe Cabriolet) and 207 van, prior to revisions of the model range in August 2009. That's about 200,000 vehicles in the UK.
The Peugeot 207 Haynes Manual is the first new manual to be launched in Haynes' 50th anniversary year and will no doubt add to the 150 million manuals which have already been sold worldwide. Although cars have changed a lot since the first Haynes Owners Workshop Manual for the Austin-Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite was published, a vehicle is still stripped and rebuilt to compile a manual. And there continue to be numerous step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions included in each manual.
No wonder Haynes Manuals have an enviable reputation worldwide for precise, extensively illustrated instructions to enable owners to undertake everything from simple tasks to major overhauls - and avoid costly garage bills.
The Haynes Peugeot 207 Manual will help 207 owners decide what work needs to be done and then choose whether to tackle it themselves or take their Peugeot to a garage - each task has a complexity rating and any special tools needed are listed. It also provides information on routine maintenance and servicing, and gives a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur.
The Haynes Peugeot 207 Manual has drawings and close-up photographs to show the location of various components. Tasks are described and photographed in a clear step-by-step sequence with details of what tools are required and a complexity rating. There are sections on daily, weekly and routine maintenance plus instructions for straightforward jobs such as wiper blade replacement. Also included is advice on preparing for the MOT test, fault-finding charts and useful guidance for driving economically.
For more ambitious home mechanics, major overhauls to the engine, suspension and brakes have full instructions, illustrations, and a rating for their complexity. Where special tools are called for, the manual explains their function and (where possible) how to make a cheaper alternative.
As with all Haynes Manuals, there are sections on:
- Maintenance - simple weekly checks to keep you on the road
- Servicing - complete, fully illustrated step-by-step guides
- Fault-finding - helping you to pinpoint specific problems easily
- Brakes - safety checks and repairs for the home mechanic
- Overhaul - everything from fitting a new oil seal to an engine rebuild
- Electrics - easy-to-read wiring diagrams
- Haynes Tips - valuable short cuts to make many tasks easier. For example: The smell of a fluid leaking from the car may provide a clue to what's leaking. Some fluids are distinctively coloured. It may help to clean the car carefully and to park it over some clean paper overnight as an aid to locating the source of the leak. Remember that some leaks may only occur while the engine is running.
- Fuel saving - expert advice on maximising mpg
- Difficulty ratings - every task is graded from 'beginner' to 'expert'
- Details of tools required
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