How many forum users still actually drive a 406

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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by caprixpack » Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:58 pm

PeterN wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:47 am
I still have one, mostly driven by my wife. I would probably have one too if they hadn't got so ridiculously expensive. I still think they are the best car I have driven in over 60 years of motoring, certainly the most reliable.

I now have an equally old C220 Cdi Merc estate, its nice but I still feel more at home in the 406.

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Mine has been the biggest piece of sh*t I've ever owned, I hated it from the moment I got it. Never wanted to drive it any distance as I didn't trust it, it always felt like it was hanging on by the skin of its teeth even though it was relatively low mileage full service history and well looked after.
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by mjb » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:09 pm

GingerMagic wrote:
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That's some, uh, interesting parking! ...and I thought BMW drivers were bad! :lol:
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by GingerMagic » Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:37 pm

Fair point, I was parked properly earlier in the day but I moved the car for the picture..... :oops:
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by dirtydirtydiesel » Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:48 pm

dirtydirtydiesel wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Good stuff Ben :D

Are you still happy with your reconditioned injectors :?:

Mines on 128k now & going grand but the injectors are still not right, I've done everything else so might as
well sort these out too.
Just can't decide whether to get my original ones refurbed or get some newer 307 ones as there supposed
to be more durable :?

Regards Paul.
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by grasmere59 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:24 pm

I've still got mine at 164k,bought an 11 plate 2.2 Mondeo estate to replace it but keep finding excuses to keep it. :D
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by Doggy » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:29 pm

I've still got mine at 224k having run it since October 2012 / 87k.
Has to be about the most reliable car I've ever owned, but suspect it's not going to be worth MOT-ing it at the end of March. :(
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by dirtydirtydiesel » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:17 am

Doggy 137k in 6 years :shock:
Well done that man.

Why do you think it's not worth MOT ing there's a few of these knocking round with 500+ k
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by Doggy » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:39 am

Needs rear wheel brgs, which will require rear disks/pads/shoes/backplates bodged somehow, brake servo's on the way out, a few drop links, alternator pulley's getting noisy, slight unidentified coolant loss, the list goes on.

It's getting kinda tired looking, headlining's started to droop in places, no prospect of repairing the aircon, will need tyres / 4-wheel alignment soon too. I've done the essentials to keep it going, (cambelt, oil, filters, battery in the last few months), but common sense tells me I'd be better off putting the money towards a replacement than fixing this one.

My fault for letting these jobs pile up, but I've been busy with other stuff and something had to give.
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by fattail95 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:37 pm

dirtydirtydiesel wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:48 pm
dirtydirtydiesel wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Good stuff Ben :D

Are you still happy with your reconditioned injectors :?:

Mines on 128k now & going grand but the injectors are still not right, I've done everything else so might as
well sort these out too.
Just can't decide whether to get my original ones refurbed or get some newer 307 ones as there supposed
to be more durable :?

Regards Paul.
Hi Paul,

The first set of recon injectors I got for it were from Euro Car parts, and one failed after 6 months, and it never felt 'right' with them in. I got another recon set from Darwen Diesels at £125 each, and they have been flawless. Engine still feels smooth as silk, can't complain about these ones at all!

Hoping to get the old girl too 200k miles and above at least, got a fair way to go yet though. Seeing fewer and fewer on the roads now, it's sad... Glad you're still enjoying yours :)

Best Regards,
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by dirtydirtydiesel » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:10 pm

Thanks Ben :)

So you recommend Darwen Diesels 8)

Get yourself along to Pugfest this year there's quite a few of use that go,
Good to catch up look at each others car's, share story's, info & advice not to mention grub (BBQ)
A few cold one's & look at all the other pugs + hill climb action.

I might take the coupe up this year :supafrisk:

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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by Welly » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:55 pm

Doggy wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:39 am
My fault for letting these jobs pile up, but I've been busy with other stuff and something had to give.
This is sad news but I completely understand how this happens, you know if the 'car' fails to achieve an MOT then your engine and gearbox combo has gotta be worth £££ to someone 'in the know' especially with your environmentally ethical modifications* (EEM). Of course the reality of separating these things for sale and parting with the remaining carcass will be a PITA as I'm sure you know.

I've just checked up on my old 406, it finally failed an MOT in March 2015 and hasn't been presented again, it made it to 16 years old on the road with only 158K miles. My HDi 110 was a nuisance to be honest, constant fear of stuff going wrong, lots of spurious Check Engine Lights, unbeknown to me the car had been used by the previous keeper for International Caravan Towing (all over that France etc) I think this took its toll on the engine mounts which then chewed up the eggsauce flexi (requiring a new CAT) and tore through an Intercooler Hose, also had the radiator fan crap out, various sussy failures, EGR failure, bottom pulley failure, lift pump failure, a/c condenser(s), eggsauce snappage. As Peter said though the 406 was a lovely familiar thing to flop into after a days work.
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by rwb » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:29 pm

MOT on my 406 expired Feb 17 so I guess it's a gonner. Although, frankly, I'd worn it out.

Still happy with the 407 (which is now on 190k, bought Oct 13 at 74k).
It's asking for a third flywheel and I think it's going to get a solid on this time. And if that kills it then I'll be shopping for a 406.

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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by mjb » Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:34 pm

My coop got exported as soon as I'd sold it (for an absolute pittance :cry: ). 1999-2013 with 190k on the clock. It was in great shape, but I know that every few months it'd need yet another thing doing. Pretty much a common thread for nearly all my 406s apart from the tubby estate which stubbornly just kept working despite me having no time nor money to do any work on it ever

I was kinda glad to get rid of the 540i, as that was not the best. Rubber bits dying everywhere - engine mounts, coolant hoses, watercooled alternator seals, suspension gaiters, pneumatic suspensions bits... It was pretty unreliable tbh with a list of things wrong with it and I really didn't dig the grey interior anyway.

I had to MOT the Merc a couple of months ago. When he told me 'yep no problems', I didn't know what to do - I've never actually had that happen before! Even before that, it's actually the first car I've ever driven outside the country without feeling the need to take a full tool bag, breaker bar and axle stands with me! Literally the only thing wrong with it, is the passenger mirror has stopped dimming! Well, there's some gripes I have with the design (184mph limiter, insistence on enabling starter-killer start-stop "eco" mode every time it's started, no steering-wheel mounted 'next track' button, bad headrest), but just the mirror that's actually broken.

Although having said that, I might have let the battery get a bit dead over xmas. Possibly a £300 mistake if both batteries are toast. :oops:
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by Welly » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:06 pm

rwb wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:29 pm
And if that kills it then I'll be shopping for a 406.
Not sure you'll find a decent one? :?
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Re: How many forum users still actually drive a 406

Post by Welly » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:08 pm

mjb wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:34 pm
start-stop "eco" mode every time it's started
You mean you turn this off? a hoofing great V8? think of the little flowers and animals :lol:
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