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Peugeot 208 Common Problems and Solutions

Bonnet latch problems

Problem:

On some of the 208's on the market, there has been a failure with the bonnet catch, which results in the bonnet not opening or closing properly. This is caused by the latch not being secured correctly.

Models affected:

Solution:

This problem was subject to a recall, so take the car to a Peugeot dealer, who will fix it free of charge.

Difficulty level

5

Touch screen failure

Problem:

Many other Peugeot 208 owners have come across problems with the touch screen not working, as it should on this car.

Models affected:

Solution:

The only way to resolve this issue, is to take it to a Peugeot dealer and have them update the software.

Difficulty level

5

Reduced braking performance

Problem:

If you have noticed that you are having a problem with the brakes, and are having to push harder on the brake pedal, this could be due to there being air in the braking system. There is a chance that the brakes were not bled properly at manufacture.

Models affected:

Solution:

This problem was subject to a recall, which means that you can take it to a Peugeot dealer, who will fix the issue free of charge.

Difficulty level

5

Display screen problem

Problem:

It has been known on the 208, for the display screen to show the Peugeot loading screen, which means you can't play music or see your speed (MPG). This is due to a software fault.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to take your car into a Peugeot garage, where they should do the software upgrade for free.

Difficulty level

5

Gearbox problems

Problem:

You may have noticed that your car is having trouble engaging into reverse gear. This is a common problem on these cars. This is caused by a lack of synchromesh.

Models affected:

Solution:

This problem should ease off once the car has done a few more miles, but it won't go completely as it seems to be a Peugeot design's flaw. Lifting your foot off the clutch and re-engaging sometimes helps.

Difficulty level

1

Reading these common Peugeot 208 problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Peugeot 208 – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Peugeot 208 does have one of these issues.