Plans are afoot…

Ever since selling my old 106 GTi a couple of years ago and putting the cash into the house deposit, I knew I’d be back in one again one day. Despite currently owning 2 much faster outright cars, nothing I’ve owned has the same rawness, steering wheel and sheer chuckability (is that even a word?) as the 106 GTi. I liken it to an angry wasp; small, buzzing loudly, changing direction instantly, chasing it’s prey down, and packing a real punch.

The appeal of the GTi starts with it’s lightness; In a world of increasing EU regulation over crash tests, airbags and crumple zones, cars have got heavier over the years. The 106 harks back to a day when regulations were not as strict, and standard equipment was sparse. This meant a very light car by today’s standards, around 950kg. Less weight means improved handling, better acceleration, braking and a canny ability to change direction like nothing else. In the words of the immortal Colin Chapman, “Simplify, and add lightness”. It works.

Steering feel
Another one of it’s USP’s is steering feel in this car – It is uncannily good. It communicates the road surface, grip, camber, through the wheel to your hands in such a way that you feel so confident you can brake at the very last moment, sense how much grip is there, and keep it there just at the threshold of ABS braking. The car feels like it’s constantly communicating how much grip all 4 tyres have sending the road surface flowing back through the steering to your fingertips. It’s a great sensation and hugely underrated in modern cars today which often feel disconnected from the road.

The 106 was created at a time when the engineers ran Peugeot. Before the accountants got involved, the engineers had free reign to set up the car in such a way that it dialled out understeer and while more difficult to control for the layman than say, a 207, with it’s dull understeering chassis, the 106 attitude could be adjusted on the throttle (very easily with cheap/old tyres). The way the car turns in (especially on modern tyres) is sublime, and on a flowing country lane, it’s sweet handling and low inertia means even today, it would challenge modern turbocharged hatchbacks.

The Rallye
All the above also applies to the 106 Rallye which in S2 guise is even lighter than the GTi (865kg) and in my mind looks even better with it’s rally livery and unique bumpers. The Rallye never had the 1.6 16V TU engine from the GTi, making do with an 8v. However, the 106 has been around so long now, that the tuning and modification scene knows it inside out, there is very little that hasn’t been done before.

So yadda yadda, what’s so interesting you say, about buying a old French rustbucket? Just get on with it. Well, that’s the plan. But first we need to talk engines. The standard 8v Rallye engine makes 103bhp. This is not going to cut it. So how about we take the 16v from the GTi (120bhp) drop it in and turbocharge it (200bhp). Should make for a lot of fun!

As I said, plans are afoot!

That smile, when the turbo kicks in

The pug is up for sale!!

Yep the star of this site is up for sale. I’ve really enjoyed owning this car over the last 2 and a half years. It has a sweet revving engine, easy to keep on the boil and suprises a lot more expensive machinery. It feels like a grown up go-kart. On one hand it is happy to pootle round town but then becomes astonishingly good when chucked down a country lane. I doubt it is much slower down a twisty road than much more powerful cars due to it’s lightweight body (only 900kgs), 128bhp engine (rolling road proven), and fantastic chassis.
It’s a standard GTi in cobalt blue, standard apart from uprated brake calipers. Only 2 previous owners in 14 years, one of which was an older lady, who regularly serviced the car – history present.

Full service history and documenting its service history from 1300 miles plus lots of receipts and invoices.

ALL electrics work as they should, windows, lights, heaters, dash. Spare alloy wheel is included.

It’s been very well looked after in my care over the last two years with the following work carried out so you should have plenty of carefree motoring miles:

Tax 6 months
MOT 9 months

Currently on 143K miles, I bought the car on 122k miles, 2 and a half years ago. Personally I always buy a car on condition not just mileage as 80-90,000 mile cars can be in a lot worse condition than say a well looked after 150,000+ miler

You’ll struggle to find a better example with no niggles, and looked after as well as this car for the price. Bodywork is very good for the age, no laquer peel anywhere just a few of tiny dings on the bonnet and a dent on the door



Best tyres for a 106 gti?

FalkensSo it was time for new tyres again. The last set of Falkens have lasted around 17,000 miles which I thought was excellent for the stress they endure and the abuse I put them through. This did include rotating the front and back sets about halfway through their life. I really do ask a lot of the tyres with hard braking and cornering, and what was suprising was how well the ZE912s coped in the wet with the tread down to the wear markers. Wet roundabouts showed no sign of giving up grip unless the entry speed was excessive. Keep it tidy and the lateral grip was impressive. Given this, I decided to purchase another set of the Falkens as I was impressed by their performance for the money. I think I’d have to spend another £30-£40 per corner to better them.

With 14″ tyres now increasingly hard to come by, they are one of the best value summer tyres out there considering their good performance on the road. I ordered from Event Tyres online using a voucher got the front axle fitted for £130. Not bad considering they come to your home and place of work and get on with it very efficiently. They even managed to balance the GTi’s wheels which is notoriously difficult sometimes as they don’t have a central spigot (no hole in the middle of the alloy) so the fitter needs a special adapter. The fitter asked me to observe him torquing up the wheels with his torque wrench as I signed the paperwork with his colleague. A very polite and impressive service and would recommend it.

Time for a Clarkson video!

As Autumn nears, I thought it might be time to post a Clarkson video for a bit of fun. Reviewing the Pug 106 in his typical comedy fashion, this quick 2 minute video is worth a watch!

106 GTis for sale

I’ve added a . I’m really suprised how cheap these cars are now, only a year after I bought mine. You can get hold of a good model for under £1000 if you’re patient and wait for the right car. There are some excellent cars on there, some with the desirable half leather interior, some with extensive engine modifications, and some 100% standard. Make sure you carry out an HPI check on any potential purchases to make sure the vehicle is not stolen or has been written off in the past. Cheap motoring at it’s finest!

MPG improvement

Improved MPGI’m pleased to report an improvement in my MPG on the last tank of fuel, probably due to the I carried out last week. The last tank returned 340 miles before the light came on. I was seeing approx 280 miles before the light on average before. Using the this works out at approximately 37mpg, a massive improvement. Given the last tank wasn’t an economy run of any kind (motorway, harsh acceleration, round town, sitting in traffic for long periods) , with any luck I should see even better results this weekend on a long motorway trip up North.

Given how easy and cheap it is to change the sensor, I recommend trying this if you’re experiencing poor fuel economy, before going on to try more expensive solutions,

Shed of the week

I was browsing Pistonheads the other week, and came across an old article. They run a weekly series called Shed Of The Week whereby they highlight an interesting car from the classifieds with some motoring credibility for under £1000. Yep you guessed it the 106 GTi made it into SOTW. I remember reading it a couple of years ago when I owned a 306 GTi-6 so it was good to read it again now I own a 106 and see how highly the cars are rated.  It’s interesting to see how the motoring press still love the GTi after all these years and how such a cheap car can offer so much fun. Read the comments at the bottom of the page for some interesting ownership experiences and comments from owners, a lot of which are very familiar to me!

Shop section

I’ve added a section to the site to bring together commonly needed parts for the GTi from alternators to alloy wheels. Each category displays specific parts currently on ebay, which can be a great money saver if you’re in need of a part but don’t want to pay Peugeot Stealer Dealer prices!

All the categories are available on the sidebar to the right of the web site, feel free to check them out.

New motor

So I knew it had to be the 106 gti. Nothing else fitted the requirements. It had to handle as well as my 306 gti, be cheap to buy, cheap to run and fun.

Having had a 306 Gti-6 for 5 years, taken right up to 400bhp over the years, I knew anything would be a step down power-wise, even though the 106 can do 0-60 in less than 7 seconds. However, I realised outright power was only some of the fun, most of my driving is on the daily commute which involves a few stretches of twisty road, the ideal place for a nimble hatch like the 106 GTi.

Parts it seems are far cheaper than the 306 with seemingly one exception, half leather interiors. Second hand engines can be had for £200, sometimes even less, bushes, brakes and drivetrain components are all relatively cheap, and plenty of the electrics and trim parts are generic across the range.

I enquired about a car in High Wycombe, which sounded good, the mileage was 122,000, which is average for the year. I was not worried one bit about the mileage as long as it was regularly serviced and had had frequent oil changes. Too much is made of mileages over 100,000 these days. Most modern engines will run and run, it will be the suspension and paint you need to need to inspect for deterioration.

So I went to view, and it looked very honest. Service book all stamped up, 2 previous owners, smooth engine, rad in decent condition, cambelt recently changed. The paintwork was excellent, no rust or laquer peel, just 2 to 3 dents over the whole of the car. A quick testdrive, revealed the gearbox was fine, no pulls in the suspension and the car was rattle and squeak free. The rear beam also looked fine, no camber or squeaks. The interior was a red/gray cloth combination sadly but I knew I could buy a half leather set and swap them easily.

The car was reasonably priced, but I negotiated £95 off the price and put down a deposit.

I went to collect the following weekend in some of the worst snow for years! We couldn’t make it up the hill in the rear wheel drive BMW 1 Series so I had to walk the last stretch!

The deal was done and I gingerly made it down the hill, making sure I didn’t bin it just after buying the car!

The car felt great on the way home, very spritely.

I parked up at home, headed inside and then heard an alarm going off outside! Yep, good old French electrics! Usual cause of this is the ultrasonics playing up and so the first item on the todo list was created!


Welcome to 106Gti.co.uk. As a Peugeot owner and enthusiast, over the next few months I hope to bring you a useful resource for information and guides on owning and maintaining a 106 GTi. Renowned as being one of the best handling cars, never mind hatchbacks of all time, the 106 definitely punches above it’s weight.

Please check back soon as the site gets up to speed with articles and posts on the ownership experience.

For now, enjoy Clarkson celebrating the 106 Gti!