As I left you at the end of last month’s missive, I said the 508 was due a trip to a dealer, as the DAB radio’s inability to hold a signal was grinding my gears. So I booked the car in at the Peugeot dealer in Weston-super-Mare, only to be told it was subject to no fewer than six outstanding recalls (none of them safety-related), including a radio software update. The car duly arrived at the dealership, which sorted through the paperwork with impressive efficiency and soon had me on my way in a well presented, but underpowered 208.
I got a call the following day saying that all the recall work was complete, and I could have my car back – words I was longing to hear after just three short, but quite miserable, trips in the 208. When I turned up to collect the car, though, all was not well. As part of the recall, the dealer had been obliged to fit new badges to the C-pillars and the boot lid. I’ve no idea why such a decision was made, but it meant the mechanics had to prise off the existing badges and replace them with more-or-less-identical logos – a scenario that caused two problems.
First, prising off the boot lid badges left two unsightly gouges in the black plastic trim across the boot, then the dealer found that the replacement ‘GT Line’ badge for the driver’s-side C-pillar was faulty. I would, I was told, be called when an adequate part arrived, but until then I’d be driving an asymmetrical Pug. It’s been a week, and still no sign of a new badge. And to add insult to injury, the radio signal is just as bad as ever.
With warmer weather plaguing the country, the car decided it was really too warm to be doing all this stopping and starting, so it turned the stop-start system off. Again, a warning light illuminated, and attempts to turn the fuel-saving system back on simply resulted in a ‘computer says no’ situation on the digital instrument cluster. The battery obviously needed the engine to be running to power all of the ancillary devices that were running.
Sadly, these haven’t been the only issues I’ve had with the Peugeot this month. One problem wasn’t really an issue – I simply ran out of screen wash on the M40 – but the 508 never saw fit to warn me that it was running low, so I blindly carried on trying to rid the windscreen of dead flies. A milk bottle full of water solved the problem when I got home, but it would have been nice to have a bit of notice. If only to save me half an hour of worrying that the problem might be more serious than a shortage of screen wash.
The second problem followed a similar pattern, although this time the car was kind enough to warn me of its plight. As I cruised towards Heathrow one evening, it bonged loudly to tell me it was running short of AdBlue and that starting the engine would be “impossible” in just a few hundred miles’ time. Happily, a £7.49 tub of AdBlue saw the light go out and another few thousand miles of hassle-free motoring is now ahead of me.
Date arrived 3rd April 2019
Fuel economy WLTP combined 45.2-51.1mpg On Test 49.9mpg
Having a couple of days without the 508 made me realise how much I like having it around.
A dodgy replacement badge has left the Peugeot looking temporarily lopsided.