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Why i love my car – 2007 Peugeot 207 GT

6 Jun , 2014  

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Peugeot 207 GT - Front Side - carwitter

I’m going to try and explain how I am so in love with my car, for non-petrol heads (and even some petrol heads) you may not understand how you can have such a connection with an object.

One film that sums the whole thing up brilliantly is Love The Beast, watch it if you haven’t, or if after reading you still don’t get it…

Peugeot 207 GT - Front Angle Close - carwitter

I bought my 2007  White Peugeot 207 GT back in 2010. I needed a car for a new job that I was about to start, and they weren’t providing me with a company car.

For the previous two years, since the age of 19 I was used to rolling around in a top of the range SRi Vauxhall Vectra. I had covered thousands of miles in it, and it was a very nice car…but as a company car it wasn’t mine and it didn’t really hold any special value to me. I think I only washed it myself on a handful of occasions!

I wanted something with as much punch and go to it as the 150 BHP Vectra. I wasn’t going to settle for a run of the mill 1.2 Corsa, definitely not! I ended up falling in love with the second White Peugeot 207 GT I saw (it had to be white, I was only searching on Auto Trader for White cars).

Peugeot 207 GT - Advert Image - carwitter

Actual image from AutoTrader!

It was perfect! 1 owner, with only 9,000 miles on it from new. It was spotless, no scratches, dents, nothing. A perfect example! I had to have it. I paid my deposit and then phoned the bank for a 5 year loan on the majority of the car (urgh!).

Within a month of owning the gleaming white, 4 wheeled, pride and joy I was out of a job. The company was crap, and the boss an arsehole.

So there I was stuck without any wages, a hefty loan and minimal savings. I thought of selling the car straight away, but I was so in love with everything about it, and it was my first real car that i had bought myself.

Peugeot 207 GT - THP 15- Badge - carwitter

I had been out of work for around a month, when I headed to my local Peugeot dealership to buy something or other for the 207.

The parts guy (who I was relatively friendly with) got chatting. I mentioned I was out of a job and much to my sadness the car may have to go. He then said “Do you know much about cars, I’m leaving and there’s a job going?“.

Now I know enough about cars…i’m no expert, but I can tell you where most parts will go on a vehicle….that’s good enough right?

Peugeot 207 GT - Rear - carwitter

I applied for the job thinking I didn’t stand a hope in hell. The next day I received a phone call from the parts manager wanting to see me for an interview.

Low and behold I ended up with the job, the wages were awful but I could just about keep a roof over my head, and by not saving ANYTHING each month I could keep the lovely white 207 too.

So thanks to the little Peugeot I ended up back in work!

Peugeot 207 GT - Front Detail - carwitter

Every weekend I saw my parents my mother told me to…”Sell the bloody thing, it’s a waste of money“.

But I endured…and six months later I ended up back in the IT field I was used to. Wages went up, enabling me to keep the car and save a meek amount each month.

The 207 was used every day for that first year at the new job, a huge 18,000 miles went on it before I ended up with a company van.

Throughout that first year of ownership the timing on the 207 needed to be reset.

This means the top of the engine is stripped down, the timing chain is replaced along with pulleys and tensioners, it’s all set before being put back together. It’s a known issue with the THP engine, luckily I was spared the £1000+ repair cost due to having extended warranty.

Even though this happened I still loved the car, after all it was a small blip and it was now fixed…

Peugeot 207 GT - Front Grille- carwitter

…but this is a French car. The timing has gone twice since. Each (luckily) covered under the extended warranty, meaning I invested that £650 wisely.

So yes the car is temperamental…i’m just waiting for the timing to go again.

The 207 has been there sitting pretty on my drive through all the difficulties I have had, I didn’t give in and sell it. I probably should have as I would now be better off financially, but it was MY first car.

I owe it a lot for getting me that job, if I hadn’t have bought that exact Peugeot 207 I would have been out of work with a big car loan, and probably homeless by now!

Peugeot 207 GT - Side Close - carwitter

Also through the 207 Owners Club i met a very good friend, and after attending a detailing event with him and the RCZ owners club I was introduced to a member of the Peugeot PR department. This enabled me to attend my first launch (the 208), which ultimately led me to creating Carwitter, and starting on the path to be an automotive journalist.

Without my 207 those two things would have never had happened. I owe it a lot.

Peugeot 207 GT Rear Bumper Damage - carwitter

Over the year of using it for the IT job someone crashed into the back of me at a roundabout. I was devastated. Not quite to the extent of tears, but it was rather distressing!

I just couldn’t believe something had happened to my gorgeous, perfect car. For nearly two days i was so solemn and silent, whenever I saw the damage I felt so bad, like it was my fault and I should have been taking better care of my baby.

Luckily it was just the rear bumper that needed replacing, no metalwork was touched, phew!

Peugeot 207 GT - Front Side Angle - carwitter

When I park anywhere with the 207, it either gets parked miles away from anyone. Or if i’m not going to get a ticket, it gets parked smack bang on the white line taking up two spaces.

Why do i do this? Because currently I have spent a good £600 in having dents pulled out through inconsiderate cretins opening doors onto it. I have always parked in sensible places, but morons still seem to end up denting it!

The last time I noticed a dent I called my dent guy straight away, within an hour I was £100 lighter…but the car was dent free. I can’t stand having a dented car.

Peugeot 207 GT - Reflection - carwitter

Peugeot 207 GT - Reflection 2 - carwitter

Currently the 207 hardly gets used, as I am fortunate enough to have press cars regularly. I should really sell it. But i cant.

If i was to sell it, I know it wouldn’t be looked after the way I look after it. The next owner would take it through the car wash, they would thrash it, they would park it next to every other Tom, Dick and Harry, if it got dented they would leave it, they wouldn’t spend 5 or 6 hours meticulously detailing it.

If I did sell it I would probably never see the car again, but I know in the back of my mind that it wouldn’t be looked after, and cared about to the level I do…and that upsets me, rather a lot…sad eh?

Peugeot 207 GT - OCD Clean - carwitter

So what am I going to do?

The plan for quite a while now has been to finish paying for it, and keep it…forever. I will drive it for around a year or so after it’s paid off, then look at getting a new car. By that time I will hopefully have a garage where I can store it. It will then be used occasionally. Will it be a classic? I’m not sure, probably not! But I can’t bear to part with it.

The only thing that would make me get rid of it is if the timing keeps going wrong while out of warranty, or – god forbid – it gets written off. If the latter happened i’m pretty sure I would be in tears! Pathetic i know.

Peugeot 207 GT - Rear Angle Dist - carwitter

Whenever I drive it after a weeks’ break I fall back in love with it again. It’s not the best car in the world, (and I now know I should have probably bought that white Suzuki Swift Sport I was looking at) It has its creaks and rattles, it crunches under acceleration from first to second, it’s rather on the portly side and handling is…well, reasonable. But i’m still very much in love with the white French lion.

To this day my mother tells me to sell it, my dad seems indifferent and kind of understands that your first car is a big deal.

If you still don’t understand the connection, I urge you to watch Love The Beast and let Eric Bana explain it to you.

Peugeot 207 GT - Front Angle High - carwitter

Peugeot 207 GT - Rear Badge - carwitter

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Peugeot 207 GT - Exhaust - carwitter

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  • Aiman Balushi

    Brother I trully understand where you’re coming from with all this.. Actually, I wrote “I love my peugeot 207” on google and found this post!
    I’ve had this little pug for the past three years (le mans edition to be specific), I’ve seen it all, the good the bad and the hideous haha.. The amounts I’ve paid to repair and take care of her will blow any sane mind to bits, oh yeah did I mention she’s my soul mate? Wish I could share our valentines day photo..
    I will not make this all awkward and stop here (plus my english needs help haha) just a friendly fellow pugmaniac holla 🙂

    • atl

      Haha glad you liked it 🙂

      It is funny how you can have such strong feelings of care over a lump of metal and plastic! I shall never sell it 🙂

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  • Daniel Tredget

    I have to fully agree with you! I have a 1996 Peugeot 106, she too was my first car… I made the fatal mistake of selling her…. after 3 years of missing and hunting for her, I found her again! Bought her back… 3 years of car washes, being used to carry dogs and generally not 100% taken care of has taken it’s toll, but she is slowly getting back to how I had her. People think i’m mad, why buy a car back with so many problems! Because deep down I have a relationship with this car, she is mine and always will be from now on!

    • You found it again! That’s awesome!
      This is exactly why i don’t want to get rid of it, for the last 6 months it has sat on my drive unused but every week it gets washed regardless 🙂 I’m actually about to put it back on the road next week so it will finally get some use again.

      Glad to know I’m not the only one that is ridiculously sentimental though.

      • Daniel Tredget

        It took two years of research, and google maps was extremely helpful! Found her sitting in an alley unused for two years! Could almost cry when she fired up to get on the trailer, to make her journey home from Wales to London!
        Oh fantastic! It does look stunning, a real testament to you!
        Oh not at all! haha

        • Drop me an email through the “contact us” page, it would be an interesting story to feature i think!

          • Daniel Tredget

            Just sent an email, thank you 🙂

          • Awesome, will be in touch 🙂

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