Peugeot 406 Coupé (1997 - 2004) - The Buying Guide

While some speak of a historical rivalry between Italy and France, at Benzin we speak of an iconic marriage. This relationship between the brand with the lion and an Italian coachbuilder with an unpronounceable name gave us the most beautiful Peugeot of the early 2000s. So here is a little guide to choose your beauty. par TeamBenzin

Story of a successful wedding

Pininfarina took the 406 released in 1995 to make the lion roar by equipping it with a V6 and a magnificent design. And it was not the first time that the Italian brand redesigned a Peugeot since this marriage has already exceeded the Diamond Wedding (over 60 years). PSA has the privilege to work with red car designers, from a certain brand called Ferrari. We notice a small similarity between this 406 coupe and the Ferrari 456 GT released 5 years earlier.

Existing engines :

Gasoline engines :

4 cylinders :

2.0: 1998 cc, 135 hp, torque: 180 N m (1997 - 1999)

2.0 : 1997 cc, 137 hp, torque : 190 N m (1999 - 2002)

2.2: 2230 cc, 160 hp, torque: 217 N m (2002 - 2004)

V6 :

3.0 : 2946 cc, 194 hp, torque : 267 N m (1997 - 1999)

3.0 : 2946 cc, 210 hp, torque : 285 N m (1999 - 2004)

Moteur diesel :

4 cylinders, 2.2 HDi: 2179 cc, 136 hp, torque: 310 N m (2001 - 2004)

The evolution of the 406 Coupé :

Phase 1 (1997 - 2003)

The grille remains the same, there are no major changes during this period, but this phase 1 is still divided into two small phases.

The only difference between these two phases is the engine. Indeed, the two petrol engines proposed in 1997 evolve in 1999. For the rest, only the side indicators become transparent, the interior sees the arrival of a new steering wheel, a new car radio, a new on-board computer and above all a new central console. All in all, the changes are quite slight.

Phase 1.1 (1997 - 1999)

Number of copies : 40 857

Phase 1.2 (1999 - 2003)

Number of copies : 57 697

Phase 2 (2003 - 2004)

Distinctive features: The phase 2 benefits from a new grille with a rounded up shape (against a rounded down effect on the phase 1). Also some small modifications are made, like the color of the control panel which becomes grey.

Number of copies : 9 077

The special series :

Peugeot 406 Seventy Years (2000)

Created for the 70th anniversary of the Pininfarina brand in 2000, this special series is a limited and numbered edition (with a plaque on the dashboard indicating the number), the first having been offered to Sergio Pininfarina, the son of the founder of the Italian brand.

In addition to having a special color (Hyperion blue), it has a white leather interior with a two-tone steering wheel. There is a second combination : Hades gray exterior with brown leather, which we also listed on Benzin.

Engine available : 210 hp V6

Number of copies : 1 305

Also, there was the Ultima Edizione, produced at 2097 copies according to Pininfarina. As its name suggests, it arrived in 2004 to celebrate the end of the 406 Coupé production. It is available with all engines, including the diesel engine (the most chosen engine) and with all the standard equipment. This model can also have different colors.

Finally, in non-numbered, the sport model (2598) and the Griffe model (885) are also special series with specific colors: black or gray and not signed for the Griffe.

Common problems:

  • Problems with the multiplexed beams, indeed it was the beginning of the multiplexing, because it was only partial between 1999 and 2001.
  • Exposed and fragile bumpers. But copies exist and they are affordable.
  • Tilting seats that may be broken and no longer work.
  • Often with high mileage, beware in these cases of mechanical fatigue.

Are you interested in the beautiful French-Italian woman? Let's talk price.

Generally speaking, for a 406 with a V6 engine, count between 5000 € and 7000 €, against a range of 2500 € to 4500 € for another engine, all in good or very good condition.

If you opt for a Settantani, you will have to go up to a price between 9000 € and 11000 € for a car in a very good condition.

For an Ultima Edizione, it will depend on the engine, with a price between 7000 € and 9000 € if it is a V6, and about 3000 € less otherwise.

Conclusion :

The lines of this dual-nationality car continue to turn heads. With special series and a total of 107,631 units produced: you have enough to do.

So do you: sell your 406 Coupé on Benzin