Peugeot Boxer (2006–)

What's good

Peugeot Boxer offers a wide range of body sizes and shapes to suit almost every van users’ needs.

The engine line-up has everything from frugal city-friendly motors to heavy duty luggers and all are decently refined.

The Boxer is easy and enjoyable to drive and it remains composed when there are heavier loads onboard.

A tight turning circle and ideally assisted power steering help the Boxer make light work of town driving.

What's bad

Low speed ride of the Boxer can be choppy when it’s running light or empty.

Standard panel van models come only with the bare essentials for cabin comfort and safety equipment.

Problem of water ingress from the windscreen area onto the fuel injectors in the engine. FIAT seemed to have solved the problem, but Peugeot not quite. A small plate was fitted to deflect the water and some sealant applied around the skirting. Now less water gets to the injectors, but on occasions one or two of them are surrounded by water.

Longstanding problems with manual gearboxes. Seems that the old 4-speed box was adapted to 5-speed and 6-speed but the extra gears are not very well supported and failures are common, particularly on Sevel X250 based campers and motorhhomes.

'Gong' sound means that car battery is failing to hold sufficient charge and needs to be replaced.

Belt cam diesels need a fresh belt every 3 years and when this is done it is also vital to replace the auxiliaries belt. If not, the aux belt can fail, wrap itself around the timing belt and take the timing belt off. Depending on where this happens (which might be mainland Europe on a camping holiday) a new engine can be as much as £8,000.

Handbrake cable support stop may not be to correct specification and could cause loss of handbrake efficiency.

Clutches can fail early on 3.0 litre Boxer converted to motorhomes. One report of starting to slip at 33,000 miles.

9-10-2016: Report of high pressure fuel pump self destructing and snapping off the end of the camshaft on a 2008 Peugeot Boxer Campervan with only 8,000 miles. Probably due to excess moisture in the fuel.

27-2-2017: Report of fuel injector system failing on 10 month old Boxer.

27-2-2017: Report of steering making grinding and crunching noises, which turned out to be due to faulty top strut mounts.

24-7-2017: Report of water ingress to engine compartment of 2013 Peugeot Boxer since new. This has no led to consequential damage to the computer and the ABS system. Estimated repairs £3000 vehicle has done 16,000 miles.

3-4-2022: Report of fuel pump failure on 2017 Boxer van at 26,000 miles. The fuel pump failed (broken tooth) which caused stress on the camshaft which broke the belt and caused lots of damage. Van now needs new rockers, cam, fuel pump and perhaps more if the valves are damaged. 

Recall 21-02-2007: Handbrake assembly may come loose and reduce handbrake efficiency.

Recall 07-02-2008: Some vehicle have incorrect brake hoses that could lead to brake failure.

Recall 14-03-2008: Steering may become stiff.

Recall 02-06-2008: Side repeater indicators may not work correctly.

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