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RELIABILITY: Fleet managers have properly maintained most and the long-term outlook is looking good so far: Best with full main dealer service history.
HISTORY: FEB 1996 406 front wheel drive Saloon range launched: 1.8 16v L and LX (108 bhp); 1.9 Turbo Diesel L, LX, GLX, SRi and Executive (135 bhp), with 5-speed gearbox, independent suspension, power assisted steering. L and LX have disc/drum brakes; GLX , SRi and Executive have anti-lock brakes (optional on L/LX). Equipment: all models have body colour bumpers and side mouldings, electric front windows, Keypad immobiliser, split folding rear seats, twin front airbags, 4-speaker RDS audio; LX also has electric sunroof (or air conditioning at extra cost), central locking, deadlocks, tinted glass, map reading lamp, rev counter; SRi also has heated electric mirrors, front fog lamps, automatic screen wipe, headlamp washers (also on Executive), height tilt and lumbar adjustment on driver's seat, courtesy light delay; GLX also has electric rear windows, wood door trim, rear stowage box; Executive also has alloy wheels, electric sunroof plus air conditioning, electric front seats, leather upholstery and CD autochanger.
JUL 1996 2.0 Turbo SRi and Executive (150 bhp) and 2.1 Turbo Diesel LX, GLX and Executive (all 110 bhp) launched in the UK with equipment as existing models apart from new alloy wheels on SRi.
DEC 1996 1.8 GLX launched, 4-speed automatic option on 2.0 LX/GLX.
FEB 1997 Estate range launched; 1.8 LX; 2.0 LX, GLX, Executive automatic; 2.0 Turbo Executive; 1.9 Turbo Diesel L, LX, GLX, Executive; 2.1 Turbo Diesel LX, GLX, Executive; 3.0 GLX and 3.0 V6 (both 194 bhp). 7 seater Family versions (L and LX only) have row of rear facing child seats.
MAY 1997 Coupes launched: 2.0 (135 bhp), 3.0 V6 and 3.0 V6 SE (both 194 bhp) with anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels (16" on V6), sports seats, twin airbags, electric front windows and mirrors. 2.0 has electric sunroof or optional air conditioning. 3.0 V6 also has digital air conditioning, CD auto changer (electric sunroof optional). 3.0 V6 SE also has headlamp wash, electric folding door mirrors, electric front seats with memory on driver's and uprated audio.
AUG 1997 Special edition LX 'S' 1.8 and 1.9 TD Saloons launched.
FEB 1998 7 Seater Family option now available on 2.0 GLX and 2.1 TD GLX Estates.
APR 1998 Revisions; L Estate has split rear seats; LX has standard anti-lock brakes, electric heated mirrors; GLX has chrome door sill plates, chrome inserts on bumpers and side mouldings, individual front armrests, CD autochanger (V6 only); Executive and V6 have uprated leather upholstery; Executive has chrome inserts as GLX, standard metallic or pearlescent paint and alarm; 2.0 automatic versions have improved gearbox and cruise control. Special edition 1.8 LX-S and 1.9 TD 4-door Saloons launched.
JUN 1998 Special edition Estates: 1.8 'LX-S' and 1.9 TD 'LX-S' launched.
JUL 1998 All models now have electronic brake force distributor system.
OCT 1998 HDi 2.0 (110 bhp) LX, GLX and Executive common rail diesel's launched with air conditioning. Special edition 1.9 TD SX 4-door Saloon and 5-door Estates launched.
JAN 1999 Special edition 1.8 LS and 1.9 LS TD 4-door Saloons, and 5-door Estates launched.
APR 1999 Revised range launched with new bonnet, grille, headlights, rear lights and dashboard.
JUN 1999 Special edition 1.8 Rapier and 2.0 HDi Rapier 4-door Saloons launched with air conditioning.
AUG 1999 Revised 406 Coupes, new dashboard with better radio and air conditioning controls. New SE model with leather trim, head and chest airbags and uprated audio system.
COMMENTS: The feel and ride of Executive transport in a medium sized Pini-farina styled range of Saloons, practical Estates and fabulous rare Coupe. Bags of room inside but let down by less than comfortable seats.