2009 Peugeot 107 Verve

As you may have guessed from the other automotive pages on this website, I've always been one for older and somewhat odd cars - You'd have guessed correctly if you had come to this conclusion.  So it may come as a bit of a surprise if you were to spot me driving down the road in something barely a year old.

Courtesy of work eating up the vast majority of my time nowadays, and really just needing something I could rely on, I needed to look for something a bit newer (and economical) as my daily runabout.  Nobody was able to offer me a workable finance solution on a used car though - so I ended up going for a new one.  Not quite my original plan...but life's good at making it necessary to think on your feet, isn't it...

At work, we have a few Citroen C1's as pool cars, and while they're simple little things I've found them quite pleasant to drive.  Once I'd done some further digging, not least discovering that in three years across three cars that we'd not had a single failure among them...I decided that it was a viable option. 

The Citroen C1, Toyota Aygo, and Peugeot 107 are of course fundamentally the same car.  While the bodywork varies somewhat cosmetically from one to the other, they all share the same platform...and well, aside from some body panels everything else!  The Peugeot version I preferred the styling of - and they had the best finance deal out of the three as well, not to mention the most conveniently placed dealership for me to get to for servicing (which has now closed down...great!).

I'd never had the opportunity to actually configure a car for myself before, picking out what options I wanted, and picking the colour...The colour.  This DID cause a certain amount of deliberation.  I knew that the car looked good in bright red, had very fond memories of my second Austin Metro which had been bright yellow, and there was also an option of a really nice looking metallic black.  In the end, I went with black - though every other day when I realise it needs washing again, I do question the wisdom of this decision to some extent!

Couple of months down the line, and I found myself picking up a brand new car for the first time...Not something I ever really expected to be doing!  I'd also gone to town somewhat with the cosmetic options which were available with the car - however as this was only a month or so after the second generation 107 was launched (it came out in February 2009 - and I ordered the car that month, picking it up in April), these weren't ready for then I picked the car up.  Much to the relief of the dealer however, I'm a patient person, and really didn't mind in the slightest waiting a bit.  So I drove home with the car you see below.

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve Front Left View

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve Rear Left View

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve Interior (front Right)

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve Interior (Rear)

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve Engine Bay

It very much had that new car shine, and that new car smell (which it still has a year on actually!).  I've never driven so carefully before in my life that I can think of!  First couple of months at least I must have appeared to every other road user as a complete menace because of my caution verging on paranoia!

Never driven a car with so few miles on before...Had only 12 miles on when I picked it up.

What's hard to see in the images above is that the car isn't actually a flat black colour, rather is a metallic colour, in which especially on a bright sunny day (well...the odd couple of those a year we get in Scotland!) shows up flecks of all manor of reds, blues and purples...I've tried to capture this on the camera, and you can see it - but the full effect really doesn't come across.  It's really quite pretty actually I think.

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve Raven Black Paint Detail

Now, the 107 (and its Citroen and Toyota brothers) isn't without its quirks.  Most obvious are a couple of oddities inside; not least the revcounter, which sprouts out of the top of the instrument housing like some aliens third eye, and a big chunk of white plastic around the heater controls - which by day doesn't look all that odd, but all glows orange at night.  I don't have a detail of the rev counter yet, or this glowing at night, but these will follow.

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve Centre Console

I initially had some concerns that this might prove very distracting at night, but it's actually dim enough that it's not a problem - not to mention the fact that the headlights are actually very good.  Even for a larger car, never mind for something so small.

A month down the line, the car went in for its checkup, and got the cosmetic items I'd ordered from the dealer fitted.  While I'd not generally have gone for anything as boy-racerish as this, it was within my budget, and as this was my first car...darnit, I was going to have a bit of fun with it!

The additional kit consisted of a chrome radiator grill, a small bootlid spoiler, and a set of (as it turned out very effective - once I'd adjusted them so they weren't pointing skywards anyway - nice one dealer!) twin headlights.  Think it does make the car look really quite fun and a bit more distinctive, especially the headlights which I've yet to see another 107 with in person.

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve with Dealer Fit Accessories (Headlights, mesh grill and bootlid spoiler)

2009 Peugeot 107 Verve with Dealer Fit Accessories (Headlights, mesh grill and bootlid spoiler)

This and the resulting digging through my images folder has led me to the conclusion that I don't actually have many decent photos of the car since it had its facelift...I should correct this at some point!

I've had quite a few people emailing me with queries regarding these headlights.  While I got these directly from Peugeot as a dealer fit option, they are made over in France by a company called Morette, who do sell them to private customers as well.  Their website can be found over here.

The 107 is still with me now, and until recently had been used for a pretty arduous commute into Oxford, yet despite that has proven to be pretty reliable.  The only failures to report have been a holed A/C condenser, which while I was replacing I discovered that the radiator was weeping from the lower end tank, and the clutch which ate its release bearing at around 50K miles.  This however is probably largely due to the fact that it spent the first five years of its life with the clutch cable way too tight, until one day I randomly found the adjuster by accident.  I had complained about the very high clutch when the car was serviced, and was assured by the (now defunct) dealer, that the clutch was self adjusting and "they're just like that."  Turns out there is a manual adjuster, and adjusting it properly resulted in a clutch with a bite point at a sensible location rather than about an inch from the top of the pedal travel...

I've driven several of these cars between the pool cars at work, a couple of rentals and this one and they have all had a very high clutch.  If yours is like that, do your clutch (and your leg!) a favour and adjust the cable.  The adjuster is on the clutch end of the cable (it's a bit of a faff to get to if you've got A/C as the lines are in the way), and is a simple knurled ring.  You're looking to have a couple of millimetres of free play if it's adjusted right.  Once this has been done it makes the car a lot more pleasant to drive, especially when you're in traffic.

Other than these issues and normal consumables it's generally made a very good show of itself so far.

Manufacturer: Peugeot.
Model: 107 Verve 1.0 3-door.
Engine: 998cc 3-cylinder inline petrol.
Gearbox: 5-speed manual.
Power output: 68bhp.
0-60mph: 13 seconds approx (manufacturers claim).
MPG: 50 (average).
Colour: (in case you want yours that colour!) Raven Black metallic.