For about ten years I drove Murenas day in day out, for pleasure, for business for holidays in France and as far as Barcelona. I owned several and at one time ran both a 2.2 and 1.6 at the same time.
But the arrival of babies forced an upgrade first to a Citroen CX 25 GTi Turbo and then a third child forced the upgrade to a 24V Grand Espace. The Espace was a brilliant family car but the 3.0 option became too expensive for the mileage I did so it was retired and replaced first with a Peugeot 406 2.0HDi and later a Mercedes C250 TDi bought from another former Murena enthusiast.
After several years searching I’ve become the very proud owner of what Autocar described as one of the worst 10 cars of the last decade (along with the Avantime of course!) The Peugeot 407 Coupe is so quirky that for a start it’s name is simply wrong. It is made by Peugeot but shares its platform not with the smaller 407 but with the Citroen C6. It has a 2.0HDi DW10 16v engine in common with many Peugeots, Citroens and Fords but about the only parts it shares with the 407 are the door mirrors and the suitably quirky RT4 radio/satnav/hard drive/phone.
It’s nothing like a Murena. Huge strides in car manufacturing mean that the French workers on a ‘slow running’ production line did a fantastic job on a car that’s as solid as a Merc. It’s heavy too but then this is a grand tourer with ‘all the toys’ and they actually work.
There’s something familiar about that A pillar base though.