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Old 15-03-15, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default 207 GTI 1.6THP 2009+ Engines

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Having previously owned a 106GTi back in the day i'm strongly considering returning to the peugeot fold. My last car was a Stage 1 mapped Ibiza Cupra Bocanegra on coilovers with AP racing 4-pots. Having sold that and now doing very little milage I'm after something cheap which I can have fun in now and again. A stage one re-mapped 207 Gti seems to fit the bill at the price point i'm after (Around 5k).

My main question is about the engine. Everywhere I go i'm seeing the timing chain issue on the older 2007 engines. I remember seeing a translated page listing Peugeot engine revisions listed up to 2009 (if anyone could link to that you'd be of great help). If I get a 2009 model am I pretty much safe? I have seen 2009 facelift and non facelift. If i'm honest I prefer the older look and think it looks a little more sporty. Would the engine in both be the same or should I plumb for facelift for peace of mind?

Final question, is it true a longer 5th gear can be fitted by Peugeot for not much money (200)?

My only planned modification would be a decent set of sport suspension, decent branded panel filter and a stage one map (i'm thinking ECU Remapping | Custom Tuning | DPF Removal Specialists | Rolling Road/Dyno in North Wales and North West. Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire and Shropshire, UK).

Any help/advice would be most appreciated.
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engine wise with the timing, nothing has been 100% resolved, due to design of it there is always possibility of the timing going whether it be an early 207 or facelift 207.

as the engines have got older, we have understood them as owners and even the mechanics who work on them better.

keeping the oil level at the max is crucial.

agree the early 207 is the better looking car rather than facelift.

that's true about the longer 5th gear, there are two options for it, but u would need it remapped for the cruise control to work if u have it, and really only worth it if ur doing a lot of motorway miles tbh.

remap wise, have a look at e-tuners , they do remote mapping from Greece and loads of us 207 owners have maps by them, brilliant service!
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Thanks for the very informative reply.
So I could potentially get an older engine 2008 with low mileage and good service history and be in the same position as a 2009 model.
Wonder if it's worth saving a little longer and going 208Gti. I really like the look of the 207 gti though and the price is very good value for the car you get.
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the 207 is great fun to drive, also got a 208 non turbo in the family and its good but much prefer the looks and interior of the 207.

the 208 gti still has the same engine issues as the 207 gti, common issues are the timing, fuel pump and clogged inlet valves.

the timing issues are down to not maintaining the oil level as it cools and protects the chain, that there is no lock on the crankshaft to keep the timing in place and issues with the timing tensioner.
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Old 15-03-15, 03:28 PM   #5
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I thought they would have fixed it by now. That's made my mind up then I'm defo going 207. It's about 5k more for the 208 and probably not 5k more car.
So the main thing to look out for is good servicing and oil changes.
I'll be doing so few miles I can just check it every month or so.
Thanks a lot for your replies. I'll look into the remap today. Is yours mapped? How do you find it?
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Old 15-03-15, 04:22 PM   #6
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yeh this is my 2nd 207 gti, finances resulted in me handing 1st one back to Peugeot as went back to college, but this one a friend of mine who is a Peugeot master tech had it and was wanting a new project, its been the development car for Forge Motorsport so has lots of their goodies on it, and remap from e-tuners!

running 280bhp now with forged internals, hybrid turbo and water injection.
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